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Cyclops and Jean Grey in her old Marvel Girl outfit underneath logo and 'Special Double-Sized Issue!' blurb, with ad banner up top reading 'This Marvel Comic Could Be Worth $2500 to You!'
Cover to X-Men #137 [digital] © 1980 Marvel Comics. Pencils: John
Byrne. Inks: Terry Austin. Letters: Jim Novak. Colors: Unknown.


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5 comments:

  1. 1. Well, you know all too well my shared affinity for superhero team comics of the 80s. Let's just say, as excited as am I to have finally reached the Thomas/Adams X-Men stuff on my blog, I cannot wait to hit the Claremont stuff.

    2. Much to the chagrin of my wife and peers, I have never seen Airplane.

    I know, I know. Just missed it somewhere along the way, though much of its most famous bits have become part of the pop culture zeitgeist and thus wormed their way into my personal lexicon despite having never seen the film itself.

    3. I'm an English major, so of course I love annotations (and episode guides, etc.).

    What I really want to get my hands on is that multi-volume collection of Sherlock Holmes annotations.

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  2. 1. Comics are for kids.
    2. Movies about Airplanes are not funny.
    3. I want to read, not do homework.


    or...

    1. Professor Xavier is a Jerk!
    2. Surely, you can't be serious.
    3. Elvis Presley as Captain Marvel Jr.

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  3. Let's just say, as excited as am I to have finally reached the Thomas/Adams X-Men stuff on my blog, I cannot wait to hit the Claremont stuff.

    Oh, I hope I finally have the time and the stable Internet connection to follow along with that. I keep falling behind on my favorite blogs and my friends' endeavors — you-guys-above's stuff falling into both categories.

    Much to the chagrin of my wife and peers, I have never seen Airplane.

    ?!?!?!?!?!?

    Surely, you can't be serious. (I don't think it would've been legal of me not to say that...!)

    What I really want to get my hands on is that multi-volume collection of Sherlock Holmes annotations.

    Oddly enough, I covet those myself even though I'm not exactly a Sherlock Holmes fan. That's probably just because I just haven't read much of it, though, and the annotations would be an excuse to jump into the whole oeuvre; I know I paged through my mom's copy of The Hobbit as a kid, but I'm not sure I ever even read it all the way through until I picked up an annotated edition in high school. And that's not to say that annotations are best read concurrently with a text the first time you sit down with it, which most of the time they're not, but it's akin to looking forward to a movie you've heard is awesome even more when you have a DVD loaded with commentaries and extras to indulge in after the first viewing, or to devouring a TV series in full when you have a complete set of the show and some awesome episode guides. The forces of geek and gentlemen of leisure are like that.

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  4. 1. Professor Xavier is a Jerk!

    OMG... Stefan, I just flashed that image, and it warmed my heart.

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  5. 3. Elvis Presley as Captain Marvel Jr.

    And that was the least of it, the window dressing that confounded Harlan Ellison, but I spent so much time with my head in that book I'm not sure what was obvious, dense, hackneyed, cool, accidental, or intended any more.

    One of these days I or some anonymous friend will get those annotations up in their own little corner of the Interwebs, but until then I occasionally have to politely tell some dude on EBay selling electronic versions of them, "Nope." (The actual printed version is there more often, although not at the ridiculous prices it once commanded, which is amusing, entirely legal, and only a bit rueful.)

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