X-Men: The Art and Making of the Animated Series
Written by: Eric Lewald and Julia Lewald
Published by: Abrams Books
Plain and simple, this is a must-buy for all X-Men fans.
That not enough? Fine.
For all the love Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of Marvel Studios’ roster has received over the years, every 90s kid who grew up a fan of comic books and superheroes has one show more than any to thank: X-Men: The Animated Series (TAS). Once Marvel’s most beloved team and top property alongside Spider-Man, no one has been able to utilize the X-Men quite like Eric Lewald, Julia Lewald and company.
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Sure, there have been some hits on the big screen, but by and large, Fox failed with the team that should print money faster than the Avengers. And no one has been able to match the show in the animated sector either. As much as animation has come a long way since the 90s — and there have been good animated comic book shows — X-Men: TAS brought a comic to life in a way no one else has.
And that’s the primary focus of what this book is about: the art — in case the title didn’t drive that point home already.
But there’s more to it.
The Lewalds give readers insight into the process of the show first coming to life, how they handled certain episodes — like those from The Phoenix Saga, which no one else can get right on-screen — and what happened with the shows final season, which was comprised of 11 episodes that the Lewalds call “an afterthought.”
Much like they created the best animated comic book series to date, the Lewalds have put together the best coffee table book for comic book fans. The cover alone pops, never mind the art you’ll find inside.
From the storyboard art and show stills to the comics that came before and after the show, X-Men: The Art and Making of the Animated Series is worth every penny.