Sunday, November 26, 2006

 

Dave Cockrum

As someone who grew up reading X-Men comics in the 1980s, I wanted to pause for a moment and give tribute to Dave Cockrum. He was the first artist for the "New" X-Men, and he drew many of the issues that were a vital part of my youth.

I think the issue that immediately springs to mind is The Uncanny X-Men #153, entitled "Kitty's Fairy Tale". In this issue Kitty Pryde retold much of the Dark Phoenix story in a fantasy setting filled with pirates and humor. It could have been little more than one of those standard "refresh the readers on the backstory" issues that you would get in comics from time to time, but it was able to present it in a fresh way that could still be entertaining and moving.

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