“I entered the health care debate in response to a statement in the United States press in summer 2009 which claimed the National Health Service in Great Britain would have killed me off, were I a British citizen. I felt compelled to make a statement to explain the error. I am British, I live in Cambridge, England, and the National Health Service has taken great care of me for over 40 years. I have received excellent medical attention in Britain, and I felt it was important to set the record straight. I believe in universal health care. And I am not afraid to say so.”
Stephen Hawking, NYT9/5/2011
(Panel by Mike Ploog, Gary Friedrich, Jim Mooney et al, from Marvel Spotlight # 10, 1973)
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First appearance: Captain Britain vol. 1 #8 (1976)
Writers: Chris Claremont (creator), Gary Friedrich, Alan Moore, Jamie Delano, Alan Davis, Fabian Nicieza, Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab, Joe Kelly, Matt Fraction, Chris Yost, Mike Carey, Rick Remender, Kieron Gillen, Victor Gischler, Sam Humphries, Brian Wood, Simon Spurrier, Marc Guggenheim, G. Willow Wilson, Cullen Bunn & more.
Artists: Herb Trimpe (creator), Alan Davis, Marc Silvestri, Rick Leonardi, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, Roger Cruz, Joe Madureira, Chris Bachalo, Salvador Larroca, German Garcia, Leinil Francis Yu, Billy Tan, Paul Pelletier, Clayton Henry, Tom Grummet, Tim Seeley, Greg Land, Terry Dodson, Harvey Tolibao, Clay Mann, Jerome Opeña, Esad Ribic, Mark Brooks, Will Conrad, Greg Tocchini, Jorge Molina, Phil Noto, David Lopez, Ron Garney, Adrian Alphona, Olivier Coipel, Phil Briones, Kris Anka, Rock-He Kim, Daniel Acuña, Todd Nauck, Roland Boschi, Ken Lashley & more.
Costume designers: Alan Davis, Arthur Adams, Jim Lee, Leinil Francis Yu, Salvador Larroca, Tom Grummet, Jerome Opeña, Kris Anka, Rock-He Kim & Greg Land.
Live action/animated adaptations: Kay Tremblay (X-Men: The Animated Series), Mei Melançon (X-Men: The Last Stand), Grey DeLisle (Wolverine and the X-Men) & Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse).
Current books: Uncanny X-Men (vol. 4) by Cullen Bunn & Greg Land/Ken Lashley; Civil War II: X-Men by Cullen Bunn & Andrea Broccardo.
I stumbled upon Friedrich Nietzsche when I was 17, following the usual trail of existential candies—Camus, Sartre, Beckett—that unsuspecting teenagers find in the woods. The effect was more like a drug than a philosophy. I was whirled upward—or was it downward?—into a one-man universe, a secret cult demanding that you put a gun to the head of your dearest habits and beliefs. That intoxicating whiff of half-conscious madness; that casually hair-raising evisceration of everything moral, responsible and parentally approved—these waves overwhelmed my adolescent dinghy. And even more than by his ideas—many of which I didn’t understand at all, but some of which I perhaps grasped better then than I do now—I was seduced by his prose. At the end of his sentences you could hear an electric crack, like the whip of a steel blade being tested in the air. He might have been the Devil, but he had better lines than God.