COMMENTS: John Byrne pencils and inks; X-Men Portfolio Cover; c. 1993; 11" x 17"
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John Byrne pencils and inks; X-Men Portfolio Cover; c. 1993; 11" x 17"Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Jean Grey all appear in this beautiful illustration by John Byrne that was used as the cover to the French X-Men portfolio from Edition Deesse in a limited signed and numbered edition in 1993. The set features wonderful portraits of Byrne's classic X-Men lineup, and two large signatures by Byrne, one of which was used in the printed version of the cover, in addition the artwork has also been signed by Marvel legend Stan Lee. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition.
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.