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Godel x Uzumeri #1: Giant-Size X-Men & X-Men 94-95 (or, Claremonty Pile-on’s Flying Caption Circus)

Posted in UGGU: Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men on August 17, 2010 by uzumerid

David: Alright! Welcome to a debut feature on Kangarat Murder Society, where my high school internet buddy Addison Godel and I are going to present comic book runs (usually ones that one of us is more familiar with)┬áto each other and pick them apart. This week we’re kicking it off with the beginning of the All-New, All-Different Uncanny X-Men!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, including Giant-Size X-Men #1 (Len Wein & Dave Cockrum) and X-Men #94-95 (Chris Claremont, Len Wein & Dave Cockrum).

Addison: This is, in spirit, a followup to the recent ComicsAlliance piece by Chris┬áSims in appreciation of extended runs by creators on single titles. There’s just something really nice about following this kind of title, where you can watch both the creator and the characters evolve from storyline to storyline over, in this case, a fifteen-year period. In the case of the X-Men, this was the period where they went from being kind of a minor, fondly-remembered 60s title to being one of Marvel’s flagship properties, so this is also a chance to look closely at this influential run and discover, hopefully, interesting things in it – – – unexplored avenues for the characters, different themes for the whole book, all that kind of thing. At a moment when the big new idea to launch an X-Men #1 is “they’ll fight vampires,” I think this could be a pretty lucrative project.

Plus, I’m just a huge X-Men dork and I’ve been bugging David about this forever.

David: So we’re going to kick it off with the one-shot that started it all and dwarfs all of your Absolute Editions and Oversized Hardcovers, Giant-Size X-Men #1, plus the two-issue arc immediately following.

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