COMMENTS: John Byrne Pencils/Terry Austin inks; page 18 “Death of Phoenix”; 1980; 11” x 17”
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John Byrne Pencils/Terry Austin inks; page 18 “Death of Phoenix”; 1980; 11” x 17”Wolverine, Angel, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Storm all appear in this jam-packed page from the climactic installment of "The Dark Phoenix Saga" by the legendary team of John Byrne and Terry Austin. The X-Men try to adapt to their surroundings on Lilandra's moon base, as the Shi'ar Empress is looking to hold Jean Grey/Phoenix responsible for her actions, which include destroying an entire solar system. It is in this issue that Jean becomes Dark Phoenix one last time to sacrifice herself and save the life of Cyclops in one of the most memorable and affecting moments in the history of Marvel Comics. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition. Signed by Byrne, Austin, Claremont, and Marvel legend Stan Lee.
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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.