COMMENTS: John Byrne Pencils/Terry Austin inks; page 25; “Death of Phoenix”; 1980; 11” x 17”
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John Byrne Pencils/Terry Austin inks; page 25; “Death of Phoenix”; 1980; 11” x 17”Storm is seemingly defeated by Hussar and Earthquake, while Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Angel aren't faring much better in this page from the climactic installment of "The Dark Phoenix Saga" by the legendary team of John Byrne and Terry Austin. It is in this issue where 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 (2x), Austin, Claremont, and Marvel legend Stan Lee.
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Terry Austin is an American comic book artist/writer who's mainly known for his hugely influential inking work and collaborations with artist John Byrne on Marvel's Uncanny X-Men. Austin came to prominence in 1976–1977, inking Marshall Rogers' pencils on a celebrated run of Batman stories for DC Comics' Detective Comics, shortly after he would team with Byrne on X-Men forging a collaboration that would last for years. In the years that followed Austin would work on a number of titles with an assortment of pencillers, including Doctor Strange (over Paul Smith and Dan Green pencils), Justice League (over Kevin Maguire) and Green Lantern (over Darryl Banks) among many others. Austin is also known for being a huge admirer of E.C. Segar's Popeye and would sneak his characters into the backgrounds of stories he worked whenever possible.
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.