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Drawing Crazy Patterns – CLAREMONTISM: Wolverine and Colossus Execute the Fastball Special!

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Drawing Crazy Patterns – CLAREMONTISM: Wolverine and Colossus Execute the Fastball Special!

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

Interestingly enough, I have done a piece on Fastball Specials with Wolverine and NOT Colossus and Fastball Specials without either Wolverine OR Colossus but I’ve never actually spotlighted the classic fastball special manuever between Wolverine and Colossus!


Since I know this is one that has a lot of examples, I’m including SEVEN examples. Feel free to mention other examples of Wolverine and Colossus doing the fastball special in the comments. Do note, of course, that I did not FORGET the other examples, I’m just not posting a ton of examples. I’m posting seven. Please do keep that in mind.

Let’s start with Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum in X-Men #100, the debut of the Fastball Special!

I like that it it is the first appearance of the move and it is already has a code name!

It next shows up in X-Men #103, by Chris Claremont, Cockrum and Sam Grainger, although it is not exactly a precise fastball special…

John Byrne and Dan Green join in on the action in Iron Fist #15 (written by Claremont) (once again it is not specifically labeled a fastball special)…

Terry Austin gets in on the action with Claremont and Byrne in X-Men #114…

John Romita Jr. and Dan Green do one in Uncanny X-Men #196 (written by Claremont)…

In Astonishing X-Men #6 (by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday), Wolverine and Colossus celebrate the latter’s return to life with a return of their move…

While awesome, it does speak a bit to Whedon’s nostalgia-influenced run on Astonishing X-Men that he doesn’t even have them say the words out loud.

Finally, in Dark Reign – The List: X-Men #1, Matt Fraction, Alan Davis and Mark Farmer put their own spin on it…

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