Franck MILLER :

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Une couverture rejetée pour ce numéro ?

Oui, mais pas pour la couverture, mais une illustration à la fin.

Original pin-up by Mike Deodato Jr. from X-Men Unlimited #34, published by Marvel Comics, June 2002.

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Jackson GUICE :


Paul SMITH :

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John BYRNE :

Celle-là, je la découvre.


Terry AUSTIN :

Chris Claremont et Frank Miller en 1981 :

Sean Howe évoque la genèse de la mini-série Wolverine par Claremont et Miller :

When the 1981 San Diego Comic-Con kicked off in the last week of July, Frank Miller had just put the finishing touches on an issue of Daredevil that devoted four pages to nearly wordless fighting between Elektra and Bullseye on Sixth Avenue. Their confrontation ended when he impaled her with her own weapon; she crawled to Matt Murdock and died in his arms.

With no idea what was in store, the blissfully unaware audience at the Comic-Con instead celebrated Elektra’s triumph in the latest, all-ninja-battle issue of Daredevil, obsessed over the marital strife of Yellowjacket and the Wasp in The Avengers, and pored over Magneto’s return in the new double-sized issue of The X-Men. The shocking revelation that the X-Men’s silver-haired archenemy had been a child prisoner at Auschwitz ramped up the title’s long-present themes of bigotry and persecution and pointed to the direction that The X-Men would take for the decades to come, in which discrimination toward mutant characters was put explicitly in the contexts of racism and homophobia. In the Marvel Universe, “Mutie” became a regularly uttered epithet, bigotry bloomed, and the X-Men became increasingly paranoid about their place in the world.

By and large, the X-Men stories in the year since the “Dark Phoenix Saga” had paled in comparison to what had come before. The old hands who weren’t writing The X-Men were all too happy to point out that its sales had surpassed its aesthetic achievement, and that it benefited from a lack of other exciting options. If The X-Men had been published in the mid–1970s, Steve Englehart insisted in interviews, it wouldn’t have been such a phenomenon. “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king,” sniffed Roy Thomas. It was a dedicated kingdom, though: according to Diana Schutz, a manager at Comics & Comix in Berkeley, California, “People were buying case lots of X-Men. Two, three hundred copies. Some people were buying two lots, for investment purposes.” Appearances by Man-Thing, Spider-Woman, Dazzler, and Doctor Doom reestablished the X-Men’s ties with the rest of the Marvel Universe, but there was also the nagging feeling that those crossovers were just meant to jump-start sales of less popular characters. Or maybe something was just being held back. Dave Cockrum created an amphibious heroine named Silkie, and then retracted the character when he couldn’t negotiate to retain partial ownership. He had a whole group of new heroes, he said—but they’d remain his now.

At the weekend’s end, on the way back to Los Angeles from San Diego, Miller and Claremont were stuck in traffic for two hours. A conversation about Wolverine—a character about whom Miller had previously expressed disinterest—shifted into talk about their mutual appreciation of samurai movies and manga. By the time they’d reached their destination, they’d begun plotting a story for a four-issue Wolverine series.

“It’s me and Frank Miller and [inker] Josef Rubinstein,” Claremont told an interviewer, “and we’re going to make lots of money.”

Où l’on apprend que beaucoup d’auteurs plus vieux, dont Englehart ou Thomas, auraient tenus des propos peu amènes à l’égard du succès de la série X-Men, immérité selon eux et pas proportionné aux qualités artistiques. Englehart aurait dit que la série, si elle avait été publiée dans les années 1970, n’aurait pas connu le même succès, parce que la concurrence y était plus rude.


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Greg LAND :

Mais nan j’rigole ! :grin:

Cela dit … j’aurais été curieux de voir ça par Adams.

Plus j’en apprends sur Englehart, plus je me rends compte qu’il avait ce qu’il fallait niveau ego !

ça se voit : elle a la bouche fermée.

Les propos qu’il tient sur son site confirment cela.

Plus stylisé, non ?


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Je me félicite de lire anglais aussi bien que je pilote une navette spatiale.

En tout cas, au restaurant, il est très cordial, sympathique, à l’écoute.