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    John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 Unused Page 31 Original Art (Marvel, 1980). Originally penciled as part of the iconic 1980 "Fate of the Phoenix!" story in issue #137, which resulted in the death of Jean Grey. There are few comic book deaths that had as big of an impact on fandom as the death of Phoenix. Surprisingly, she lived in the version that almost made it to publication. The original story ending was changed very late in the process and new pages were created when Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter raised the objection that Phoenix had literally killed billions of beings a couple of issues earlier, and should not get off so easily for something so heinous. It was deemed that Phoenix must pay the ultimate price for her crimes. This is one of the pages that was pulled from the original ending which allowed Jean to live. It was later inked for and first published in 1984's Phoenix: The Untold Story, which reprinted issue #137 with the five original ending pages. The raw pencils for Wolverine's close-up panel were previously published in the 1982 Fantagraphics X-Men Companion #1. Crafted in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 10" x 15". The bottom caption is a reverse-type stat paste-up that is coming loose. The top edge and corners are trimmed, and the page is lightly toned. Signed by John Byrne in the bottom margin. The image area is in overall Excellent condition.

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