John Byrne Draws...
Wolverine #17, page 16 by John Byrne & Klaus Janson. 1989.
John was asked about his work on Wolverine 17-22.

I had wanted to work with Archie [Goodwin] for a long time, considering him to be one of the best writers in the business. That first issue was full of so much neat stuff — small stuff, texture — that it was an absolute joy to work on, and everything I had hoped. It only got better from there.
I did not actually work “with” Klaus. It is a common misapprehension amongst fans that there is some kind of collaborative effort between all parties concerned in the production of a comic, but this is the exception rather than the rule. I penciled the first 4 issues thinking Al Williamson was going to ink (as indeed he did, a single panel on pg 2 of the first issue), and Klaus came in as a last second replacement when Al bailed. Had I known from the start that it was to be Klaus I might have had a better idea what the end result would look like, since he and I had worked on Avengers .
As to continuing on the series — Archie and I both wondered why we did only 6 issues after we got our royalty… sorry, our incentive checks. (Marvel’s insistence on calling the piece of the action the talent is paid an “incentive” becomes particularly fatuous when one views it in this context, being paid to people who no longer even work on the series! Archie and I were done and gone before the first issue even came out!)
Archie was a great talent and a true gentleman. I still miss him.

Wolverine #17, page 16 by John Byrne & Klaus Janson. 1989.

John was asked about his work on Wolverine 17-22.

I had wanted to work with Archie [Goodwin] for a long time, considering him to be one of the best writers in the business. That first issue was full of so much neat stuff — small stuff, texture — that it was an absolute joy to work on, and everything I had hoped. It only got better from there.

I did not actually work “with” Klaus. It is a common misapprehension amongst fans that there is some kind of collaborative effort between all parties concerned in the production of a comic, but this is the exception rather than the rule. I penciled the first 4 issues thinking Al Williamson was going to ink (as indeed he did, a single panel on pg 2 of the first issue), and Klaus came in as a last second replacement when Al bailed. Had I known from the start that it was to be Klaus I might have had a better idea what the end result would look like, since he and I had worked on Avengers .

As to continuing on the series — Archie and I both wondered why we did only 6 issues after we got our royalty… sorry, our incentive checks. (Marvel’s insistence on calling the piece of the action the talent is paid an “incentive” becomes particularly fatuous when one views it in this context, being paid to people who no longer even work on the series! Archie and I were done and gone before the first issue even came out!)

Archie was a great talent and a true gentleman. I still miss him.

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