An "X-Force" To Be Reckoned With - Marvel's Mutant Militia Turns 25
COMIC LEGEND: Marvel completed a Thunderbird series but never published it.
Poor Thunderbird. Killed off after just a few issues as an X-Man.
However, now only did he miss out on being an X-Man, he had a chance to have his own mini-series, but lost out on that, too!
In 2000, for the 25th anniversary of the introduction of Thunderbird, Scott Lobdell and Aaron Lopresti did a two-issue series about the character, with an AMAZING cover by Art Adams…
The series was completed in full. Here are some of Lopresti’s pages (it looks like he did a really nice job on the project)…
Lopresti is selling the original art for these pages on his site. Check them out here.
However, right around this time, Chris Claremont had just returned to the X-Men to take over the titles for the first time since 1991 and there were likely two events that conspired to hurt the Lobdell/Lopresti mini-series.
First off, Claremont was introducing a brand NEW Thunderbird…
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, with Claremont now on board he did his OWN 25th anniversary project, the little-remembered Black Sun, which had a spotlight comic on the various members of the All-New, All-Different X-Men, including one on Thunderbird (and Wolverine)…
So one or both of those reasons (with perhaps a side of Marvel and Lobdell being a bit on the outs at the time mixed in there) almost certainly led to the series being squelched (Aaron Lopresti didn’t recall exactly why it was canceled when I asked him).
Anyhow, go buy some Lopresti art!
Here’s a double-page splash by Lopresti (and his inker on the project, Randy Emberlin) that is unfortunately already sold (well, not unfortunate for the lucky person who bought it, as it is a sweet double-page splash)…
Thanks to reader Mario suggesting this one a few years back. It didn’t take me TOO long to get to it, did it, Mario?
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