The Flaming Lips To Be Immortalized In X-Men Comic Book
Thu, 12 May 2016 12:22:52
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Marvel's X-Men have never really gone out of style, they're one of the most beloved superhero franchises going. Later this month, in fact, the ninth installment in the blockbuster X-Men film series, X-Men Apocalypse, will see its U.S. theatrical release. It's exciting news, but you sort of expect things like new X-Men movies in the summer, just like you expect The Flaming Lips' "Race For the Prize" will uplift you. But wait, here's something unexpected: everyone's favorite Oklahoma psychedelic rock heroes are about to cross paths with everyone's favorite Marvel mutant superheroes this August.
The Flaming Lips will appear in a X-Men comic book that takes place in 1992 when issue #6 of X-Men '92 hits the stands this summer. The Flaming Lips will share pages with another 90's alternative rock group, the Toadies. Billboard debuted the cover art today, and since seeing is believing, you'll definitely want to check that out. Wolverine looks just the way you remember from Fox Kids Animated TV Series.
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne commented on the surreal crossover for Billboard. "Being in an X-Men comic where they (the X-Men themselves) actually run security at one of our shows... I should have written a song about that," Coyne says. "I mean... before it really happened."
The Toadies--Fort Worth, Texas-based band best known for their 1995 single "Possum Kingdom"--are ecstatic to appear in the retro comic book. "Unbelievably cool!" is how Toadies drummer Mark Reznicek summarizes the experience. "As a lifelong fan of comics in general, and X-Men in particular, I couldn't be more excited that the Toadies are appearing as characters in X-Men '92!!"
"As an X-Men fan since 1977 this is a dream come true. Five year old me would do a Kool-Aid spit take on this news," Toadies bassist Doni Blair adds.
Billboard gets to the bottom of how this crossover came about:
Chris Sims, co-writer of X-Men '92, says the rock world foray started as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the weird cameos that would crop up in comics back in the day. "It really all started with us joking about the kind of stunts they'd pull in comics in the '90s, and Chad [Bowers, X-Men '92 co-writer] and I going 'hey, wouldn't it be great if we could get a real-life band to appear in the issue, like they did with celebrity guest appearances back then.' We just didn't think we'd actually get to do it!"
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff