Dark Phoenix Saga

Exploring: X-Men Animated Show 1992-1997

X-men-animated-series Marvel X-Men Volume 1 (2-Disc) and Volume 2 (2-Disc) are finally coming to DVD April 28th 2009.  This series is absolutely awesome and to date one of the best… nay best audio/video representation of X-Men.  I’m going to pre-order this it’s a must own.  The animated series originally aired from 1992 to 1997 on Fox.  See a full List of X-Men episodes here.

The X-Men line up is: Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Professor X, and as well as an original character, Morph.  Also featured as guest-stars in at least one episode: Colossus, Nightcrawler, Emma Frost, Forge, Havok, Polaris, Cannonball, Banshee, Iceman, Archangel, Longshot, Dazzler, Sunfire, Psylocke, Cable, and Bishop. Keen-eyed fans may also spot cameos by other familiar mutants, such as Feral or Rictor. One prominent character, Shadowcat, did not appear in the series at all.

Some of the famous storylines and events loosely adapted are:

  • Dark Phoenix Saga
  • Days of Future Past
  • The Phalanx Covenant
  • The Legacy Virus

The series was also one of the few shining examples of Progressive Speculative Fiction from the nineties.  They addressed social issues like:

  • The ills of prejudice
  • Intolerance
  • Isolation
  • Racism
  • Divorce
  • Christianity
  • The Holocaust
  • AIDS hysteria
  • Even satires of television itself
  • Fundamentalism and government fascism

Get your copies here:

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Dear Hollywood, treat Comics like Books

The Dark Knight Returns Graphic Novel This is just a quick note to ask a little favor from you and all of your brilliant writers, directors and producers. If you could, please start treating Comics like books. I know this might come as a surprise to many of you, but comics are not just collections of pretty pictures of men and women in tights. They have stories, characters and depth. Well not all of them. Some of them are pretty bad, but like novels, there are good ones. There are some that are classic.

Dark Phoenix Saga Graphic Novel If you want to do a Batman film, may I suggest The Killing Joke, A Death in the Family, or even The Dark Knight Returns. All of them would make great movies. They are action packed and full of emotional touch tones. If you want to do another X-men film, why not try the Dark Phoenix Saga, it has superheroes, space battles and magic.

I know what I am suggesting is radical. I know that none of you have ever thought about mining stories for sources of screenplays but they are there. Consider V for Vendetta, Sin City and the forthcoming Watchmen films, you found your stories there even though they do not have any big names. I really hope you can get over need to recreate beloved characters, telling stories about them that do not make sense at all.

This is just a thought. You don't have to take my advice. I mean what are the odd you are going to make another film as bad as Spiderman 3, X-men 3, Batman Begins, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin... wow, I suppose it isn't that hard to make a really bad superhero flick.

Give it a try. Justice League: A New Frontier and Superman: Doomsday both turned out pretty good. Maybe you should continue to follow that model.