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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 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!

Episode 117, “Too Late The Heroes!”

X-Men #134, June 1980

In Which We Learn That Wolverine Ain’t Heavy He’s My Mutantly-Enhanced Mass Brother, That Beneath Colossus’ Metal Skin Beats The Heart of An Easily Distracted Poet, And That If Storm Hears One More “Let It Go” refrain from Nightcrawler, He’s A Dead Elf!

Episode 116, “Wolverine: Alone!”

X-Men #133, May 1980

In Which We Find That Unlike Folgers, Wolverine Is Not Good To The Last Drop, That Bjork Has Nothing On Moira MacTaggart’s Fashion Sense, And That Jean May Have Just Earned Herself ALL The Racial Sensitivity Seminars. To The End of Time!

Episode 115, “And Hellfire Is Their Name!”

X-Men #132, April 1980

In Which We Discover That Wolverine May Be Murder On The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, But He Better Watch Himself With The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, That You Can’t Toss A Rock In The Marvel Universe Without Hitting An Over-Priviliged Hellfire Club Member, And That Only Jean Grey Can Control Scott’s Blasts… If You Know What I Mean!

Episode 114, “Run For Your Life!”

X-Men #131, March 1980

In Which We Learn That The Hellfire Minion Funniest Facial Expression Contest Always Ends In A 20-Way Tie, That 1970s Detroit Builds Nothing The X-Men Won’t Mangle, And That Kitty Pryde Is Just Not Sure She Can Deal With The Amount of X-Nudity Required!

Episode 113, “Dazzler”

X-Men #130, February 1980

In Which We Find That Wolverine Lives In Constant Fear Of Recklessly Fast Zipper Pull-Ups, That Like Many Girls Jean Grey Dreams Of A Traditional, Intimate Wedding In A Quaint Church That Only Partially Smells of Its Own Fiery Conflagration, And That There Are Two Things Dazzler Loves: Driving Disco Beats And Speculative Fiction By The Dean Of Science Fiction!