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John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 page 44 Original Art (Marvel, 1980)....

2011 November 15-17 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction- Beverly Hills #7039

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Auction Ended On: Nov 16, 2011
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Location: Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
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John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 page 44 Original Art (Marvel, 1980). The death of Phoenix is remembered by anyone who read comics in the 1980s, and many a tear was shed by readers of the tale, whether they admit it today or not! Here we're just two pages from the end of this classic -- Jean Grey's life ended on the very next page, and a requiem by the Watcher brought the book to a close. You'll notice the top of the art says "rewrite" -- the Jim Shooter-mandated plot change has been so well-documented we need not discuss it here, but Byrne later called the finished product his favorite art job to that point. "All the little details right down the line, the reactions, the tiny little faces, the bodily poses, everything just clicked. It clicked perfectly." This superb page has an image area of 10" x 15", and the art is in Excellent condition.

Byrne, John:John Byrne (Canadian-American, b. 1950): broke into comics in 1974. Working mostly for Charlton at first, he soon moved to Marvel, and in 1977 he took over penciling The X-Men, collaborating with writer Chris Claremont and inker Terry Austin, and quickly becoming a fan-favorite as well as one of the highest paid artists in the industry. Among Byrne’s most celebrated stories are his runs as artist on Captain America (1979-80), and writer-artist on the Fantastic Four (1981-86) and Alpha Flight (1983-86), as well as a six-issue run on the Incredible Hulk. In 1986 DC hired Byrne to revamp Superman, but he left the character after only two years due to creative differences. Byrne returned to Marvel, working on the Sensational She-Hulk, Avengers West Coast, and Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Among Byrne’s many later works are the creator-owned John Byrne’s Next Men, as well as more work for DC and Marvel.

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