Retroactive: The Flash 1969 & Uncanny X-Men 1977

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Uncanny X-Men (1977)

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Uncanny X-Men #103(February 1977)UXM103

Uncanny X-Men #104(April 1977)UXM104

Uncanny X-Men #105(June 1977)UXM105

Uncanny X-Men #106(August 1977)UXM106

Uncanny X-Men #107(October 1977)UXM107

Uncanny X-Men #108(December 1977)UXM108

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10 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1969 & Uncanny X-Men 1977

  1. What an epic year for the Flash. Almost any one of those covers could have won. For me, #186 is incredible. It sets up a classic story featuring a superhero character. Amazing!

  2. As you know, I love when a cover shows something different from the same old “superhero vs villain” image, so, when I saw Flash # 185, I instantly understood it would have won the gold medal.
    A superhero usually relies on his superpowers to save the day: well, in this case his speed can’t help the Flash at all, because his superpowers are completely useless against this bunch of raging hippies. All he can do is using his brain – and I love writers who oblige the leading character to use his mind to solve his problems, and not just his fists and/or his superpowers.
    As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 103: a muscular villain, a firing gun, broken bricks flying all over… this cover screams “ACTION”, and, as you know, action packed comics definitely are my cup of tea (along with dark ones and slice – of – life ones).
    P.S.: I read the news about Nightwing’s closure, and I was less sorry than you could expect. DC ruined the character when they decided to reveal his secret identity (as they ruined Green Arrow when they made him rejuvenate), and that’s why I don’t care about the cancellation of his solo title: since Nightwing is ruined anyway, why should I care if his series gets discarded?

    • “All he can do is using his brain – and I love writers who oblige the leading character to use his mind to solve his problems, and not just his fists and/or his superpowers.”
      Yes indeed! Sometimes I love a good old fight but to see the hero outwit his foes or overcome a seemingly impossible situation is simply awesome. I wonder what made these average citizens turn on our hero? As I mentioned to Alastair Savage, The Flash #186 gets my silver medal since it truly captures my imagination and makes me want to find out more.

      “As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 103: a muscular villain, a firing gun, broken bricks flying all over… this cover screams “ACTION”, and, as you know, action packed comics definitely are my cup of tea (along with dark ones and slice – of – life ones).”
      And what a great title as well: Death Seige! My runner-up, for pure nostalgia is #104, a nice cover that pays tribute to the very first issue with a new cast.

      “I read the news about Nightwing’s closure, and I was less sorry than you could expect. DC ruined the character when they decided to reveal his secret identity (as they ruined Green Arrow when they made him rejuvenate), and that’s why I don’t care about the cancellation of his solo title: since Nightwing is ruined anyway, why should I care if his series gets discarded?”
      I’m torn. I was enjoying the series and was intrigued to see where they were going with all of this despite my apprehension. Now I guess I’ll have to settle for the answer in Batman Eternal?

      Thanks for sharing your selections.

      • “Now I guess I’ll have to settle for the answer in Batman Eternal?” I have the same problem with Katana. The final issue of the series was awesome, as usual, but a lot of questions haven’t been settled. Is it because miss Nocenti was forced to write a conclusion before she had the time to think it out? Is it because she simply forgot about some matters pending? Or is it because these questions will be settled by Lemire in Green Arrow? Only time will tell…
        “Thanks for sharing your selections.” Thank you as well for your replies! : )

        • “Or is it because these questions will be settled by Lemire in Green Arrow?”
          I’m not sure what these unanswered questions you have are but I think a good deal will be addressed in Green Arrow. In the last issue they referenced her series and I was a tad bit lost… Speaking of Katana, she is one of the few New 52 redesigns that I prefer over her pre-New 52 design. Such a great look!

          • And such a great comic book. Miss Nocenti had built a wonderful series, with many interesting characters, many intriguing subplots, endless narrative possibilities and so many great stories that could have been told.
            Yes, sometimes the story didn’t add up, sometimes there were plot holes and so on, but generally speaking Katana has been a delightful read.
            Many readers didn’t give it a chance because they didn’t trust miss Nocenti, and this is why this series lasted only 10 months. I can’t blame those readers, because I was doubtful too when I chose to add Katana to my pull list… but now I think that I took one of my best decisions ever as a comic book reader. Thank you for your reply! : )

            • Sadly I was one of those guilty readers that passed this series by but I can think of numerous times this has happened to me as well on other series. A series truly captures your love and adoration and all you want to shout is “Come on people! You owe it to yourselves to check this series out!” And it all falls on death ears…

              • I started commenting on other WordPress blogs exactly because I wanted to advertise a series I loved. I had read that Grifter’s sales were sinking deeper and deeper each month, so I started recommending this series by writing a comment on every single comic book themed WordPress blog I bumped into.
                And then Grifter closed, a lot of marvellous bloggers stopped updating their blogs, and now the only ones I still follow are The Speech Bubble, Arousing Grammar and xmenxpert.

                • “And then Grifter closed, a lot of marvellous bloggers stopped updating their blogs, and now the only ones I still follow are The Speech Bubble, Arousing Grammar and xmenxpert.”
                  I’m honored to be one of the chosen three! Thanks a lot. 🙂

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