Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

368 – Six Teenagers in a Van

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In which we return to Rutland, Vermont; Emma Frost faces her salad demons; Banshee is not even supposed to be here today; no one should ever have to drive in New York City; Fenris is both evil and obnoxious; and we’re still not over that one Senator Kelly action figure.


  • How to help us help queer and trans youth
  • Generation X #22
  • Generation X Annual 1996
  • Halloween with Generation X
  • Stag Beetle Magazine
  • X-casting Nicholas Cage
  • Neurotica
  • William Castle
  • Roger Corman’s Poe adaptations
  • Saturday morning cartoons
  • Weird gardening
  • Some very clever lettering tricks
  • Several humans
  • Train delays
  • Fenris
  • Mutagen Wave Generator
  • The Worst Action Figure (more) (again)
  • Robert the Ship
  • Our favorite Beast iterations
  • Abbreviations

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  1. Marvelous episode, as always, however in a universe where Grave Of Fireflies fruit gummies exist, Gooey Senator Kelly makes a good showing for Worst Movie Tie-In, but comes in second, for me.

  2. Speaking of Chris Bachelor drawing Ghost Rider… HE DID!


    He was the first artist on Ghost Rider 2099, and I loved it when it was coming out. Chris does a beautiful job with the cyberpunk aesthetic, and I remember being really bummed when he left the book to do Generation X.

    No clue if the book really holds up years later, but the art really worked for young me.

  3. So in the letters page of Generation X #22 someone writes in to ask:
    “How about a gay character? You’ve got such a diversity of characters, I think it’d be way cool to see Marvel’s first gay major character. I think you folks could really pull it off!”
    To which editorial replies:
    “A gay, major character in the Marvel Universe? Actually, it’s been done before (back in the pages of Alpha Flight), not to say that it can’t or won’t be done again. It’s true that the Gen X group already has cultural diversity and a gay character could easily function within the framework of the team, but who’s to say one already isn’t? Just something to think about…”

    So my question is, was there actually a plan to reveal any of the Generation X characters as queer? Has this ever been followed up on anywhere?

  4. Some random thoughts:

    -I think Scarab is the most metal insect. Or the Iron Clad Beetle. It’s a coin toss.

    – I still can’t believe that there was animated series for both Robocop and Highlander. I’m sure there’s other R-Rated movie to cartoons I’m forgetting, but that was weird.

    -I’m wondering if the Nightmare stuff in Generation X was a direct response to the movie that would release shortly after this issue came out? I know Scott Lobdell was a consultant on that movie, so maybe he was acknowledging the ludicrous nature of that plot point? It’s hard to say since Generation X #22 came out the same month the movie did.

    -And thanks to the Nicholas Cage casting idea I went back and re-read Immortal X-Men #1, imagining Cage’s voice whenever Sinister spoke. And not his normal speaking voice, but the borderline over-acting with it’s stops and sudden shouts. I still can’t tell if it’s just hilarious, genius, or both.

  5. Fun fact that I have just learned about Banshee. Apparently the Official Handbook establishes that he has a “Bachelor of Science” from TCD.

    The thing is, Trinity doesn’t offer a lot of BSc degrees — the more normal degree in the sciences and in technical disciplines is the bachelor of arts. So the question is, what was Sean’s BSc *in*? Possibly Midwifery — Trinity does offer a BSc in that.

    1. That is strangely easy to picture. In fact, I would love to see that play out in a comic story.

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