Tuesday, October 12, 2010

As the Kids Say.... "OMFG, Epic, FTW" or as I Say - AWESOME.

That's right, after years of me talking about it, the X-Men Arcade Game (which was never ported to any home system) is going to be available as a download title.

This game's art style was based on the Byrne/Zeck/Cockrum-ness of the 1980s Pryde of the X-Men pilot. It was the first game ever (to my knowledge) to have a DOUBLE SCREEN, which meant that it was the videogame equivalent of a double-wide (in a good way), which enabled space for you and 5 OTHER FRIENDS to play the game all at once.

A lot of people might remember it for the bad voice acting/translation, but I remember it as being my favorite way to spend a roll of quarters. This had "80s/90s arcade/pizza place birthday party" written all over it. When you're 10, kicking the crap out of bad guys with 5 other dudes, and by the way - YOU'RE ALL X-MEN - that's seriously about the awesomest thing there is to do.

I was usually Colossus. Nightcrawler as a backup. Wolverine if I was lucky. (Because Storm and Dazzler were girls and Cyclops was Cyclops.)

This is one of those few rare games (like Mike Tyson's Punch-Out) that I can just play, beat, and want to play all over again.

Quite honestly, I'm thinking about taking whatever day this comes out off of work as a personal day. This is just really awesome news for me.

Link to the original article is below

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Madureira/Townsend Reminiscing...

Pages are listed chronologically.

Uncanny X-Men 334, p.19. I especially love the panel with Juggernaut screaming in Jean's face, and the last one where J's removed his helmet. Lots of emotion and vulnerability here. Definitely a strong memory of my comics reading as a kid!

Uncanny X-Men 336, p. 17. There's a lot of nostalgia for me in Onslaught baring Xavier to the heroes (I think they made a toy that re-enacted this?). This was just a great scene, and I love the nice Onslaught headshot to the right, but what really delivers this page for me is Cyclops in the lower-right corner with his gritting pointed teeth. You can't get much more "it's about to go down," than that! (Unless...)

Uncanny X-Men 340, p.17. OK. So you CAN get more "it's about to go down." A super-angry Wolverine about to let loose on some mutant-haters. This is bone claws Wolverine, somewhere between his animalistic/bandana time and being back to normal. That's pretty awesome.

Uncanny X-Men 346, p. 7. In the bottom panel, this is THE image I see in my head when I think of Marrow. Definitely a favorite.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Similar Character Names

2 Characters, both from the X-Men universe, both villains.
D'Ken. And Daken.

These guys' names differ solely in an A taking the place of an apostrophe.

And they BOTH suck.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Silvestri question

Does anybody know where this one is? Would love to get my hands on it if I could!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Comic book character spotting! The Joker

Friday, February 5, 2010


I just noticed that Green Lantern villain Sinestro and Incredible Hulk villain The Leader tend to look an awful lot alike in black and white. Check it out.


Giant waterhead? Check. Pencilly mustache? Check. Overdone brow furrows and widows peak? That's a big double-check.

PS -- Sinestro pre-dated The Leader as a character by roughly 3 years. (Eat it Marvel!!)

Furthermore, yes, I'm still alive.