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I feel like this cover is generally a good metaphor for the 1993 Marvel annuals. (X-Factor Annual #8)
Just once, I want this setup to turn out to be a red herring. (X-Factor Annual #8)
Random is either time displaced or the world’s most precocious gamete. (X-Factor Annual #8)
And that’s why you always leave a note! (X-Factor Annual #8)
Remember that time Strong Guy called out casual ableism and it was AWESOME? (X-Factor Annual #8)
Well, that was an unexpected turn. (X-Factor Annual #8)
The real question is how many of them summon him in order to make fun of his name. (X-Factor Annual #8)
For some value of “deadly,” at least. (X-Factor Annual #8)
Aw, Guido. (X-Factor Annual #8)
Good dog. (X-Factor Annual #8)
Teleports more than walks, really. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
“Honestly, he really has no idea what the hell he’s doing.” (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
They even have their own entrance music. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
Okay. This looks bad. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
Grey-Summers problems. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
This seems pretty fundamentally unfair. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
You’re not wrong. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
OH, SNAP. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
He’ll be okay. Kind of. Eventually. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
“By the way, has anyone ever told you that you have a crayon name? Because you totally have a crayon name. (Uncanny X-Men Annual #17)
Yep. (Excalibur Annual #1)
Kitty X-Plains your dreams. (Excalibur Annual #1)
When will Excalibur learn that nothing good ever comes from hanging out with wizards. (Excalibur Annual #1)
Nothing good… except for THIS DUDE! (Excalibur Annual #1)
This is Captain Britain’s M.O. in a nutshell. (Excalibur Annual #1)
“Guys, we’re playing Spelljammer now.” (Excalibur Annual #1)
Meanwhile, with Technet. (Excalibur Annual #1)
NEXT EPISODE: Excalibur goes to space!
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You can make your own Sienna Blaze lipstick!
While it’s setting, why not read more about the 1993 Marvel annuals and Evan Skolnick’s D&D campaign!
Or you could watch The Gamers and develop a deeper understanding of Jay’s joke about Captain Britain at the gaming table.
And there’s always Episode 21 – Kurt Busiek at the Coffee-a-Go-Go, where we delve deep into the wonders of Metoxo the Lava Man!
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In which DC is out of our bailiwick; Random gets around; someone finally makes an explicit reference to disability politics; death has not improved the Chalkers; Strong Guy can’t catch a break; we’re all whole other people; Sienna Blaze has a crayon name; we totally want to play D&D with Evan Skolnick; a trading card does not a memorable character make; and we are 100% here for the mutant episode of Sesame Street.
- What happened to Fred Duncan
- Marvel’s 1993 Annuals
- The speculator boom
- X-Factor Annual #8
- Uncanny X-Men Annual #17
- Excalibur Annual #1
- Charlie Ronalds (Charon) and his issues
- A protracted Batman reference
- How to string pearls
- A dubious twist on the danger room
- The pure joy of a child, but twisted and distorted like a shredded butterfly
- Cloot (Satannish)
- Howling Mad, by Peter David
- The greatest enemies of X-Factor (but not really)
- Cruel and arbitrary moralizing
- The other X-Cutioner (Carl Denti)
- A protracted illusion
- The Amazing Icemaster
- An accidental trap
- The death of Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind)
- Resolution versus forgiveness
- The other first appearance of Sienna Blaze
- More wizard stuff
- Khaos & Gritty 4 Lyfe
- Mutants on Sesame Street
- Cycling in and out of comics
NEXT EPISODE: Excalibur goes to space!
CORRECTION: Chris Claremont did not in fact write Dragonlance
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