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X-Men: The Art and Making of The Animated Series Hardcover – October 13, 2020
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“Plain and simple, this is a must-buy for all X-Men fans.” ― Geeks Worldwide
“It’s a must read for all fans of the 90s cartoon classic…” ― The Beat
“…you’re truly getting a look behind the curtain to how [the show] came together.” ― Cinelinx
“Abrams Books has published something that satisfies those looking for animation knowledge, art aficionados, and the most die-hard critical X-Men collectors.” ― Red Carpet Report
“…a behind-the-scenes look packed with commentary and never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and more.” ― The Los Angeles Times
“…this massive hardcover is a must-have for any fan of Marvel's mutants.” ― Comic Book Resources
About the Author
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams (October 13, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419744682
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419744686
- Item Weight : 3.85 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.3 x 1.1 x 12.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Being a fan of Deadpool before the character really hit their popularity stride later on, I always hoped there would be at least one episode featuring him. We did get two quick cameos with his character on screen, and I’m sure it was some sort of licensing issue that prevented more screen time for him.
Point being, this book also has two sketches of Deadpool in it. Sketches of most of the Morlocks featured in episode four, to most of the refugees featured in that episode with Cyclops vs The Purple Man, Age of Apocalypse characters, Sinister’s Nasty Boys: Most of these characters are featured in this book. That—to me—is not what I expected. Which makes me extremely happy—that I finally have an artbook with some of the original sketches of characters that were one offs or easter eggs give this significantly more meaning to me as well as hitting a nostalgia factor I never expected it to pull off.
This book is a wealth of animation sketches and material, as well as stories from the creators, storyboards—they have a tidbit about the short, bald dude in the green costume running at the X-Men at the end of the intro sequence, which I always thought was a random character made for the show. He wasn’t. There’s some serious love in this book. Is it perfect? No. I would’ve loved to see more sketches and storyboards from the Asteroid M, Bishop vs Fitzroy, and final four Apocalypse episodes (in Season 4). However, the sheer volume of content this book has provided is impressive.
If you were a fan of this series growing up, you won’t be disappointed with this book.
There is a problem with shipping. There was a sticky stain on the corner of the book and it run down the side and into the back of the book. I suspect it to be a coffee spill. I am very angry that a book I treasure and hope to keep for a long time was defile like this. I may file a complain with Amazon shipping department.
While I am very grateful for the first book, this second book is definitely the superior choice! Not only is this one actually published with Marvel's involvement, but it is filled to the brim with crisp, beautiful photos and illustrations (both in color and black & white). It has colorized models for all of the main team (something I always wanted) plus mostly black and white models for nearly every other character that appeared in the show (this is perhaps my ONLY disappointment...as I wish all the side characters and villains would also have been colorized instead of black & white but perhaps their model sheets weren't colored or it would have been too expensive?). Nonetheless, there are full storyboards for the entire iconic intro to this amazing show, animation cels and the painted backgrounds for many memorable episodes and storylines. In the back of the book it features some nostalgic products that have come about from the massive success of this show (action figures, statues, comic spin-offs, etc.). There is even some previously unpublished artwork for how the characters may have been illustrated had the show been allowed to continue.
I have not finished reading everything yet but I can already confirm that this book is more than worth the price just for the artwork and illustrations alone. This book features the definitive versions of the X-Men that I desperately miss and truly wish Marvel would finally bring back (and not screw it up like they did with both "X-Men Forever" and "X-Men '92"). It is literally a treasure trove of X-goodness that offers so much information on this series. This is exactly the type of book I have been hoping for ever since I first fell in love with this show over 25 years ago! If you loved this show even half as much as I did, I can not strongly recommend it enough!!
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It covers every aspect of the series and is jam packed with concept images and photos from the series as well as detailed information about the making and production. Even including a full episode guide to all 5 seasons.
I literally have nothing negative to say about it. If you are an X-Men fan or even just a fan of the series you need to own this book.
I would recommend it 100%!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2020
Reviewed in Brazil on November 6, 2020