Thursday, May 26, 2016


My shameless attempt to tie into a big budget comic book film continues this time out as Jon M Wilson (The Giant Superman PodcastNew 52 Adventures of Superman and Avengers Inspirations) and J David Weter (Dave's Daredevil Podcast) join me to answer the question, "What do you do when your superstar artists up and leave your company after you gave them their own titles and a creative blank check?"  Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld (along with Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri and Whilce Portacio) left Marvel in early 1992 to form Image Comics.  This left a giant hole in the X-Men offices because the editors had put all of their creative eggs in one basket.  How do you recover from such a loss.

The answer?  A crossover!

Specifically the X-Cutioner's Song, a twelve part storyline that ran through Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Factor and X-Force.  The story was pretty simple; the mutant terrorist Stryfe shoots Professor Xavier and infects him with a techno-organic virus.  Meanwhile Scott Summers and Jean Grey are kidnapped by Stryfe's forces and suddenly you have three different X-teams getting involved to search for Scott and Jean and a cure for Professor X.  Jon, Dave (because we can call him Dave) and I spend a little over an hour talking about the story.  What we liked, what we didn't like, the story, the art, the legacy (pun intended) of the story and what happened after this crossover wrapped up.

During the episode I mentioned that the issues that made up X-Cutioner's Song came polybagged with trading cards.  I scanned those cards so you too can see the glory that is early nineties comic book trading card premiums.  First up are the Prey cards.

And then there were the Hunter cards.

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Next Time: Come back this weekend for the second part of a crossover with the Palace of Glittering Delights.  Head over there first and listen to Andy Leyland and I talk through the 2002 Spider-Man film and then come back here to hear us talk through Spider-Man 3!

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