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The Phoenix Saga, Part Four: The Starjammers
Comparison By A. Magik, Media By Stu and James Harvey

X-Men often adapted stories from the comic to the screen. But due to the different nature of each medium, no episode could be directly translated. Presented in the list below is a list of changes from the comics to the episode for "The Phoenix Saga, Part Four: The Starjammers," based on events from Uncanny X-Men #105 and #107 created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.

Similarities:
-Both versions have Cyclops, Phoenix, Storm, and Wolverine in the X-Men.
-Both versions have Gladiator, Oracle, Smasher, Starbolt, Titan, and Hobgoblin in the Imperial Guard.
-Both versions have Corsair, Hepzibah, Raza, Ch'od (and his pet) in the Starjammers.
-Professor Xavier gets left behind on the mission.
-Phoenix is instrumental in teleporting the team into space.
-Through telepathy, Phoenix finds out Corsair is Cyclops' father and keeps it secret from him.
-Corsair's grudge with Emperor D'Ken is identical in both versions.
-Emperor D'Ken's motives are the same.
-The X-Men and the Starjammers come into battle with the Shi'ar Imperial Guard.
-The M'krann crystal is activated.

Differences:
-The comic had Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Banshee (who appears in this adaptation but doesn't assist the team into space) included with the team. The cartoon has Gambit, Rogue, Beast, and Jubilee (who also doesn't assist the group into space).
-In the comic, Imperial Guards Manta, Warstar, Hussar, and Earthquake were not with the group in this story (Likewise, a number of members who were in the comic version are not present in the cartoon).
-In the comic, Lilandra did not accompany the X-Men through space. Rather, she was Eric the Red's captive through space, with the X-Men in pursuit.
-In the comic, Phoenix had to power up a stargate portal that sent the team into their space travel. In the cartoon, she did the transportation on her own power.
-In the comic, Lilandra had lost her fellow rebels by this time.
-In the comic, Starjammers never fought the X-Men (or used Cyclops as a captive). Instead, they appeared like a rescue cavalry when the team was fighting a losing battle with the Imperial Guard.
-In the comic, Storm accompanied the X-Men to space, in the cartoon she remains on Earth.
-The animated Imperial Guard included Tempest.
-Comic Corsair never bargains the M'Kran crystal to D'Ken.
-The comic M'Krann crystal was no small moveable object, but a giant monument on a planet. It was this world where the big battle occurred (instead of an imperial shuttle).
-In the comic, the X-Men and Starjammers completely defeated the Imperial Guard. In the cartoon, they have to retreat.
-The comic Phoenix was never the guardian of the crystal. That duty was reserved for Johf (a super-powerful midget) and Modt (a giant robot).
-The activation of the M'Krann Crystal differs in each version. In the comic, it activates during a star alignment that occurs once every billion years. In the cartoon, D'Ken activates it by himself.

Interesting Points:
-The Imperial Guard are based on the Legion of Super-Heroes from DC Comics. Gladiator is a copy on Superman (or Superboy), Oracle is Saturn Girl, Starbolt is Sun Boy, Hobgoblin is Chameleon Boy, Smasher is Ultra Lad, and Titan is Colossal Boy. Their artistic creator, Dave Cockrum, also drew the Legion before he went to Marvel, and some of his Legionnaire costume designs would be models for some of the X-Men's original costumes (Saturn Girl/Storm, Colossal Boy/Colossus, Timber Wolf's hairstyle/Wolverine's hairstyle). In fact, Cockrum had planned to create Nightcrawler as a Legion character for DC, but his transition to Marvel scrapped that idea.


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