“Lowest Common Denominator”
Writers: Scott Lobdell, Richard Ashford & Chris Cooper
Pencils: Ken Lashley & Robert Brown
Inks: Randy Elliott, Keith Champagne, Jason Gorder & Don Hudson
Colours: Chris Matthys
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editors: Suzanne Gaffney & Bob Harras
Original publication date: May 1994
If you’ve ever wondered what Kurt Wagner would look like as a kid, Excalibur #77, “Lowest Common Denominator,” has the answer, which is—either extremely cute or creepily cute depending on who’s penciling and inking which page! Our returning guest, comics and pop culture scholar John Darowski, helps us unravel Nightcrawler’s broken continuity while finding hope in what we’ve got, which is an uneven but largely charming story about a pagan witch teaching a little blue furry demon-elf that love is stronger than hate <3 Plus! An unexpectedly vigorous debate about Stan Lee’s Bullpen Bulletin obituary of Jack Kirby.
On underused intersectionalities:
On motherly influences:
On Kurt’s incorruptibility:
Want more John Darowski?
And here’s Anna guesting on Joseph Darowksi’s The Protagonist Podcast, talking (natch) Nightcrawler – specifically, the 2004 solo series by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Darick Robertson! John is a frequent guest on The Protagonist Podcast as well!
Plus! If you’re interested in contributing to John and Joseph Darowksi’s forthcoming academic anthology about monsters and adaptation, there’s no CFP quite yet but there is an email! Drop them a line at [email protected] if you want to pre-pitch a concept!