Episode 082, “Greater Love Hath No X-Man…”

X-Men #100, August 1976

In Which We Discover That Sharing a Primary Color Will Not Bring Nightcrawler Any Closer To Snagging a BFF, That Wolverine and Colossus Had Substantially Less Success Doing Their Wicked Googly, And That One Does Not Want To Even Ask Banshee How Many Ladies Go Into A Celtic Knot!

Episode 081, “Deathstar Rising!”

X-Men #99, June 1976

In Which We Learn That Everyone Is Afraid To Ask Nightcrawler What Exactly Happens At A Jahrmarkt, That No Matter Their Color, Creed, or Country, Postal Workers Are Always Disgruntled, And That Cyclops Just Wants To Be Able To Pass Through A Macy’s Without Coming Out Smelling Like A French Whore!

Episode 080, “Merry Christmas, X-Men…”

X-Men #98, April 1976

In Which We Discover That The X-Mansion Undergarment Situation Is Becoming Desperate, That Nothing Ruins Romantic Mojo Like Artificial Humanoids, And That All Marvel Scientists Want To Pretend They Know Astronomy, You Know, Because It Is Awesome!

Episode 079, “My Brother, My Enemy!”

X-Men #97, February 1976

In Which We Find That Colossus Is Learning That Men With Tails Make Lousy Wing Men, That The Secret To Interstellar Warfare Is A Delicate Balance of Speed, Stealth, Destructive Force, and… Adorability, And That Airline Cockpits Are All Cigar Smoke And Sorrowful Love That Can Not Be!

Episode 078, “Night of the Demon!”

X-Men #96, December 1975

In Which We Discover That Xavier Ignores EPA Waste Disposal Guidelines When It Comes To Portals To Evil Netherworlds, That Most Anti-Mutant Genocidal Maniacs Do Not Spend Enough Time On Their Grant Writing, And That Professor X Is Finally Taking Time Off To Pursue His Dream Of A Psychic Mapquest Business!

Episode 077, “Warhunt!”

X-Men #95, October 1975

In Which We Learn That The Time Colossus Has Spent In America Is A Mixed Bag Of Exhilarating Freedoms And Debilitating Eating Disorders, That Storm Is The Bane of American Plumbing, And That The Secret Shame Of Cyclops Is His Inabilty To Understand Digital Countdown Technology!

Episode 076, “The Doomsmith Scenario!”

X-Men #94, August 1975

In Which We Find That Nefaria’s Minions Were Once Just Plucky Orphans With A Can-Do Attitude And Songs In Their Hearts, That Nightcrawler Really Knows How To Help A Team Leader Relax, And That Most Credit Card Disclosures Actually Include A Regrettably Unstoppable Armageddon (RUA) Clause!

Episode 075, “Second Genesis!”

Giant-Size X-Men #1, May 1975

In Which We Discover That What The Mighty Mutant Colossus Really Wants To Do Is Rewire Your Office Intranet, That This Is Not The First Time Wolverine Has Had To Battle Giant Crabs, And That While Lorna Dane Wouldn’t Trade The Krakoa Experience She Shared With Storm For Anything, It Did Get Weird!

Welcome To The All New, All Different X-Aspirations!

Welcome back to our long term listeners and Greetings and X-Salutations to any new listener, reader, or comic book enthusiast that have found their way to us! We hope you like the new layout. There is still quite a lot of dust and debris scattered about, but we figured better to just roll it out and work out the kinks mid-stream than only half-launch (i.e. half-ass) it. While we loved the old, crazy cartoon-y feel of the previous website it was a bit lacking in actual utility.

As of Episode 075, the podcast has reached the era of Claremont and his All New, All Different X-Men which are more familiar to the modern X-man fan, including Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler, and of course the inimitable Wolverine. In comic book parlance that makes this an excellent jumping on point, as most of the characters we covered in the first 70+ episodes have moved off-stage for now. So if you want to know where to start, Episode 075 is it. Come right on in, our X-men hot tub is bubbling and we checked the chlorine levels just yesterday. If you end up enjoying your time, feel free to check the previous 74 episodes at your leisure. They are not going anywhere.

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Episode 074, “Cry Hulk, Cry Havok!”

Amazing Spider-Man #92, Incredible Hulk #150, Marvel Team-Up #23 & 38, The Defenders #15 & 16, Fantastic Four Giant-Size #4, Jan 1971 – Oct 1975

In Which We Learn That Havok Might Want To Start With Limited Sleepovers At First Then Maybe Throwing In a Toothbrush If Things Go Well, That There Is No National Monument, Treasure, or Public Work Of Art That Can Not Be Commandeered For Villainy, That Hoary Nether Realm Demons Describe Extreme Profanity As Swearing Like a Sorcerer Supreme, And That Mr. Fantastic Cut A Lot Of Corners On Fire Safety To Afford His Ludicrous Bell and Whistle Assortment!