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  • 50 Cent Comics – X-Men #2

    Next up in the batch of comics I picked up for 50 cents each at MegaCon 2019 is X-Men #2. There are several X-Men #2s of course and this would be the one from 1991 when they added a second X-Men title.

    Magneto would be a pretty cool guy if he was just a touch less megalomaniacal and wasn’t just a little bit insane.

    And check out the ad for Sonic The Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now that was the beginning of an era…

    Anyway, in this issue, Magneto pretty much kicks everybody’s butt and kidnaps the X-Men (some of them anyway) to bring to his personal asteroid. The X-Man can’t do too much about it because if they kill or disable Magneto then the atmosphere disappears since he is the one holding it there. It seems he’s a little ticked off about Moira messing with his genetic code back when he was reduced to a baby. That probably makes more sense if you’ve read that storyline…

    And here’s another great ad, this time featuring the Game Genie for the NES.

    The NES was still going pretty strong in 1991. The back cover features another ad for that system, this time for Wolverine.

  • X-Men Pinball

    X-Men Pinball – Stern Pinball

    Released in 2012, The X-Men Pinball Machine isn’t really all that retro except that I consider pinball to be retro in general. It hasn’t changed all that much over the years, certainly not in recent years. There are not huge numbers of pinball machines made, probably in part because they are so expensive. A refurbished X-Men will set you back about $7000. Used ones go for $3k to $4k on average. I’d love to have a pinball machine but I’m not willing to drop that much cash on one.

    There are three versions of this game. There is the “PRO” version which is just the normal version and then there are two “LE” versions (for Limited Edition). For the limited editions there was a Magneto version and a Wolverine version. As far as I can tell, they were all basically the same but the limited editions had unique artwork, some unique lighting and other features not found in the “PRO” version. There were only about 500 of the limited edition versions made.

    If you are a fan of pinball game then you will probably like this one and if you are a fan of The X-Men AND pinball then you’ve probably found nearly the perfect game. This one generally gets ranked pretty well among pinball games. X-Men is made by Stern and while there are still a few pinball manufacturers around, Stern is probably the best and most well known. They are still making new machines but new releases are not frequent.

  • 50 Cent Comics – Astonishing X-Men #52

    Next up from my 50 Cent MegaCon score is Astonishing X-Men #52. The X-Men has always been one of my favorite comic franchises though I stopped reading on a regular basis long before Astonishing X-Men came along. The Uncanny X-Men, The X-Men (later), X-Force, X-Factor, The New Mutants and Excalibur…those were the titles I remember.

    There’s a lot going on in this issue. Karma is being mind controlled by someone else…awkward as that’s sort of what she does. Oh, and Wolverine explodes. There’s some kind of bomb in his stomach. I’m not too worried though. With that mutant healing factor of his I’m sure it will all work out in the end.