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Subj: Re: Topic of the Week- X-men in the 80's and 90's...
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 06:23:47 pm EDT (Viewed 151 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Topic of the Week- X-men in the 80's and 90's...
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 05:48:04 am EDT (Viewed 193 times)



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      The only time I bought the X-Men was around '82-84. I liked the books ok but they weren't my favorites. I was just buying everything back then. The only other time I would buy X-Men comics was if they had Spider-Man in them. I also bought New Mutants at the time. I think I have the first 15 or 20 issues.



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    Aside from New Mutants, I didn't the X-books very often. I had this weird opposition to the X-Men because they were the most popular franchise. I wish I could say I was a teen-ager then, or better yet, ten years old, but I was in my early 20s. Somehow back then it made sense to me to oppose a book or franchise because it outsold any others.



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    Weird thing is, I never opposed Spider-Man when he was king of the newsstand. Somehow his victory was mine too, because he was the Marvel flagship character, and back then I was a Marvel true believer. I think I felt the X-Men weren't really Marvel. I know, that makes no sense. Best I can figure out, back when I was in my early 20s I was just a goofball.


LOL You're not the only goofball. I think part of my dislike for the X-Men was a bit of a contrarian streak. I think it was a bit of spite too, because I hadn't gotten in on the ground floor with the book, so I'd look at those high price tags and think, "Ehh, they're probably overrated!"


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      I don't know. They never appealed to me. Still don't. I like the 60's-mid 80's X-Men comics well enough, but that's more because they were 60's-mid 80's Marvel books.



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    I remember buying the early Claremont and Byrne X-Men comic. I remember liking the art, which must have had a lot to do with the inker, as I don't usually like Byrne's pencils.



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    Wait! I just remembered! Part of what I had against the new X-Men was their abandoning of Hank, Bobby, and Warren! I didn't mind the team having new members, but I wanted Hank, Bobby and Warren to be there too.


Same here. I liked the All New X-Men, but enjoyed those three as well. Of course, I knew the Beast as an Avenger first. I had the Amazing Adventures(1979) reprints of the earliest X-Men stories, but I'm not sure if I made the connection with the hairless and hairy Beast. Reading the books became a chore when they replaced the All New X-Men with even newer X-Men. By the 90's it seemed liked instead of further developing the characters, they would just throw new ones at the readers.


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    Jean's death annoyed me also. And then at some point Professor X went away or died or something.



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    I know I eventually jumped ship and became a New Titans fan instead. Wolfman and Perez were out X-ing the X-men, in my opinion.



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      I didn't see the point of character development like Mohawk Storm, Archangel, Psylocke/Kwannon and Ice Man taking a back seat as a teammate. It seemed like these things were done in the place of actually developing the characters.



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    To this day I detest Archangel.



You know, I went about this post all wrong, though. When this board started, I remember you suggested that we should try to focus on the good of the books, especially 90's books, instead of just ripping them(Maybe that's why we don't get a lot of 90's comics talk?). As I said in another post, I've read the Marvel books up to 1995 so far, so here are some thoughts:

As I said, I enjoyed The Adventures Of Cyclops and Phoenix better than I expected to. I'm not a fan of Cable and the whole "child taken to the future and then returned as an adult" angle in X-Men, or the FF, but this was a pretty good read.

Peter David's and JM DeMatteis' X-Factor work made me appreciate characters like Strong Guy and Havok.

I enjoy reading about Sam Guthrie's maturing into a team leader.




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