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Byrne, John - FANTASTIC FOUR (1961-96; 2003-12) #209 Half Splash
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SOLD ON:  Monday, 08/27/2018 2:09 PM
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COMMENTS: Pg. 30; John Byrne pencils, Joe Sinnott inks; 11" x 17"
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Pg. 30; John Byrne pencils, Joe Sinnott inks; 11" x 17"

Canadian artist John Byrne burst on to the scene with a powerful impact on Bronze Age comic book art, which is still felt today. Working his way up through the ranks at B-level publisher Charlton, Byrne quickly landed a position at Marvel, where he would go on to revolutionize the X-Men franchise, turning Wolverine and Dark Phoenix into two of the most beloved characters in the history of the publishing house. Before taking over Fantastic Four for a five-year run, Byrne would do spot work on the title whenever called upon. This half-splash comes from his very first work on the franchise and stands as a precursor of great things to come.

Fantastic Four #209 is a memorable issue for several reasons. Not only is it the first time Byrne tackled "the World's Greatest Comic Magazine," but it also presented the first comic book appearance of the team's newest member, the oft-maligned HERBIE. Luckily all thoughts of gimmicky robots are wiped away in one fell swoop by the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus, in what may be Byrne's first depiction of the cosmic threat. Overall this is an important, historical, and collectible piece of comic art, which sees one of the great illustrators embarking on a long journey with some of Marvel's most popular heroes.

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Artists Information

John Byrne is one of the most storied creators in the history of comics. Beginning his career at Charlton he quickly moved over to Marvel Comics where he established himself early on as a workhorse and fan favorite, he would draw early appearances of Iron Fist before landing the gig working with Chris Claremont on X-Men. Claremont and Byrne would create several of the most memorable storylines in the history of the X-Men, their Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past stories have been adapted into three feature films. Byrne would convince Claremont to not kill Wolverine, proving to be one of the most lucrative decisions in Marvel's history, he would also introduce Kitty Pryde and Alpha Flight during this time. After his work on X-Men, Byrne would have a short run on The Avengers before launching his second classic comic run, this time on Marvel's first family The Fantastic Four, writing and drawing the title for five years. Byrne would leave Marvel for DC in the mid 1980s where he was tasked with revamping their flagship Superman titles, he would draw two Superman titles a month while writing a third. After two years at DC, Byrne returned to Marvel where he would create memorable stints on She-Hulk, Namor The Sub-Mariner, and Iron Man. In the 90's Byrne would work on several creator owner titles at Dark Horse, including his Next Men (which would introduce Mike Mignola's Hellboy), Babe and Danger Unlimited. In the years that followed Byrne would create many more books, often working on titles that inspired him as a boy including a revamp of Jack Kirby's Fourth World and DC's Doom Patrol and The Demon.

Joe Sinnott is an American comic book artist. Working primarily as an inker, Sinnott is best known for his long stint on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, from 1965 to 1981, initially over the pencils of Jack Kirby. During his 60 years as a Marvel freelancer and then salaried artist working from home, Sinnott inked virtually every major title, with notable runs on The Avengers, The Defenders and Thor.