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Cover To Cover: Uncanny X-Men #251


Covers are the first thing you see on a comic. Simple. The cover could very well be enough of an eye catching tool to get you, faithful reader to plunk down your hard-earned money. This new segment will feature some of our favorite covers here at PCU, and give you a look into why we chose these particular issues.

Uncanny #251 is not only a beautiful example of cover art by Marc Silvestri, but it also holds personal nostalgia for me. Cover dated early November of 1989, this issue falls in what I consider, my era of X-Men. Depending on age, or when you started reading a long-standing book, most readers can identify with one particular time in a series’ run. The X team hiding out in Australia, hanging with teleporter Gateway and fighting the Reavers is the point that I read with the most fervor. The image of Wolverine, crucified to a wooden X and left for dead, was and still is a powerful image. The obvious comparison between the mutant plight in the Marvel U and Jesus Christ’s story have never been so closely portrayed than here. His face hidden by shadow, he is easily identifiable by his unique hairstyle. Situated on a pile of skulls and bones, a vulture circles overhead, waiting to add to the mound’s tally. The true highlight of this simple cover, is the coloring. A purple background offset by a bright green used to accentuate the cross give this image an ethereal quality, which works well, as much of the issue takes place in a dream.

Marc Silvestri continued being a successful artist in comics to the point that he defected from Marvel a few short years later and helped found Image Comics. I fell out of reading comics about a year after this, as High School life sunk its teeth into me. I always dabbled, and about ten years later picked up the old habit like it was just yesterday.

About John Amenta (74 Articles)
Born and raised in Central Connecticut. Raised on the good stuff, such as Star Wars, Marvel G.I. Joe comics and a heaping spoonful of Saturday morning cartoons. Many years later, still sticking to the ways of younger life, to counteract the terror of adult existence.
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