Dave Cockrum & Bob Wiacek, April 1982.

This was the first issue of X-Men I ever owned: I was nine, so I usually got one trip to the newsstand per week, and a dollar to buy a comic.  While my parents were kind enough to support my reading habit, neither of them had much patience with the agonizing process of selecting only one comic from a display of dozens. 

I got about five minutes, tops, so generally the one with the most interesting, eye-catching cover won out. 

At the time, I barely knew who the X-Men were, and I had never heard of the Starjammers, but there was a lot of really colorful and weird super-people on display in Uncanny X-Men #156, so that was an easy sale. 

As far as I’m concerned, Dave is second only to Kirby for character design prowess. 

Not only to those who celebrate Christmas, but all holidays of all faiths and cultures…and happy weekend to those who celebrate nothing at all. I hope all of my followers have a safe and happy day.

With guest Greg Rucka (ruckawriter)!

In which death is a revolving door, we really liked Days of Future Past, space pirates are the best pirates, Vulcan is (still) the worst, Miles has a Corsair costume, Lilandra has lovely plumage, no one knows how to pronounce “M’Kraan,” we studiously avoid discussing the Phoenix force, Saurids speak Hebrew, Raza Longknife’s name is a bit on the nose, Rachel is the worst at hugs, Greg has a ‘ship, and we all kind of identify with Cyclops.


  • The Starjammers (and how to pronounce their names)
  • The Shi’ar
  • The Neremani Dynasty
  • Plumage
  • Apostrophe abuse
  • Corsair
  • The secret origins of the Starjammers
  • Why Hepzibah talks like that
  • The Rule of Cool
  • Visor iterations
  • Summerstaches
  • Cyclops’s dubious deductive skills
  • Hugs
  • The All-New, All-the-Same X-Men
  • Teenagers, again
  • Cyclops #1
  • Cyclops vs. Scott
  • Space-parenting
  • Rachel’s convention sketchbook
  • Greg’s Kitty Pryde feelings
  • An exceptionally vivid threat
  • Intergalactic fashion
  • Corsair’s pecs
  • Key parties in space
  • The greatest romance of the Marvel Universe

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