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DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee, who rocketed to stardom in the early 1990s with his runs on Marvel’s X-Men comics, has returned to the franchise — if only for a birthday present.
This morning Geoff Johns revealed an illustration of Colossus, a gift from Lee to the DC chief creative officer for his 43rd birthday. The drawing depicts the X-Man in his classic uniform, standing in front of the hammer and sickle symbol; it’s signed “For Tovarish Geoff!” Johns wrote on Instagram that Colossus is his favorite Marvel character.
For X-Men fans nostalgic for the 1990s — those halcyon days when Storm was clad in white and yellow, Cyclops was fitted with unnecessary straps, and Colossus still sported pointy shoulder-thingies — Funko is releasing a line of Marvel Classic X-Men Pop! Vinyl bobble-heads.
Available in November, the set features 3.75-inch figures of the aforementioned Cyclops, Storm and Colossus, plus Professor X, Magneto and Mystique, all in their ’90s finest. You can check them all out below.
It looks like Wolverine has gone down into the sewers one to many times.
Atlanta-based artist Casey Edwards has come up with a quartet of inventive prints mashing up Marvel’s X-Men with Nintendo’s flagship heroes, the Super Mario Brothers. Wolverine/Mario, Cyclops/Luigi, Yoshi/Rogue and more are illustrated in this send-up of fodder for any kid growing up in the 80s and 90s. Check them out:
I never realized it until now, but Luigi and Cyclops truly are more alike than you think. But putting Yoshi as Rogue makes me question a lot of my thoughts as a teenager reading comics.
As promised, here’s another preview page from next week’s Strange Tales II #2, Marvel’s sequel to their indie/superhero mash-up anthology. This page features Colossus vs. Colossus (Colossi?) by Paul Hornschemeier (Mother, Come Home; The Three Paradoxes).
Check it out after the jump, then be back at 11 a.m. Pacific for one more!