Monday, 22 August 2011

What Once Was Hidden Has Now Been Found

The first three issues of X-Men: The Hidden Years (XHY) have arrived, so I'm going to leave X1C alone for a few days (this is a good time to do it since we've just finished 2007) and go through those.

I think then that it's worth briefly considering how to deal with the title.  As most people reading this blog will know, there is a five year publication gap in-between UXM #66, and Giant-Size X-Men #1 which relaunched the franchise in 1975.  XHY was an attempt to fill that gap.  Indeed, since the issue following Giant-Size... was labelled UXM #94 [1], it makes sense to consider XHY #1 to #22 (which is as far as it got before Quesada cancelled the series in 2001) as being the "real" UXM #67 to #88.

This is the plan, then: we'll pretend these 22 issues stretch from 1970 to 1972, and calculate the compression constant and Iceman age approximator accordingly. As usual, we start tomorrow at 8am.

[1] Well, OK, that's not strictly true: the adjective "Uncanny" hadn't shown up yet.  Still, UXM #94 is how it is now known.

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