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X-Men Series 1 Revisited, Part 2


This is an interesting grouping of cards. I consciously learned the origin of Lockheed’s name, which is a bit tangential in a way that I can appreciate for such names.

Most of the information on these cards I was already aware of present-day, though it’s cool to learn that Storm’s greenhouse is actually a long-established thing–I just learned of it several weeks ago with a scene in Amazing X-Men #3 where Nightcrawler flashes back to a moment with Storm.

Cyclops’ costume shown on his card here is his most “iconic” to me–this was his current costume in the comics AND the cartoon when I first discovered the X-Men, and as it was maintained throughout most of the ’90s, it had plenty of time to grow on me, and was part of many key stories that stick out for me and were important parts of my growing up.

Gambit was still quite new at this point–and knowing what I know now his card is rather bland and boring here…but that’s with the character having existed less than 2 years, and it’s been over 20 years now SINCE the card was published.

As noted last week, this grouping of cards shows the lack of “awareness” of 9-pocket storage pages, as Lockheed’s car is “landscape” while all the others are “portrait” in layout.

Domino I was not all familiar with back in ’92/’93…but became a lot more aware of her in Cable’s own series in ’95/’96 after the Age of Apocalypse.

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2 Responses

  1. Gambit (card #18) was the ‘white whale’ of my youth. I had bought packs and packs of these, had the whole set (including a few chase cards) but I was never able to get *that* Gambit card. It was a huge gaping hole in my collection that taunted me. To make matters worse, Gambit was my favorite character (at the time) and I had no clue what the card looked like [this was pre-internet days and before you could find the card from an online retailer to purchase].

    The Jim Lee art on these cards was very much the major selling feature. As an eleven year old with a limited budget for comic books, and not much contact with other comic book fans,I had no clue who about half of these characters were and felt I needed to do a lot of ‘catching up’ in order to establish my x-fan ‘cred’ (like, who the hell was Mojo II?). No word of a lie, I used to to study the info on the back of these cards for at least an hour a day. I committed it all to memory, even.

    A little context: when this set was released, the X-Men franchise was ‘white hot’: the X-Men Animated Cartoon had just debuted and it looked really REALLY good, the X-titles were at the top of everyone’s ‘to buy’ list (except for Excalibur — I don’t recall that title making a big splash in my neck of the woods), and Liefeld had left Marvel for Image comics by this point. X-cutioner’s Song (an X-crossover starring Stryfe, Apocalypse AND Mr Sinister) was released in late 92 — and this added only more fuel to the fire. Other kids I knew who didn’t even collect comic books were picking up bagged copies of X-cutioner’s Song for the limited edition trading cards.

    Yes, while this set’s layout looked somewhat ‘amateurish’, I preferred this one over the inevitable 1993 follow-up X-Men Series II trading card set where the characters name took up 1/5th of the card front. 😉


    • The art on the Gambit card is definitely a lot more interesting than the text! I got this set as a set, so never had the pleasure (horror?) of trying to hunt down the individual cards.

      I do remember some of that hunting from 1994/1995 with the X-Men 1994 cards, the Marvel Universe series, and the Marvel Masterpiece set; moreso the former than latter, though.

      I’m continually amazed when I think about/realize the 1992 animated series used so much of Jim Lee’s designs, as I see stuff from the late 1980s/1990ish prior to X-Men #1, and amazed to see how much influence that had in such a short time to the animated series.

      I do remember a friend following X-Cutioner’s Song, and those polybags/trading cards, as they were coming out. I think it was 2005/2006 before I finally got around to reading the story myself (and that epilogue-ish issue of X-Factor so often cited for what PAD did with Quicksilver in particular). (and now as I think about it, there’s that part of me that wants to dig the whole story out to re-read. If only I had a time bubble to read alllllll I wanted whenever I wanted!)

      Thanks for the post and sharing… much appreciated!

      I re-started my coverage of this set last fall, but trailed off with stuff going on at the time…been thinking of resuming this spring, so we’ll see!

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