Like many X-Men fans, I have fond memories of the 90s era X-Men cartoon back when Jim Lee was given free reign with the comics under then Marvel Comics editor Bob Harras. Readers of Heroic Tarot Tuesday know that I am still using the characters and designs from that era in my Heroic Tarot readings. I don’t know how I managed to miss out on these Mongolia X-Men stamps from 1995, but many thanks to C. B. Cebulski for bringing them to my attention. Looking at the artwork, I think the most successful images are the ones of Bishop and Gambit, but they all have a certain something to celebrate. The descriptions are kind of funny in a not on purpose kind of way, but they serve their function. I find it interesting that the worth of each stamp increases from 30 Togrug or Tugrik (I am not making this up) to 250, with Bishop being the lowest and Wolverine eclipsing Professor X as the highest. This sheet of eight is listed as Volume 1, but I am fairly certain there was never a Volume 2. There was, however, a special edition sheet featuring Wolverine versus Magneto (below).
Remember when Magneto magnetically ripped out Wolverine’s adamantium from his bones in the “Fatal Attractions” crossover? Mongolia sure does. I think this was a pretty low point in X-Men history as we ended up with a bone claw Wolverine for over 5 years (he somehow lost his nose during this era as well). It also seemed an action beneath the Magneto readers had been following all these years (surely he entertained such a thought before and chose not to do it). To read about how the whole plot line came about, scroll down to the bottom of this post.
Love stamps? Love X-Men? Add Mongolia X-Men stamps to your collection today! You might also want to track down these slightly less interesting stamps from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and these from the United Kingdom. As for me, I have no intention of adding any images of she-who-shall-not-be-named to my stash of X-Men items. I do, however, have a few sheets of these Marvel stamps which have the original five X-Men and Wolverine among their images!
See you next Sunday!