John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #112 page 29 Original Art (Marvel, 1978). The masterful characterization by Byrne makes this one of the more striking panel pages of the artist's entire run, and with every member of the team as well as their greatest foe pictured in one spot, it's fair to call the page a collector's dream.

    When interviewer Peter Sanderson singled out this page as one of his favorites and mentioned that all eight X-Men shown have subtly different reactions, Byrne replied, "Yes, I tried for that. I thought about personality in each picture. I thought this is Scott and he's grim, and this is Peter and he's rather childish, this is Kurt, he's this... [and Ororo looks flabbergasted] because she's in a claustrophobic situation, so she doesn't really know how to react."

    As for the chilling look at Magneto, Byrne noted "It's an old Kirby shot." Indeed, "the King" used it as early as X-Men #1.

    The scenario here: Magneto, who had defeated the new X-Men badly in their only previous battle in #104, has spirited the team off to an underground complex in Antarctica, where they're strapped into chairs that neutralize them and their powers (what a note to end an issue on!).

    This was just Byrne's fifth issue of the book (he still hadn't done any of the covers to this point). As Byrne put it on his website, "I remember mostly that [#112-113] were the issues in which things really felt like they were starting to click. That it began to feel like my book, rather than a Cockrum book on which I was just doing a prolonged series of fill-ins."

    Fans will certainly agree that the book belonged to Byrne and Austin by this point, with this blockbuster page a prime example! The page has an image area of 10" x 15", and the art is in Excellent condition. Signed by Byrne at the lower left.

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