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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 111, “The Action Of The Tiger!”

X-Men #128, December 1979

In Which We Learn That Storm Is A Friend To All Be They Beast Or Building Material, That Elephants Never Forget Their First Interspecies Sexual Predator, And That Moira Has Found The Warm Joy Of A Set Of Stainless Steel Twigs ‘n Berries!

Episode 110, “The Quality of Hatred!”

X-Men #127, October 1979

In Which We Discover That Moira MacTaggert’s Past Is More Sordid Than A Moist Towelette At A Brothel, That Cyclops Runs The Worst Team Building Exercises, And That If Sophocles Had Written For Comic Books He Would Probably Have Asked Claremont To Cool It With All The Creepy Mom Sex Stuff!

Episode 109, “How Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth…!”

X-Men #126, October 1979

In Which We Find That Hunting Naked Men Is One Of The Fifty Shades of Jean Grey, That Madrox Is Only One Step Above A Tennis Ball On A Stick, And That Mutant X May Have One Further Weakness: Love… And A Debilitating Addiction To Prescription Medication. Also, Chocoholic!

Episode 108, “There’s Something Awful on Muir Island!”

X-Men #125, September 1979

In Which We Discover That Wolverine Has Been Insufferable Ever Since Nightcrawler Broke the Keurig Machine, That Jean Grey Has Been Traveling the Mediterranean Learning the Tantric Secrets of the Yoni and the Emotional Voids, And That At Last The X-Men Can Really Celebrate Because Everyone is Not Dead! Well, Except Changeling, but F— That Guy!

Episode 107, “A Fire In The Sky!”

X-Men King-Size Annual #3, August 1979

In Which We Learn That Logan Could Have Saved This Civilization If He Had Only Finished His Online Vocational Electronics Course, That Nightcrawler’s Greatest Nemesis Is The Rotary Phone, And That No Abducted Lady’s Wardrobe Is Complete Without A Metal Bikini!

Episode 106, “He Only Laughs When I Hurt!”

X-Men #124, August 1979

In Which We Find That There Is No Crisis Storm Can Not Face Through Increased Teenage Boy Titillation, That Half A Villainess Costume Might Not Be Better Than None, And That Cyclops Found His Red Cross Training Got Him More Than Just A Renewal Of His Lifeguard Certification!

Episode 105, “Listen — Stop Me if You’ve Heard It — But This One Will Kill You!”

X-Men #123, July 1979

In Which We Discover That Ororo Must Be By Far the Cleanest Member of the X-men, That Colossus Has Finally Earned His Big Boy Pants, And That Arcade Has Managed To Merge His Three Greatest Passions: Homicide, Inflatable Latex, and Who Rock Operas!

Episode 104, “Cry for the Children!”

X-Men #122, June 1979

In Which We Find That Wolverine is a Worker’s Comp Lawsuit Waiting To Happen, That On the Shi’Ar Homeworld No One Can Avoid The Noid, and That Colleen Wing Is Looking For a House Call From The One-Eyed Wonder! It Is Both Not What You Are Thinking and Totally Is!

Episode 103, “Shoot-Out At The Stampede!”

X-Men #121, May 1979

In Which We Discover That Sugar and Spice and PCP-Ice, That’s What Calgary Is Made Of, That Most Supervillainy Is Just A Side Effect Of Grumpy Tummies, And That If Vindicator Is Not Careful He Might Just Fly His F-14 Tomcat Right Into The Danger Zone!!!

Episode 102, “Wanted: Wolverine! Dead or Alive!”

X-Men #120, April 1979

In Which We Learn That There Is No Shame Greater Than The Mid-Plane Walk of Shame, That Storm Would Be Perfect For Hair or Equus or Really Any Play Where She Can Hang Out Her Junk, And That, Yes, Banshee Did Try Adding Both Ginger and Honey To Hot Chamomile And Now Would Like You To Shut Up With All Your Home Brewed Throat Bullcrap!