A reply to a rather lengthy e-mail that I got the other night from a fellow called Rabid18 ( at least, I assume it's a chap - if I'm wrong, please, feel free to correct me, Rabid ).
Yes. There is, indeed, a perfectly good reason, Rabid, why there's not a lot of X-Men on the Street. It's because I don't like the X-Men. Not even Neal Adams' X-Men. Can't stand them. It's true, I was a great fan of the Claremont / Byrne run, back in the day, but, then, so was everybody. I didn't mind the films ( well, two of 'em, anyway ). And I thought the last animated series they did was pretty entertaining. But, for the most part, I cannot abide the comics. I gave the Ultimate X-Men a fair old crack of the whip, when they released it as a monthly over here ( two US issues in each UK issue ), and, yeah, got quite into it, but that didn't last, and I ended up dropping it. I think Wolverine is probably the single-most over-rated, over-used, and over-written character in comics, and I wish Jean Grey would just fuck off and stay dead.
As to the whole giving the public what the public wants idea: no. I don't feel the need to. If anyone wants the X-Men, they've got plenty of places other than the Street to visit.
That said, I'm nothing if not a decent sort of chap, and here's a wee collection of X-Men images just for your good self, Rabid. Probably worth noting, too, that there's one more ( pretty big ) X-Men jobbie in the offing, to tie in with the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe series of posts, so you might wanna keep 'em peeled for that.
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