I just stumbled upon this from Tom Spurgeon’s excellent Dave Cockrum obituary.
“It’s easy to underestimate Cockrum’s penciled art in the book itself. Cockrum’s penciled interiors on those first few issues of the “new” X-Men were dark and appealingly dramatic; in keeping with the book’s more serious themes, the evocation of superpowers in the stories was often depicted as dirty and painful, and his characters were for the most part weathered adults instead of smooth-faced children — in a time near the end of the Cold War when that distinction mattered. Cockrum gave those first few issues of X-Men a sumptuous, late-’70s cinema style that separated the book from the rest of Marvel’s line, and superhero comics in general. Reading those X-Men comics felt like sneaking into a movie starring Sean Connery or Sigourney Weaver, something for adults because it featured people that looked like adults. Uncanny X-Men really felt new and different, almost right away, and Cockrum’s art was a tremendous part of that.”
Read the whole thing HERE