it's Christmas in New York, and everyone's in love in "X-Men" #98
(April 1976) written by Chris Claremont, penciled by Dave Cockrum, inked by Sam Grainger, colors by Elaine Lee
*LOOK HOW HAPPY EVERYONE IS, which makes sense, cause this is the first issue of a 3-Pt story that ends in fucking tragedy, and changes the X-Men forever (really). Bottom right corner - Nick Fury cameo. Bottom middle - Matt Murdock cameo. And see that pretty blond face in the bottom left corner? FIRST APPEARANCE OF AMANDA SEFTON.
*FIRST APPEARANCE OF SENTINELS MK III (first Sentinels created by Dr. Stephen Lang after he took over the Sentinel project following Lawrence Trask's death)
*When will people get the message not to f with Storm??
*Claremont retconned new pages into the issue, penciled by James Fry, to have the previous "Classic X-Men" issue's supporting story of the bigoted ballerina who dumped Colossus into the larger narrative. I am ok with this. Claremont pulls some dubious retcons in "Classic X-Men", but this is a nice touch.
*keeping the love alive in this issue's supporting story (penciled & inked by John Bolton, colors by Glynis Oliver), we get a quiet introspective evening w Jean Grey in love. And considering what X-Men is about to put her through, it's nice.
*i LOVE that Jean and Misty Knight were roommates during this period, and I'll never get tired of being reminded of it.
*Jean and Scott before they're doomed (the first time).
cover (still only 25cents!)
*reprinted in "Classic X-Men" #6
(February 1986) - when I first saw this Art Adams cover, I laughed cause I thought it looked like Wolverine was the one who shredded Jean's dress. Then I read the issue, and that's exactly what happened. (Wolvie doesn't get interesting til John Byrne shows up)
*John Bolton back cover, combining the theme and images of both the original issue and the supporting story.
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