In which we enter our fourth century of podcasting with brand new theme music; we have both Wolverine questions and wolverine questions; it is extremely rough to be Bishop; the creator of Garfield may or may not live in a sewer on Earth-616; Rogue needs better coping mechanisms; bigotry is depressingly timeless; and everything is Onslaught now.
- Joseph’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
- Our new theme music
- X-Men Prime #1
- A genuinely cool cover gimmick
- What happened after the end of the world
- War crimes vs. fashion crimes
- Destruction of real landmarks in fiction
- A mysterious assailant
- Actual embodied chaos god Jim Davis and his Earth-616 namesake
- Several memorable Garfield stories
- Marrow (Sarah Rushman)
- The secret origin of the Morlocks
- A friendship we miss
- Unhealthy coping mechanisms
- The perennially dubious journalistic ethics of Trish Tilby
- The death of Dennis
- Flaws of the mutant metaphor (more) (again)
- Several refugees from Earth-295
- Mr. Summers and Mr. Summers
- The secret origin of the Genoshan mutates
- The Acolytes
- The continuing relevance of the mutant metaphor (more) (again)
- Cross-universe characterization
NEXT EPISODE: The fall of Avalon!
NOTE: The Garfield strips Jay mentions appeared in newspapers, on purpose, in October 1989.
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Links & Further Reading:
- Kurt Busiek
- Unpublished X-Men
- The X-Axis Silver-Age Index (archived)
- X-Men #32
- X-Men #37
- X-Men #48
- Marvel Holiday Special 1994
- Slan, by A. E. van Vogt
- Children of the Atom, by Wilmar H. Shiras
- Mutant, by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner)
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon
- The Dark Is Rising Sequence, by Susan Cooper
- Astro City
- Tooth and Claw
In which special guest Kurt Busiek is the J. Robert Oppenheimer of X-Men, Rachel and Miles learn to love the Silver Age, Cyclops gets a job, Bernard the Poet falls from grace, we really wish X-Men: The Secret Years was a real book, everyone recites poetry, and we still don’t get around to Marvels.
- METOXO, the Lava Man
- The true, secret purpose of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men
- The Phoenix retcon
- Archival pocket dimensions
- Enid Blyton’s X-Men
- Early-to-mid-20th Century American Jewish Socialism
- Why the X-Men are terrible mutant P.R.
- Band names of the Silver Age
- An X-Men series that might have been.
- Why Cyclops should be the Rachel Maddow of Marvel
- Quicksilver’s childhood dreams
- The Coffee-a-Go-Go
- Bernard the Poet
- Zelda Kurtzberg
- The Barefoot Beats
Next week: The wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey!
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