What else could the letter X stand for when you are an old time comic geek like me? The Children of the Atom...mutants...bound together in a world that hates and fears them. Even back in the mid-sixties, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were savvy enough to realize there were real world prejudices that could be mined for comic book stories.
Suddenly your black neighbor is not such a threat when there are people out there who can destroy buildings with a look or read your mind. How would the ordinary world react against a villain whose experiences in the Holocaust (Magneto) made him the most dangerous terrorist on the planet? If you knew he was obsessed with never experiencing the same kind of genocide again, would you be with him or against him?
Believe it or not there was a time when the X-men was a reprint book on the verge of cancellation until a little Canadian mutant (and several others) named Wolverine joined the team in the late 70s. There has been no stopping the title ever since. There are no fewer than ten titles currently printed a month that contain mutant characters. The X-Men aren't going away anytime soon.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.