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Hey Kids!

Your X-hosts had a busy year, including the relocation of our worldwide X-Aspirations headquarters. I am not going to say the website got neglected, but every time I Googled the word “neglect” it kept returning this web site (heyo!). Anyway, that is all water under the bridge as we have really snazzied up the place. The rugs have been beaten, the couches have been cleaned behind, and we finally threw out that aluminum foil monstrosity from the back of the meat drawer!

For starters, we have updated both the Mighty Marvel Mutant Count (M.M.M.C.) and the Suggested X-Reading List. In particular, the reading list got a major overhaul, adding links to reprints that actually contain the comics we are covering right now, so you, the listener, can actually follow along. We also greatly beefed up the comic history section with more of the reference material I have been digging into for the history section of the ‘Cast.

We also added a whole new section, the Episode Guide, with detailed descriptions of all the different episodes, so if you wanted to go back and listen to a particular topic, you no longer have to click through every episode, trying to decipher my cryptic descriptive hints. If you want to know more about Neal Adams you can now just scroll down to where it says Neal Adams Biography, click the link. Episode 57, by the way.

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Episode 127, “Demon”

X-Men #143, March 1981

In Which We Find That Xavier’s Woods Is No Place For Erotic Tree Removal, That This Is Not The First Time Kitty’s Perfume Has Been Confused With An Evil Miasma, And That Moving In On Logan’s Girl Has Two Parts: 1- Upside Down Kissing and 2- You In Two Parts!

Episode 126, “Mind Out of Time!

X-Men #142, February 1981

In Which We Discover That Kitty Pryde Is Just Like Indian Food, She Goes Right Through You, That Ororo Likes Countries Like She Likes Her Men: Big Enough That They Don’t Trigger Her Debilitating Claustrophobia, And That With A Large Enough Wolverine Colossus Could Move The World!

Episode 125, “Days of Future Past”

X-Men #141, January 1981

In Which We Learn That Danger Room Brunch is the Deadliest Brunch of All, That Pillsbury Breads Should Never Be Substituted for any Feminine Hygiene Products, And That Somehow Walter Mondale’s Candidacy Was Even More Disastrous in X-Men Continuity!

Episode 124, “Rage!”

X-Men #140, December 1980

In Which We Find That There Is Nothing Like The Bond That Forms Between Two Men And A Nice Large Stump, That Smokey The Bear Is Mostly A Symbol Of The Ineffectiveness of Civilization In Battling the Elemental Might of Fire. And Also, He Is A Total Hoser, And That The Toughest Battles of Wolverine’s Early Years Were Keeping Three People Under A Single Comforter!

Episode 123, “…Something Wicked This Way Comes!”

X-Men #139, November 1980

In Which We Discover That When Your Hands Are Can Openers Every Problem Is A Can, That Shaman Often Calls Upon The Four Winds and the Spirit Moon To Keep His Toes Dry And Chafe-Free, And That Snowbird Defies Stereotypes of Both Traditional Femininity And Feminine Voice Work!

Episode 122, “Nightcrawler’s Inferno”

X-Men Annual #4, November 1980

In Which We Learn That Nightcrawler Can Finally Ditch His Fake ID, That Kitty Pryde Has The Drinking Habits Of A Bitter Joan Crawford, And That It’s Hard Out Here For A Sorcerer Supreme, Getting Enough Magic For His Rent!

Episode 121, “Elegy”

X-Men #138, October 1980

In Which We Discover That Shi’Ar Culture May Overvalue Their Novelty Snow Globes, That Scott Now Has Both Rose Colored Glasses And Boots Made For Walking, And That One Can Not Underestimate The Value of A Well Placed Jacket Flap To Get Around The Comics’ Code!

Episode 120, “The Fate of the Phoenix!”

X-Men #137, September 1980

In Which We Find That Five Billion Is Actually The Loneliest Number, That The Only Way For The X-Men To Save Jean Is To Go The Full Monty, And That Gladiator Does Not Want You To Hate Him Because He Is Beautiful!

Episode 119, “Child of Light and Darkness!”

X-Men #136, August 1980

In Which We Learn That The Greatest Threat To Most Alien Civilizations Is That No One Can Pronounce Anyone Else’s Name, That Parental Guilt Trips Scale With The Amount of Omnipotence One Possesses So Mathematically You Actually Can Never Be Good Enough, And That No, Xavier Can Not Let Scott Have Even Just This One!

Episode 118, “Dark Phoenix”

X-Men #135, July 1980

In Which We Discover That Nightcrawler Knows That Dying Is Easy But It Is Comedy That Is Hard, That Ironically Peter Rasputin Is Currently Reading The Golden Bough, And That In The 12-Step Program For Omnipotence, It Is That Amends Step That Really Eats Up All Your Time!