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!

Episode 073, “Sins Of The Secret Empire!”

Captain America #172-175, Apr-Jul 1974

In Which We Discover That Cap and Falcon Know Only Vagrants and Farmers Travel Without A Double Windsor, That Being A Hero Requires An Encyclopedic Knowledge of the Grand Old Opry, That Cap Depends Upon The Kindness of Strange Truckers, And That Professor X Specializes In Long Distance Rumbly Tummies!

Episode 072, “And Now… The Wolverine!”

Incredible Hulk #180-181, Oct-Nov 1974

In Which We Learn That Hulk May Really Be More Of A Cat Person, That Weapon X Just Don’t Care, And That Either The Wendigo Has Grown A Tail Or It Is Just Happy To Meet You!

Episode 071, “…And Now Magento!”

Avengers #110-111, April – May 1973

In Which We Find That Professor X Would Like You To Keep Cowardly Currs Separate From Your Foolish Fops, That The Deinonychus Can’t Get No Dino-Respect, And That Magneto’s Greatest Power May Really Be His Unrelenting Optimism!

Episode 070, “…And The Juggernaut Will Get You… If You Don’t Watch Out!”

Amazing Adventures #16, Hulk #161 & 172, Jan-Mar 1973 + Feb 1974

In Which We Discover That If Hulk’s Tummy Feels Icky Hulk No Longer Finds Object Impermanence Funny, That There Is No Scientific Atrocity That Can Not Be Soothed Over With A Little Deep Tissue Shiatsu, And That The U.S. Military Should Not Underestimate The Strategic Applications Of A Strapless Dress, A Thick Coat Of Lipstick, And Pair Of Three Inch Pumps!

Episode 069, “Iron Man: D.O.A.”

Amazing Adventures #12-15, May-November 1972

In Which We Find That Hank Will Never Get That Wet Beast Smell Out of His Upholstery, That Later Editions of The New Testament Downplayed Most of The Elaborate Heists, And That Surprisingly One Of The Best Ways To Male Bond Is Over Bondage!

Episode 068, “The Beast!”

Amazing Adventures #11, March 1972

In Which We Learn That Hank Always Kept His Bros Before Even The Reddest-Headest Of Ho’s, That First Names Are Only For Whores, Waitresses, And Theater Folk, And That Maybe Professor X Should Have Made More Time To Have “The Talk” With Beast!

Episode 067, “The Mutants and The Monster”

X-Men #66, March 1970

In Which We Discover That No Chrome-Headed Genius Can Resist The Siren Song Of A Size 20 Hulk Crammed Into Size 10 Pants, That The Craisin Is The Most Sensual Of The Dehydrated Diminutive Fruits, And That The First Thing Hulk Must SMASH… Are His Own Self Doubts!

Episode 066, “Before I’d Be Slave…”

X-Men #65, February 1970

In Which We Find That Cyclops Prepares For All His Alien Invasions With An Intense Series Of Kegels, That Real BFFs Should Brutally Attack Each Other At Any Provocation, And That The Loathesome And Terrible Z’Nox Are Secretly Beloved By The American Society For Betterment Of Scrabble (ASFBA)!