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Subj: Re: Topic of the Week- X-men in the 80's and 90's...
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 09:42:25 am EDT (Viewed 5 times)
Reply Subj: Topic of the Week- X-men in the 80's and 90's...
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 10:19:45 am EDT (Viewed 214 times)

    Did you collect X-men comics in the 80's and/or 90's?

I started collecting comics in the early 90s after getting hooked by the X-men cartoon. The X-men were the only title I bought at first. Back then it was Uncanny and X-men and I would buy them every month. It was by far my favorite title and I didn't branch out until later in the 90s. I went back and bought a large portion of Claremont's 80s run and got caught up fast.

    Why do you think there was an explosion of popularity and variety of X-related titles at this time?

That's a good question I have often pondered. I think for one thing they are Marvel's greatest group of characters. By the 80s and 90s Claremont had really built the cast up and introduced many exciting X-men and villains. Also for me the cartoon was huge reason and I'm sure it was for others.

The great thing about the X-men at that time was they had the benefit of having mostly one vision and writer for almost 2 decades. Claremont was really able to define and develop the X-men's personalities and characteristics which helped to make them feel that much more three dimensional. After he left they slowly lost that vision and by the early 2000s I was definitely losing interest. I still collect at least one X-title to this day.

    Looking back do you still love these issues or not so much? If not, what time period of X-men comics do you prefer?

I still love a lot of Claremont's run for sure although the quirks in his writing style irritate me more now. Some of my favorite portions would be the Claremont/Byrne run. The Mutant Massacre up through the end of Claremont's run in 1991 are probably my favorite along with the Dark Phoenix Saga. I actually enjoyed the Outback period a lot. I would say the 80s and 90s are by far my favorite period for the X-men.

As far as the rest of the 90s goes, I was collecting this as it came out so there's a nostalgia there for me although some of it I'm not as crazy about as I once was. I still love Joe Kelly and Steven Seagle's short run in the late 90s and I think it really holds up. Fabian Nicieza's X-men run had some great issues here and there and Scott Lobdell's later work on the title was better. They both benefitted from having great artists for most of their runs-Romita, Kubert, Joe Mad. Also Peter David's X-factor was a good little run. I loved his 2000s revival.

The most stand out to me from the 90s era was definitely the Age Of Apocalypse. Probably my favorite crossover ever, and I was just so enthralled by the whole thing.

But basically if it weren't for 80s and 90s X-men I wouldn't be posting on this board most likely although I was a huge Turtles fan so I likely would have gotten into comics anyhow!

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