Wednesday Comics: The Old Firm in Ultimate X-Men

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Unsurprisingly, football hasn’t always had the most accurate representation in American superhero comics – but there have been the odd instances here and there, thanks to the growing invasion of British writers and artists since the 1980s, of them getting it right.

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In this Ultimate X-Men storyline from 2002, writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted) demonstrated his fervent Celtic fandom by having the villain of the piece, Proteus (the Scottish son of Professor Xavier), be a Rangers fan. Reportedly done primarily so that Millar could see someone in a Rangers shirt get pounded into the ground by the X-Men (the previous issue had also seen hero Wolverine temporarily don a Celtic shirt), it’s a pretty decent effort from Canadian-American artist Chris Bachalo as far as accuracy goes.

Although the accuracy doesn’t quite extend to the referenced match itself: while Rangers did get a draw against Dortmund in the Champions League in 1995, it took place at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, not Berlin as stated in the comic. But, y’know, artistic licence, I guess.


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