YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S WATCHING

When we were working on X-MEN:TAS, we never thought of who might end up watching our show.  It has turned out that, through the magic of modern media, millions of people all over the planet have enjoyed our stories.  Still it’s always surprising and gratifying to see the series mentioned in places and by people who you had no idea the series would reach.  The photo and text below is from Newsweek Magazine, dated August 21, 1995.  One of the century’s most dominant and compelling athletes had just been let out of prison.  Iron Mike Tyson had scared fighters 30 pounds bigger than he was.  For a time he seemed invincible.  Then his life unraveled.  Defeat, debt, and a sexual assault conviction.  The surprise for me, 21 years ago, was seeing what he did as soon as he got out of prison: watch “the X-Men TV show” and enjoy his collection of action figures from it.  (Set aside the reporters’ unforgivable faux pas of referring to Tyson’s collection as “dolls” and just enjoy the fact that the youngest-ever heavyweight champion of the world was/is a serious X-MEN:TAS fanboy.)  Life can be stranger than fiction.

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