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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?

81 – SUNSPOT

1 Aug

Subject: Sunspot
Real Name: Roberto DaCosta
Height: 5′ Weight: 130 lbs.
First Appearance: New Mutants Graphic Novel, 1982

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 2/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 5/7
  • Fighting Ability: 4/7
  • Intelligence: 3/7

Wow, 5 feet tall and 130 pounds? That’s borderline littleperson, and in the world of comics, it’s virtually unheard of for an otherwise normal superhero to be shorter than 5’8″ (notable exception is our favorite 5-foot-3 razorblade bowling ball). Even Marvel’s resident scrawny nerd Peter Parker is a full 10 inches taller and 30+ pounds more massive.

Since The New Mutants were just slightly before my time, I didn’t really know much about Sunspot’s history with the other members of X-Force. In fact, my earliest vivid memory of Sunspot was in X-Force #15, when he was rescued by X-Force along with other former New Mutant Rictor (who does not get his own card, apparently).

I still never figured out why Liefeld couldn’t find room for Sunspot in X-Force, same with Rictor and Wolfsbane, whom, I’d mentioned before, was replaced with Feral, who was basically the same character. It seems as though Sunspot’s strongman role was replaced by Warpath, who certainly looked the part much more. I guess Liefeld just couldn’t process a 5-foot-3 Brazilian kid being the team’s heavy.

Of course Liefeld couldn’t help but disgrace him before his dismissal by donning him in one of the lamest costumes in X-Men history, with a bright red shirt with matching Zorro eyemask. Seriously, didn’t the Ninja Turtles bury that wardrobe element as a serious piece of fighting costume forever? You’ve got a guy with one of the more visually unique looks out there (being jet-black and radiating… black power), he really doesn’t even need a costume.

I almost forgot to review the Power Ratings, it had been so long since we’d done them. Roberto’s fares pretty well, with a powerful 5/7 rating for Strength, and even respectable Fighting Ability and Intelligence ratings, neither of which sound out of the ordinary, but I certainly can’t remember specific instances that would support or contradict such a claim.

74 – X-FORCE

15 Jul

Subject: X-Force
Roster: Cable, Cannonball, Feral, Boom Boom, Warpath, Shatterstar, Siryn
First Appearance: New Mutants #100, April 1991

One thing you can say about Liefeld and X-Force, they desperately demanded your attention, even when in the end, that’s about all they were good for. Hell, I fell for it pretty hard as a kid, though clearly my artistic allegiance lay elsewhere.

Speaking of which, this is a terrible team picture, with a third of the card taken up by a miniature Cable carrying a HUGE gun. The weird proportions and unimaginative composition almost seems like an homage or fuck-you to Liefeld himself. Everyone’s individual cards are expressive masterpieces by comparison.

The card’s back again forgoes a picture of the team’s base, even though it specifically states in the X-Tra Card that they were operating “out of an abandoned Sentinel base in the Adirondack mountains.”

I have two copies of X-Force #1. One is one I’ve had for years (since read and reread), and another still sealed in its polybag with the trading card inside. I got that one in a huge box of comics selling for a dollar each at a Goodwill store (I also picked up two copies of the deluxe X-Men #1 in that same box). Earlier this year I attended a signing with the original Image founders celebrating Spawn #200. I brought my X-Force, but there on the counter the store had another pile of X-Force #1’s, still sealed, selling for a dollar each, and they didn’t seem to be running out.

God knows how many of those they printed (this link claims around 1.75 million, dwarfed by X-Men #1’s 8 million!), and with a 1991 cover price of $1.50, it just goes to show how much of a bubble the 90’s speculator market really was.