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Jason K Fulton
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Posted: 10 December 2018 at 9:10am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Saw this posted at Heritage the other day:


I realized that there were a lot of books that had random JB covers during the 80s. Any particular stories about why / how that happened?
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John Byrne

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Posted: 10 December 2018 at 10:45am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Many of those covers happened because Id gone into the office, and the editors just asked!
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Andy Mokler
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Posted: 10 December 2018 at 1:35pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

How does the black get flattened out during the printing?

JB is the first one I ever recall going completely black with a character's costume and it's a great effect when used just right, like he did.
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Valmor J. Pedretti
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Posted: 10 December 2018 at 6:07pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I agree, Andy!

That Batman from Legends mini-series made a huge impression on me as an infant back in the day (still does).
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Jason K Fulton
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Posted: 10 December 2018 at 6:31pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Question for everyone else - what's your favorite JB one-off cover
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 10 December 2018 at 7:36pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Hard to pick a favorite -- but I love these two...



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Jason K Fulton
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I just realized - is that Captain America cover also the source of the Cap 50th Anniversary UPC box?

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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 10 December 2018 at 7:48pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Yep. Over the years, that Cap head has been reused in a number of different ways 




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Jason K Fulton
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Posted: 10 December 2018 at 7:54pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

You really can make the case that JB is to Marvel what Jerry West is to the NBA (aka "The Logo").
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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 11 December 2018 at 1:11am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I second Nathan on that Spectacular Spider-Man #101. That cover is one of the reasons why I liked the black costume and one of my favorite John Byrne covers period, along with Alpha Flight #3 which obviously wasn't a one-off cover like the Peter Parker issue was. JB really knows how to make those (mostly) black and white covers sing. 
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Gundars Berzins
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Posted: 11 December 2018 at 9:20am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Too many favorites to list but these are a few.


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Brian Miller
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That WEB OF SPIDER-MAN 4 cover is even better!
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