DescriptionJohn Byrne and Terry Austin - X-Men #114 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1978). This is the first X-Men cover by the team of John Byrne and Terry Austin, one of the most acclaimed penciler/inker combinations of all time. It's also only the second X-Men cover with Byrne pencils. While many fan-favorite artists have drawn the X-Men since Byrne and Austin's run, none have surpassed the efforts of that celebrated twosome. And X-Men covers by the duo are in scant supply, to the chagrin of art collectors. And this is one of the very best covers of the Byrne/Austin run -- though the two were the regular artists on the series for three and a half years, the duo teamed for only sixteen covers, and the majority of those featured scenes spotlighting only a few members of the X-Men. This group portrait is special, as it features not only all of the new X-Men, but also four of the original team -- Cyclops, Jean Grey, the Beast, and Professor X! In this somber scene, the missing X-Men are mourned because the Beast and Phoenix believed themselves to be the sole survivors of an explosion (in the previous issue). As it happened, the rest of the team had escaped destruction by tunneling down to the Savage Land; many issues would pass before Dr. Xavier found out his charges were still alive. Byrne's characterization and use of dramatic light and shadow, all enhanced by Austin's unparalleled embellishments, make this one of the most outstanding Marvel Bronze Age covers ever offered in the marketplace. The image area measures 10" x 15", and the art is in Excellent condition.
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