Storm Arcana

Intuitive Visionary Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

Tag: Marvel Team Up

The Alchemy of Super-Heroes & Tarot

Spider-Man & Doctor Strange Team-Up for Tarot!

“Alchemy is the art of manipulating life, and consciousness in matter, to help it evolve, or to solve problems of inner disharmonies.”    ~Jean Dubuis

I have been fascinated by both super-heroes and the Tarot since I was thirteen years old.  I loved to immerse myself in Spider-Man’s ongoing dilemmas and the soap opera sagas of the X-Men.  I also felt a strong connection to the richly detailed figures in the Tarot.  Now that I am older, I have more clarity in how these two subjects relate to one another.  Let us explore these worlds of wonder together!

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Storm Sunday: “No, Scott, I Am Terrified! But I Shall Cope.”

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“That’s the spirit.”

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Once upon a time, Marvel and DC Comics used to play well together (or at least well enough to produce some amazing comics).  One of the comics they made together showcased the X-Men and the Teen Titans in a crossover that made history!  The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans was written by X-scribe Chris Claremont, drawn by Walt Simonson (a page of his excellent linework is above) and inked by Terry Austin.  Both titles were in their prime, being very popular at the time due to their excellent scripting and artwork.  The parallels between the two teams was amazing!  Both teams had cool level-headed leaders (Cyclops and Robin), larger than life women with big hair (Storm and Starfire) and young naive members (Kitty Pryde and Changeling).  The story combined the best that both comic companies had to offer and the stakes were high for both teams.

The plot consisted of Darkseid resurrecting Dark Phoenix for his own nefarioys power-hungry purposes and the team-up between comicdom’s most popular heroes (well, at least at the time) is a milestone for the ages.  I love the panel between Storm and Cyclops in which Scott asks about Ororo’s claustrophobia.  I loved it so much I made it today’s subject heading.  The line speaks to me because I am seeing many people around me right now looking truly terrified (myself included) and yet, I see them working with their challenges as best as they can.  This is a time to anticipate challenge rather than avoid it.  It is a time for heroes and the universe is asking for nothing less than our best.  This page celebrates the nature of Storm being able to move ahead in a strenuous time and rise above her fears.  We can do no less.

Today we look at the original artwork of many artists, including Rick Leonardi, Leinil Francis Yu, Chris Bachalo, Salvador Larroca, Phil Jimenez, Sal Buscema and more!

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Storm Sunday: “…I Have Total Control Over My Abilities…”

Before I comment on today’s featured artwork, I would like to take a moment and thank you, dear reader, for taking the time to read this blog! Whether you are a Facebook friend, a Twitter follower, or a diehard X-Men fan, I appreciate you stopping by! I especially would like to thank those of you who take the the time to leave comments! Thank you to Ken Kneisel, Cynjon, Akeeko, Astra, Scarlett, Ted, Ingonyama, Phil Green, Jake Fritch, Emily Stackhouse, Ryan Haupt, Gregorio, Jeysu, DAX!, Cassandra, Norah, Aaron Frey, David Salomon, CHUNK, Diego Gomez, Kevin Patterson, Juba Kalamka, Mrs. Finney, Afghanant, Yabette, CGeezy, Greg, Cosmic Falcon, Simonn, Wubing, Richard MacKinnon and anyone else who I am forgetting! Your interaction with stormantic means a lot to me!

That said, let’s reminisce about the All New, All Different X-Men, back when the new characters were still mysterious and fresh!

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It is strange to me to “hear” Storm calling someone a “fool,” especially Colossus, but she was quick to judge Piotr’s actions in this page’s first panel from Giant Size X-Men #1.    I like to think that since all life is precious to Storm and she thinks Colossus is being rash that she couldn’t help but call him a fool in a mothering kind of way.  It’s cool to see Thunderbird and Cyclops team up because I like how Thunderbird is having the same negative thoughts about their situation except he’s actually stating his misgivings while Cyclops keeps them to himself.  I really liked Thunderbird and his death had a big impact on me when I read these stories as reprints in Classic X-Men.  Artwork by Dave Cockrum.

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Unlike the original 5 students of Xavier’s the new crew already know how to use their powers, needing little in the way of training.  Working together as a team, well that’s another story.  I love this page from Uncanny X-Men #98 because it shows the reader that Storm is quite capable of utilizing her powers in amazing and effective ways.  “…I have total control over my abilities…'” she tells Cyclops after she wreaks havoc on a Sentinel.  I miss seeing Storm portrayed like she is in panel 4, with her hair and cape flowing upwards.   And just like the page before, this one ends with Cyclops freaking out.  I never get tired of Cyclops losing his cool.  Artwork by Dave Cockrum.

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This is the first page of Marvel Team Up #100 which tells a story from Storm’s past involving the Black Panther.  This is the little tale that rationalized Marvel’s decision to wed Storm to the Black Panther.  Artwork by John Byrne & Bob McLeod.

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When Marvel and DC Comics decided to merge their respective universes into one, they created Amalgam Comics.  This issue starred Storm as Wonder Woman and was written and drawn by John Byrne with inks by Terry Austin.  I enjoyed the story which placed Ororo on Paradise Island as a sister to Diana.  It’s worth checking out if you come across it.  I do like the combined visual of Ororo’s trademark cape and Diana’s accoutrements.

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Kitty and Storm have a heart to heart–in the sky, naturally–after Storm changes from den mother to punk rocker.  It looks like artists Paul Smith is the artist of this issue of  Uncanny X-Men #180, but it is actually John Romita, Jr. inked by Bob Wiacek.  I remember reading this issue  and realizing I had never read an exchange like this one in a comic book before.  It brought me to tears thinking about the concepts Ororo and Kitty were discussing.  I had only read about identity, change and love like this in novels before.  Interpersonal relationships like this one were what kept me enthralled with the X-Men for a long time.

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