We’re at the midway point of the 2011 version of What’s on Ronnie’s Calendars. Thanks for sticking it out this long.
In honor of “X-Men First Class,” opening Friday, my freebie Marvel calendar has dedicated June to The Avengers.
Ha! Didn’t see that coming, did you? No, it’s X-Men month. The picture is an X-Men “then and now” image. To the right are the original X-Men (Angel, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl and Beast) while to the left are their modern-day counterparts (Archangel, Cyclops, Iceman, Emma Frost and Wolverine).
The Ice Queen replaces Jean Grey because Jean is, for the moment, dead. Wolverine replaces Beast because, well, he’s Wolverine and you can’t sell the X-Men without Logan. As you know, the Beast is still around but he’s now blue and furry and talks like Fraiser from “Cheers.” Or “Frasier.”
I’m not going to go into any more details today as we’ll be covering the X-Men at great lengths tomorrow. Something to look forward to, eh?
After dedicating the first four months to X-Women, the Women of Marvel calendar decides to give X-Men month over to … The Black Widow. Good planning.
Twenty-eleven has not been a particularly good year for Natasha Romanov. After 40+ years as a supporting character, Marvel finally gave the Widow a solo title. It lasted eight issues before being canceled for low sales. Her current boyfriend, Bucky “New Captain America” Barnes, is in a Russian Gulag. And apparently she’s lost the zipper on the front of her black catsuit.
The Black Widow can currently be found in the pages of “Secret Avengers” and “Captain America,” although she’ll probably be leaving Cap’s book once Steve Rogers gets the shield back. She also occasionally shows up on the ‘toon “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” where she gives Hawkeye grief.