In which Deadpool and X-Men ’92 artist Scott Koblish joins us to present the Summers Family Tree as you’ve never experienced it before; the X-Men go to Dante’s Hell; Dr. Strange gets his Virgil on; Wolverine sniffs snakes; Iceman has probably killed a lot of people; and X-Men fans have remained remarkably consistent over the years.
The Summers family
Birthdays at the Xavier mansion
A package as sinister as it is stylish
Uncanny X-Men King-Size Annual #4
One version of Hell
A demon who is also a sorting hat
Another X-Men crossover conspiracy theory
The X-Men’s religious affiliations and lack thereof
Nuance of self-narration
Snakes with arms, and the vocalizations thereof
Dangers of encasing people in ice
The death of Stefan Szardos
An overly complex revenge plot
The origin of that one angry mob from Giant-Size X-Men #1
Reader responses to the Dark Phoenix Saga
X-Men vs. board games
The appeal of the Outback X-Men
NEXT EPISODE: Kurt Wagner: Warlord… of our hearts!
DEAR MISTER SINISTER lyrics by Jay Edidin & music by Tea Fougner. Performed by Scott Koblish.
You can find a visual companion to this episode on our blog!
The closest approximation of Havok’s powers in the standard emoji set is concentric hearts.
I discovered this a few months back, texting with the amazing Tea Fougner. “It kind of fits,” I remember typing. “I mean, the movie version has very Care Bear powers.”
There followed a Step 3, with a series of question marks; but by the end of the conversation, we had decided to make and exchange Summers Brothers Care Bears.
(I also ended up making a tiny Captain America bear, which astute readers will recognize as a panel-accurate replica of the Captain America bear Cyclops canonically owns, which appeared for one panel sometime in the late ’90s. Jean won it for him at a fair. Comics are great, y’all.)
ANYWAY, here are some process photos and notes. ENJOY!
The only remotely appropriately colored Care Bear was Grumpy Bear. I feel pretty okay about that.
Care Bear eyes are riveted in. Fortunately, I had help from my friend Dave, who owns…
…a drill press!
Since the lights were smaller than the actual eyes, I threw on a few coats of red paint once we had ’em out.
Seriously, I have never identified more closely with Mister Sinister.
And here’s Cyclops Bear, reassembled!
Still not lasers.
The visor is part of a leftover container from Rite-Aid. The actual lens is cut from a ski visor.
Finished Cyclops and Cap bears.
The Cap Bear’s single canon appearance.
The Summers Bears united. Cyclops and Cap stayed in New York with Tea; Havok relocated to the Pacific Northwest with me, presumably to finish his dissertation. For some reason this photo WILL NOT display upright.
UPDATE: Tea just sent me a slew of Havok Bear process photos and notes, so those will be up next week!
In which we take the show on the road; Uncanny X-Men wraps up Apocalypse Wars; All-New Wolverine is a four-generation masterpiece; and Jay and Tea totally made Summers Bears.
Uncanny X-Men #10 (00:49)
*All-New Wolverine #10 (02:53)
*Pick of the Week (05:24)
Special thanks to Guest Co-Host and Partner in Bears Tea Fougner!
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