Wednesday, November 18, 2009

John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men Cover for Comics Journal

In 1980, John Byrne was the featured interview in issue #57 of The Comics Journal.  Byrne and his superstar inker Terry Austin provided the cover.  Here's the original black and white version.

Comics Journal #57 B&W X-Men Cover by john byrne

The classic core team of Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Wolverine, and Nightcrawler.  Here's the actual color cover...

Comics Journal #57 X-Men Cover by john byrne

This was one of my favorite TCJ issues of all time.  The Byrne interview was full of behind the scenes stuff like his love for Wolverine and modeling some of his character from Clint Eastwood.  Byrne also talked openly about his disagreements with Claremont and desire to write his own material.  In addition to all of this, you had Steve Gerber, Harlan Ellison, and a Daredevil story rejected by the Comics Code.  Why did I ever throw away this issue?  Insanity.  Nuff said.

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