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Wolverine, claws, great hair and sideburns!

AngryDigit writes about X-Men

Lee, Kirby


Comic: X-Men.
Creator: Lee, Kirby

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

A wonderful mythical fantasy world, where the most troubled can still be heroes, even if no one wants them.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

1982 I rediscovered the Mighty World of Marvel at 16 years old. I had read marvel comics at about the age of 5 or 6.

Recollection and revelations

At the age of 16 after 3 months,I was discharged "services no longer required" from the army. i was dvastated, my young life's ambition devestated. On the train journey home to Hampshire, I purchased a UK edition of (I think) "Marvel Super Heroes". i had always loved comics, 2000AD was a firm favorite and the seaside tourist hole I grew up in had a ready supply of US Marvels and DCs but it was some time since I had read one. As well as Moore and Davis' Captain Britain and Moore's solo Night Raven, there was a reprint of X-Men 136 (i tink memory serves me right) the conclusion of Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix's saga. I was hooked. As brilliant a writer as Alan Moore is it was Chris Claremont's writing and John Byrne's art that drew me back into the world of comics and eased the pain of wrecked ambition. I colllected comics religiously for 10 years, money ,or rather the lack of, causing me to stop and give up my collection. i am now waiting for the day my young sons want to read the mythical tales of Xavier's mutants so I can meet my old friends again. Celluloid is no replacement for the joy of holding the printed pages in your hands and escaping into the Marvel Universe.

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