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The Most Popular X-Cards of August and All Time

1 Sep

Now that we’ve checked out all 99 normal cards (there’s just the checklist and the holograms left!), it’s time once again to look back at the most popular cards of the past month.

  1. Dazzler
  2. X-Men Blue Strike Force
  3. Dark Phoenix
  4. X-Men Gold Strike Force
  5. X-Factor
  6. Magik
  7. Excalibur
  8. Beast
  9. Wolverine

Meanwhile, as of the end of August 2011, here are the top-10 most viewed posts of all time. Relatively similar compared to last month, though Beast jumps Maverick for #3, Wolverine jumps from 8 to 5, Deadpool enters the list at #8, and Havok falls from #6 to #9.

  1. Banshee
  2. Psylocke
  3. Beast
  4. Maverick
  5. Wolverine
  6. Lockheed
  7. Gambit
  8. Deadpool
  9. Havok
  10. Professor X

Which post has been your favorite so far?

The Most Popular X-Cards in July and All Time

4 Aug

We’re 5/6 of the way through these cards, and if you haven’t already, go and start from the very beginning! Meanwhile, in the month of July, readers from all over the world have been really into reading about:

  1. X-Men: Blue Strike Force
  2. X-Men: Gold Strike Force
  3. Lady Deathstrike
  4. White Queen
  5. X-Factor
  6. Psylocke
  7. X-Force
  8. Banshee
  9. Hellfire Club
  10. Shadow King

Meanwhile, as of the end of July 2011, here are the top-10 most viewed posts of all time:

  1. Banshee
  2. Psylocke
  3. Maverick
  4. Beast
  5. Lockheed
  6. Havok
  7. Juggernaut
  8. Wolverine
  9. Gambit
  10. Professor X

Which post has been your favorite so far?

72 – X-MEN (Blue Strike Force)

11 Jul

Subject: X-Men (Blue Strike Force)
Roster: Cyclops (Team Leader), Wolverine, Beast, Rogue, Psylocke, Gambit
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #1, September 1963

This is more like it. The Blue Strike Force was the force to be in (and that includes X-Force). People with mysterious pasts, have claws, shifty allegiances, and even one Chinese-American mallrat. But seriously, it had Gambit and Wolverine, which really is just stacking the deck in the early 90’s. Plus they battled Omega Red.

This is the team that Lee spent the most time drawing, so it’s no surprise that I have nostalgia for them. Too bad the card’s art is a little too cramped, with otherwise uninspired poses (Cyclops looks way more badass in Side-B than in Side-A, where he just looks plump).

The card’s biography and X-Tra Fact is almost exactly the same as the Gold Team’s copy, and what’s different in the biographies is just paraphrasing the same general “Professor X needed good mutants to protect humans from evil mutants” shpiel that anybody who would care to buy these cards already know. While I would’ve much rather preferred something highlighting the differences between the two Strike Forces, I don’t think Marvel’s editors were organized at the time to have such a clear distinction themselves.