Starfire commission by John Byrne. 2008.
Popeye #5 variant cover by John Byrne. Colors by Len O’Grady. 2012.
John Byrne and the story behind this image:
IDW is doing Popeye, and Chris Ryall asked if I would be up for a cover. The first thing that popped into my mind was something I knew would not get approved on any level, but I went ahead and drew it for my own amusement.
And now, hopefully, for yours.
THIS IS NOT A REAL COVER.
REPEAT: THIS IS NOT A REAL COVER!!!
6 days later John added this:
Well blow me down!
Chris Ryall, resourceful swab that he is, has talked King Features into letting IDW use the X-Pop piece as an “incentive” cover. So it will be appearing on the POPEYE comic after all!
Wolverine commission by John Byrne. 2013.
John posted the request by the customer.
11’ x 17” illo of Wolverine in the brown costume, no backgrounds. The details are:
- full-body Wolverine with wry smile
- please draw him flicking a cigar with one hand and facing the viewer with claws popped on the other hand