A comic alternate cover by Thor artist Russell Dauterman, redefined X-Men ’97 art.
Before The New Dawn illuminates the Marvel Universe with the X-Men ’97 animated series on Disney+, fans are about to experience the essence and heart of a golden age treasure trove. Imagine going back in time to not only rekindle nostalgia, but to be part of an adventure that sets the stage for what’s to come. This March, Marvel Comics not only revives the spirit of the X-Men in pre-comics, but also gives us a jaw-dropping cover, by Thor artist Russell Dauterman.
A work of art that unites the past and the future
Not just any cover; It connects with fans in a deeply personal way. Dauterman, best known for his work on “The Mighty Thor,” reworked the X-Men fan art he created a decade ago, which he brought to Marvel. “‘X-Men: The Animated Series’ was everything to me as a kid and ignited my love for the X-Men and comics. I wouldn’t be a comic book artist without it!” Dauterman says. His work is not only a tribute to X-Men 97, but also a reflection of his own journey as an artist.
What have Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Jubilee and the rest of the beloved mutant cast been up to before their long-awaited return? The prequel to the new animated series, written by Steve Fox and drawn by Salva Espin, promises to fill that void. Working closely with the publishers, this creative duo weaves a narrative that not only celebrates the legacy of the animated series, but also lays the foundation for new adventures. From dynamic dramas to shocking developments and new character introductions, this comedy is the perfect appetizer before the main course that Marvel Studios serves up on Disney+.
A glorious start
The choice of Dauterman to show the cover of the first issue is not accidental. His ability to capture the style and essence of the mutant team is unparalleled, delivering a dynamic, action-packed cover that showcases the X-Men 97 team at its best ever. This release is not only a celebration of the new show, but a tribute to the series that has inspired generations of fans and creators.
With a three-season plan for the series from Marvel Studios, this teaser marks the beginning of what we hope will be a long-running collaboration between Marvel and the animated series. The vast world entered by “X-Men: The Animated Series” has a lot of fertile ground to explore, and this comic is only the tip of the iceberg.
The influence of the X-Men in the world of comics
The importance of the X-Men in pop culture cannot be overstated. Since its inception, this franchise has been more about superhero stories; Resonating deeply with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, it is a reflection of the struggle for acceptance and equality. Marvel Comics’ ability to weave complex narratives with social issues has ensured that the X-Men have remained in the hearts of fans for decades, inspiring not only other comics, but movies, series and more.
Russell Dauterman’s role in this new chapter of the X-Men is a testament not only to his artistic talent, but also to the X-Men’s ability to inspire artists and creators over the years. His personal connection to the 90s animated series and how this influenced his work is a clear example of how the X-Men continues to be a source of inspiration and creativity. With each new update and expansion of the X-Men universe, the door is opened to new fans and creators, keeping the legacy of these iconic characters alive.