Even though teen me barely kept up with metal, I was certain that it was influencing 90’s comic character designs. Shatterstar, Rictor, Warpath, Omega Red, AoA Magneto and even sometimes Gambit all had giant manes and outta control ponytails. Of all those guys though, Adam X the X-Treme looked the most like he belonged in a hair metal band.
What annoyed teen me about this character though, besides the look, was the strong push he got. Nicieza really wanted Adam X the X-Treme to become the next big thing and sadly, it seemed like the only person who cared about Adam X the X-Treme was Nicieza.
Even the letterers were directed to make the character seem more important than he was. Remember how every time he was mentioned, the whole name, “ADAM X the X-TREME” was always written out– in big bold red title fonts? Like, just in case all the hair and all the ridiculous blades wasn’t enough, lets remind these kids to notice Adam X the X-Treme by shouting it every time.
Sooo, fast forward to my life in hipsterburg 20 years later where long haired blondes (especially with beards) are my number one dick hardener. Thusly, Adam X the X-Treme happily joins my RemiX lineup mainly just as an excuse to draw a hung hairy hippy hottie. Check it out in my Members Gallery I went a little nuts with his XXX version– that wang I drew definitely borders on the hyper/macro genre.