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In which Miles tries to find things to like about Bob Layton’s X-Factor run; Cyclops’s life is literally an anxiety dream; X-Factor is very Leverage; Layton’s Angel is just godawful; Rachel is all about the Red Scare; Frenzy is awesome; and we bid a fond farewell to producer Bobby Roberts.
- An Apocalypse that might have been
- Mid-80s X-title thematic disambiguation
- The limited value of nostalgia
- Creative history of X-Factor
- X-Factor #2-5 and Annual #1
- The baffling reinvention of Vera Cantor
- Tower (Edward Pasternak)
- Dubious didactic strategies
- Carl Maddicks
- Artie Maddicks
- Muffin the kitten
- Bad timing
- Soviet mutant policy
- Soviet robot disambiguation
- The Doppelganger (Wolfgang Heinreich)
- A ruse
- Alexei Garnov, Mentac the Living Computer, Concussion, Iron Curtain, and Siberian Tiger
- The worst phonetic accent we have ever seen.
- The Alliance of Evil
- Frenzy (Joanna Cargill)
- The color of Beast’s fur
- Our favorite X-Men toys
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Many thanks to Bobby Roberts for 57 spectacular episodes of production, advice, and boundless patience. You are the best, and we love you forever.
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