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Daunted by complex continuity? Can’t tell a mutate from a warpie? We are here for you. We have trained for this responsibility for decades. We have the backissues, the calluses, and a really detailed map of the Summers family tree.



We’ve been explaining the X-Men informally for years–to our friends and family, to the Internet, and, occasionally, to patient strangers on the street. Now, we’re making it official, with Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men: a weekly podcast dedicated to unpacking the weird, wonderful world of our favorite superhero soap opera for newcomers and die-hard fans alike.

Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men Jay Edidin & Miles Stokes

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    • 4.8 • 1.5K Ratings

Daunted by complex continuity? Can’t tell a mutate from a warpie? We are here for you. We have trained for this responsibility for decades. We have the backissues, the calluses, and a really detailed map of the Summers family tree.



We’ve been explaining the X-Men informally for years–to our friends and family, to the Internet, and, occasionally, to patient strangers on the street. Now, we’re making it official, with Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men: a weekly podcast dedicated to unpacking the weird, wonderful world of our favorite superhero soap opera for newcomers and die-hard fans alike.

    The Strangest Podcast of Them All

    The Strangest Podcast of Them All

    In which we begin at the beginning: everything clicks with #3, Professor Xavier is a jerk, Magneto is a fearless fashionista, Cyclops gets a name, Jean Grey has a chronic case of the Silver Age, and allegorical diversity is not enough.

    • 30 min
    Sentinels in the Mist

    Sentinels in the Mist

    In which we introduce the villains of the Silver Age: Magneto makes some valid points, Mastermind is a Nice Guy of OkCupid, the Scarlet Witch predicts Cat Breading, the Trasks should really have known better, and the Comics Code Authority is down with pterosaurs.



    X-Plained:



    Common characteristics of enduring X-villains

    Mutant identity politics and moral relativism

    Context-agnostic Juggernaut flashbacks

    An unorthodox approach to anthropology

    Cyclops's greatest diplomatic achievement

    Silver-Age haberdashery

    An innovative modification to vampire mythology

    Cultural assimilation

    The propaganda-and-sweater-vest machine

    Hex bolts

    Supplemental reading









    You can find a visual companion to the episode – and links to recommended reading – on our blog.



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    • 43 min
    Cartoons, Lies, and Video Tape

    Cartoons, Lies, and Video Tape

    Featuring Emergency Backup Co-Host Chris Sims!



    In which Rachel and Chris X-plain three cartoons and track a disagreement to its source; Gambit is definitely the worst person you know; Broadcasting Standards and Practices is tired of your death ceremonies; Storm doesn't have an inside voice; and we finally get around to mentioning that one dude with the claws.



    X-Plained:



    Weaponized creepiness

    The evolution (and Evolution) of X-Toons

    Why you hate Cyclops (and Rachel doesn't)

    Adaptation overload

    Broadcast standards, practices, and laser rifles

    How to order pizza like a weather goddess

    A paramilitary after-school club

    G-Rated Wolverine

    Comics based on cartoons based on comics

    Morph

    The Batman Standard

    The Wolverine and the X-Men trifecta of perfection

    Why the Mojoverse works better on TV

    Dazzler's secret second job

    Basic jacketry



    CORRECTION: In this episode, Rachel mentions that Morph's first comics appearance is in Exiles. It's not: he's in Age of Apocalypse. Mea culpa.







    You can find a visual companion to the episode – and links to recommended reading – on our blog.



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    • 44 min
    American History X-Men

    American History X-Men

    In which Rachel finally gets to say "WHAT?!," we examine three variations on the Silver Age, Twin Peaks is reality TV, we can't believe you hired Hitler, Angel is not Batman, even the most sympathetic Xavier is still pretty creepy, Cyclops has a good day, Marvel Girl is not going to throw a dinosaur for you, Iceman is the Troy Barnes of the X-Men, and we say a fond farewell to the Silver Age.



    X-Plained:



    The X-Axis

    X-Men: Children of the Atom

    Hard-sell noir

    How to party like it's sometime between 1986 and 1991, as filtered through 1999

    The perils of over-referencing

    Why Marvel is in the Tommy Westphall Universe

    The worst guidance counselor ever

    Villain speeches

    X-Men: First Class (but not that one)

    Fun, and several places to find it

    Angst-free X-Men

    Gender politics of superheroism

    X-Men: Season One

    Teenagers

    The solution to the Silver-Age-Jean Grey problem

    Why Iceman matters

    The Silver Age cram book









    You can find a visual companion to the episode – and links to recommended reading – on our blog.



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    • 49 min
    The Retcon That Walks Like a Man

    The Retcon That Walks Like a Man

    In which the Bronze Age begins; Dave Cockrum is your god now; the band gets together; Sunfire joins the team; cultural sensitivity is not Marvel's strong suit; Sunfire quits the team; it sucks to be Cyclops; Professor X crosses a moral event horizon; Sunfire joins the team; Ed Brubaker channels Thomas Hardy; you are probably a Summers brother; and Sunfire quits the team.



    X-Plained:



    Bamf-Voltron Nightcrawler

    Giant-Size X-Men #1

    The worst hat of the Marvel Universe

    The Mostly-New, Mostly-Different X-Men

    A business-casual angry mob

    The limits of creative good intentions

    Tractor punching on the Ust-Ordynski Collective

    The correct spelling of "fine"

    Canada

    Sunfire's utter disdain for everything, including you

    Krakoa: The Island That Walks Like a Man!

    Characteristics of good X-fights

    Yet another miracle of magnetism

    X-Men: Deadly Genesis

    Summers Family Continuity (Introductory)

    More hats

    The Muir-MacTaggert Research Facility

    Summers Family Continuity (Intermediate)

    The Charles Xavier Scale of Supervillainy

    Relative immunity

    Wolverine's ubiquity



    AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:



    What would you do with thirteen X-Men?

    Help us find all-ages-friendly Marvel Girl stories!









    You can find a visual companion to the episode – and links to recommended reading – on our blog.



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    • 42 min
    Days of Future Whatever

    Days of Future Whatever

    In which we more or less prepare you for the upcoming feature film; Rachel Summers is a black hole of continuity; Kitty Pryde breaks the Danger Room; Earth 200500 is clearly the best earth; even the X-Men have no idea what's going on; First Class Emma Frost is so boring that we forget she exists; wolverines are definitely not wolves; and you can have Rachel's Community references when you pry them from her cold, dead hands.



    X-Plained:



    Rachel Summers

    "Days of Future Past"

    Gravestone engraving standards of 2013

    The Mostly-New, Mostly-Different Brotherhood of Evil Mutants

    Another unfortunate hat

    Causality in the Marvel Multiverse

    Earths 811, 1191, 295, 311, and 200500

    Hall monitors with laser rifles

    How to fix a broken timeline

    The X-Men cinematic universe, and points of divergence from the comics

    The one thing X-Men: The Last Stand does right

    The Xavier Index of Cinematic Continuity

    The difference between Canis lupus and Gulo gulo

    A Days of Future Past cinematic cram course

    Fix-it fic

    Blink, Bishop, and dark-future mash-ups

    The enduring appeal of Earth-811

    The significantly less enduring appeal of Earth-242

    The Nazi Excalibur of Earth-597







    You can find a visual companion to the episode – and links to recommended reading – on our blog.

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    Next week: Greg Rucka, Cyclops, and Starjammers!

     

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

Icemanmike82 ,

What?!?

I never miss an episode of the podcast that is about X-Men but really about life and being human! Jay and Miles have not only educated me about the X-Men characters, storylines and creators but also how to navigate nerd culture and win!

Have Brain Will Travel ,

Comics Greatest Superhero Soap Opera

I was a fan of the tv show growing up, but only read the occasional comic. I started listening because I was driving a lot and figured I’d give it a chance (there were only ~20 episodes at the time). Although we’ve never met, after spending 8 years listening to Jay and Miles, I feel like we’re friends.

JMC Spector ,

A constant of my life for years now

I have been listening to this show for over six years (I know, I’m a terrible fan for only now leaving a review), and it has never failed to make me happy, make me laugh, and make me think. Jay and Miles are incredible hosts with a huge amount of knowledge on the subject matter, great social awareness, a drive to build a welcoming community, and above all, a delight to listen to. Turning on this podcast is a weekly dose of comfort for me; even though I am a HUGE fan of the X-Men, I listen to it first and foremost for the hosts. I feel like I get to fall in love with my favorite fandom all over again each time I turn on an episode, all thanks to the rockstars that are Jay and Miles and everyone else who contributes to this wonderful community.

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