Every Panel Ever: Panel Two

What’s the best way to get people interested in comics? Show them some comics. Every day The Spire will be posting a comics panel, with the ultimate goal of one day having posted every single panel which has ever been written, drawn, edited, inked, coloured, and lettered. It’s, y’know, obviously going to happen.

We’ll start with the really good panels, of course – and I’ll share where you can find the comic in full.

Today we’ve got some X-Men. You have to be careful to get things in the right order when you post X-Men panels, because the characters have a tendency to go back in time on you, reorder themselves to you’re completely out of sync. That in mind, here’s the very first appearance of Jean Grey’s love for melodrama.

 

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Note how there are so many captions and narratives and speech bubble that the panel can’t even start to contain them all! Claremont at his finest. The colours are what catch this image, for me – hurling blocks of black/blue colour amongst a yellow background isn’t something you see very often, is it? Everything about the colouring is bold and dramatic, and does the sort of thing that comics aren’t MEANT to be doing. That’s why Jean herself – red hair, green costume – is so distinctive in this moment.

Taken from X-Men #101 by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum. 

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