Uncanny X-Men Annual #10 by Chris Claremont and Arthur Adams gave the world the X-Babies and merchandising was never the same! Extra-dimensional despot Mojo de-ages the the team and the New Mutants have to come to the rescue! Great fun and totally worth checking out!
The team at the time consisted of Rogue, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Psylocke, Magneto, Dazzler, Havok and Longshot. This image unfortunately cuts off the upper half of Richochet Rita, but I liked the rich colors of the scan, so I included it. Gotta love the French word balloons in the lower right corner:)
The X-Babies return in Uncanny X-Men Annual #12 as their own entities separate from the regular X-Men (also by Chris Claremont and Arthur Adams). They return a few other times but they never seemed to recapture the youthful kineticism of the aforementioned annuals. Also, they weren’t drawn by Arthur Adams, who knew how to actually draw children and not just chibi amalgams of the X-Men (Not that there is anything wrong with chibi. I happen to love them, but the X-Babies debuted as something completely different). I haven’t given the X-Babies much thought until I saw that….
The X-Babies are back ! It’s an interesting lineup, in terms of members and costumes. From left to right we have Kitty Pryde (in the old school X-uniform), Colossus, Wolverine in his brown costume, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Rogue (in her debut costume) and Storm (with modified tiara and more modern costume). I wish we had one more girl to even things up a bit, but it’s a good mix of characters.
I have to admit, even without Arthur Adams’ pencils, I am so going to get this! The poster of the even younger X-Babies is really funny and reminds me of the Marvel Super Hero Squad toys. I love how infant Storm looks like Maggie Simpson!
The X-Babies have inspired many a fan to make their own versions of the pint-sized mutie cuties! To wit, the X-baby Storm was beautifully created by CBR Message Board poster and DeviantART member Chizel Man! Be sure to check out his other X-Babies! I really love his Jubilee and Professor X.