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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 04 September 2015 at 7:00am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Oh, now somebody is going to do the research... ;)
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 04 September 2015 at 8:13am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I just noticed that She-Hulk is looking angrily at the sleazy magazine guy trying to take her picture as she goes by. LOL!
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 04 September 2015 at 8:24am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I love how you also saw fit to include two versions of the same character within the same piece... Blastarr, Dr. Doom, Frankie Raye, Franklin Richards, Sue Richards...
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I'm being a little pedantic, but I see two Kristoffs and only one Doom.

It took me a while to work out it was Aunt Petunia with her hand on Alicia's shoulder...

The interactions between the characters are great. Blackbolt holding Medusa's hand, Namor sort of checking out Sue, Nick Fury collaring the Puppet Master.
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Aki Himmanen
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Posted: 04 September 2015 at 10:21am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

MARVELOUS.

Bit of a quivering lower lip at the sight of Tommy Hanson.

Everything I love about JB's FF run is in there.
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Bill Catellier
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Posted: 04 September 2015 at 5:51pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

This is wonderful!  Great memories that make me want to dig out your run and read it again and again.  
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Jeff Durham
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Posted: 04 September 2015 at 7:11pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Iíve been an occasional lurker for a decade or two, but I had to re-surface to say this is beautiful. Byrne FF is some of my favorite comics and this rekindles a fire that didnít really need rekindling. Iím way past the point of putting up posters in my bedroom, but Iíd put this poster up in my bedroom. Some nice, old school flat colors and four tacks and up it goes. Sorry, wife, itís going to stay.


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Gundars Berzins
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Posted: 04 September 2015 at 10:29pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Wow, congrats to owner another stunner. It's all awesome JB, so much to talk about but the Mole ManÖ hah just to cool.
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Martinho Correia
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Posted: 05 September 2015 at 4:33am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Fantastic! (Of course)
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Geoff Lander
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Posted: 05 September 2015 at 8:58am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

This is so great!
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Josh Goldberg
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Posted: 05 September 2015 at 5:59pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I wish we had, y'know, one of these things for this new piece.



Edited by Josh Goldberg on 05 September 2015 at 6:00pm
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Ian Carroll
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Posted: 05 September 2015 at 7:46pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

This commission is utterly brilliant. It's a combination of elements from several things I loved during my childhood, and still cherish today:

1) The comprehensiveness of JB's FF "Family Portrait" of the Lee-Kirby era characters, originally featured as the center spread of FantaCo's Fantastic Four Chronicles and later a Marvel Press poster (which I didn't score a copy of until the 21st century, and really must have framed and mounted one of these days!);

2) JB's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition covers, with the characters on parade (sorry JB couldn't finish that series of covers -- perhaps due to his leaving Marvel to do Superman, or rather due to Shooter's fit of pique over JB doing Superman causing JB to be thrown off Marvel projects he had planned to continue, as with the FF title);

3) All the wonderful characters and stories from JB's own FF run. As with many of you, inspiring enough to get the Omniboo off the shelf for some delightful holiday weekend reading!

Right up there with my favorite commissions, for sure! Wish I'd thought of it. Truly is a balm on FF-related disappointments of late, as others have suggested. This is the team Stan and Jack created, done right! (Fox should have JB on speed dial. Seriously.)
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Brian Hague
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 2:45am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Josh Goldberg's idea sounded like a pretty good one to me... about three hours ago...



1. Uatu, the Watcher (FF 261, Ann. 18, et al)
2. Ego, the Living Planet (FF 235, Four Against Ego)
3. Blastarr, the Living Bomburst (FF 289)
4. Annihilus (FF 256, 290, et al)
5. Galactus (FF 243)
6. The Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)
7. Terminus (FF 269, Skyfall)
8. Nova (formerly Frankie Raye, FF 244, When Calls Galactus, FF 257, Fragments, et al)
9. Tyros (formerly Terrax the Tamer, FF 242, FF 259)
10. Gormuu (FF 271)
11. Mephisto (FF 276, 277)
12. Taranith Gelstal (FF 254, 255 , The Minds of Mantracora)
13. Malice (Susan Richards, FF 280, 281)
14. Kristoff (as Doctor Doom, FF 278, 279)
15. Nick Fury (FF 291, 292)
16. Phillip Masters, the Puppet Master (FF 236)
17. Frankie Raye, the Human Torch (FF 239)
18. Johnny Storm, also the Human Torch
19. Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom, FF 236, 246, 258 et al)
20. Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius, FF 267, A Small Loss)
21. Kestorian Captain (FF 253, Quest)
22. Reed Richards, Mister Fantastic
23. Franklin Richards
24. Gladiator (FF 249, 250)
25. Susan Richards, the Invisible Woman
26. Namor, the Sub-Mariner
27. One of the citizens of the interdimensional world to which Nathaniel Richards travelled (FF 272, Cowboys and Idioms)
28. Black Bolt (FF 240, FF Ann. 18)
29. Franklin Richards (aged to adulthood, FF 245, Childhood's End)
30. Medusa (FF 240, FF Ann. 18) 
31. Psycho-Man (FF 282, Inwards to Infinity)
32. Sharon Selleck (FF 232, FF Ann. 17)
33. One of Wendy's Friends (FF 239)
34. Gaius Tiberius Augustus Agrippa (Flavius Scollio, FF 241, Render Unto Caesar)
35. Wendy (FF 239, Wendy's Friends)
36. Karisma (FF 266)
37. Wyatt Wingfoot
38. Penny Grimm (Aunt Petunia, FF 239)
39. Alicia Masters
40. Kristoff Vernard (FF 258, et al)
41. Elspeth Cromwell (FF 276, Suffer a Witch to Live)
42. Diablo (FF 232, Back to the Basics)
43. Spinnerette (FF 237, The Eyes Have It)
44. The Mole Man (FF 263, 264, What If 36)
45. Benjamin J. Grimm, the Thing
46. Taiya (?, FF 252, Cityscape)
47. Skrull, possibly Raksor (FF Ann. 18)
48. Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk (FF 265, 275, et al)
49. Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff, FF 240)
50. Tommy Hanson (FF 285, Hero)
51. Crystal (FF 240)
52. Jean Grey (FF 286, Like a Phoenix)
53. T.J. Vance, publisher of the Naked Truth (FF 275)
54. Nathaniel Richards (FF 272)
55. Julie Angel (FF 232, 263)
56. Skip Collins (FF 234, the Man With the Power)
57. The Black Panther (T'Challa, FF 241)
58. Georgie David Munson (FF 233, Mission for a Dead Man)

(This list is not intended to be a comprehensive compilation of every appearance made by these characters over the course of JB's run on the Fantastic Four. The intent is only to list one or two representative issues.)
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Brian Hague
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 3:00am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I just went back to see if I missed a hidden Hubert or Adolf Hitler in the composition somewhere, and found that I did in fact overlook little Luna, Quicksilver and Crystal's little girl, cradled in Crystal's arms (FF 240.)

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Josh Goldberg
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 4:38am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Thanks for this, Brian!
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Marc Cheek
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 5:59am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Nice work Brian!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 6:05am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

One wrong.
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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 7:43am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

JB, these ensemble pieces are amazing and must take a huge amount of time to draw. On behalf of many hours of entertainment reading all of the above appearances, thank you!
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 10:44am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

John Byrne: One wrong.

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Yep!






Edited by Nathan Greno on 06 September 2015 at 10:44am
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 11:02am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

btw I was happy to see the Beyonder was NOT included in this piece! :)

...even though he appears in one of my very favorite FF stories (#285)

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Brian Hague
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 12:24pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Eh. One out of 59 isn't going to keep me up nights. Josh, any idea which it is? Anyone?

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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 1:34pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Brian, I was impressed with the list! 

I bet you can figure this one out...  :)
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Cory Vandernet
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Henchman

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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 3:14pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Isn't #58 the Hate-Monger?
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John Byrne

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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 3:16pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

As many of you know, I was forced to include the Beyonder in the Tommy Hanson story. That was not my original intent. The Doctor character, who features so prominently in the opening pages, was created to play the part co-opted by the Beyonder.

Given what I considered the serious nature of my story, I had asked to be excused from using the Beyonder in that issue, and my request had been granted. Then, after I had begun work on my story, permission was revoked, and I was told the Beyonder MUST appear.

I consoled myself that it was a backhanded compliment; someone had decided the story was too important for the Beyonder not to play a central role.

Once I offered the then-editor of the FF a redo of the pertinent pages, restored to my original intent, free of charge. I'd hoped it could be included in any future reprints. Nothing came of it.

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Josh Goldberg
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 5:40pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Oh...
Dare we hope for something like this some day, vis-a-vis "Hero"?
(I know it's been some 30 years, but hope springs eternal and all that)

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Marc Cheek
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Posted: 06 September 2015 at 7:53pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Now that's a story I'd love to see!
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