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    John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 Double Splash Pages 2-3 Original Art (Marvel, 1980). "The Fate of the Phoenix!" was the story title, but fans never expected the cover blurb of "Phoenix Must Die!" to be accurate. This two page spread featuring Cyclops, Jean Grey (aka Marvel Girl/Phoenix), the Beast, Angel, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Professor X, Lilandra, and Gladiator is one of the most memorable splash pages of all time. Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (co-plotter/penciler), and Terry Austin (inker) turned in some career-altering signature work on this title, and much of it culminated in this story. Elements of this story even made it into the movie X2: X-Men United. In short, this is one of the greatest full-team images of the X-Men ever, by the gold standard team of Byrne/Austin - directly from the heart of one of the most acclaimed runs in comic book history! Worth noting is that this may be the first time many fans have seen this art in its entirety. Due to the process used to bind the square-bound issue #137, the center of the artwork was obscured. An uncanny double page spread that presents stunningly, it is produced in ink over graphite on two pieces of Bristol board with a combined image area of approximately 21" x 15". A quarter-inch strip down the entire right side of the left page (where the images meet) had been trimmed off and taped back on at the time of production. This is evidenced by it being covered by the original paste-up title. The pages are lightly toned with a small amount of frame burn around the outside edges. Outside top corners are trimmed, and the paste-up title is tanned. Overall in Very Good condition.

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