Quote:The problem started back during Claremont, when Banshee was sidelined. But let's face it-- he was never as hip as the Cockrum creations and Wolverine. It takes a lot of work to make him not a fuddy-duddy.
Quote:Frankly, I don't think having him be headmaster did him any favours.
I can see that, I guess, but to me, the leaders are always fuddy-duddies and should be. Professor X, Cyclops in the old days, Captain America, Reed Richards, Doctor Strange (in the Bronze Age Defenders) - all are/were fuddy-duddies pretty much. The leader has to be a Mom or Dad figure, and Mom and Dad are going to be fuddy-duddies to some extent if they're really appropriate in their positions.
But then of course we have the Wasp, the inimitable Janet Van Dyne, who seemed anything but a fuddy-duddy, right? Yet as soon as she became chairwoman of the Avengers, she started to fud and to dud with the best of them. Hawkeye likewise. They tried their best to emulate Cap, even as any X-Man who takes up the mantle of leadership tries to emulate Scott or Xavier, however much he or she may protest to the contrary, and any FF member who tries to lead in Reed's absence will try to emulate Reed, however much he or she may have chided Reed for fuddy-duddiness back when Reed was Dad. Secretly, we all want Dad and Mom to be fudders and dudders, however much we may say out loud that we want something to the contrary.
Instead of sidelining Banshee, Marvel should have embraced this Fudster and Dudster from the Emerald Isle and let him do what he does best: be Dad. Like they did in Generation X.
Even Xavier and Cyclops were hipper than Banshee. Xavier was jerky. Even at Cyclops' worst I wouldn't call him fuddy-duddy, because he was the man with the plan. As uptight as he was, he was still "one of us" kids. Banshee always seemed like a grandpa compared to them, almost like he belonged to a different generation (he was, having a daughter almost the same age as the X-Men).
Yes, no one ever took the time to make Banshee interesting, like writers did with Jan. Even as headmaster of Generation X, he was the boring, level-headed co-headmaster.