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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Air Mail

Beginning with New Defenders #137, the series changed the name of the letters column from Defenders Dialogue (as it appeared through #136) to Air Mail.

Incorporating Angel into the new Air Mail heading jazzed up the letters page and drew attention to the high-flying hero, who played more or less a supporting role within the series.

This design also harked back to early issues of the X-Men (#4-13, #15-22), which pictured Angel flying alongside the nameplate on the cover.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Birthday, May!

When monthly calendars started to appear on the back covers of Marvel Age magazine in 1985, the insignia for the Fantastic Four often occupied the 4th square of each month.

Defenders references were infrequent.

Iceman appeared in the square for May 18, 1985, wishing happy birthday to Alan Kupperberg (who pencilled the Iceman limited series and a run on the New Defenders.

As an aside, Iceman celebrated his 18th birthday in X-Men #32 (May 1967).