In which writing X-books requires a somewhat different approach to continuity than writing about them; time is weird; Jay overthinks fictional publications; Scott Summers is (at least sometimes) Autistic; Sinister is not subtle; and no story is the whole story.
X-Men: Marvels Snapshots #1
Why Cyclops is worth caring about
Intent vs. ownership of characters
The difference between writing X-books and writing about X-books
The irreconcilable continuity tangle of Scott Summers’s childhood
In which we hear from two generations of Stokeses for the price of one, buying comics for your son is a great way to rationalize reading them yourself, you should probably be reading The Immortal Hulk, and a 30-year comics hiatus ain’t stopping Steve.
A well-loved copy of Fantastic Four #1
Marvel vs. DC in the Silver Age
Requirements for an acceptable Doctor Doom
The perils of competitive newsstand shopping
Comics conventions: the days before Hall H
The Long Game
Bill Sienkiewicz: best of the best
The Worst Comic Book Guy
What makes the X-books special
The experimental storytelling of New Mutants
The Original Five
The Long Box (and the Easter basket)
Returning to the Marvel Universe as a lapsed reader
Art styles over the years
Tragic tales of mail-order chameleons
The joys of the mainstreaming of nerddom
Superhero movies as message pill pockets
Fin Fang Foom
HoX/PoX freakouts as father/son bonding
Acid in vampires’ faces and other childhood traumas
NEXT EPISODE: The Phalanx Covenant (finally) begins!
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In which we are beset by festivity; Scott Summers still can’t take a vacation; the Daysprings are a really good family; “G’journey” is a really good greeting; Stryfe is his own namesake; retcons have served Cable well; illustrator David Wynne makes his X-Plain podcast debut; and you should probably go ahead and get a shelf for all these awards.
The Hayes family
The Grey-Summers Family circa 1993
The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix #1-4
What “Askani” means
When and whether Cable sleeps
The passage of time
Slym and Redd Dayspring
A biblical allusion
A very good greeting
Some constraints of superhero comics
Rachel Summers’s self-image
The origin of Cable’s codename
David Wynne and his art
The X-Fandom starter pack
The Fifth Annual Super Doctor Astronaut Peter Corbeau Awards for Excellence at X-Cellence
D&D with the Blue Team
All-New staying power
Change, in general
NEXT EPISODE: Bring kleenex.
CORRECTION: In this episode, Miles states that Scott and Jean are cool. They are, in fact, categorically uncool. We regret the error.
Special thanks to carolers Tina Carleton, Matt Gardner, Peter Gresser, Erin Pence, and Steve Pence!
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