Friday, May 26, 2006

(Now, THAT'S Trivia! #16) Wandering X-Men

The third and supposedly (until the opening weekend box office numbers come in, I'll bet) final installment of the X-Men movie series opened today, so this week's trivia question examines some of the travels and travails of a trio of members of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's original team from the early 60's, also known as the Silver Age of Comics.
It's hard to believe now, but back then X-Men was Marvel's lowest selling title, and was all but cancelled in the early seventies. The book continued by reprinting earlier issues from #66 through #93, until Len Wein, Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum introduced a whole new, and far more popular, team of mutants in Giant Size X-Men #1. Original team members Cyclops and Jean Grey, formerly known as Marvel Girl, stayed with the new team, but Angel, Beast and Iceman went off to make their way in the world away from Professor Xavier's school. These three did not rejoin the X-Men until the early 90's and spent the 70's and 80's with a variety of other super-hero teams.
Can you name those teams?
The answer is, as always, at The Answer Blog.
Meanwhile, among those who've commented, opinion on whether or not I should continue the weekly trivia questions is evenly split. So, for the foreseeable future, I'm going to keep it up.

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