Following a pilot for an animated X-Men TV series (Pryde of the X-Men), an X-Men cartoon was on the cards to drag Marvel’s mighty mutants off the printed page and into the homes of the 80s generation.
OH.SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
The show would have picked up the story from the pilot, that saw Cyclops, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Storm, Dazzler (yes, really), Professor X and Kitty Pryde fight to protect the human race in a world that hated and feared them!
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
The pilot never took off and instead cropped up from time-to-time amongst programming blocks of cartoons featuring other Marvel heroes.Despite the pilot remaining largely unsuccessful an arcade game based on the episode was strangely released three years later.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
No, not at all.The pilot was okay in its own way and featured some good animation, but the story was standard 80s fluff and some of the voice casting (especially Wolverine) was just awful.It was a million miles away from the X-Men animated series that cropped up a few years later in the 90s.
BUT WHAT IF?
If Pryde of The X-Men had dazzled the kids of the 80s then the mutant invasion of the airwaves would have started early...and probably finished just as quickly.Instead of turning Marvel’s much loved mutants into a global hit, they’d have been lumped together with some of the 80s toons that seemed good at the time but were actually crap.The 90s generation would have then been denied a decent cartoon and nameless ‘celebrities’ of the future would have had to talk about how wonderful cartoons such as Angela Anaconda were instead, on programmes called ‘I Love The 90s’.