Once again, I apologize for being late. Not only have I been very busy (nearly failing my Chinese class that has a quiz and a test every single week except for the weeks that it has an exam), but my health has been terrible. I was in the hospital the last few days. I've had horrible abdominal pain, but the doctors can't figure out why, so I have to get a cat scan. Plus, I have many personal problems like with my older sister who thinks there is no reason for her not to live in the same apartment with the man who molested me when I was fifteen. I've disowned her as a sister. Anyway, I feel bad that I was so late on this, so everyone in this feature will be getting 5 deviantART points. The first five Comic Underground members to reply to this journal will also receive 5 deviantART points each.
Anyway . . .
If you don't know what the Comic Character of the Month contest is, here is an explanation:
Comic Underground hosts a special contest called The Comic Character of the Month contest. Every month, I choose a comic book character, and people submit artwork based on that character. All artwork in the Comic Underground Gallery based on that character is automatically included in contest, but I'd prefer that submissions be put in the Comic Character of the Month gallery. The winner gets 10 deviantART points, a permanent place for their winning work in the Featured section. Everyone who submitted work will have their work in the group feature (which is this!)
One thing that fascinates me about Professor Charles Xavier is the huge difference between his elder self and his younger self. Let's face it: Patrick Stewart as a wise but sometimes humorless senior citizen didn't really drive all the fangirls and fanboys crazy (except maybe some people who find Captain Picard and Gandalf very sexy). In X-Men: First Class and X-men: Days of Future Past, the professor is mainly shown as handsome, young, and charismatic (and he also has great hair). It seemed like overnight, Professor X metamorphosed from the principal with the reflective forehead into British Guy Hottie McHot Hot.
The X-men are often referred to "Amazing" or "Uncanny." The word "Uncanny" is not just a word that people use when they talk about mutants. It comes from a German word called "heimlich." (It has nothing to do with the Heimlich maneuver). Heimlich roughly translates to "homely," "familiar," or "comfortable." Rather than just being a synonym for the word "house," it really denotes anything or any place that makes you feel at ease because you're used to it. Thus, the opposite of something that is heimlich, a well-known and secure place, is "unheimlich" or "uncanny." Unheimlich means uncomfortable, unknown, and outside the norm; it means something that makes you feel unsafe and unwelcome. And it is the perfect word to describe the X-men.
As an aging, physically handicap super-mutant genius, Professor Charles Xavier is definitely a character who appears unheimlich to younger generations. It's not that he's not unrecognizable or scary. In fact, he seems very safe and tame. And there begins the disconnect. Teenagers don't usually see mature, superiority, and strictness to be sexy or cool. They like elderly men as mentors and father figures, and becomes really problematic if you're trying to convince a teenager to see someone who is over seventy years old as being hot. Elderly Professor Xavier is very unheimlich, so, as a the main character of X-men: First Class, the screenwriters and casting directors had the challenge of taking a somewhat older character and recreating him as someone who would charm a younger audience making him closer to how they feel about themselves. A younger, better looking protagonist definitely boosted the amount of empathy and attraction. Elder Xavier always seemed so perfect, so put together. In X-men: First Class and X-men: Days of Future Past, he had more depth and problems that a young people relate to rather than being the omniscient wiseman whose emotions are always in check and never seems to make mistakes.
And the great thing about it is that they never had to get rid of Old Professor X either.
Now that you've read this uber-long post, please look at the wonderful artwork!