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John Byrne

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Posted: 09 May 2017 at 12:00pm | IP Logged | 1  

The favorite series thread has piqued my interest. I'm always fascinated by the thought processes of others, and the way in which my work reaches them.

So, here's my own version of Matt Reed's challenge: name the THREE (3) scenes from books I have worked on that have caught your imaginations. These can be books I drew, wrote, or both. But only 3, and like with Matt's game, no ties or runners-up!

If so inclined, add a short descriptive passage telling what it was about the scene that "spoke" to you.

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Greg Woronchak
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1) Last two pages of Alpha Flight 12. Tension-filled, brutal, and jarring.

2) Last two pages of FF 238. As a relative comic book newbie at the time, figuring that Ben's transformation was 'permanent' was a jaw-dropper. Again, wonderful and effective story-telling.

3) Superman 1. The sequence where Superman discovers the scientist that has been 'stalking' him is incredibly effective. I'd grown up with the Swan Superman, so learning about this 'new' guy was a real treat.
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David Allen Perrin
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I won't give issue numbers because true fans will know exactly the scenes I am talking about....

 1) Thor smashing the tug boat that was thrown at him by the Living Monolith.  I have said it over and over again.  My favorite comic panels of all time, period end of story...and yes, Mr. Byrne says he didn't like the layout of that page.  Too bad.  What's done is done.

2) Captain America standing in the doorway challenging Iron Fist who seems to have caused Jarvis some harm....and the fight that occurs right after.  Cap is my favorite hero and here he is drawn with the physical heft and presence that only Mr. Byrne can consistently give him.  

3) Sauron standing over a fallen Storm and challenging the X-Men in the Savage Land.  This is notable because (don't laugh) I was fascinated that Storm's breasts seems to be affected by gravity!  As a young (early teen) artist who used comics to 'learn' how to draw, that was a revelation!  Usually comic book breasts remain skyward as if resisting gravity like a mutant power regardless of the pose or situation.  Not so this time.  Boobs behaving like boobs in comics were worth noting.  And the fight that followed was kick ass.





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Joe Smith
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Completely off the top of my head while I drink coffee at Starbucks:
1. The reveal of the Black Queen where Scott is freaking out.
(Hindsight being what it is, I now see the Andru influence in the
framing, and he was my favorite before I knew your name)

2. Wolverine vs. the Hellfire Goons

3. The silent part of ALPHA 13
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Marc Cheek
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I'll have to give some thought to coming up with three, but off the top of my head, the scene that would have to be at the top is the final page of FF 267, when the doctor broke the news to Reed of the death of their child.
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Michael Hogan
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Here goes:

1. FF (can't remember the #) -- a double-page spread of an embattled Doomstadt. Phenomenal level of detail, yet the pages didn't seem crowded.

2. FF -- Johnny shows up at Julie Angel's apartment after searching for Frankie Raye. His uniform looked like hell! That was something new for me.

3. West Coast Avengers (Visionquest) -- When the Vision is reassembled and appears white, his reasoning for that made so much sense to me that I thought "Of course!"
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Eric Lund
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Splash page to Daredevil 138 Daredevil fighting The Smasher. It was
the first time that I saw Daredevil fighting someone so MASSIVE. It
just exploded on the page. I loved The Smasher's costume

Captain America 253 final page with Baron Blood about to stick his
fangs in Captain America's neck.

X-men 141 opening Splash and scene.... What the hell had happened
to the world! It completely swept you away....



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Brian O'Neill
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MARVEL TWO IN ONE # 100, when Ben arrives in the alternate reality...and sees the devastation of New Amsterdam.
(Incidentally, question about that story...how were 'refugees from Europe' able to cross the dried-up expanse that used to be the Atlantic Ocean?)
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John Byrne

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(Incidentally, question about that story...how were 'refugees from Europe' able to cross the dried-up expanse that used to be the Atlantic Ocean?)

Carefully.

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Brian O'Neill
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By os-'Moses'?
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Anthony J Lombardi
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JB before I post my scenes I'd like to ask a question. When you mean scene. Can I interpret "scene" as a multi paneled comic page ? I'm asking because I'm thinking about the page in Captain America where he decapitates Baron Blood.  
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Wallace Sellars
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Im going to limit myself to scenes captured in single panels.

* I just cant make this real.

* I am Sathanas!

* Youre a little late with that, doctor.

In addition to all coming from the same series, each of these three scenes has
a more telling thing in common. I wonder if any of you will realize what that is.
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Brian Hunt
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1. Terrax grabbing Doom and fusing his armor

2. The Vision laying disassembled across a large table
after being kidnapped in West Coast Avengers

3. Doc Samson breaking his hand after knocking out the
Hulk
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Steve De Young
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The first comic scene that blew my young mind:


The first comic scene that made me cry like a big wuss:


And a scene that made me laugh out loud:

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Matt Hawes
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I purposefully avoided checking out what other posters here listed until after I took the time to consider my choices. I wanted to go with my first thoughts...


1) Marrina slashes at Puck and injures him.



I know it's irrational of me, considering what really caused her to do it, but from that moment on I despised Marrina. I was a young teen when I read first read the story, and I think if I had been older I might have been more sympathetic towards Marrina, since she couldn't control her impulses. But at the time, I didn't care about the excuse, I was pissed that she did that to Puck.

The fact that she later became the monstrous Leviathan in "The Avengers" years later didn't help me feel any better about her.


2)

Logan's run (see what I did there?): "Uncanny X-Men" #122

I know JB has come a long way in rendering clothing and drapery, but I still think even in the earlier works there was a certain something that most other artists didn't seem to catch onto when drawing clothing. For the 10-year-old me, the panel above was a revelation on how clothing could be shown to flow in a static picture. Being an artist, it is something that stuck with me and certainly was (is) an influence on how I draw.

I realize you will likely cringe at it now, JB, but I still love the way you drew that panel.


3)

Susan Richards loses her child. "Fantastic Four" #269.

The use of the thick, black border drives home the tragedy of what happened. Proof of how the use of page design can influence and emphasis emotion.



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Bryan Eacret
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  • Namor - scene describing the brutal nature of plants and what a constant war plant life is. I think about it while gardening. I've always wondered about where this idea came from.
  • Fantastic Four - scene where every alien race sees Galactus in a different way. It gave me something to ponder on how different races and cultures would see a god.
  • X-Men - scene with Scott and Jean on the plateau before going to fight the Hell Fire club. You don't need to read the words to see the tenderness. I wanted them to be able stay together.
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Eric Jansen
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These are the first that immediately came to mind:

Beast and Phoenix in the snow (X-MEN #113 & 114)

Gyrich dictating to the Avengers & firing Hawkeye (AVENGERS #181)

The whole opening to FANTASTIC FOUR #232



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Matt Hawes
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About that page to "Avengers" #181, I have wondered for years -- And never thought to ask you on the board, JB -- Did you draw that page first and Perez drew a similar scene used for that issue's cover, or was it the other way 'round?
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Dave Phelps
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Following the same rules for selection as the series thread and stealing Wallace's notion...

#1 "I see. And in what manner did you terminate Arcade for this affront to the personage of Doom?"

#2 "You... make an intriguing argument, Bruce. Only--it just wouldn't be the two of us..."

#3 "Why, don't you see, Bon Bloom? That would make him... nicer than us!!"

(List subject to change the next time the question's asked.)

(Edited to correct typo.)

Edited by Dave Phelps on 09 May 2017 at 5:15pm
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Wallace Sellars
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Dave, I immediately recognized #1, and think I know #2, but #3 has me
foxed!
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Doug Centers
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These popped first thing.

-Last scene in IRON FIST #6. I can practically narrow it down to that scene that had me check the credits for the first time to see who the artist was.

- Doomsday.1- The scene where the armless ,legless prison warden stays behind to reclaim some dignity. Great writing. Great art!

-Avengers- When Cap handed over his shield to Wonder Man to go battle Count Nefaria.
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Wallace Sellars
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- Doomsday.1- The scene where the armless ,legless prison warden stays
behind to reclaim some dignity. Great writing. Great art!



That was a tough, guy!
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Brian Hague
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Wallace, I believe that's from "What The--?!" #2

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Wallace Sellars
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Wallace, I believe that's from "What The--?!" #2



And now it comes to me A little. Doctor Bloom and Rex Ruthor?
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Brian Hague
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1. X-Men #113- Storm almost frees herself from the chair in which Magneto's imprisoned her.

2. FF #268- The doctor tells Reed that Sue has miscarried.

3. Alpha Flight #12- The numerical shaped panels counting down to disaster.

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