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John Byrne

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Posted: 16 November 2020 at 2:24pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

You have such an ability to just cut away from ideas or stories that are no longer viable. I call it the 'Byrne switch'. I know some writers would somehow try to make it work.

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I call it “dragging to the trash”—or have since getting my first Mac.

It makes life a lot easier!

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Bill Sandefur
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Posted: 16 November 2020 at 4:51pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Then you go to the Finder in your head and hit "Empty Trash…" and it's a done deal. :)
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John Byrne

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Posted: 16 November 2020 at 7:58pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Coincidentally, the “nesting boxes” of computers are very much how I’ve always pictured the inner workings of my brain.
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Mark Haslett
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Posted: 17 November 2020 at 12:01am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

It's funny to hear how Nightcrawler seemed to elude you because, as a reader, I enjoyed Nightcrawler more during your issues that I did in Dave Cockrum's.

The aspects I like most are that Kurt has surprisingly refined taste and dashing social confidence. I understand how this, along with the "blue and furry" stuff makes him sound on paper like a version of The Beast, but I never had the slightest sense that Nightcrawler was redundant.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 17 November 2020 at 6:36am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I don’t recall much in the way of “refined taste” and/or “dashing social confidence” from my day.

Remember, one of my motivations in bringing Kitty into the mix was to remind readers that to most people who encountered him he was a MONSTER.

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Mark Haslett
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Posted: 17 November 2020 at 1:03pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Your time on the book established Kurt was regarded as a monster, but that he put on an exuberant front to deal with it. When even people like Cyclops seem to forget that Kurt has to deal with being a monster where-ever he goes, I attributed that to Kurt's social confidence -- Kurt's manner of dealing with it seems to be never to let it be a deal.

There are few personal Kurt moments in the run from which to piece together his secret tastes, so maybe I went astray. But Kurt's tastes were somehow evident to me (probably established by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum).

Examples of actual "refined taste" elude me. I get the distinct impression classical music and fine cuisine suit Kurt Wagner better than pop-music and hot-dogs.

I think his sensitive insightfulness read to me as "refined." And it helps make him a good match for the coarse and blunt Wolverine to me.
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 17 November 2020 at 4:34pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Perhaps you assumed he liked classical musical because his last name is Wagner. :)
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Mark Haslett
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Posted: 17 November 2020 at 6:49pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

He has the mutant ability to transport, disappear in shadows, stick to walls, swing by his tail-- and compose Operas!


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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 17 November 2020 at 7:23pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

"I don't think the little Fraulein likes me"

I loved that scene where Kitty first reacts like any normal person might to someone who looked like Kurt, and he had his own thoughts in reaction. It made it all the more touching later in Days Of Future Past that the adult Kate had outgrown that reaction.

A German named Wagner, a Russian named Rasputin... they got a bit near cliche territory sometimes, but then recently looking back on FF #8 and the Puppet Master and Alicia having Masters as a last name is in the same vein.

Edited by Rebecca Jansen on 17 November 2020 at 7:26pm
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John Byrne

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Posted: 17 November 2020 at 7:50pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Wasn’t the Masters name a retcon?
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 18 November 2020 at 7:31am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Ah! Simpler times --- when all Russian's were named Ivan, Igor or Natasha.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 18 November 2020 at 7:51am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Len preferred to avoid ambiguity!
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