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Subj: It Seems Largely Endemic In the US,
Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 at 02:24:46 pm EST (Viewed 160 times)
Reply Subj: Examples of Peaks and valleys over the years
Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 at 03:56:14 pm EST (Viewed 166 times)

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We can all think of the valleys, with Operation: Zero Tolerance and Operation: Wide Awake, etc.

Harder to think of the peaks. Here are some off the top of my head:

1. X-Factor Vol.1 #26 - X-Factor, consisting of the original X-Men had just saved New York from Apoclaypse and his Horsemen. New York held a street parade for the mutants, celebrating them as heroes.

2. Uncanny X-Men #228 - the X-Men were fighting the Adversary in Dallas at Forge's tower. Two reporters were swept up in the commotion, and were reporting and filming the entire battle. The X-Men were being seen as the heroes they truly were, and this was being telecast live. The X-Men were seen as heroes as they gave up their lives to stop the Adversary, live on tv, and they were revered as heroes for a short time after that.

3. Uncanny X-Men - whatever number issue #1 of the X-Cutioner's song crossover is - Professor Xavier addresses a crowd of humans at a concert in Central Park, advocating the rights of mutants. He is gunned down by Stryfe posing as Cable, but he was getting his message across. I am sure this was earning him some good will for mutants.

Those are three exampls off the top of my head. I am sure there are more.

Yes I think the idea the Marvel Universe is more Racist than the real world is a given, especially the US. The political climate against Mutants and heroes in general today is presented so OTT by the books it's a wonder society functions in the MU.

It's comparatively rare to see positive moments for the X-Men and mutants in general as the shafts of light tend to be brief and far between, other coutries - I remember a nice moment in Uncanny #200 in Paris Kitty Pryde seeing protesters outside the supreme court thinks the worst but is corrected that they are in fact pro-mutant demonstrators. A really nice moment that actually....
Excalibur were accepted as Britains first line of Heroes and seemed immune to the politics elsewhere in the X-Books.
San Franscisco has always been friendly to the X-Men and Mutants.

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