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November 14th, 2009
07:22 pm
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"Psi War!"

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October 29th, 2009
11:27 am
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More from "Ruins"

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September 23rd, 2009
05:16 pm


Three pages from DARK X-MEN: THE CONFESSION #1 (focusing on one half of the confessions) and one page from UNCANNY X-MEN #515.

Confessions and recriminations after the cut )

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September 14th, 2009
07:55 pm


Uncanny X-Men: A Girl and Her Dragon
When Kitty met Lockheed! Scans from UXM 166 and 168, by Claremont and Smith.

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September 10th, 2009
10:06 am


In which the Dark Avengers actually get to do something.

Four scans from Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus, the finale to the "Utopia" crossover.

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September 4th, 2009
11:27 pm


The real source of the X-Men

Every comic book, cartoon and movie featuring the X-Men should in all fairness have a credit on it somewhere, "Inspired by the 1945 'Baldy' stories of Henry Kuttner and Catherine L. Moore."

I'd read some stories by Henry Kuttner that I thought were clever and amusing (the Hogbens series, the one about Gallagher the drunk inventor) and some that seemed tedious and lame (those uninspired Elak of Atlantis epics). But until I found myself lost in MUTANT, I didn't quite realize how astoundingly good Kuttner (and his wife Moore, usually collaborating to some degree, here as "Lewis Padgett") could be. This is the real stuff, genuine pulp style science fiction. It's full of inventive details and clever plot twists, with a strong premise that today seems to have a even stronger appeal for readers than it did back then..

Created by atomic radiation, a new race of bald telepaths fights a desperate secret war between their two factions of the sane and the paranoid mutants. The paranoids (who at one point are mockingly called "Homo Superior" as compared to Homo Sapiens) see themselves as godlike supermen inevitably destined to conquer and rule the pitiful normal humans. The sane mutants are struggling desperately to keep knowledge of even the existence of the paranoids from become known, fearing that vastly more numerous normals will massacre them all. It's not a simplistic struggle between pure good and evil, as even the sane Baldies resent being forced to submit and bow their heads, keeping a low profile in the hopes that their children will be fully assimilated.

(Did Stan Lee ever mention in the letters columns that he and Jack Kirby had enjoyed the 'Baldy' stories by Kuttner? Certainly, they both had read a lot of pulps back in the 1940s, Kirby even illustrating some of them. As Jewish men alive during the Holocaust, did the 'Baldy' stories have special resonance for them?)

All the mutants are born completely hairless, but in an attempt at blending in and going unnoticed, most of them wear fake eyebrows, eyelashes and wigs. At first, the more defiant and unruly mutants go around natural (I'm bald and I'm proud!), but widespread lynching dampens that trend. We as readers following the Baldies can see they are mostly honorable and discreet, would never use their telepathic abiities unfairly and in fact go out of their way to do useful constructive work in their careers. Still.... you can see how just knowing there are people out there who can literally read your mind without your knowledge or consent would be seen as threatening. And who doesn't have dirty little secrets and vices they want to keep hidden? (Put your hand down, you in the back. You're as bad as the rest of us.)

Although they can communicate freely with each other, the Baldies can only read a normal human's surface thoughts; it's a real effort to put a thought into a person's mind, and there's no sign that Baldies can mentally coerce anyone, let alone brainwash or control someone's actions. This makes them still dangerous but much more vulnerable and recognizable than Marvel mutants who can blast destructive rays from their eyes or make Army tanks fly apart. In addition to the tension of the desperate underground war going on unsuspected by the normal humans, the "Baldy" series also has an intriguing backstory that is gradually revealed.

[An incredibly lengthy review of the "Baldy" stories can be found over on my Retro-Scans site, for those who are interested. One more indication of how Lee and Kirby were deriving the X-Men from the "Baldies" is shown in how Magneto also had telepathic powers in the earliest issues. He was not as capable as Professor X, but he could scan minds and astral travel. This was quickly dropped, but it is an echo of Kuttner's vision of two groups of telepathic mutants warring with each other over humanity.)

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August 18th, 2009
01:00 am


Avengers Annual #10 - Today, on a Very Special Jerry Springer....
... Carol Danvers lays the smack down on the Avengers for their handling of the events of Avengers #200, so very recently posted here.

Posting 6 pages of a 38-page annual, not my scans and nothing done to them but resizing, by very popular demand.

Remember, Carol at this point has reconstructed her life history, but it's ghostly to her, no real emotions attached. Can you imagine how this'd've played if she were fully herself?

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August 7th, 2009
01:09 pm


I forget who, but someone asked for scans of when Spidey owned the entire X-Men team, so here you go. The cover and three pages from issue three of the Secret Wars crossover.

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August 6th, 2009
09:22 pm


Ultimatum X-Men Requiem...
Ultimatum was horrible, the deaths were needless, bla bla bla. That said, this two page spread from Ultimatum X-Men Requiem is both gorgeous and infuriating.

Link of thingy things! Oh, and spoilers, yes. )

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August 3rd, 2009
06:57 pm
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Rachel and Magneto
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July 24th, 2009
11:31 am
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Mind rape?

While they didn't create the term, TV Tropes defines "Mind Rape" as when "a character is attacked by a villain in the most painful non-physical way possible. Their mind and soul are assaulted with painful, horrifying visions and memories, and broken until they're powerless and numb, but not dead, although afterwards they may wish they were. Nothing sexual occurs, but everything else is there to resemble a rape - violation, helplessness, and the poisoning of what could otherwise be a source of joy."

However I've seen a lot of people throw the term around whenever a character gets their mind read without their permission, as if it's just as bad (or almost as bad) as the act of sexual assault itself.

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June 24th, 2009
10:25 pm


Fraction's X-Heroes
Four scans from Uncanny X-Men #512, featuring Beast's adventuring X-Club, and four from Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia.

Paradox-alicious! )

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June 20th, 2009
02:21 pm
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Ultimate Pyro

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June 6th, 2009
10:19 pm


What If...? #114 Daddy Doom
Given that it's Doom week and I've kinda wanted to post this for some time and it also has cross dimensional spawn and fun What if ness all packed into one I bring scans daily 10 pages (from a 32 page comic) about What if...the people who were abducted by the Beyonder stayed on Battleworld for 25 years and had to co-exist, unable to return home to Earth?

It's also one of my favorite if not THE one What If I've always wanted to see continued, especially given that it's ending lends itself to that...

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June 5th, 2009
09:43 pm


X-Men X-Cutioner's Song.
EDIT: I've had to delete the 2nd issue due to the Whole PAD fiasco. :(


This is my first posting on the new scans daily (yey!) I've decided to share scans of Marvel's 1990's cross over X-Cutioner's Song. This was a 12 part series so I'll be posting scans from two issues in each post. This is the first part.

Be prepared for 90's murder, attemped murder kidnapping and torture...

Current Location: UK
Current Mood: accomplished
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May 22nd, 2009
10:34 pm


Wolverine: First Class #12
Title: Wolverine: First Class #12 (Marvel, 2009, 22 pages)
Creators: Fred Van Lente (writer), Scott Koblish (pencils)
Availability: Available In Trade

I found this during a foraging expedition at the local used media shop and picked this up from the quarter bin. I got a laugh out of this just because one of my first RPG groups used to have this argument all the time, and I felt like sharing.

The story takes place during Uncanny X-Men #150, which explains that...thing that Kitty is burning in the first scan.

Anyway, S_D, what say you: costume or uniform?

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May 18th, 2009
02:28 am


The start of a beautiful friendship.
Hello. My name is Roily Rogue and I am a Logurt fan. Logurt, for those who don't know, stands for Logan/Kurt aka Wolverine/Nightcrawler. I am hopelessly hooked on these two and their friendship in any way, shape or form. Recently, I got a hold of the first Essential X-men volume, because I wanted to study how the bond came about. After reading the beginning, I have more questions than I started with.

Behold the very earliest examples of Logurt.

Current Mood: geeky
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May 13th, 2009
06:36 pm


Professor X and Magneto are about to kiss.

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May 2nd, 2009
07:45 pm


First Attempt at a Post: X Men Unlimited 12
For some reason, this story wasn't included in the Onslaught complete series, despite being a brilliant story.
See how thing would probably work in reality for Cain Marko.

First attempt at this so please be helpful
Read more... )

Current Mood: stressed
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May 1st, 2009
11:32 am


A long, long time ago, when things were much simpler for our young mutants....
Inspired by this discussion, a look back on happier days.

From New Mutants vol 2 #2-3 (Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, and I think either/or Keron Grant and Randy Green on art)

Edit: DivCut hates me

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