Episode 055, “Wanted: Dead or Alive — Cyclops!”

X-Aspirations Episode 055
X-Men #54, March 1969
“Wanted: Dead or Alive — Cyclops!”
Written by Arnold Drake, Pencils by Don Heck, Inked by Vince Colletta, Lettering by Jean Izzo, Edited by Stan Lee.

Also Included: “The Million Dollar Angel”
Written by Arnold Drake, Pencils by Werner Roth, Inked by Vince Colletta, Lettering by Artie Simek, Edited by Stan Lee.

Notes From The Underground!

In Which We Find That The Jackal-Headed Deities Always Get The Crap Chores, That Santa Needs To Crack Down On His Little Helpers Moonlighting, And That While Bobby Likes The Idea of Japanese Fashion He Has Not Really Had The Time To Look Into It!

10,000 Bohemians: Now That Would Have Been A Great Band!

Two of the most influential Underground Comix of the late 60s, Zap Comix (out of San Francisco) and Bijou Funnies (out of Chicago). Note both feature covers by Robert Crumb.

Above left is Young Lust, a Romance comic parody from the Underground Comix movement. Among its many contributors was a young Art Spiegelman, future creator of the Pulitzer Prize winning Maus. Above right is issue #1 of Marvel Comics failed experiment in co-opting the Underground Comix movement, Comix Book.

Here are examples of art from various Underground Comix artists. First is a self-portrait by Robert Crumb, heavy with the weird sexuality he put into so many of his works. Next is a sample of Wonder Wart-Hog by Gilbert Shelton, a Texas native. Finally, we present a sample of Nard n’ Pat from artist and editor of the Bijou Funnies, Jay (or Jayzey) Lynch.

“This room is filled with bodies! Dusty, wrapped victims of this serial killer!”

Larry did not understand why he was repeatedly overlooked for homicide detective.

My chest breaks everything it comes in contact with!  The only time I could wear necklaces was in the eighties.

This is the biggest action figure in all of Egypt!

Now… Who has a giant pair of scissors to get it out of this damn packaging?

The Pharaoh went with his signature move, but he failed to take into account the actual location of feline nipples.

It wasn’t me. I bet it was Anubus.

Oh, Anorak, always blaming the dog headed deity…

I learned this move at the Cafe a Go Go.

Ever since Bobby unearthed that ancient Tiki statue, it had been nothing but bad luck.

Someone would have to eventually pick up that dog poop, but Scott was damned if it was going to be him.

On a very special “Touched by an Angel”…

And on that day, Lucifer did war against God with fire and smoke, tearing at the very intestines of Archangel Gabriel.

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