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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 49: Uncanny X-Men #206

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks, with each week devoted to a single artist. This week: John Romita Jr.! Today’s page is from Uncanny X-Men #206, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 1986. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 19 October 2011

My granddaughter Andrea wrote a composition for school in which she said that she liked her “grandmother’s imagination.” I asked her what she was referring to, and without hesitation she replied, “You remember things that never happened.” Don’t we all do that? (Isabel Allende, from My Invented Country)

This is why you shouldn't take walks in the snow! This is why you shouldn't go into space! This is why you shouldn't send an android into space! This is why you shouldn't let other winds into your castle! This is why you shouldn't do big events! This is why Hope should use conditioner! This is why John should wear clothes! This is why you shouldn't swear off killing! This is why you shouldn't fly through wormholes! This is why you shouldn't cancel the title, because Greg Land is the final artist of Uncanny X-Men! This is why you shouldn't unzip your costume! This is why you should talk to your son! This is why you shouldn't make shit up when you're kids! This is why you should work out that booty! This is why you should read Warren Ellis comics! Yep.  Still insane.
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What I bought – 21 September 2011

He lay with a pack of panting dogs on a hill overlooking plains where antelope grazed. He marched with ants, and labored in the rigors of the nest, filing eggs. He danced the mating dance of the bower bird, and slept on a warm rock with his lizard kin. He was a cloud. He was the shadow of a cloud. He was the moon that cast the shadow of a cloud. He was a blind fish; he was a shoal; he was a whale; he was the sea. He was the lord of all he surveyed. He was a worm in the dung of a kite. He did not grieve, knowing his life was a day long, or an hour. He did not wonder who made him. He did not wish to be other. He did not pray. He did not hope. He only was, and was, and was, and that was the joy of it. (Clive Barker, from Sacrament)

Man, Geof Darrow should draw more comics Yet another freaky cover by Ruas! Esquejo's covers are pretty but somewhat generic I very much doubt that John shops at Hot Topic Faerber's back! At no point in this comic does Una chop off a giant pig's head, which is kind of sad I LOVE the cover design for this series So much burning! It looks like Songbird got caught enjoying a delicious chocolate treat Well, that's dull Scrambled or over-easy? 'Oh, that's where I left my lunch!' Can't those two just get along? So much prose!!!! It's trade-waiting time!
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What I bought – 17 August 2011

dearest abbie who told me that in a sick society a symbol will always become a commodity (Tommy Trantino, from Lock the Lock)

Everyone out of the pool! It's not as bad as it looks Shit hits the fan! Just your standard excellent Fables cover! You mean people with different colored eyes are ... mutants?!?!? Wait, something unpleasant going on in a John Constantine comic?  Alert the media! Visual Hamlet puns never go out of fashion! Simon looks pretty smug This is a bit generic, but it's better than the last few So many O-faces! I'm guessing nursing is out of the question? You can't go wrong with a machete! It's in landscape! Dayum!
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What I bought – 20 and 27 July 2011

Later, over cigarettes and coffee, Perry returned to the subject of thievery. “My friend Willie-Jay used to talk about it. He used to say that all crimes were only varieties of theft. Murder included. When you kill a man you steal his life. I guess that makes me a pretty big thief. See, Don – I did kill them. Down there in court, old Dewey made it sound like I was prevaricating – on account of Dick’s mother. Well, I wasn’t. Dick helped me, he held the flashlight and picked up the shells. And it was his idea, too. But Dick didn’t shoot them, he never could’ve – though he’s damn quick when it comes to running down an old dog. I wonder why I did it.” He scowled, as though the problem was new to him, a newly unearthed stone of surprising, unclassified color. “I don’t know why,” he said, as if holding it to the light, and angling it now here, now there. “I was sore at Dick. The tough brass boy. But it wasn’t Dick. Or the fear of being identified. I was willing to take that gamble. And it wasn’t because of anything the Clutters did. They never hurt me. Like other people. Like people have all my life. Maybe it’s just that the Clutters were the ones who had to pay for it.” (Truman Capote, from In Cold Blood)
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What I bought – 6 July 2011

Revolution is the universal rule of evolution. Revolution is a universal principle of the world. Revolution is the essence of the struggle for survival or destruction in a time of transition. Revolution submits to heaven and responds to men’s needs. Revolution rejects what is corrupt and keeps the good. Revolution is the advance from barbarism to civilization. Revolution turns slaves into masters. (Zou Rong, from The Revolutionary Army)

Freaky-deaky! That bustier has to hurt a little, doesn't it? Dare you get the glow-in-the-dark variant?!?!? Do you think this A stands for 'alive'???? We can't save him ... he's too ugly!!!! Why isn't this better?  WHY?!?!?!? I'm still not buying that outfit So secret I didn't even know about it! It's Amethyst! Well, that's creepy Pitchforks?  Really? Boy, I don't like that cover Well, it's better than the Thunderbolts cover, so I guess that's something!
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What I bought – May and June 2011

Hey, look at that! I’m back in Arizona and I picked up almost two months’ worth of comics! Yeah, I’m not going to review them properly here – that would take waaaaaaaay too long. This is more of a “What I bought and the random thoughts I have about the issues and, why not, what I did in Pennsylvania for seven-and-a-half weeks.” Can you handle that??????
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What I bought – 27 April 2011

Vocabularies are crossing circles and loops. We are defined by the lines we choose to cross or to be defined by. (A. S. Byatt, from Possession)

Man, that's a busy cover Dick is gonna beat up that shark right quick! I'm sorry, but my mind went right to it Charlotte, NO!!!! He ought to clean those boots, man! That lizard is totally checking her out Based on the quotes on the back, everyone loves this! Oh, the blood!
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Committed: Claremont & Byrne’s Uncanny X-Men

Some comic book loves are such passionate, enthralling affairs that they can never be revisited. For me, the Uncanny X-Men was that book.

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What I bought – 13 April 2011

“Am I ever going to be told what you really think you’re doing?”

“You have been told.”

“Lie upon lie.”

“Perhaps that’s our way of telling the truth.” But then, as if she knew she had smiled once too often, she looked down and added quickly, “Maurice once said to me – when I had just asked him a question rather like yours – he said, ‘An answer is always a form of death.’ ” (John Fowles, from The Magus)

So many faces! I don't know how Stephanie is doing that, but man! that's a cool cover! It's all sharp points! Look - it's a random cover! Jihad Jones will take you out, man! Oh noes!  My cover is smudged! Let's pick on hipsters! That's not good for anyone! Just a flesh wound! Yay!  Incest! Oh no you dint! Boy, that's exciting! So much kookiness! Strike a pose! There's no rain in this comic! Won't all that blood gunk up the gun? Blasting your way this April! So many elements! Oh, man, I'm not touching this sucker!
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What I bought – 6 April 2011

A young girl, a frailty, simple and true, who had been unable to stand up from the piano and had had to be carried; a girl half his age; a girl who could not shoot a gun, had never been in an oyster house, atop a tower, or under the wharves; a girl hotter always than noon in August; a girl who knew nothing; had thrown him so hard that he would be out of breath forever. (Mark Helprin, from Winter’s Tale)

I know I'd be surprised if I found a tiny woman in my whiskey! You can't hide from the boobies! Well, I wouldn't want to see him coming out of the night at me, I'll tell you what My daughters could design a better trade dress than that! I miss Amadeus already! Auf wiedersehen, Misty! This cover doesn't even pretend to have anything to do with the interiors! That won't end well TOTALLY worth the wait! I have no idea why the cat doll is on this cover I'm back on board, baby! I'm digging the different colors on each cover! That's gotta hurt! Full of piratical goodness!
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Committed: Inadvertently Brainwashing Babies

Media input in early childhood can have a lasting effect on adult tastes. If I hadn’t grown up with so many art, design and comic books around me, would I love them as I do now? Would I be so involved in the arts and communication profession? All of the imagery and information that we absorb as infants can influence us for the rest of our lives. For this reason I’m increasingly grateful for all of the things I was exposed to in my childhood.

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Committed: Issues with Back Issues, pt. 1

022410_comics2Last week, on my last day in London visiting the house I grew up in, I decided to tackle my comic book collection. This is a pretty sparse little pile of boxes, taking up some space in my dad’s office. I really wasn’t sure what state they’d be in, or how I’d be able to find them (my dad’s way of storing things is… interesting to say the least), but I was pretty determined. After a day of moving the things that were in front of and on top of the boxes (it turned out he’d put boards on top of them and made them a table to hold a tv and other assorted detritus), we managed to unearth a rather neat little time capsule spanning my comic book collecting years of 1981-1995. Continue Reading »

Committed: Comics without Capes

012010_asterixIn talking to my American comic book reading friends, I’m beginning to see that my experience of comic books is pretty different from theirs. While they grew up watching superhero cartoons on TV and buying the superhero comics that went along with them, I didn’t have much access to either of those mediums so I took another route. Continue Reading »

Brad Surveys The X-Men: Hope He Survives The Experience!

Hey, remember when Dirk Deppey reviewed a bunch of X-Men comics that one time? This is sort of like that, but without the dripping disdain for Chris Claremont, so some of you may want to leave now. Continue Reading »

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