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Chris Bachalo nailed it

Three quick notes on this original art piece, from Generation X #1.

1. Something seems extra cool about this being from an “important” issue of the series. Although you often see great original art, for some reason the pieces from big issues fetch a larger price tag because, well, they were more relevant. More people saw this page than some random shot from Generation X #13. Issue #1 is catching a lot of casual fans, give-it-a-try’s and also had a large chance of becoming the “I love this ______ (artist/book/writer/character)” issue.

2. Page gives you a great sampling of the book’s main characters. Monet, Jubilee, Husk, Banshee. Outside of Emma Frost and/or Chamber, you’ve covered most of your bases.

3. It’s amazing to see how much time and effort it appears that Bachalo sank it to some of these early issues of Generation X. Look at how crisp, smooth, and detailed this page is – ask yourself if you’ve ever seen Bachalo’s work look so crafted. And this isn’t in anyway bashing any of his other work – the looseness of his style explodes on the page and has become his signature. Here he feels like a focused and sharp weapon – all of the energy in his pencils just oozing out of these tightly drawn, precise pages. Within 12 issues his style loosened, and his illustration transformed into Busta Rhymes – extravagant, unique, explosive.Whether enjoyed or not, Bachalo’s art demanded attention like few others, and continues to do just that today.

So in summary, a $645 Buy It Now seems reasonable for this. A little lower and I think I’d have to start thinking about it.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #56

Maybe the most 90’s thing ever.

More 90’s than the parted-in-the-middle 13 year old teen boy haircut.

More 90’s than Pepsi.

More 90’s than alt rock.

#56 – Generation X 1

How about a x-men comic book with a holo-foil cover named “Generation X” featuring a diversity plus lineup of teen angst ridden outcasts? Here. It. Is.

And… I dig it.

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Phalanx Covenant

As far as the X-Men go, I loved the 80’s. Basically the entire decade was perfect. I loved X-Factor, I loved the New Mutants, and give me Gateway and the Aussie X-Men any day.

But for many people, they think early 90’s X-Men. Jim Lee, not Marc Silvestri. Cable, not Longshot. I liked that era (some of it a lot) but it was slipping. And then it happened. I was out. X-Cutioner’s Song was one I couldn’t sing. I like it, but even now thinking about it I feel icky. It’s not what it should have, could have been. It’s weak is what I’m trying to say. The art, the story, all of it feels like too many chefs, not enough waiters. Like I said, I dipped. This was the story that pushed me out of comics.

And it was a while. Looking back I dig on the Jae Lee art but that’s almost it. Nothing else jelled. I bought every issue (all twelve) and at the end felt empty. “Like butter scraped over too much bread”…

A year and a half passed (an eternity for a 12-13 year old) and I had started to dabble. I was revisiting some of my old comics, and had even bought a couple of new comics. And then I saw this cover on the stand.

Who’s that?
Why is Wolverine all technarked?
Is that Sabretooth?

And I bought it. And I was hooked. By a book that focused on Emma Frost, Banshee, and some weird new mutants. Joe Madureira did the art. Weird, strange, but refreshing. “Alright, I’m curious.” – I bought the rest of the crossover as it came out, and bam, just like that, just like George Costanza, “I’m Back, Baby.”

It seemed during my absence the x-books had all diverted and found their groove after the abyss that was the x-cutioner’s song. The Phalanx Covenant had laid the ground work for me to jump back into all of these books and I was interested in them all. I can say that this still holds up, and the above links are to a complete set of the original issues of this crossover, featuring pretty dope holo-foil covers. All for under $10 bucks, even better. Cheaper than original cover price.

If the trade scene is your preferred route, scoop up this, “the origin of generation x” trade, that contains the series in it’s entirety, as well as Generation X #1. And for even cheaper than the collection of singles above… just no holo-foil covers. Get at this.

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