In which Rachel finally gets to say “WHAT?!,” we examine three variations on the Silver Age, Twin Peaks is reality TV, we can’t believe you hired Hitler, Angel is not Batman, even the most sympathetic Xavier is still pretty creepy, Cyclops has a good day, Marvel Girl is not going to throw a dinosaur for you, Iceman is the Troy Barnes of the X-Men, and we say a fond farewell to the Silver Age.
- The X-Axis
- X-Men: Children of the Atom
- Hard-sell noir
- How to party like it’s sometime between 1986 and 1991, as filtered through 1999
- The perils of over-referencing
- Why Marvel is in the Tommy Westphall Universe
- The worst guidance counselor ever
- Villain speeches
- X-Men: First Class (but not that one)
- Fun, and several places to find it
- Angst-free X-Men
- Gender politics of superheroism
- X-Men: Season One
- The solution to the Silver-Age-Jean Grey problem
- Why Iceman matters
- The Silver Age cram book
You can find a visual companion to the episode – and links to recommended reading – on our blog.
We are Miles Stokes and Rachel Edidin, and we are comics. We’re industry professionals and long-term fans; and we host the podcast Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men.
Almost 19 years ago, in junior high, we tentatively made friends through the language of borrowed books and the common belief that the stories we care passionately about are only made richer by sharing them. We were both alienated, screwed-up kids who looked at comics and found points of identification, sources of hope–and each other. Decades later, we still do.
We believe that comics are for everyone. And we want to see an industry, community, and critical media that reflects that value.
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