The art of Marc Silvestri was a huge influence on me as a young man. I fell in love with his leggy supermodel heroines and glamour infused narrative style. His mohawk Storm, tanned Dazzler and corrupt Madelyne Pryor are forever burned into my brain. He has a way of making everyone, men and women, so pretty. So, it’s a bit strange that I haven’t had a spotlight on him since this post in 2008! Let’s rectify that omission by looking at a lot of original artwork! Above, we see the X-Women take some time to relax in a tropical paradise. From left to right, Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, Psylocke, Rachel (above), Meggan, Kitty Pryde and Lockheed. That’s a bevy of bathing beauties!
Page 22 of Uncanny X-Men #220 shows Scalphunter face off against Longshot. “But don’t you know…t’s impolite to shoot people?” Longshot asks the Marauder. I enjoy the use of the rifle scope as panel and seeing Longshot dangling upside down in panel five.
Page 12 of Uncanny X-Men #222 depicts Storm fighting snake-owl creatures without her powers! I almost miss seeing Storm like this. She was so kickass back then.
This is the promotional piece for the Inferno crossover which ran through Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, the New Mutants and various titles throughout the Marvel Universe. From left to right, the demon S’ym, geneticist Mr. Sinister and the demon N’astirh. Definitely a motely crew. I remember that a lot of people were speculating that Sinister had ties to Colossus due to his character design.
Silvestri also penciled the covers and interiors for the Uncanny X-Men Fall of the Mutants crossover issues. On this cover the X-Men fight Mystiques Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, although they have been given government authority and are acting under the guise of Freedom Force. The characters and costumes of this era are among my favorite of all time.
As a youth, I had Uncanny X-Men delivered to my door and I remember staring at this cover for a very long time before I could open the comic. Seeing my favorite heroes in skeletal form really messed with my mind.
Silvestri got to draw a lot of story between former paramours Forge and Storm like in this issue of Uncanny X-Men (#226, page 32). I enjoyed Silvestri’s Native American inspired outfit and giant mane of hair for Storm. It was a welcome change after she had it in a mohawk for so long.
The X-Men can fly! Well, not really, but it is makes a nice cover image. This team, known as the Outback Era X-Men is still my favorite X-Men membership incarnation.
The Reaver cyborg Pretty Boy (I’m not making this up) rewires the brain of Jessica Hoan in Uncanny X-Men #229 (page 13). The way Silvestri chooses to depict the mental manipulation in panels five and six freaked me out as a kid. It is like he is literally worming his way into her mind. Yuck!
Rogue gets attacked by a Brood infested human in Uncanny X-Men #232 (page 24). When was the last time Rogue thought “Glory!” to herself? Oh, we wouldn’t know would we because thought balloons are considered passe.
Delightful double page spread from Uncanny X-Men #233 in which the X-Men fight the Brood “sleazoids”. This time around, the Brood have superpowers in addition to their usual abilities. I was not a fan of this particular story line, because I hate the Brood, but Silvestri gave it his best shot.
Madelyne Pryor starts to lose her grip on reality in this page from Uncanny X-Men #233 (page 20). The Aborigine teleporter known only as Gateway takes Madelyne into “dreamtime” in an effort to give her insight into her true identity.
This page summarizes the story lines going on at the time and appeared in Marvel Age Annual #3 (page 34). The X-Men are believed to be dead and The New Mutants, Kitty and Nightcrawler must soldier on without them.
Uncanny X-Men #235 finds our heroes encountering the mutant-enslaving island nation of Genosha. Psylocke, in her armored outfit) shows us her warrior side which will eventually come to define her. I love Silvestri’s take on Storm’s costume. Seems like Ororo and Carol Danvers will forever be competing with their costume designs.
The Blob, one of the X-Men’s adversaries since X-Men #3, lands on top of Wolverine in this image from Uncanny X-Men #223 (page 22). I love the look Wolverine has on his face as he sees what’s coming and how Silvestri used the letters of “THOOM” as panels. “Geronimo!” indeed!
Check back next week for more Marc Silvestri original artwork from the pages of The Uncanny X-Men!