Tuesday, August 31, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 238 - S.W.O.R.D. #7 (2021)


X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Thirty-Eight

S.W.O.R.D. (vol.2) #7 (September, 2021)
"Full Spectrum Diplomacy"
Writer - Al Ewing
Art - Stefano Caselli
Colors - Protobunker's Fer Sifuentes-Sujo
Letters - VC's Ariana Maher
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 28, 2021

Or, [X]Lapsed Annihilation, Episode 003!

Welcome friends, to the episode that marks one-year of daily podcasts here at the Chris and Reggie Channel!  That, and a couple'a bucks ought to get me a cuppa cheap coffee - but, hey - it's still something I can say I did!

Today we're keeping with the Last Annihilation gimmick, and getting our S.W.O.R.D. cast on the board... and boy are they snarky.  Well, Abigail Brand is, anyway.

All this, plus some great Mailbag, wherein we talk a bit about the S.W.O.R.D. title getting too tangled with crossovers, as well as some deep philosophical chatter regarding Nightcrawler's faith and depiction over in Way of X!

It's a fun time as always... thank you all so much for allowing me to keep you company this past year!

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Monday, August 30, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 237 - Guardians of the Galaxy #16 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Thirty-Seven

Guardians of the Galaxy (vol.6) #16 (September, 2021) [LGY#178]
"16: Look Upon Me and Know Fear"
Writer - Al Ewing
Art - Juan Frigeri
Colors - Federico Blee
Letters - VC's Cory Petit
Design - Anthony Gambino
Edits - Gregorowicz, Shan, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 21, 2021

Or, [X]Lapsed Annihilation, Episode 002 if you prefer!

Today we're kicking off the actual Last Annihilation coverage with a look at Guardians #16.  There isn't much of a mutie presence here... but, they do get mentioned a bunch and we even get a scene on MarsArakko!  We're laying the foundation for what's to come before Abigail Brand and S.W.O.R.D. show up to deliver the sass and snark!

Also: Mailbag, This Week in X, and Shout-Outs!

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE - The History of the Direct Market

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE

The History of the Direct Market
Originally Published as Weird Comics History, Episodes 30-31

Today I am sharing a compilation of the last deep-dive Reggie and I did together, wherein we focused on another "tent-pole" series of Weird Comics History.  From the very start, we knew this was a topic we really wanted to sink our teeth into... and we were very fortunate to get that opportunity!

We cover it all... from newsies shillin' papers, to the origins of the "organized" comics fandom, and how that fandom kicked off an aftermarket for comics, thereby creating the "back issue".  We'll meet Phil Seuling, for better or worse, the "Father" of the Direct Market.

From there, we'll get into the nitty gritty of what it meant for comics to be "direct marketed" in comparison to "newsstanded"... how this affected retailers... and how, ultimately we wound up with a monopoly over the entire thing (well, at the time of these recordings, anyway...).

It's a couple hours of fun chatter, from comics, to speculation, to aftermarkets, to seemingly phasing comics out altogether!  I promise, it's not as glum as it sounds!  Give'r a listen!

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 17 - Dawn of X, Volume 14 (2021)

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode Seventeen

Dawn of X, Volume 14 (2021)
(00:00:00) Wolverine (vol.7) #4: "The Red Tavern"
(00:38:36) X-Factor (vol.4) #2: "Mojoverse Sonata XF.3 Op: 45, Danse Macabre"
(01:27:18) X-Men (vol.5) #11: "One War, One Mutant"
(02:05:14) Empyre: X-Men #3: "Staff Infection"
(02:43:23) Empyre: X-Men #4: "Un-Ring"
Writers - Benjamin Percy, Leah Williams, Jonathan Hickman, Vita Ayala, Zeb Wells, & Ed Brisson
Art - Viktor Bogdanovic, David Baldeon, Leinil Francis Yu, Andrea Broccardo, Jorge Molina, & Lucas Werneck
Colors - Matthew Wilson, Israel Silva, Sunny Gho, Nolan Woodard, Adriano de Benedetto, & Lucas Werneck
Letters - VC's Cory Petit, Joe Caramagna, & Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Edits - Robinson, Bissa, Amaro, White, Basso, Cebulski
Cover Price: $17.99
On-Sale: March 31, 2021

Today's is a pretty interesting compilation... as, if you're a listener of the more recent episodes of X-Lapsed, you'll be familiar with my gushing over X-Factor... and lamenting its cancellation.  Well, wouldja believe that there was a point in time where I was actually HOPING it would be canned with the quickness?  It was with the second issue of the volume where I was officially "done" with this book.  Boy, how things change!

Also, despite the fact that we're wrapping up the Empyre-sploitation miniseries here, we're also including the only Empyre chapter worth a damn in X-Men #11!  You WILL believe a man can drop a satellite on a veg-alien!

All that, and my usual nonsense... all here waitin' for ya!

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Friday, August 27, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 236 - Cable #12 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Thirty-Six

Cable (vol.4) #12 (September, 2021)
"Shakespeare in the Zark"
Writer - Gerry Duggan
Art - Phil Noto
Letters - VC's Joe Caramagna
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, White Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 28, 2021

Today we wrap up the fourth volume of Cable!  When the dust settles... are we going to be left with Old Man Cable... or will Kid Cable remain?  Well, I'm sure it was spoiled for you at 12:01am the day it came out... but, please play along anyway!

We'll talk all about the issue, as well as the second-half of this funner-than-it-had-any-right-to-be series!

Also: Mailbag and Shout-Outs!

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 235 - New Mutants #20 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Thirty-Five

New Mutants (vol.4) #20 (September, 2021)
"Secrets & Lies"
Writer - Vita Ayala
Art - Alex Lins
Colors - Matt Milla
Letters - VC's Travis Lanham
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 21, 2021

Weekend At Gabby's!

Today we're going to be spending even more time discussing the concept of clone resurrectability... and distrusting those who are older than you to make your decisions!  A very fun issue... which, in a subtle way, makes us ask a lot of inconvenient questions!

Also: Mailbag and Shout-Outs!

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Check out my appearance chatting up X-Men with Mark Radulich!

Source Material LIVE - X-Men: Deadly Genesis

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 234 - Marauders #22 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Thirty-Four

Marauders #22 (September, 2021)
"The Morning After"
Writer - Gerry Duggan
Art - Matteo Lolli & Klaus Janson
Colors - Rain Beredo
Letters - VC's Cory Petit
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 21, 2021


Today we're talking trauma on several fronts - what happened to Wilhelmina?  What happened to Lourdes?  What was Emma forced to do?  We'll find out some of those answers today.  If you're hoping to see any actual Marauders this issue... well, I've got some bad news for ya.

Plus: Your humble host stumbles into some uncomfortable discussion when he questions the wisdom of trying to alienate upwards of half your American audience in current year comics!  Drink in the awkwardness! 

Also: Mailbag and Shout-Outs, oh my!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 233 - X-Corp #3 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Thirty-Three

X-Corp #3 (September, 2021)
"The Madrox Workflow"
Writer - Tini Howard
Art - Valentine de Landro
Colors - Sunny Gho
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Amaro, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 14, 2021

After terraforming Mars... the mutants' next trick is - quick internet?  No, really.

Today we're heading to a Tech Expo so the Corp can unleash their broadband service upon the world... all the while acting wildly out of character!

Least we got the Mailbag!

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Monday, August 23, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 232 - Way of X #4 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Thirty-Two

Way of X #4 (September, 2021)
"Heirs and Graces"
Writer - Si Spurrier
Art - Bob Quinn
Colors - Java Tartaglia
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Andrews Ballesteros, Thomas, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 14, 2021

In what might be the penultimate issue (but not penultimate chapter) of Way of X, we get the x-pected levels of amazingness from Spurrier and Quinn.  Awesome character work, and further x-ploration of the Krakoan Laws.

I tell ya what... at the risk of sounding crass - Way of X is the kind of book I just wanna sit back and let have its WAY with me!  If you're not reading this... you should be!

Also: Great Mailbag, This Week in X, and Shout-Outs!

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE - DC Comics' 1980's PSAs!

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE

DC Comics' 1980's PSAs!
(00:00:00) Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 20
New Teen Titans Drug-Awareness Special #2 (1983)
(01:10:40) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 35
New Teen Titans Drug-Awareness Specials & History
(02:59:45) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 107
American Honda & Supergirl Teach us how to Buckle Up!
Total Running Time: 4 Hours, 32 Minutes, 29 Seconds

Gather 'round gang, it's time to learn about being a responsible citizen!

Today's TOTAL PACKAGE revisits the times Reggie and I discussed the Public Service Announcement specials released by DC Comics during the first-half of the 1980s, chock full of Gestalty goodness - and in our own inimitable style!

In addition to the Cosmic Treadmill episodes, and in the interest of completionism, I have also included an episode of the old Chris is on Infinite Earths show, where I spend an hour blabbing about psychological addiction and how one of these comics actually realizes that it's a thing that exists!

I hope you enjoy!

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Blog-Posts Covering Each Issue Discussed!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 16 - Dawn of X, Volume 13 (2021)

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode Sixteen

Dawn of X, Volume 13 (2021)
(00:00:00) X-Men (vol.5) #10: "Fire"
(00:21:15) Cable (vol.4) #3: "Ace in the Pouch"
(00:55:56) Cable (vol.4) #4: "The Big Bang"
(01:32:16) Empyre: X-Men #1: "[Alien] Plants vs. [Mutant] Zombies"
(02:14:28) Empyre: X-Men #2: "Growing Strong"
Writers - Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Tini Howard, Ben Percy, & Leah Williams
Art - Leinil Francis Yu, Phil Noto, Matteo Buffagni, & Lucas Werneck
Colors - Sunny Gho, Phil Noto, & Nolan Woodard 
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles & Joe Sabino
Design - Tom Muller
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $17.99
On-Sale: March 2, 2021

That awkward volume where you're dealing with not one, but two mass-crossover events, and just trying to keep your head above water!

Today's compilation piece is part Empyre... and part X of Swords - I suppose we could (and should) blame the Covid-Hiatus on this, but still - it makes for a very odd reading x-perience.  I couldn't imagine what trade-waiters thought when they picked this one off the shelf!

Also: I so hate to do this to y'all... but, the first two parts of Empyre: X-Men are a part of this collection as well -- so, they're ba-ack!

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Friday, August 20, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 231 - Excalibur #22 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Thirty-One

Excalibur (vol.4) #22 (September, 2021)
"Treasures of Britain"
Writer - Tini Howard
Art - Marcus To
Colors - Erick Arciniega
Letters - VC's Ariana Maher
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 14, 2021

Who missed Otherworld?  Yeah, me neither... but, we gotta.

Today we're chatting up Merlyn and Wisdom... as the latter reassembles his team of S.T.R.I.K.E. psychics (let's hope this isn't a back-door pilot to launch a new book!)  There's plenty of meat on this bone... so, let's talk about it.

Also: More X-Cellent Mailbag, another dip into the Voicemail Box, and Shout-Outs!

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 230 - X-Men #1 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Thirty

X-Men (vol.6) #1 (September, 2021)
"Fearless, Chapter One: In Threes"
Writer - Gerry Duggan
Art - Pepe Larraz
Colors - Marte Gracia
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $4.99
On-Sale: July 7, 2021

It's a most newsworthy day indeed!  Today, not only are we launching the sixth volume of X-Men... we're also discussing the breaking news that we're abut to lose our Head of X, Jonathan Hickman!  What will this mean to the X-Line?  Are things going to "go back to normal" after the events of Inferno?  Lotsa questions... not many answers - yet!

All 'at plus the Mailbag and More - hope you'll join us for this most opportune "jumping-on point"!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 229 - X-Force #21 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Twenty-Nine

X-Force (vol.6) #21 (September, 2021)
"Fear of a Green Planet"
Writer - Benjamin Percy
Art - Joshua Cassara & Robert Gill
Colors - GURU-eFX
Letters - VC's Joe Caramagna
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Amaro, Basso, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 7, 2021

When is Man-Thing not Man-Thing?  When he's Man-Slaughter!

Does this make him any less boring than regular ol' Ted Sallis?  Well... yeah, kinda!  Today we're going to be meeting Jackson Strode, Man-Slaughter - first introduced by our X-Force scribe in a semi-recent Weapon Plus one-shot (which I'll also give ya the quick n dirty on during this ep)!  It's a goodie... I hope you'll join me for it!

Plus: Mailbag and some long-overdue Shout-Outs!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 228 - Hellions #13 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Twenty-Eight

Hellions #13 (September, 2021)
"Don't Look Back, Part 1: Weary Travelers"
Writer - Zeb Wells
Art - Roge Antonio
Colors - Rain Beredo
Letters - VC's Ariana Maher
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Amaro, Basso, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 7, 2021

Whenever I'm feeling down about the direction of the X-Books... I'm so happy to be reminded that a book like Hellions exists (at least for now)!  Today we're going to talk about the surprising "heart" of, not only this book.. but the team itself!  Also: Something Amenthi this way comes!

Plus: An X-Cellent and X-Tended Mailbag Segment, as well as a "This Week in X" chat!

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Monday, August 16, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 227 - Children of the Atom #5 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Twenty-Seven

Children of the Atom #5 (September, 2021)
"Reinforcements"
Writer - Vita Ayala
Art - Paco Medina
Colors - David Curiel
Letters - VC's Travis Lanham
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Andrews Ballesteros, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: July 7, 2021

The sorta-kinda long-awaited return of "original recipe" X-Lapsed!

We kick off the August episodes with a look at a surprise penultimate issue!  Didn't realize this series was coming to an end... it's Children of the Atom, and in it - the secret is out!  Was the destination worth the journey?  Well, you be the judge of that!

Also: An(other) appeal for dissent, wherein I ask folks to reach out to me if they feel I'm "harshing" too much on certain books/creators... rather than anonymously leaving me harmful feedback on top podding aggregates!

And: An X-Tended Mailbag Feature

Finally: A flip thru everything X in Marvel Previews for September, 2021!

It's a long one... so, "I'm sorry" or "You're welcome"!

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Questerdays: An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 6 - ElfQuest #6 (1986)

Questerdays: An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode Six

ElfQuest #6 (January, 1986)
"WolfSong"
By Wendy & Richard Pini
Colors - Glynis Oliver
EPIC Edits - Archie & Joe
BMOC - Jim Shooter
Cover Price: 75¢

Today the Chris's's's are back to cover a most important issue - for a few reasons!

A) This was the first comic book one of them paid an entire $5 for!

B) It tells the Secret Origin of Cutter's (unwitting) ascent into Wolfrider Chiefdom!

It's the story of Bearclaw's last stand and the menace of Madcoil -- but, as usual for us, that's not all!  We've also got all the MARVELous mid-80's backmatter to share!  Letters Pages!  Bullpen Bulletins!  Adverts!  Nonsense Tangents!  And more!

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 15 - Dawn of X, Volume 12 (2021)

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode Fifteen

Dawn of X, Volume 12 (2021)
(00:00:00) Marauders #10: "Leave None to Tell the Tale"
(00:33:59) Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto #1
(01:10:11) X-Factor (vol.4) #1: "Suite No. 1: Prelude: Aurora Moratorium"
(01:46:24) Cable (vol.4) #2: "The Five in One"
(02:11:16) Hellions #4: "Love Bleeds"
Writers - Gerry Duggan, Jonathan Hickman, Leah Williams, & Zeb Wells
Art - Stefano Caselli, Ramon Perez, David Baldeon, Phil Noto, & Stephen Segovia
Colors - Edgar Delgado, David Curiel, Israel Silva, & Phil Noto
Letters - VC's Cory Petit, Clayton Cowles, Joe Caramagna, Joe Sabino, & Ariana Maher
Design - Tom Muller
Edits - Robinson, Bissa, Amaro, White, Basso, Cebulski
Cover Price: $17.99
On-Sale: February 16, 2021

The compilation features the episode which started the show's fixation on Madelyne Pryor and her nebulous resurrectability!  We also get our first glimpse of the island that would eventually host the Hellfire Gala!  Plus: The fourth volume of X-Factor launches... which, your humble host was initially NOT a fan of!  Listen to me complain... only to have to eat my words a few months later!  It's a super-seminal episode... in the cleanest way possible. 

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Friday, August 13, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 027 - X-Men #20 (1966)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Twenty-Seven

X-Men #20 (May, 1966)
"I, Lucifer..."
Writer - Roy Thomas
Pencils - Werner Roth (as Jay Gavin)
Inks - Dick Ayers
Letters - Artie Simek
Colors - eh?
Edits - Stan Lee
Cover Price: 12¢

Welcome to the X-Men, Rascally Roy Thomas - we hope you survive the X-Perience!

This time out, we're reintroduced to the dread Lucifer... as well as the tandem of ersatz X-Men, Blob and Unus the Untouchable?!  We'll talk a fair bit (probably too much) about the concept of "Fan Turned Pro" as it pertained to eventually making comics less accessible, storywise, to the more casual reader - Was X-Men #20 the first domino to tip in that direction?!

Plus: Our regular smattering of Silver-Age backmatter... including a rather snippy Stan Lee venting his frustration on Brand Ecch Comics - which facilitates your humble host recalling times wherein Brand Ecch Comics Podcasts lifted some of his own material!  Also: The X-Lapsed Mailbag and the presentation of our first ever "Fake-Ass No-Prize"!

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 026 - X-Men #19 (1966)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Twenty-Six

X-Men #19 (April, 1966)
"Lo! Now Shall Appear--The Mimic!"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Pencils - Werner Roth (as Jay Gavin)
Inks - Dick Ayers
Letters - Artie Simek
Coloring by... Forbush?
Cover Price: 12¢

It's Stan Lee's swansong as scripter... and the issue where he introduces the world to: The Mimic!  Now, you might be asking why the X-Men need their own version of the Super-Skrull... and, well, yeah... that's basically what he is, just in a gaudier costume!  I suppose we can just chalk it up to "It's the Silver Age" and move on.

Plus: All of the 1966 Marvel Backmatter you could possibly ever want... and probably some ya don't!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 025 - X-Men #18 (1966)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Twenty-Five

X-Men #18 (March, 1966)
"If Iceman Should Fail--!"
A Fair Story by Stan Lee
Adequate Pencils by Werner Roth (as Jay Gavin)
Tolerable Inking by Dick Ayers
The World's Greatest Lettering by Artie Simek
Uncredited Coloring by... Uncredited
Cover Price: 12¢

It's yet another X-Lapsed Milestone Episode -- 25 episodes in, and we're nearing 1/3 of the way through the original run!  Today's episode features the (short-lived) return of Magneto... the promise that Iceman might just save the day!  I wonder if Professor X can ever stand back long enough to let anyone other than himself save the day?  Prob'ly not!

All'at plus the always entertaining Silver-Age Back-Matter we all know and love!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 024 - X-Men #17 (1966)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Twenty-Four

X-Men #17 (February, 1966)
"... And None Shall Survive!"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Layouts - Jack Kirby
Pencils - Werner Roth (as Jay Gavin)
Inks - Dick Ayers
Letters - Artie Simek
Colors - A big fan of the colors Red, Green, and Blue
Cover Price: 12¢

Today we talk about the "Spectrum of Suspension of Disbelief" when we ask how in the world people haven't put together that Charles Xavier has an association with the X-Men!  The creep is constantly being seen in public with and for them!

Good thing his kneejerk move is a mindwipe, eh?  Also - We've got the return of a most dangerous mutant - doncha dare spoil the end of this episode with anybody - we'll be watching!

Plus: The always amusing Letters Page, the Bullpen Bulletins, MMMS updates... and even some great Mailbag content of our own!

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Monday, August 9, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 023 - X-Men #16 (1966)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Twenty-Three

X-Men #16 (January, 1966)
"The Supreme Sacrifice!"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Layouts - Jack Kirby
Pencils - Werner Roth (as Jay Gavin)
Inks, or "Delineation" - Dick Ayers
Letters - Artie Simek
Colors - Someone with a LOT of Pink and Purple Crayons
Cover Price: 12¢

Wrapping up our first three-part X-Men story -- it's the Sentinel Saga, wherein, it should come as no surprise that - once again, Professor X steals the spotlight and wins the day!

Also: Stan Lee gets taken to task for his poor Latin usage in the Letters Page, the Bullpen Bulletins takes off - and the Merry Marvel Marching Society won't quit!  It's a fun time in the Silver Age, and I hope you'll join me for it!

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE - Age of Apocalypse

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE

Age of Apocalypse (1995)
(00:00:00) Part 1: X-Men in the early-mid 1990's, all the events, LegionQuest, and X-Men: Alpha
(02:09:22) Part 2: All of the AoA #1 issues!  Astonishing X-Men, Amazing X-Men, Factor-X, Gambit & the X-Ternals, Generation neXt, Weapon X, X-Calibre, X-Man, & X-Men Chronicles
(04:20:28) Part 3: X-Men Chronicles #2 + Issues 2-4 of Astonishing X-Men, Factor-X, Generation neXt, and Weapon X
(05:58:52) Part 4: Issues 2-4 of Gambit & the X-Ternals, X-Calibre, X-Man, & Amazing X-Men
(07:29:23) Part 5: X-Universe #1-2
(09:09:56) Part 6: X-Men: Omega, X-Men: Prime, and the Legacy of the AoA!
Total Run Time: 10 Hours, 37 Minutes, 5 Seconds


The celebration of Five Years of Chris and Reggie rolls on, with a compilation of the series we used to commemorate the one-hundredth episode of the Cosmic Treadmill.  In our Crisis on Infinite Earths style, we break down the entirety of Marvel's Age of Apocalypse event from 1995... providing bios for all of the creators involved... as well as every single character to make an appearance!  Things get especially crazy once we get to the X-Universe issues!

It's a long one indeed... but a project we were very proud of!  I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, August 7, 2021

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 14 - Dawn of X, Volume 11 (2021)

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode Fourteen

Dawn of X, Volume 11 (2021)
(00:00:00) New Mutants #10 - "Parasomnia"
(01:01:43) New Mutants #11 - "Ice Cream Dreams"
(01:36:43) Hellions #2 - "Blood Work"
(02:03:45) Hellions #3 - "Nothing People"
Writers - Ed Brisson & Zeb Wells
Art - Flaviano & Stephen Segovia
Colors - Carlos Lopez & David Curiel
Letters - VC's Travis Lanham, Cory Petit, & Ariana Maher
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, Amaro, Basso, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $17.99
On-Sale: February 2, 2021

This is the compilation I've both been looking forward to AND dreading... ya see, this is our "audit" episode!

Since between Amazon, Marvel, Comixology, and the Marvel Wikia... NOBODY can keep straight which issues appear in each collection - we've been forced to dig a bit deeper, and figure out x-actly where we stood.  As such, this will be a bit of a shorter installment, as we've already covered two of the issues that were actually a part of this volume!  Those issues were Excalibur (vol.4) #10, and the second-half of Wolverine (vol.7) #1.  What remains is a pair of issues from both New Mutants (vol.4) and Hellions!  Approximately half of those issues will be quite fun to discuss!

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Friday, August 6, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 022 - X-Men #15 (1965)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Twenty-Two

X-Men #15 (December, 1965)
"Prisoners of the Mysterious Master Mold!"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Layouts - Jack Kirby
Pencils - Werner Roth (as Jay Gavin)
Inks - Dick Ayers
Letters - Artie Simek
Colors - I have nothing to say
Cover Price: 12¢

It's time for the middle chapter of the Sensational Sentinel Saga -- and also, for the original of the Barefoot Bouncing Blue-Suited Beast!  Prepare to be... whelmed!

Also - the always interesting "Let's Visit With the X-Men" letters page, the Bullpen Bulletins, the MIGHTY Marvel Checklist... and more MMMS content than anyone could *possibly* ever want!

Tune in, you'll love it!

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 021 - X-Men #14 (1965)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Twenty-One

X-Men #14 (November, 1965)
"Among us Stalk... the Sentinels!"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Layouts - Jack Kirby
Pencils - Werner Roth (as Jay Gavin)
Inks - Vince Colletta
Letters - Artie Simek
Colors - A pile of crayons, markers, and colored pencils
Cover Price: 12¢

Kicking off our three-part Sentinels Saga - with some FEAR AND HATE!

What can the X-Men do when noted anthropologist Bolivar Trask takes a page out of J. Jonah Jameson's book to assert that Mutants are a MENACE?  Well, their creepy, bald leader might decide to engage in a televised debate with him... which, might not go according to plan!

It's a fun story... and I hope you'll join me for it!

Also: The original Letters Pages, the OFFICIAL Marvel Bullpen Bulletins (featuring plenty - ie. too much - chatter on the Merry Marvel Marching Society), and the MIGHTY Marvel Checklist for cover-date November, 1965!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 020 - Fantastic Four Annual #3 (1965)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Twenty

Fantastic Four Annual #3 (October, 1965)
"Bedlam at the Baxter Building!"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Pencils - Jack Kirby
Inks - Vince Colletta
Letters - Artie Simek
Colors - Idunno
Cover Price: 25¢

Welcome friends, to a most blessed event - it's the Wedding of Sue Storm and Reed Richards, and we're all invited... along with many of the movers and shakers of the Marvel Universe in its relative infancy!  Without hyperbole, this might just be the most important Marvel comic of its time! 

The X-Men not only show up... but get a few good shots in as well!  It's the first time I'm reading this in decades, so it's basically new to me!

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 019 - X-Men #13 (1965)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Nineteen

X-Men #13 (September, 1965)
"Where Walks the Juggernaut!"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Layouts - Jack Kirby
Pencils - Werner Roth (as Jay Gavin)
Inks - Joe Sinnott
Letters - Sam Rosen
Colors - Only their hairdresser knows for sure
Cover Price: 12¢
Marvel POP ART Productions

Wrapping up our first two-part X-Men story - with the (final?) fate of the Juggernaut!  Listen as ol' Cain Marko gets his helmet ripped off for the first time!

Also: The always amusing 1965 X-Men Letters Page - where you can find out how much it'll cost ya to join the Merry Marvel Marching Society!

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