Doug: It feels good to be back with the Claremont/Byrne X-Men, doesn't it? It was certainly a golden age of sorts for that title, and many of us have proclaimed throughout our time together here on the BAB that their run was one of the best things about comics in the 1970's. Who could argue? As much as I dislike what the X-Men became in the 1990's and beyond, this was the rocket that launched all that.
Doug: Today we'd like to hear you discuss your answers or feelings on the following query: If you could have any creative team from a favorite run (any title, any company, and really -- any period) continue at the height of their collaborative powers, who would it be? Who were those two or three (above, I certainly should have tossed in Terry Austin's name) creators you wished would never stop? Again, we're not looking for a "reunion show" decades later, but a continuation of a run or even a spin-off into a new book. And just to show that yes we are losing our minds around the BAB office, we did a variation on this topic over a year ago -- you can read it and check out the comments that were made way back when.
Doug: Personally, I'd have liked to have seen an extension of the Roy Thomas/Neal Adams/Tom Palmer run on the original X-Men. They'd already done stories with the Sentinels, Sauron, the Savage Land, and Magneto. Certainly the Juggernaut, the Blob, and the revival of the Mimic could have provided some fun storylines. But unfortunately we all know that the ax fell on a great run, and on the title as we'd known it.
Doug: So how about you? Stan and Jack on the FF, maybe an extension of when they were really hot (the #40's-#70's)? Lee and Romita on Spidey? How about later stuff, like the Stern-Buscema Avengers? What sayest thou?
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