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'One of the complaints the Byrne Bashers like to dust off from time to time is that I have a "fetish" about young girls crushing on older men. In a forty five year career, this is something I have done a grand total of four times with Mac and Heather Hudson, Lana and Superman in GENERATIONS, Rita Farr and Cliff Steele, and Reed and Sue Richards. And that last one was set in place by Stan and Jack. As fetishes go, not much to write home about.' - John Byrne

September 22, 2925:

Finally, something neat: Here's all twelve Generations III covers side-by-side.

Do you spot what Byrne did there?


And so concludes the Generations saga, spanning 2 mini-series, 1 maxi-series, 1 one-shot, and 1 short story.
What'd you all think?

Date: 2017-08-17 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jlbarnett
I don't see anything in the covers

Date: 2017-08-17 10:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] captainbellman
Yes, I'm drawing a blank to fill us in, SBP?

Date: 2017-08-18 03:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gravityshock
I can't seem to find anything either.

Date: 2017-08-18 03:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ozaline
I am also missing it.

Date: 2017-08-18 09:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
Yeah, count me in as well.

Date: 2017-08-18 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jlbarnett
okay, I'm staring at the covers and I think that he thinks there's some connection to them, like issue five has orangish smoke drifting towards the cover and issue six has the mushroom cloud. But I don't think they actually like up properly or anything so I'm guessing it's something that is not actually there

Date: 2017-08-18 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jlbarnett
sorry, I don't see anything

Date: 2017-08-19 04:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ozaline
I still don't get it.

Date: 2017-08-19 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] john_wyatt
Byrne has put Darkseid's face in the combined covers. I kind of remember Byrne getting frustrated by people not seeing it. On one message board, :I don't see Darkseid's face" became a recurring joke.

There's one eye behind Supes on # 7, and the other eye behoind WW on # 5

Someone's drawn an outline on Jayble's forum at

Date: 2017-08-20 09:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] captainbellman
The problem, I think, is the colouration - if it were all similar colour palettes the shapes would be better defined.

Date: 2017-08-18 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gnarll
His defence would be pretty strong if not for the comment about dating someone 40 years his junior -at 58.

Still, I must admit that his storytelling craft is pretty solid.

Date: 2017-08-18 01:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] superfangirl1
I been reading all the Superman & Batman: Generations series that you been posting. I really enjoy it and appreciate you doing it. :)

Date: 2017-08-18 03:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] an_idol_mind
Constantly has young girls crushing on older men? I'd hardly call four times "constantly." I mean, if you eat roast beef four times in your life, one would hardly say that person constantly eats roast beef. No, it would be a rare, nay, freak occurrence.

Date: 2017-08-18 11:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
Well, if you only ate forty meals in your lifetime, that might not appear nearly as rare. I don't particularly subscribe to the notion that Byrne has some sort of fetish about this, just that I think he doesn't really get how the optics on that trope (which might have once been more innocent seeming) are now pretty squicky.

I mean, the teen Lana demanding a kiss from Superman is kind of off-putting to me, personally, but YMMV. In general, Byrne had better than average female characters along his career (at least compared to other writers concurrently). Sue becoming the Invisible WOMAN happened on his watch, iirc, and the She Hulk become a much more important character under him, as well.

Date: 2017-08-18 12:05 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
This is true. His work with Lois, Lana, and Maggie Sawyer was also good to great, and definitely a huge improvement over even late Silver Age material.

Date: 2017-08-18 12:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] an_idol_mind
I was paraphrasing a joke from Red Dwarf.

I went through Byrne's track record on women years ago, and it's not great. I don't think he's a misogynist - I just think he's limited as a writer and doesn't take the time to seriously examine his shortcomings. He has a habit of repeating certain things (the weird teen crush thing, putting women/children in peril, or the infamous Byrne Hold) to the point where they become a cliche.

Date: 2017-08-18 03:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
I can't believe I missed that joke reference.

I don't think you're wrong. He definitely does that sort of thing. I started out enjoying Next Men, for example, and then it got...Byrne.

Date: 2017-08-18 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
Younger girls crushing on older men is perfectly healthy and natural. It's when the older men start doing something about it, or crushing on other younger girls, that we have to ask some questions.

Date: 2017-08-18 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] long_silence
Wasn't Mattie Franklin one of Byrne's creations?

I seem to recall her having a thing for Peter Parker. She was a teenager and he was an adult.

So that's at least 5 times.

Date: 2017-08-19 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] remial
what was the thing in the covers, and what were the short story and the one shot?


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