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John Byrne

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:24am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Well, okay, technically what Nathan asked for is my own personal SILVER age -- ie, a representation of the time I was reading comics when I first got into the hobby. And for me, that would have been from around 1956 to 1964.

There are those on the Forum who have shown their first instinct in the case of pieces like this is to seek out the characters who are missing. This time, I can only say, save your energy for things that are actually important. The characters represented here are a combination of my own arbitrary choices, and the bad distribution in my part of Canada in those days. So, for example, if you can't find Kuurgo, Master of Planet X, it's because I didn't buy that issue until long after my "Silver Age".

It should be noted that, unlike the Avengers piece, there are no multiple iterations of the same character on this one. Each Batman, for instance, is a DIFFERENT Batman. Time travel and magic are allowed, of course -- hence Superman and Superboy, since they really did meet during the time I was reading their adventures. (There is one exception to this "rule" -- but I will let those of you with long memories figure out who it is -- and why it isn't really an exception.)

Some of you with sharp eyes will doubtless notice, also, that the proportions are slightly different on this one. That's because the art supply store where I normally pick up these big boards has for some reason stopped carrying the 20x30 inch size, so I buy 22x30 and trim to the usual measurements. In this case, because of the insane number of figures in the piece, I decided not to trim, so this is the full 22x30.

Also, because Nathan asked that this one not be a "graduation picture" like the FF, X-Men and Avengers pieces, prompting me to go for a bird's eye view of the proceedings, I decided to add a grey tone to the "floor". This has the double purpose of punching up the figures, and also emphasizing the different levels those figures are standing on, the latter being so I could put some groups on a "lower" level, making them smaller and therefore taking up less space.

Let the counting commence!!

And here's the "uncensored" pic of Young Nathan holding the unfinished piece when he was here two weekends ago. . .

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John Leach
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:28am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Wow.
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Aaron Smith
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:29am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

That is magnificent. It's got me smiling.
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William Roberge
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:29am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I'm not counting......I don't want my head to explode.

Outstanding art JB.



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Adam Hutchinson
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:30am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I think my brain just overloaded!!! Too much awesome.

JB you are a master and Nathan is one lucky guy.

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Paul Downey
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:30am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Oh my! That is fantastic! Well done JB. Congrats to Nathan!!
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Trevor Smith
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:31am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Really really love the shading on Iron Man.
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William Roberge
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:31am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

DAN!!
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Adam Hutchinson
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:31am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Is that President Lincoln just above Rita Farr's head?
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:32am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I like how everyone seems to be looking at Superman.

Very nice piece.

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John Byrne

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:38am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I like how everyone seems to be looking at Superman.

A lot of the characters are looking at Superman -- but not everyone!

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Paulo Pereira
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:43am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Great piece. Might be an interesting exercise to spot the villains. I see three, so far.
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Aaron Smith
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:43am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Whatever Professor X and the Chief are talking about, they seem to have a dangerous eavesdropper.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:45am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Okay -- I make it 177 characters ---- and that's counting only four members of the Superman Emergency Squad, and, of course, overlooking the fact that the population of Kandor is around 1 BILLION.
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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:45am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Unbelievable!
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Michael Arndt
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:47am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Congrats, Nathan.

Fantastic job, JB.

 Going to be looking at this quite a bit. Love the interactions between characters. Some of my favorites (at first glance) include the Chief and Professor X followed by the Mole Man, Lava Men, and Tyrannus.



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John Byrne

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:49am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Great piece. Might be an interesting exercise to spot the villains. I see three, so far.

Depending on how you define "villain", and not counting subterraneans, I make it 40.

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Andrew Hess
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:53am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Holy Cow!
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Wilson Mui
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:54am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Amazing piece, JB.  The grey tone is a nice touch.
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Tim O'Neill
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 7:54am | IP Logged | 20 post reply



WOW!!!!  Incredible!!!



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Scott Silverstein
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 8:02am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

 

the actual photo with Nathan is great...it's like a fishing or hunting trip and holding up the prize catch....I guess it all goes on the wall.....

 

 

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Richard Stevens
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 8:03am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Sweet mother of Batman.
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Charles Tyus
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 8:03am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

And that's why you're a comic book legend.
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Josh Goldberg
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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 8:07am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

What's the name of the character Elasti-Girl is grabbing?

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John Byrne

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Posted: 31 August 2011 at 8:13am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Just realized I forgot a trio of Spider-Man villains. Doctor Octopus will be easy enough. Mysterio and the Tinkerer will be trickier.
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