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X-Men: The Hidden Years #15, page 1 by John Byrne, Tom Palmer & Greg Wright. 2001.

John had this to say about this issue and page in particular:

There is a certain degree of frustration connected with that issue.

I did it during one of my more intensive 3D modeling periods, and the Strato-jet seen on the splash was one of those models. It was, as noted, the STRATO-JET, not the Blackbird, but the colorist kept turning it dark blue — one of those truly annoying instances where someone else in the production line tries to “fix” a mistake of mine (“Oh, look! Silly old John forgot to put blacks on the Blackbird! I fix!”), only it’s NOT a mistake, and “fixing” it makes it a mistake.*

When I drew that splash I envisioned a sparkling white Strao-jet zooming over a blue ocean toward a green coastline. Instead I got the dark blue ship, over brown water (with yellow surf!!) and brown land. A hint of green sneaks in at the very bottom of the page.

* XHY was a constant battle on that field — and one I constantly LOST. Editors and others kept “fixing” what I had done — changing line, moving balloon pointers, using the wrong colors… The assumption seemed to be that I’d been away from Marvel for a while, and therefore didn’t know the X-Men as well as they did. The current X-Men, of the time, they would have been right. But the time period covered in XHY? I didn’t know anybody who knew it better than I did!

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    Damn, John’s actually right on that. The strato-jet is supposed to be colored white with light blue highlights (that my...
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