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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?

89 – WEIRD HAPPENINGS ORGANIZATION (W.H.O.)

19 Aug

Subject: Weird Happenings Organization (W.H.O.)
Roster: Dr. Alistaire Stuart, Brigadier Alison Stuart
First Appearance: Excalibur #9, June 1989


We’re near the end here, I feel bad stiffing you on entries,
but once again I can’t fake knowing more than very cursory things about the Weird Happenings Organization. They’re allies of Excalibur, one’s apparently a guy, one’s a girl, um…

 

 

So once again, let’s just transcribe the bio text:

Bewitched by the black arts? Annoyed by aliens? Disturbed by dimensional gateways? Whenever something unusual appears in the United Kingdom, it is the duty of W.H.O. to investigate. W.H.O. is a joint scientific and military research team headed by Dr. Alistaire Stuart and his twin sister Brigadier Alison Stuart. Together, they track down the most mystifying incidents ever to bedevil the British Isles!

X-Tra Fact: Oddly enough, W.H.O. spends most of its time investigating the British super hero group Excalibur!

So next time we can move past this Excalibur stuff, right? Oh wait, no? Dammit.

75 – EXCALIBUR

18 Jul

Subject: Excalibur
Roster: Captain Britain [Team Leader], Meggan, Nightcrawler, Phoenix, Shadowcat, Widget, Lockheed
First Appearance: Excalibur Special Edition #1, 1988

I’ve said plenty over the course of this blog about Excalibur, mainly that I haven’t much to say about them at all. So let’s not rehash that, and this time, let’s just focus on the art of the card.

First of all, it’s the best team card we’ve seen since the first team card, X-Men: Gold Strike Force. This Excalibur card doesn’t reach the same compositional strengths of the Gold team card, but it benefits from not being too overcrowded, and thus helping to give the members some stronger silhouettes. That is, except for Phoenix (Rachel Summers), who gets delegated to peeking over the shoulders of Kitty and Captain Britain, when there could’ve clearly been room between Kitty and Nightcrawler had Meggan moved over a little.

Oh, and the tippy top of Lockheed is on the bottom left, obscured behind the Excalibur title. Oopsies!

Speaking of which, the team roster refers to two other members missing from this card (I guess that’s how they kept the card from being overstuffed): Widget, and Kylun, whose individual card lists him as an Excalibur member but is not included in this roster. Not surprising.

Captain Britain’s portrait in the Team Leader profile makes him look far too brooding, and he’s got Magneto’s squint and cheekbones, aka it’s Jim Lee’s stock brooding face.

Excalibur is also the first team card to get a Headquarters picture, of their mushroom-shaped lighthouse. The card refers to it as haunted, but makes no mention of it being a dimensional nexus for the Captain Britain Corps.