Saturday, February 7, 2009

Kitty's Kostume Korner (April, 1983)

The All-New, All-Different X-Men owed a huge debt to the Legion of Super-Heroes, which continues to this day. One example comes from the comic book that produced my first heroine crush, Uncanny X-Men #168, on one Katherine "Kitty" Pryde. The story was a solo spotlight by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith in their prime, while editor Louise Jones (a.k.a. "Weezie" Simonson) offered a look at reader submitted costumes. Jones/Simonson had solicited submissions in 1981, when Kitty was going by another of her many codenames, Sprite. I can't tell you how many Legionnaires were clothed by their audience, and such maneuvers are excellent ways to fully engage your readership. If nothing else, the color scheme of that second offering is very close to the one used for the "Shadowcat" identity after the Kitty Pryde and Wolverine mini-series.

Sigh. In 1983, she was the older woman, and now I'm more than twice her age. Regardless of what Wooderson said about high school girls in Dazed and Confused, that fact just depresses me.

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