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Sensational She-Hulk #1, page 29 by John Byrne & Bob Wiacek. 1989.

Sensational She-Hulk #1, page 29 by John Byrne & Bob Wiacek. 1989.

Sensational She-Hulk #6, pages 24 & 25 by John Byrne. 1989.

Sensational She-Hulk #6, pages 24 & 25 by John Byrne. 1989.

Black Bolt by John Byrne. 1975.

Black Bolt by John Byrne. 1975.

The Thing commission by John Byrne. 2009.

The Thing commission by John Byrne. 2009.

Amazing Spider-Man #4, page 21 by John Byrne & Scott Hanna. 1999.

Amazing Spider-Man #4, page 21 by John Byrne & Scott Hanna. 1999.

Incredible Hulk #315 cover by John Byrne. 1986.

Incredible Hulk #315 cover by John Byrne. 1986.

John Byrne’s review of Thor (2011)
Posted between September 14 & 18, 2011 at ByrneRobotics.com (Warning: Link goes to thread containing spoilers for the movie)
From multiple posts:

32 minutes, I lasted.
feh

A forum member wrote: “Don Blake hasn’t been a significant part of the character’s story for a very long time re: the comics. Not being included in the film really wasn’t a point of contention at all for me.”

That was one of my biggest problems, tho. Since Don Blake has not been part of the mix for so long, what was the point of doing that part of the story? Why must EVERY superhero movie, it seems, be a story of redemption? They’re not ALL Spider-Man, after all. Most Marvel characters, in fact, started out doing the right thing for the right reason.
As a retcon, I did not care for the “origin” of Don Blake in the comics. But telling the tale of Thor’s fall from grace without Blake twists the tale in ways I liked even less. For Odin to strip his son of his power and send him to Earth in basically the same physical form, with the same arrogant personality, so he would be bound to get into all kinds of trouble right from the get-go, is the worst kind of parenting — not that the Allfather is exactly the model of good parenting!
Throw in a lot of poor casting choices and a big shot of Asgard looking like an overgrown pipe organ, and my tolerance started to wear thin very, very quickly.

A forum member wrote: “… it seemed to be lacking something I can’t quite put my finger on.”

Heart?
In 32 minutes — almost a third of the movie!! — my overwhelming impression was that this was the Image Comics version of THOR — all sizzle and no steak.

A forum member wrote: “JB, what did you think of Thor’s costume design?”

Didn’t thrill me. When we start adding layers of armor to a character, that character in my mind becomes a whole lot less tough.

For previous John Byrne movie reviews, click the link: Movie Reviews

John Byrne’s review of Thor (2011)

Posted between September 14 & 18, 2011 at ByrneRobotics.com (Warning: Link goes to thread containing spoilers for the movie)

From multiple posts:

32 minutes, I lasted.

feh

A forum member wrote: “Don Blake hasn’t been a significant part of the character’s story for a very long time re: the comics. Not being included in the film really wasn’t a point of contention at all for me.”

That was one of my biggest problems, tho. Since Don Blake has not been part of the mix for so long, what was the point of doing that part of the story? Why must EVERY superhero movie, it seems, be a story of redemption? They’re not ALL Spider-Man, after all. Most Marvel characters, in fact, started out doing the right thing for the right reason.

As a retcon, I did not care for the “origin” of Don Blake in the comics. But telling the tale of Thor’s fall from grace without Blake twists the tale in ways I liked even less. For Odin to strip his son of his power and send him to Earth in basically the same physical form, with the same arrogant personality, so he would be bound to get into all kinds of trouble right from the get-go, is the worst kind of parenting — not that the Allfather is exactly the model of good parenting!

Throw in a lot of poor casting choices and a big shot of Asgard looking like an overgrown pipe organ, and my tolerance started to wear thin very, very quickly.

A forum member wrote: “… it seemed to be lacking something I can’t quite put my finger on.”

Heart?

In 32 minutes — almost a third of the movie!! — my overwhelming impression was that this was the Image Comics version of THOR — all sizzle and no steak.

A forum member wrote: “JB, what did you think of Thor’s costume design?”

Didn’t thrill me. When we start adding layers of armor to a character, that character in my mind becomes a whole lot less tough.

For previous John Byrne movie reviews, click the link: Movie Reviews

Has JB ever had a crack at Moon Knight? Would love to see that...!

Besides perhaps for an OHOTMU cover, I don’t recall John ever drawing Moon Knight in a comic. He did a commission, which I’ll post now.

Moon Knight commission by John Byrne. 2008

Moon Knight commission by John Byrne. 2008

Dr. Doom Vs Mr. Fantastic commission by John Byrne. 2013.
John posted the request by the customer.

11” x 17” illustration of Dr. Doom holding a defeated Reed Richards, no backgrounds. The details are:

- please have Dr. Doom facing the viewer, raising his left hand cloaked by the Infinity Gauntlet which is “Kirby Krackling” with cosmic energy. 
- Draw Doom with an expression of ecstatic triumph
- please draw Doom’s right hand holding an unconscious Reed Richards whose elongated limbs stretch down and out at your discretion
- draw Reed in the b&w uniform you designed
- draw Dr. Doom with the textured cloak and hood

Dr. Doom Vs Mr. Fantastic commission by John Byrne. 2013.

John posted the request by the customer.

11” x 17” illustration of Dr. Doom holding a defeated Reed Richards, no backgrounds. The details are:

- please have Dr. Doom facing the viewer, raising his left hand cloaked by the Infinity Gauntlet which is “Kirby Krackling” with cosmic energy. 

- Draw Doom with an expression of ecstatic triumph

- please draw Doom’s right hand holding an unconscious Reed Richards whose elongated limbs stretch down and out at your discretion

- draw Reed in the b&w uniform you designed

- draw Dr. Doom with the textured cloak and hood

John Byrne got himself a new iPhone for his birthday.

Playing with the new iPhone. Not sure I’ve got the camera worked out…

John Byrne got himself a new iPhone for his birthday.

Playing with the new iPhone. Not sure I’ve got the camera worked out…

John Byrne Birthday Bonus post! Thanks to my silly ISP acting up I did not get the opportunity to post this until today.

Gail Simone let me know who her favorite John Byrne drawn characters are and why.

Clark and Lois, definitely. Working with him on ACTION for those issues was incredibly rewarding. No single artist has taught me more about how to lay out a page so that the storytelling has maximum impact and clarity.

AND he was an absolute joy to work with the entire series.

But when he drew Clark/Superman together in any scene with Lois, it was a genuine showstopper for me. PERFECT chemistry.

Images are Superman & Lois Lane from Action Comics 828. 2005, Clark Kent & Lois Lane w/ Terry Austin inks. 1980.

Gail can be found on Twitter @GailSimone and Tumblr Gail Simone 

Celebrating John Byrne’s 63rd birthday, Greg Pak let me know who his favorite John Byrne drawn character is and why.

I’m going to go with John Byrne’s Phoenix. His rendition of the character during the Dark Phoenix saga is the definition of classic. Beautiful and chilling and cosmic and all that good stuff. Honestly, whenever I think of that particular line up of X-Men, I see them in my head with those clean, sleek Byrne lines. 

Image is Phoenix from The Art of John Byrne. 1980.
Greg can be found on Twitter @gregpak and Tumblr Greg Pak

Celebrating John Byrne’s 63rd birthday, Greg Pak let me know who his favorite John Byrne drawn character is and why.

I’m going to go with John Byrne’s Phoenix. His rendition of the character during the Dark Phoenix saga is the definition of classic. Beautiful and chilling and cosmic and all that good stuff. Honestly, whenever I think of that particular line up of X-Men, I see them in my head with those clean, sleek Byrne lines. 

Image is Phoenix from The Art of John Byrne. 1980.

Greg can be found on Twitter @gregpak and Tumblr Greg Pak

Celebrating John Byrne’s 63rd birthday, Steven Wilcox let me know who his favorite John Byrne drawn character is and why.

My favorite character that John Byrne draws is probably Superman. To me, the Byrne Superman IS Superman. No other modern day artist has captured the icon correctly, in my opinion.

Image is Superman commission. 2010.
Steven can be found on Twitter @StevenWilcoxArt and Tumblr Steven Wilcox

Celebrating John Byrne’s 63rd birthday, Steven Wilcox let me know who his favorite John Byrne drawn character is and why.

My favorite character that John Byrne draws is probably Superman. To me, the Byrne Superman IS Superman. No other modern day artist has captured the icon correctly, in my opinion.

Image is Superman commission. 2010.

Steven can be found on Twitter @StevenWilcoxArt and Tumblr Steven Wilcox

Celebrating John Byrne’s 63rd birthday, Tom Brevoort let me know who his favorite John Byrne drawn character is and why.

I’d say that it probably has to be Wolverine. in that character, John took a figure that was at best a throwaway idea, and carved it into something iconic that would stand the test of time. While Wolverine didn’t really explode in popularity until after John had left X-MEN, it was really the work that John did with him that primed the pump for that explosion.

Image is a Wolverine sketch. 1988.

Tom can be found on Twitter @TomBrevoort and Tumblr Marvel Age Of Comics

Celebrating John Byrne’s 63rd birthday, Tom Brevoort let me know who his favorite John Byrne drawn character is and why.

I’d say that it probably has to be Wolverine. in that character, John took a figure that was at best a throwaway idea, and carved it into something iconic that would stand the test of time. While Wolverine didn’t really explode in popularity until after John had left X-MEN, it was really the work that John did with him that primed the pump for that explosion.

Image is a Wolverine sketch. 1988.

Tom can be found on Twitter @TomBrevoort and Tumblr Marvel Age Of Comics