One of the joys of Marvel Comics is their willingness to put their fictional characters into real locations. This page, which has the new X-Men team hanging out in Rockefeller Plaza, is no exception. It gave readers a quintessential New York City Christmas backdrop and plopped the X-Men right in the middle of it. Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum gave their characters a brief moment of respite among their battles against aliens, Sentinels, evil mutants, and even other members of their own group. It’s a wonderful little scene full of friends, family, and good cheer. Of course, this being a superhero comic, the tranquility wouldn’t last long.
Dave Cockrum nailed the look of Rockefeller Plaza. He also kept our heroes looking distinct enough even though they are all in civilian garb, something that’s a bit harder than it looks. He also managed to sneak in a small Nick Fury cameo. Chris Claremont allowed his narration boxes to express his frustration with the recession that the United States was still mired in during the winter of 1975 though it ended on a hopeful note. Both found the true spirit of Christmas with this page and invited readers along for the festivities.