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

X-Men #126, October 1979
“How Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth…!”
Written by Chris Claremont, Pencils by John Byrne, Inks by Terry Austin, Lettered by Tom Orzechowski, Colors by Glynis Wein, Edited by Roger Stern, Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter

Oh, You Mutie Things!

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!

We Have Just Two Weaknesses… And They Are Both Russian Accents!

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December 1953 issue of Mechanix Illustrated, featuring both future technology and Robin Hood-inspired fashion! Inside was also Otto Binder’s article of the inevitable super mutant, Homo Superior!

Otto Binder, better known for the creation of Supergirl and half the Captain Marvel family, saw two outcomes for Homo Superior: Helpful friend or murderous foe. Both variations love short shorts. It is quite likely a younger Stan Lee read this article, which sparked his idea of a world of manifesting mutants trying to transition the world to the Friend-side of the mutant possibilities.

In 1971, David Bowie released his song, “Oh You Pretty Things” featuring his prediction of the upcoming Homo Superior. Bowie was inspired by a talk he had with Roger Price, a British television maker, who was working on a show called the The Tomorrow People.

Premiering on the British television station ITV in 1973, The Tomorrow People was about young kids who “break out” developing powers of telekinesis, telepathy, and teleportation. This young squad had a secret headquarters with a kindly computer named TIM, from which they helped new Tomorrow People as they appeared. If the X-men connection wasn’t obvious enough, they also referred to themselves as the next stage of human evolution, Homo Superior. So for those keeping track, the term goes from Otto Binder to Stan Lee to Roger Price to David Bowie, although Bowie beats Price to the public. Oh, David Bowie, you scamp!

We all laughed when Cornelius said he could lasso that ‘dern Jet, but hell if we weren’t all eating roast fuselage for dinner!

Banshee didn’t like getting called out for taking a selfie with Lorna while she was unconscious. Again!

I don’t know if they made a porn specifically targeting both X-Men and Milf enthusiasts, but if so, it definitely begins like this.

Madrox had known the drunken Banshee had no business making a “special Irish Turkey,” but he had been afraid to stop him, and now Thanksgiving was ruined!

Wolverine found it hard to concentrate on proper mitering with Cyclops babbling in his ear.

Spoiler Alert!!!

Testing the theory that a man can be sexy, regardless of hat.

We are sorry Wolverine, but Tim Hortons has canceled all plans to open a store in Westchester County.

The brief stopover at the Grateful Dead concert had clearly been a mistake.

Early Blue Man Group shows had lot more T & A. Also, no instruments and an admittedly unsettling amount of murder.

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