Welcome back to the 2nd half of our discussion on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s seminal X-Men storyline: The Dark Phoenix Saga.
In this podcast, we pick up were we left off: The X-Men escaping the clutches of the Hellfire Club and heading back to the X-Mansion. During their flight back, Jean Grey loses control of the Phoenix and the Dark Phoenix emerges…
As you can tell from these covers, the X-Men do not have a good time when the Dark Phoenix is around. The Dark Phoenix attempts to kill all the X-Men, then she goes and snuffs out a galaxy and finally the X-Men have to fight for their lives and the fate of Jean Grey…on the moon. There is a lot of story and we try to cover all of it and more in the podcast.
We also take a look behind the scenes to find out what decisions Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and co-plotters: Chris Claremont and John Byrne made to come to the epic conclusion of the X-Men story.
Towards the end of the podcast, I explain why the Legion of Superheroes (group on the left) look a lot like the Shi’ar Imperial Guard (group on the right).
If you have never read the Dark Phoenix Saga, we highly recommend checking it out. You can read it digitally through Marvel.com or buy a trade paperback like we did. Thanks for listening and we will see you next week.
Back in 1986, Marvel was celebrating 25 years of comics. Jim Shooter (Editor In Chief at Marvel) decided he wanted to do something special to commemorate Marvel comics so he and a few other writers and artist put their heads together and created the Marvel New Universe.
The New Universe would be different than the existing one. It would be even more realistic. Actions would have consequences and it would not rely on Myth, hidden alien races and supertechnology to tell a story.
One of the launch titles in the NU would be D. P. 7 which stands for Displaced Paranormals 7
(From left to right: DP7 premier issue, the great Wampus cover of issue 4, the final issue of a 32 issue miniseries – hilarious and the cover to the trade)
DP7 was written by Mark Gruenwald with art by Paul Ryan. Since this universe cannot have mutants, they would get paranormals – a small group of the population would receive powers thanks a world event called The White Event.
I read some of the original DP7 comics back in the day but Jon has never seen them. I picked up the Trade Paper Back called DP7 Classic which collected the first 9 issues and thought it would be a great, goofy ride of nostalgia and I was right.