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This October Marvel’s “Uncanny X-Men” Reaches 600th Issue!

I’ll be getting to the monthly comic book solicitations for Marvel Comics very soon but first I wanted to share and help raise the celebrations as “Uncanny X-Men” reaches its 600th issue. There are numerous different covers to add to your collection so I’ve culled them all together along with the press release for you to enjoy. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
“New York, NY—October 1st, 2015 — Before Secret Wars ends and the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe begins, cap off Brian Michael Bendis’ epic X-Men run with a bang! Today, Marvel is pleased to present all the covers to October’s oversized UNCANNY X-MEN #600 – brought to you by some of the industry’s most iconic artists! Featuring new artwork from Art Adams, Paul Smith, Rick Leonardi, Adam Hughes Olivier Coipel, Ed McGuinness, Leinil Yu and Kris Anka – each of these stunning variant covers showcases a different era of Marvel’s Merry Mutants, brought to life by some of the X-Men’s most memorable artists. Plus, don’t miss three all-new Action Figure Variants by rising star John Tyler Christopher as Emma Frost, Jean Grey and Iceman get the blister pack treatment. Featuring 38 pages of new stories written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Stuart Immonen, Chris Bachalo, Sara Pichelli, David Marquez, Mahmud Asrar, Kris Anka and Frazier Irving – close out this chapter of Mutant history in style this October in UNCANNY X-MEN #600! For more information on UNCANNY X-MEN #600, visit Marvel.com for a full interview with Brian Michael Bendis.”

"Uncanny X-Men" #600 Variant by Chris Bachalo
“Uncanny X-Men” #600 Cover by Chris Bachalo

UNCANNY X-MEN #600 Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS; Art by CHRIS BACHALO, STUART IMMONEN, SARA PICHELLI, KRIS ANKA, DAVID MARQUEZ, FRAZER IRVING & MAHMUD ASRAR; Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
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A Toast Of Flesh As “The Walking Dead” #1 Celebrates 10 Years

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I haven’t really done one of these “Comic Book Milestone” posts after only a ten year span of publication but with the breakout hit that “The Walking Dead” became this was very necessary to do. Published ten years ago this month by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” #1 was written and created by Robert Kirkman and featured art by Tony Moore. The series was set around a group of several individuals, primarily Police Officer Rick Grimes who after recovering from a life threatening gunshot wound awakens in an empty hospital and finds the world around him being slowly overrun by the living dead. The series is printed in black and white and while I don’t personally like those methods I feel that the level of gore is better delivered by not showing us so much vivid red. As a lifelong comic’s fan I am really surprised that I missed out on this when it first was released but then again I was much more into the superhero stuff to let it bother me all that much. My first glimpse of the actual comic was when I got a first issue reprint at the Book Expo back in 2011. I loved it and planned on ordering the trade paperbacks before cash got a little thin so I decided to wait until the compendiums were next on sale. Clearly this is one popular title and if you see anyone getting rid of single issues at a garage sale for cheap do yourself a favor and stock up on them (provided they are not the reprints of said originals).
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Action Comics #1 & Superman Celebrate 75 Years (1938-2013)

Let me hear you say “Look! Up in the Sky!, It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman!!!!

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Well it all begins here my comic loving friends, because back in June of 1938, some seventy five years ago, the first issue of “Action Comics” was published and one of the stories featured a being whose powers and abilities were far beyond those of mortal men. Yes I am speaking of the one and only and now very legendary Superman. Since I’ve been doing a lot of comic book overview or release blasting blog posts here on the musings I felt it would be a nice idea to continue on with the occasional offering up of a toast to the Comic Book Milestone’s of note. There is probably not a bigger event for this medium and the super-hero mythology in general than the introduction of the Man of Steel. Kal-El was the creation of Jerry Simon and Joe Schuster, a creative team who not only initially had trouble selling their character to the masses, but a pair whose original creation was hardly a benevolent force for the greater good and was instead a raving madman with his sights set on world domination. Can you even imagine that? Lucky for all of us, the premise of Superman was reworked before being submitted to DC Comics and it would begin the engine of comic book heroism that was nothing less than extraordinary. “Action Comics” was a title that had a series of stories in it and not just a full on Superman appearance issue. We also had Zatara (a magician whose daughter is a favorite of Female Cosplayers everywhere in Zatanna) and also a western tale. Superman will grace these pages for hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of issues before its reworking as a title in 1988 when it returned to an Anthology format and came out each week. These issues would not feature Superman at all until it returned to a regular monthly at #643.
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