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'Chris Ryall and I have been discussing an "omnibus" edition of the NEW VISIONS books, as a companion to the 500 page hardcover of my conventionally illustrated TREK work, and I've said if we do this I want to go over the whole thing, some 500 pages also, to tweak everything up to the present levels of my skills with the photo-manipulations. Everything from the kerning in the balloons to the feathering on the edges of some figures. Maybe even changing some panels entirely now I really know what I am doing.' - John Byrne

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"Howard Mackie, vacationing with his wife in Hawaii, sent me this email yesterday:

"'Nice to know that dropping you name can still get a response. Deb and I were driving back to the hotel with a group of "celebrities" (voice actor who has also been in movies, and one of the guys from MYTHBUSTERS) and they are talking Star Trek. I mention that a friend mine is doing some Star Trek work, describe it to them, they are kinda interested... and then I drop the hammer and your name...total stunned silence in the car as eyes go wide, "John Byrne? John Byrne John Byrne? X-Men Fantastic Four John Byrne?" They turned into little kids, and my bffs.'"

"What's wrong with this picture?

"They are John Byrne fans. They are STAR TREK fans. Yet they had no idea I was doing STAR TREK projects. Why?"
- John Byrne

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"I'm not expecting to capture new readers with my book. But where are the longtime TOS fans who, by any sort of reckoning, should be hungry for new material?"

"The frustrating element for me is that, based on the many positive reviews, STNV has solved all the 'problems' traditionally associated with TREK comics. The characters and sets all look like themselves. They characters 'sound' like themselves. The plots are not 'comic-booky.' The titles are not goofy. And TREK fans mostly don't know I am the Great Satan, so where's the problem?" - John Byrne

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'As the number of trade paperback collections (up to three now) increase, I am hoping their presence in real bookstores and on Amazon will prompt a sudden surge of 'discovery' by TOS fans. Based on the almost universally positive reviews by those who have seen and read the book, I can only assume they would enjoy it! Once again, note that I want this book to sell because it's STAR TREK, not because of any financial considerations. I receive no royalties, just my page rate -- a page rate I am reducing for the second time to help IDW keep the book alive." - John Byrne

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"I'll admit to being a touch surprised that more people haven't realized this. Quite frankly, I expected the internet to be ablaze with declarations of my out-of-control ego." - John Byrne, on using himself as the model for a character this issue

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Marvel artist Paul Ryan and John Byrne redid Iron Man's origin in 1991. They changed Vietnam to Southeast Asia, and the war is over. Tony Stark is investigating attacks on his factories, and it turns out Wong Chu is working for the Mandarin. The Mandarin wants Stark and Professor Yinsen to unlock the secrets of the alien rings. Things do not go according to plan.

Scrabbling beetle! )
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In the 1980s and 90s, the Superman comics were undergoing something of a refit, with creators such as John Byrne (who has become contraversial since for different reasons) being one of the architects of the post-Crisis Superman side of things.

Part of that change came in the form of this baffling two part story, where DC in their wisdom thought that it would be a good idea to have Superman and Big Barda getting mindcontrolled into taking part in porn films as part of an exiled New God's scheme to finance his future invasion of Apokolips.

I'm 100% serious.

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"The sad boys on the internet and the self-fulfilling prophets in the shops have won. My current career is a shadow of its former self -- brought down almost entirely by lies." - John Byrne

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'Howard Chaykin has said that the present state of the comicbook industry is all my fault. That I, as the "first superstar" was the one who set everything on the path that led to what we see now. Looking back on my X-MEN days, and thinking about how different things might have been, I am suddenly thinking Howard might be right!'

'Of course Dark Phoenix "triggered" Image. Even without the various members of that little club who claimed the work of Chris, Terry and myself as "inspiration", fan and retailer/dealer response to that storyline really jumpstarted the speculators. Very soon it wasn't about reading as much as it was a out desperately trying to "catch the next wave" -- even if it was totally manufactured. Into that already existing environment strode the Image Boys.'
- John Byrne

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In one of the leaked set photos for Batman vs Superman, the production crew appear to have renamed a cafe, changing it from the "Hygrade (sic) Deli" to "Ralli's Diner". This seems like a minor change but it actually is a reference to one of the earlier "Lex is a billionaire" stories...

Two pages from a six page story )
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"Maybe the STAR TREK photoplays spoiled me. In all my career of drawing comics, rarely have I experienced the satisfaction of seeing on the page something that comes so close to the images in my head." - John Byrne, on why he's stopped drawing comics

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I had to think long and hard for this one, because there are few characters I hate/dislike to begin with....

So I had to amend it internally to a character who was, for the longest time, just... "Blaaaaaah!" until a major revamp...

At last, a Man of Steel I can root for! )
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Unlike a lot of my other entries, I had very, very little trouble deciding what moment to pick for this theme.

John Byrne's The Sensational She-Hulk is, so far, the only Marvel comic I have anything resembling a hang on. And I've loved almost every last bit of it. The book struck just the right balance of humor, action, and cheesecake, all wrapped up in plenty of Fourth Wall-breaking goodness.

And unlike many other iconic superhero runs, it ended on an incredibly strong note: Byrne killing off himself.

I'll let She-Hulk and her editor Renee fill you in on the rest:

See Jen. See Jen murder. Murder, Jen, murder! )
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"Abrams TREK was my punishment for liking NuGALACTICA." - John Byrne

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