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Let’s see what your favorite X-Men Era is.Â It was a bit of a landslide, as two eras dominated.Â Yeah, they won’t shock you, either.
First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for chiming in.Â I do apologize for not breaking up the original 66 issues into better eras, but like I said, I’ve only read the Neal Adams ones, and it did seem like they were much more coherent in style than later issues.Â The enigmatic Mark S. (comment #87) did a fine job breaking up the “Original Recipe Era,” which was very cool of him.Â Thank you, sir.Â Plenty of people made suggestions about how to divide the eras, and I admit – this isn’t an exact science.Â I tried to split them based on themes I saw develop over the years, which is why Paul Smith’s work on the title is segmented – he drew some (possibly only one; it’s been a while)Â of the Brood issues, which are clearly thematically different from the later issues.Â He did leave the book at what might a clearly defined break – the exposure of the “fake” Phoenix – but I think those issues fit in nicely with Romita’s run.Â You may disagree.Â But that’s what makes this kind of thing fun!
For the vote totals, I assigned points to each selection.Â 20 points for #1, 15 for #2, 10 for #3, 7 for #4, and 3 for #5.Â If you only voted for one, it got 20 points.Â Then I added them up.Â So let’s break it down!
My choices, by the way: The Exile Era, The “Things Fall Apart” Mark 2 Era, The God of All Comics Era, The “Things Fall Apart” Mark 1 Era, and the Superhero Era.Â Someone wondered if the Exile Era was my introduction to the X-Men, and it certainly was.Â I can point to much better writing and art on the title (including what’s happening today), but those are my favorites simply because, unlike the Phoenix Era when the book wasn’t selling through the roof, by that time it was selling well but Claremont still had the stones to destroy the team.Â The stories were entertaining, too.Â Okay, on to the winners!
1. The Phoenix Era (Giant-Size X-Men #1-X-Men #138; July 1975-October 1980): 730 points.Â Yeah, that’s not too surprising.Â It’s a good storyline that resonates well with long-time fans.Â 25 people had it as their favorite, while 12 people had it #2.
2. The God of All Comics Era (X-Men #114-154; July 2001-June 2004): 606 points.Â Again, not too surprising, although the difference between #1 and #2 might be.Â 14 people had this as their favorite, and 12 had it as #2.Â I’m sure it suffered because although many people loved this, many people hated it as well.Â The Phoenix storyline doesn’t inspire as much loathing.
3. The Superhero Era (Uncanny X-Men #168-205; April 1983-May 1986): 421 points.Â Another one that’s not too surprising.Â Joss Whedon certainly loves this era, and I suspect most people started reading the X-Men during this era, which exerts a strong pull.Â 10 people voted this #1, and 7 had it as #2.
4. The New Blood/Brood Era (Uncanny X-Men #139-167; November 1980-March 1983): 340 points.Â This surprised me a bit, although it does include issues #139-143, which are very good, plusÂ that fairy tale byÂ Kitty, whichÂ occupies a sweet space in many fanboy’s heart.Â I liked this era, but thought it was a bit of a mess.Â 5 people had this #1, and 9 people had it #2.
5. The Exile Era (Uncanny X-Men #229-245; May 1988-June 1989): 236 points.Â Decent comics, but again, I suspect that first-exposure nostalgia plays a part in this.Â It does with me!Â 6 people voted this #1 and #2.
6. The “Things Fall Apart” Era Mark 1 (Uncanny X-Men #206-228; June 1986-April 1988): 235 points.Â The Mutant Massacre is a great storyline, which had to help this era.Â 6 people voted this #1, while 4 had it #2.
7.Â The Rebirth Era (Uncanny X-Men #270-296; November 1990-January 1993; X-Men #1-16; October 1991-January 1993): 142 points.Â Another big drop (after each two grouping, there’s a big drop), and I’m sure Jim Lee was a big reason this placed where it did.Â 2 people had it #1, 3 people had it #2, and a lot of people mentioned it down the line a bit.
8. The Original Recipe Era (X-Men #1-66; September 1963-March 1970): 130 points.Â I apologize for my dismissiveness of this era.Â I shan’t diss the Silver Age!Â 2 people voted this #1, and 1 hadÂ itÂ #2.
9. The “Things Fall Apart” Era Mark 2 (Uncanny X-Men #246-269; July 1989-October 1990): 115 points.Â Man, thatÂ Dazzler issue (#260) is frickin’ awesome.Â 2 people voted this #1, and 2 had it as #2.
10. The “We Screwed Up; Let’s Pander to the Old-Timers” Era (Astonishing X-Men #1-23; July 2004-current): 65 points.Â I’m going to assume most of the votes for this era were for the Whedon/Cassaday book.Â Again,Â I’m not dismissing the strategy – as long as the books are good, I don’t care what they’re trying to do!Â This got all its votes from #3Â (3 people) and #4 (5 people).
11. The Loss of Focus Era (Uncanny X-Men #338-393; November 1996-May 2001; X-Men #58-113; November 1996-June 2001): 64 points.Â There are some good issues in here, but they’re hard to find.Â 2 people voted this #1.
12. The Meat and Potatoes Writers’ Era (Uncanny X-Men #475-current; September 2006-current; X-Men #188-current; September 2006-current): 57 points.Â Â It’s probably too early to tell on this one, but it’s doing fine so far.Â 2 people voted this #2.
13. The Legacy Era (Uncanny X-Men #297-321; February 1993-February 1995; X-Men #17-41; February 1993-February 1995): 51 points.Â Again, not an awful era, but nothing special.Â 1 person did vote it #1, though!
14. TheÂ Joe Casey Era (Uncanny X-Men #394-409; June 2001-September 2002): 30 points.Â Â These issues are notable moreÂ for their potential than their execution, I think.Â Its points came from 2 people voting it #2.
15. TheÂ Onslaught Era (Uncanny X-MenÂ #322-337; July 1995-October1996; X-Men #42-57; July 1995-October 1996):Â 26 points.Â One person voted this #1, and theÂ people who mentioned it talked about the Age of Apocalypse, so I put those issues in this era.
In case you’re keeping track, that’s no votes whatsoever for Chuck Austen’s run or PeterÂ Milligan’s run.Â One person liked Austen more than Morrison, but I didn’t count itÂ because they didn’t really vote forÂ Austen.Â Â When Milligan was mentioned, it was for a few people to vent their hatred at him.Â Oh well.
Some people mentioned Ultimate X-Men, butÂ I just didn’t feel like going into that, even though some of the storiesÂ are very good.Â Many people suggested having a poll about the best run on anyÂ mutant title, bringing up Bill Sienkiewicz on New Mutants, Milligan and Allred on X-Force/X-Statix, and others.Â That’s a great idea, but I’ll have to table that for now.Â Maybe somewhere down the line we’ll get to that, because it’s a bitÂ of a monster task, isn’t it?
Anyway, thanks for voting, everyone.Â It’s always fun toÂ release our inner geeks!Â Â Â
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