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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 19 March 2020 at 11:50pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

One of my favorite JB tales!!! It’s incredibly fun — and incredibly emotional. I just love it. It’s a JB masterpiece. 

I feel very fortunate to own this original (unpublished) poster art — created before JB actually began the series (if I’m remembering correctly)...

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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 20 March 2020 at 6:59pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I recall seeing that artwork. Probably in the old COMIC
SHOP NEWS accompanying an article about the then upcoming
series.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 20 March 2020 at 7:40pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

That was an example of what I came to recognize as DC’s pathologically poor scheduling. They wanted that promotional poster before so much as a single line of G1 had been drawn. So I did the best I could to make something solid from what were then barely more than nebulous forms in my head.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 20 March 2020 at 8:45pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Couldn't get more than half way through that review. Brevity is the soul of wit, reviewer.

Generations 2 was a fun expansion, but I do prefer the first one (never read no.3, sorry!). Really enjoyed the way it all fit together throughout all the different eras (and I wince every time I read it at the Joker's horrible deathtrap for the Dick-Grayson-Batman).

About time I went back and read them again!


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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 21 March 2020 at 11:20am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Great googly-moogly, I would have bought the HELL out of that poster!!! That is as beautiful an amalgamation as I have ever seen. I wish that could at least have been in one of the collections. Maybe if DC ever puts together Generations 3 as a TPB... maybe when monkeys fly out my butt. I can't tell which will come first. But Mr. Byrne, this is so epic.
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Scott Sackett
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Posted: 21 March 2020 at 12:34pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

All of the Generations were good, but I like Generations 3 the best. I really liked how the story hopped around, but I think the art is some of the best John has ever done. I think the inking is a little bolder and it seems to appeal to me for some reason.

That's a series I've considered having hardbound since a TPB seems unlikely. 
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John Byrne

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Posted: 21 March 2020 at 1:21pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I was very happy with the art on G3, but I felt the story was lacking. It was DC‘s idea to go forward in time. I think the Powers That Were didn’t realize how few familiar touch points there really were between the 20th and 30th centuries.
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Geoffrey Langford
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Posted: 26 March 2020 at 1:57am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I, personally, would have loved a G4.

I just felt like there was sooooo much more to tell in that universe
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 26 March 2020 at 3:08pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Using the “touch points” is the incredibly smart concept that makes Generations a super fun idea. Then it comes down execution of the concept... and JB did it in such a masterful way. 

I agree with JB — Generations 3 feels lacking because it makes lesser use of the original concept. 
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 26 March 2020 at 4:30pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I enjoyed reading (and rereading) all three, but the first is my favorite.
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Steve Gumm
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Posted: 30 March 2020 at 8:49am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Killer piece Nathan, I have never seen that beauty, thanks for sharing.

I am guessing it is quite a bit larger than the regular 11x17 comic art, I was wondering what is it's approximate dimensions?
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John Byrne

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Posted: 30 March 2020 at 12:15pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

There's one good thing about DC making me go forward, instead of setting G3 between chapters, as I did with G2. It kept me from doing my "dark" version of Captain Marvel, which I now think would have been a mistake, even in an imaginary story.
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