That’s one of my favorite covers, drawn by Arthur Adams 20 years ago. The Marvel Age Annual was just a preview book and had little to do with the merry mutants, but I just had to buy it. I remember just staring at it, back then. I mean, wow, the four main X-teams (X-Men, X-Factor, New Mutants, Excalibur) were in one cover together, and drawn so beautifully, so it’s a purchase I never regretted. I saw a different version of the cover, a big poster at the old DC Diner, the first and only time I went there, and there were some changes in it. Psylocke was wearing her old, fluffy costume, among other things.
This continues to be an inspiring, astounding piece, and it reminds me of a time when the X-books were all easy to follow. Wow, Longshot used to be so cool.