Nostalgically revisiting the comics of the 1980s since 2008.
Wow. great find! I love the Paul Smith issues of the Uncanny X-Men! I still have them with me.Hi, I always visit your blog and really appreciate the tons of great material you're posting here. This is the first time I made a comment on your post :)
Hi Erwin, thanks for saying hi and for the kind words about my blog!
I find it interesting that the Claremont run is so beloved, yet both Byrne and Smith (his two most notable collaborators) both left over "creative differences." The Byrne portion of the run is considered the high-point. The Smith run a second blip upward in quality. I wonder what the result would have been if Claremont had been more willing to listen to his collaborators. He did so well - was he right to let them go? Or would the greatest portions of his run continued longer, or been even better? If only there were someone out there to write a "What If John Byrne or Paul Smith Had Never Left 'Uncanny X-Men'" comic. I'd read it.
Ya know its funny, he was only on for 11 years, less than a year's worth, but the stories he did have become X-Men classics. The issue posted above Joss Whedon pointed out was a huge influence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer(and he would recommit to the Colossus/Kitty romance in his own X-Men run), "Professor Xavier is a Jerk!", the Dancers in the Dark two-parter, the fantastic Wolverine in Japan, From the Ashes. I'm glad for what we got, and enjoyed many of the Romita/Silvestri/Lee issues to come, but you just can't help wondering how long they could have kept that streak going.