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White Queen Wednesday Extra: January Jones, Part III

An Emma Frost Update
by Ken Kneisel

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Hello again, gentle reader. It’s been a number of months since the initial announcement that January Jones would portray Emma Frost in the upcoming movie prequel X-Men: First Class. Since then we’ve seen a few photographs from the set in England, but now January Jones has spoken to the Los Angeles Times about Emma’s notoriously skimpy costumes. She also provided a few intriguing clues about what else we can expect from the film.

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White Queen Wednesday: Heroic Age X-Men

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week we turn our attention to Emma Frost’s latest evaluation by former Captain America and current head of all things Avengers, Steve Rogers. Having previously scrutinized the entire super-powered community of the Marvel Universe at length, heroes and villains alike, Steve has now decided to specifically size up the remaining mutants among the X-Men and their affiliates and enemies. However, his new profile of Emma Frost leaves something to be desired.

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White Queen Wednesday: Jim Lee

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week I will focus on the handful of Emma Frost images drawn by Jim Lee. Considering that Jim Lee was such a massively popular and influential X-Men artist who really redefined the team for an entire generation, it’s interesting to note that he never drew the White Queen in any actual comic book story appearances that I am aware of. So today we will look at a few trading card images he drew of Emma Frost.

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White Queen Wednesday: The Outfit

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. Forget the affair, the drugs, the drinking and the villainous history. Easily the most controversial element of Emma Frost’s character is her signature scandalously skimpy sartorial style. Emma’s penchant for revealing costumes is well documented, ever since she first strode onto the scene sporting little more than lingerie and a cape.

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White Queen Wednesday: Jae Lee

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Greetings, gentle reader. This week I present you with several illustrations of Emma Frost by Jae Lee. I like the dreamlike quality of this cover for the upcoming Wolverine #6, the start of a storyline titled Wolverine vs. The X-Men. It certainly looks like the X-Men’s current ruling council (which consists of Emma Frost, Cyclops, Namor and Magneto) have it in for Wolverine judging by this image.

There is a delicately ethereal and uncharacteristically girlish quality to Jae Lee’s depiction of Emma Frost. She looks less like the malevolent evil queen and more like a ruddy-cheeked fairy princess, an unusual yet interesting interpretation.

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White Queen Wednesday: Arthur Adams, Part II

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. I am thrilled to share a rare treat with you this week, the original artwork for the cover of New Mutants #39 drawn by stormantic favorite Art Adams. I already spotlighted this deliriously evil cover image of Emma Frost as the White Queen once before, but I thought you might like to have a look at the delicately lovely linework as well. If you pay particular attention to the signature at the lower right hand corner of this image, you will also notice that this cover was inked by another of my favorite New Mutants artists, Bill Sienkiewicz.

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White Queen Wednesday: La Belle et la Bête

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. Today I discuss Emma Frost’s fast friendship with Henry McCoy, the brilliant bouncing blue Beast. After so much discussion of Emma’s animosities with characters like Storm, Firestar and Jean Grey, it will make a nice change of pace to talk about her much more pleasant relationship with Beast. It’s really no surprise that they’re such good friends, considering they share such sparkling intellect and wry wit. Beast has been one of Emma’s staunchest and most vocal supporters from the moment she first joined the X-Men, helping her understand the secondary mutation to transform her body into living organic diamond which she had recently aquired.

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White Queen Wednesday: Giving Thanks

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

I appreciate you joining me for this Thanksgiving edition of White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. I had already written about an entirely different subject when I remembered this Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float from the late 1980s which included Emma Frost as the White Queen, and decided it would be fun to share this vintage video footage with you instead.

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It is interesting to see Emma represented alongside other more established and recognizable Marvel Comics characters like Spider-Man and Captain America, considering at the time she hadn’t really made all that many appearances in the comic books themselves. Perhaps this can be seen as foreshadowing her recent rise to prominence as a major player in the modern Marvel Universe.

In fact, the only other X-Men characters I see on that float are Wolverine and Magneto. So Emma stands among a select few representatives of Marvel’s mutant contingent.

Although that one announcer clearly doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I’m willing to give her a pass on Dr Strange’s “explosive underground lab”, although I’ve personally never heard of any such thing in reference to the Sorcerer Supreme’s Sanctum Sanctorum. But Metropolis and Wonder Woman belong to the DC Comics stable of concepts and characters, not Marvel. Willard Scott seems to be aware of this fact when he jokes back “Hulk and Wonder Woman. Who knew?”

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White Queen Wednesday: Like a Phoenix

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week I would like to discuss Emma Frost’s tempestuous relationship with her dear departed fiery fellow telepath and teammate Jean Grey, sometimes known as Phoenix. Theirs was an intense rivalry stretching back to Emma’s earliest appearances, deeply intertwined with notions of life and death and resurrection just like Phoenix herself.

When they first tangled way back during the Dark Phoenix Saga, their psychic battle left Emma seemingly dead. Although obviously this apparent demise would prove to be less permanent than it initially appeared.

The next time they interacted was when Emma invited the X-Men to her Hellfire Club to propose a truce and alliance against the Upstarts whose deadly game threatened both organizations. However, this proposed arrangement was strangled in the crib when the Upstart Trevor Fitzroy and his Sentinels invaded the Hellfire Club, massacred Emma’s beloved Hellions and seemingly killed both Emma and Jean. Keeping both of their bodies in stasis, Professor X would later discover that Jean saved herself by swapping minds with Emma, who remained in a coma for a good long while after Jean’s psyche was restored to her rightful body.

But perhaps the most significant interactions between Jean and Emma occurred during Grant Morrison’s New X-Men era. These stories redefined Emma and the X-Men and their effects can still be felt today. When they first became teammates, Emma and Jean were far from friends. As should be expected based on their adversarial history, Jean harbored a healthy suspicion of Emma’s motives and attitude.

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White Queen Wednesday: Invisible Woman

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome, gentle reader. The subject of this week’s White Queen Wednesday was brought to my attention by my buddy RJ Danvers. Before he pointed it out, I had no idea that Emma Frost appeared in last week’s Fantastic Four #584, written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Steve Epting. But after I read this issue I felt like her interaction with Susan Richards, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman, was worth sharing with you as well. Although brief, their little moment drips with hidden meaning and subtle characterization.

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