Wednesday Comics: The Old Firm in Ultimate X-Men


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.


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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