X-Men: Apocalypse comes out this Friday and since I have been on the ball this year when it comes to putting together episodes that tie into the comic book films that are released I have not one but two episodes all about Marvel's Merry Mutants coming out this week. Not only that both of those episodes feature special guest hosts Jon M Wilson (The Giant Superman Podcast, New 52 Adventures of Superman and Avengers Inspirations) and J David Weter (Dave's Daredevil Podcast)!
In this first installment of the series I decided to call X-Men in the Nineties Jon, Dave and I talk about the first thirteen issues of the adjective-less X-Men series that launched in 1991. That's right...it's been twenty-five years since this series came out which means that kids born that year are now allowed to rent a car here in the United States. We spend about two hours talking about Magento's "final" stand, the introduction of Omega Red, the crossover with Ghost Rider, how much I hate Mojo as a character, why Jim Lee leaving the title made me mad and how awesome Art Thibert's art was in issues twelve and thirteen.
The first issue of X-Men featured a handful of really nice pin-ups. Actually three of these are really nice. One of them is a prime example of the excesses of the '90s in terms of exploiting female characters for the sake of exciting heterosexual males. I present the poolside pin-up in the interest of historical context and not because I like it.
Next Time: Come back in a few days for the second part of this series where Dave, Jon and I talk about the Mutant Crossover known as...X-Cutioner's Song!