Episode 065, “The Coming Of Sunfire!”

X-Aspirations Episode 065
X-Men #64, January 1970
“The Coming Of Sunfire!”
Written by Roy Thomas, Pencils by Don Heck, Inked by Tom Palmer, Lettering by Artie Simek, Edited by Stan Lee.

Manga, It’s Not Just Italian For Eating Anymore!

In Which We Learn That No Marvel Crisis Is Complete Without The Abject Terror Of A Hippie, That Bobby Can Not Even Stand To Steam Clean His Carpets, And That If Your Uncle Asks To Take You To Your Childhood Home Always Be Sure To Get A Becquerel Count!

The World’s Avante Garde All Meet At The Chateau Dirbage!


One of the first adult, narrative comics ever created, Master Flashgold’s Splendiferous Dream by Koikawa Harumachi in 1775.


Osamu Tezuka is the father of Manga, with his simple, sparse linework and exaggerated facial features inspiring most of what is considered modern Manga. Left is one of his most well-known creations, Astro Boy. Right is an excellent example of his clean, sparse style from his comic Buddha.


Here are a couple more examples of Manga, which are world’s apart in tone and subject matter while still clearly sharing many artistic similarities. Left is Sailor Moon created by Naoko Takeuchi, an example of Shojo or young girl Manga which created its own sub-genre of Magical Girl stories. Right is a page from Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo, a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk tale.


Alt Title:  Watch Out for Japan, Kids!

Also: Yeah, Xenophobia, Let’s Do This.


No! The machine can’t take any more cotton candy! It’s going to– Never mind.


That prickling sensation on the back of your neck isn’t fear.


This looks like an awesome platformer!


Quick, get Beast over to the…

Hey, what the hell is that hideous, little green statue? A party Buddha? That is the last time we leave Jean unattended at the Flea Market.


Some people can handle Nicki Minaj’s new album. Some people can’t.


Oooo, what a pretty spinny thingie… — Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!


Oh, I’m so sorry. I was looking for Janet van Dyne…


“And I heard Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday World Tour is selling out everywhere!”

Still not helping.


Sometimes even the Capitol police can be sensitive to personal tragedy. They would wait for a more appropriate moment to tase Shiro.

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