The throwback 1990s-themed X-Men '92 series will be welcoming two bands from that era in an upcoming issue: the Flaming Lips and the Toadies. Announced at Billboard, the unique guest appearances will take place in August's X-Men '92 #6.
"Being in an X-Men comic where they (the X-Men themselves) actually run security at one of our shows... I should have written a song about that," said Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne. "I mean... before it really happened."
"Unbelievably cool!"added Toadies drummer Mark Reznicek. "As a lifelong fan of comics in general, and X-Men in particular, I couldn't be more excited that the Toadies are appearing as characters in X-Men '92!!"
Series co-writer Chris Sims said the cameos originally began as a tongue-in-cheek homage to 1990s comic book stunts before they decided to actually approach genuine people to guest-star.
“It really all started with us joking about the kind of stunts they'd pull in comics in the '90s, and Chad Bowers and I going 'hey, wouldn't it be great if we could get a real-life band to appear in the issue, like they did with celebrity guest appearances back then.' We just didn't think we'd actually get to do it!," said Sims.
The selection of the Flaming Lips and the Toadies weren't just a matter of those two being the first who said yes, but are actually personal favorites of Bowers.
“The Flaming Lips and the Toadies are two of my favorite bands, and each had a profound impact on my musical tastes growing up -- Rubberneck for the Toadies, and The Soft Bulletin and really everything behind it for the Lips," said Bowers. "Getting to reference not just the bands, but the music and what those songs meant to us is pretty surreal, and unlike anything either of us imagined we'd be doing on X-Men '92. Now if we can just convince Marvel to let us keep [the Lips'] Steve Drozd on the team when this arc's over...”
For comic book fans, the casual inclusion of 1990s-era Death's Head in the cover is also worth noting. He is one of several characters Marvel teased plans for last summer in the then-upcoming "All-New All-Different Marvel."