Saturday, November 27, 2010

Doomsday +1 #6: "All The Beautiful People"

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In his more than thirty years as a popular comic book artist, John Byrne has drawn, and in some cases written, updated, and occasionally drastically modified, a great many major characters. These include Fantastic Four, Superman, Ghost Rider, X-Men, Daredevil, Spider-Man, the Hulk, and Captain America. He has also created such features as Alpha Flight and Next Men. One of his recent projects was DC's 2003 twelve-part series, Generations 3.

Born in England and reared in Canada, Byrne did his first professional work for Charlton in 1974 on Space: 1999. He next moved to Marvel. After being in the business for over a decade, he decided his style needed renovating. "How could I draw if I didn't draw like Neal [Adams]?" he asked himself, referring to one of his idols and influences. The new style he developed was much looser, more touched with humor, and easily recognizable as being by nobody else but John Byrne.

You'll notice the credit for art reads 'Byrne Robotics.' Very simple reason: I didn't pencil that issue. I inked it, but the pencils were provided (with Charlton's permission) by an Art College crony (since deceased), Doug Bevan.

Oddly enough, I no longer remember WHY this was so. Doug was a painfully slow artist, so it certainly couldn't have been to help me out with deadlines! Perhaps he was strapped for cash.

Anyway, I redrew a lot of it, including the entire splash page, but a lot of Doug still shows thru.

—John Byrne, November 30, 2010

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