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Longbox Junk - The X-Files Part 2

753 views • Dec 13, '17 • (0) Comments

I think the reason I loved the X-Files so much is that there really wasn't anything else like it on T.V.  It combined conspiracy theories and unsolved mysteries and mixed in an interesting take on the tried and true buddy cop show formula. 

The Topps comic series came out during the second season of the show, and followed a somewhat unusual path for a licensed product tie-in. . .especially a tie-in to something that was still going strong.  The comic series was supposedly happening AT THE SAME TIME as the series. 

But there was a bit of a problem with that unusual approach. . .although the comics and T.V. series were supposed to be right alongside each other, the writers of the comic were SEVERELY restricted in what characters from the T.V. show could appear.  Therefore, appearances by series regulars (such as Skinner, The Cigarette Smoking Man, and The Lone Gunmen) were little more than cameos.

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Longbox Junk - X-Files Part 1

688 views • Dec 7, '17 • (0) Comments

Let's get this out of the way first. . .I'm a huge X-Files fan.  I'm even going to step outside of the box of nerdly comfort and openly declare that I even like the seasons with Agent John Dogget.  Yeah. . .I said it.  Not every episode was great.  I'll admit that there are some that are nothing but filler and "Monster of the Week", but when the show hit the mark, it NAILED it dead center. 

But THAT'S the T.V. show.  I'm here to talk about comics.  In particular, the 41 issue Topps run from 1995 to 1998, which coincided with the 2nd through 5th season of the T.V. show.  So let's get to it, shall we?

Before we get to the main ongoing series, let's start off with 4 "special" one-shot issues that precede the first issue: -2 (reprinting stories from X-Files Magazine), -1 (polybagged with Hero Illustrated), #0 (adapting the pilot episode of the T.V. show) and #1/2 (A Wizard Magazine mail in offer).

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