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Dean Munday
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Posted: 25 September 2022 at 11:22am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

There's an interesting article over on the Bleeding Cool site about comic speculators from the 70s through to the 90s, with interviews with comic store owners at the time, using Uncanny X-Men to illustrate certain market observations.

If I interpret the comments accurately, there seems to be a common opinion that the moment X-sales really took off and the title gained its 'uber' popularity, was the arrival on the series of one JB. That's not to say Chris & Dave had not done a fine job on the title beforehand - but the comments in the article suggest that the wider sales appeal (with specifically a new female audience demographic being cited), was down to change on the title.

I guess we'll never know exactly the degree to which increased readership at the time was due to the art alone, or to the input/influence on subsequent plots/characterization. If 'Elsewhen' has achieved anything, it strongly suggests both were instrumental. They certainly were for this particular reader. Once again, thank you JB - both for the then and and now.

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John Byrne
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Posted: 25 September 2022 at 1:24pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

UNCANNY flirted with cancellation the whole time I was on it.
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 25 September 2022 at 9:01pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

 John Byrne wrote:
UNCANNY flirted with cancellation the whole time I was on it.
That blows my mind.  I could feel it (among my teen-aged peers) gaining momentum---culminating with the Death of Phoenix.

The "female demographic" does sound to me like history is being re-written there too.
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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 26 September 2022 at 8:01pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I don't know that there was much of a female demographic in comics readership in the late '70s. I'm sure there were SOME women reading but I don't know that there were as many then as seem to be reading now.

And it's weird to imagine it, given how gigantic those stories loom in hindsight, but the numbers on UNCANNY X-MEN didn't take off until... the '80s? Absent that groundwork JB did, though, UXM might well have gotten canceled.


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Posted: 26 September 2022 at 8:44pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Years after X-MEN I was on a podcast. One of the interviewer asked when I knew the book was really going to take off. I said When Paul Smith took over as penciler.
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