02:04:08 AM Jun 22nd 2012
Under the entry on Jean Grey, changed This is because, by the time she came Back from the Dead in The Bronze Age of Comic Books, Something Person code names had gone out of style, so she couldn't use "Marvel Girl" anymore, and "Phoenix" was attached to a different concept. To This is because, by the time she came Back from the Dead in The Bronze Age of Comic Books, code names for adult characters ending in "Girl" had gone out of style, so she couldn't use "Marvel Girl" anymore, and "Phoenix" was attached to a different concept. Because there was never a trend against Something Person names for pre-existing characters, but there was considerable stigma levelled against adult characters using codenames that ended in "Girl" (e.g.: there was never any attempt to change Jean's teammate Iceman to anything else, but the Invisible Girl became the Invisible Woman). In fact, Jean did operate as Marvel Girl for a while as a member of X-Factor after coming back from the dead, but ditched it when she returned to the X-Men.
09:32:06 AM May 27th 2010
I don't wanna add this to the article for fear that this is just my comics-ignorance, but really the X-men have no identities to speak of, right? That is, they have no homelife, their families, if any, have disowned them, they don't make any friends or have anyone who could theoretically recognize them. They just occasionally anonymously visit bars or restaurants..
02:17:49 AM Jun 22nd 2012
Nowadays they're pretty public about their identities, but there was a time when they kept them secret specifically so they could anonymously visit bars or restaurants (or other public places), and also so they had options when they retired. They didn't generally hold down day jobs like Superman or Spider-Man while they were X-Men, but many of them have left the team for periods of time and attended a different school or worked real world jobs (Iceman was an accountant, Cyclops a pilot, Jean Grey a model, Havok a geologist, etc.) And several of them did have families they were on good terms with (or at least didn't want to see murdered by anti-mutant hate groups). Also, it's nice to be able to get a drivers license or order something through the mail without Sentinels showing up.