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Eric White
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Posted: January 17 2022 at 6:52pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I read the intro and didn't see any trolling. Al Milgrom just told a story about someone else complaining about JB's work at the time. Al went on to praise JB highly.

Edited by Eric White on January 17 2022 at 7:23pm
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Rod Collins
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Posted: January 18 2022 at 2:22am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Yep, nothing to see there...
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Jason Czeskleba
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Posted: January 18 2022 at 10:47pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

It's worth noting that at least part of this Masterworks volume will be sourced from scans of original art rather than photostats, and will consequently look better than it ever has.  Several of the original issues were plagued by poor reproduction for reasons explained by reprint editor Cory Sedlmeier:

Starting with FF #255, for a brief period Byrne worked at twice-up art size. Those super-large pages couldn't be shot by the engravers to create the print film. They had to be photostatted down at the Marvel offices and then the engraver shot the print film from the photostats. That additional duplication process and a few other technical/art/art reproduction issues are what appears to be the cause behind the poorer than usual reproduction, not shooting from pencils. When John went back to an 11 x 17" art size and the original pages could be shot by the engravers without the intermediary photostat reduction, everything reproduced like it had from #232-254 again.
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Eric White
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Posted: January 19 2022 at 4:33pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I'm sure that was part of the problem but almost all of his last thirty issues were printed poorly judging by the copies I was buying at the time. Especially 278, the issue I bought off the stands was horrendous.  
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