Characters Appearing: Angel, Beast, Colossus, Cyclops, Gambit, Iceman, Jean Grey, Jubilee, Major Domo, Minor Domo, Mojo, Professor X, Psylocke, Rogue, Spiral, Storm, Wolverine
Marvel Comics Presents #89 (Mojo)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #89 (Mojo story only)
I would watch that chicken show.
To compete with that show, Mojo, with Spiral and the Major and Minor Domos, heads to Earth to make a documentary on the X-Men.
But the X-Men aren't doing anything interesting (except engaging in the usual battle with the trees on Xavier's property. The X-Men pull up trees the way most people weed a garden.).
Things get more exciting during a Danger Room session...
...but Mojo had the camera pointed the wrong way.
Nevertheless, the new film is a success, so a sequel is rushed out.
I have a low opinion of Mojo and (in-universe) humor comics in general, but the absurdity of this one got to me. It's cute.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Definitely takes place before Wolverine #48-50 since Wolverine is wearing his brown costume. Not sure if i should worry about Cyclops' costume, which seems to be the old version with the full skullcap; his costume has been displaying his hair since his later X-Factor days, and at this point it seems like he's definitely part of the X-Men. In fact, as noted in the comments, several costumes and hair styles are the pre-X-Men #1 versions. I wouldn't necessarily worry about costumes unless it's story related (e.g. Wolverine swearing off the brown costume), and i'd allow for some artistic license when it comes to hair length. But in this case it doesn't hurt to push this back prior to X-Men #1-3, so i've done so.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
"What's wrong with this picture."
Well for one thing, Joe Madureira decided to open gross creepy rock-hard man-nopples prominently on display! Gah!
I suspect this took place before X-Men #1 (vol 2, of course). Remember that when we catch up to the X-men that a the obligatory "six month gap" has passed since the end of the Muir Island Saga. I assumed that the activities that happened during the interim were to banal and pedestrian to publish, which would make it a perfect oppurtunity for this story to be set.
Also, I can't't imagine Wolvetine (especially 90s Wolverine) cooking and eating celery.
Posted by: Jon Dubya | December 2, 2015 11:25 AM
I love that panel with Wolvie chopping celery with his claw! Though he should know better than to smoke while doing it; even if his healing protects him from cancer, who wants to have cigar ash in their food?
Also, what's wrong with man-nipples?
Posted by: Tuomas | December 3, 2015 4:47 AM
Do you think Reed Richards whipped up some adamantium-resistant cutting boards for his buddy Professor X?
Posted by: cullen | December 3, 2015 4:32 PM
I wonder if this was drawn before Jim Lee finalized the character designs for X-men #1? The team is the post Muir Island Saga line-up, but the characters are all wearing their costumes from around the time of X-tinction Agenda.
Even more incredibly, I think Joe Mad was only a 16 or 17 year old Marvel intern when he did this story. I can't think of any artist who had work published this young since guys like Joe Kubert in the Golden Age.
Posted by: Red Comet | December 3, 2015 4:42 PM
Aside from the costumes (Jean's as well which hasn't been mentioned yet), Storm's hair length seems to merit moving this before X-Men #1.
Posted by: Erik Beck | February 2, 2016 9:54 AM
Red comet. Wasn't Gerry Conway rather young when he first started at Marvel?
Posted by: Jon Dubya | October 30, 2016 12:09 PM
Gerry Conway's first story for DC in House of Secrets was published before his 17th birthday. His first Marvel story in Tower of Shadows 5 was published when he was only 17. So yeah, pretty young.
Posted by: Michael | November 12, 2016 4:07 PM
And Jim Shooter's first work at DC was published when he was 14.
Posted by: Michael | November 12, 2016 4:10 PM
Seeing that chicken show kinda reminded me of the final scenes of Werner Herzog's 1977 film "Stroszek". The difference, besides the ages of the birds in question, is this one sure ain't got no rhythm.:-)
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 6, 2017 10:01 PM
Hey fnord, in the chronological placement considerations you state that you're going to place this prior to XMv2 1-3 however you've placed it afterwards.
Happy New Year =)
Posted by: Bibs | January 3, 2018 6:18 AM
Posted by: fnord12 | January 4, 2018 11:30 AM
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