These are the X-Men i love.
|Posted: 30 July 2018 at 7:05am | IP Logged | 11
Another confession (which I have made before): these were not the REAL X-Men to me. I wanted to do an X-Men comic SO BAD, but at the time this was all there was (and Marvel was not interested in a HIDDEN YEARS style book).
So I accepted the assignment of drawing these guys, and eventually climbed out of Dave Cockrum's shadow and actully started enjoying myself. I liked the characters*, and they were fun to draw. But Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast and Iceman -- THOSE were the REAL X-Men!
Funny, then, to find myself doing this particular exercise!
* Eventually that went away. As Chris and I argued more and more over the proper interpretation of the characters, and as he constantly overruled me with his scripts, I came to the realization that what the fans were seeing was Chris' version, and if that was what the fans liked, then these were characters I didn't like. So I left.
(Over the years, people have asked me how it might have gone if Chris had left and I had stayed, assuming the role of writer. But I don't think that could have happened. I was so off-put by how Chris handled them, I really could not have picked up those reigns.)