Last week, for Throwback Thursday, we uploaded an image on our Facebook page of the completed Danger Room set from the 1992 X-Men trading card series drawn by Jim Lee (see below):
We got a hell of a positive response for this in all quarters and tapped into a widespread nostalgia in Action A Go Go’s target demographic. With that in mind, let’s try it again. This time with “X-Men: The Animated Series”. I remember waking up every Saturday as a fourth grader in 1992-1993, eager and impatiently waiting to use my VHS to record episodes from the series. It’s a trend that followed me through middle school as I would run home after the school bus dropped us off to tape the episodes that were part of the 1995 Fox Kids line-up. I taped every episode, including the commercials that came with them, and still have each of VHS tape. I refuse to upgrade them to DVD’s because the originals were better.
Considering the present quality of the X-Men movies and the comic books, “X-Men: The Animated Series” still stands the test of time as being the best X-adaptation. The writers of the series REALLY did their research and it shows with the storylines, the dialogue and the characters. Season one’s interpretation of the “Days of Future Past” storyline was much better than what was done in the film adaptation. The animation, though Troy-Jeffrey Allen will vehemently disagree, was also on-point (in the final two seasons, there was a notable decline in quality, but still…). They had tailored music for every character and fitting music for dramatic scenes. For me, this was the last great animated super-hero action drama.
Anyway, here it is. Sit back, and enjoy.