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Cory Vandernet
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Sorry to post an image from JB's old sketchbook again but I think this will give some idea how busy JB was in those days.
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John Byrne

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I wonder what that little puzzle in the corner meant.
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Bert Kruger
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You weren't busy enough so you decided to do up your own calendar.
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Dave Phelps
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 QUOTE:
but I think this will give some idea how busy JB was in those days.


FF #218 and FF #217 were done in reverse order? Neat. (Worth noting that FF #218 was a crossover with Spectacular Spider-Man.)

It's also interesting to see how things changed between when that calendar was created and what actually came to pass. You have Cap #248, but not #247 so it looks like Stern and JB started an issue earlier than anticipated. There are set-asides for all three planned issues of Untold Tales of Batman. There's FF #219, but Bill Sienkiewicz ended up doing that one.
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Rebecca Jansen
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I thought the Marvel Team-Up with Red Sonja was in there too but I see the date on it was March, as was Amazing Spider-Man #190.

Edited by Rebecca Jansen on 23 May 2020 at 12:31pm
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Tim O Neill
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Cory: "Sorry to post an image from JB's old sketchbook again but I think this
will give some idea how busy JB was in those days."

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I love seeing this kind of stuff! No need to be sorry!





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Oliver Denker
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That year I became a Byrne-niac. 
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John Byrne

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It was around this time that Shooter put forward the idea of having me do fill-in issues of every non-reprint title, to be released all the same month.*

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* Not drawn in the same month obviously. That was what ultimately killed the idea for me. While I was intrigued by the challenged, especially of drawing books/characters in which I might have no real interest, I could see that such a mammoth undertaking had high potential to impact badly on my regular assignments.

Looking back, and thinking of how some of the minibrains have drawn false conclusions about me being “rushed” when certain projects have ended up clumped together—well, I can imagine a lot of frothing at the mouth over something like this!

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Matt Hawes
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If you had done those fill-ins, JB, I would have
went broke.
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John Byrne

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You’re welcome!
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James Woodcock
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I have to say, I think that idea was genius.
Not as a publicity stunt, but as AN EVENT!. That event holds more
appeal to me than any of the actual events we actually did get.

I certainly would have bought every single comic published that month.

Aside - @ the time I was funding my comic buying by charging my
family money to go to the shops for them - I was the youngest of four
boys & I also charged my mum & dad - only about 20p per shopping
trip (there was a price increase each year).

Shopping for each every day meant I could buy my comics each
Saturday & the deal was they got to read them for free.

I wouldn’t have a hope in hell of financing my comic buying through that
method were I child now.
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Rebecca Jansen
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I used to collect bottles as well as maintain a morning paper route (two apartment buildings, pretty cushy route), and then I used to trade with some kids at school, specifically two boys in the grade above mine, one was divesting himself of childish comics and the other failed a grade and ended up in my class, he was more into war and barbarian comics and would trade superheroes off to me for even Sad Sacks.

Still it was shock to jump from 40 cents to 50. I found this out right at the spinner rack with the first 50 cent Spider-Woman arriving like an alien artifact among the familiar with it's ugly fat banner at the top and massive price jump (I recalled 35 to 40 and that at one time they had been 20 cents, this was the first double-digit hike, not counting maybe Captain Canuck).

Three comics a month on average and sometimes covers is a real Jack Kirby or Joe Kubert pace I would think! Some later artists, I can see now, got way too pointless detail oriented per page. Rather than telling the story perhaps they were more focused on envisioning each page as it's own separate original to sell afterwards? Pages with posed main characters and an overly polished surface and lots and lots of excess lines selling for more? An interior scene with supporting characters talking can be visually interesting... I think of Milton Caniff, Alex Toth and John Byrne for domestic backgrounds well beyond the generic and sterile sorts. Kirby was no slouch with the Fantastic Four's and Alicia's living quarters either!
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