Monday, December 24, 2012

Uncanny X-Men #98 (April 1976)

Title: Merry Christmas, X-Men…The Sentinels Have Returned
Cover: Dave Cockrum
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Dave Cockrum
Inker: Sam Grainger
Colors: Janice Cohen
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Cover Price: Still Only $0.25
Cover Date: April 1976
Release Date: January 1976
Synopsis: The Mighty Marvel Checklist in comics cover dated April 1976 says “Merry Christmas, X-Men…The Sentinels Have Returned! It begins at Rockefeller Center; it ends Lord-knows-where! But we think that the title says it all! Claremont’s, Cockrum’s and Grainger’s holiday gift to all X-fans, wherever they may be!”

The X-Men visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas to see the Christmas Tree, but their holiday fun comes to an abrupt end when the Sentinels attack. The story has a great balance of heartwarming holiday cheer and all-out action courtesy of Claremont and Cockrum. This issue starts a fantastic run that brings back the Sentinels, which were last seen in X-Men #59 (August 1969), and sets the stage for Jean Grey’s transformation into Phoenix, the introduction of the Hellfire Club and a number of other plot lines that would be introduced in the coming years. This issue is also legendary for the number of cameo appearances by characters from the worlds of comics and reality. In addition to the dozen-plus characters on opening splash page atRockefeller Center, the latter pages include cameo appearances by Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Julius Schwartz, Carmine Infantino and Richard Nixon.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, X-Men Companion Vol. 1

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