Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #137 Unused Page 34 Original Art (Marvel, 1980). Everybody knows that Jean Grey aka Phoenix died in #137... but that wasn't the original ending of the story. What Chris Claremont and his artist team produced was this page right here, showing Cyclops taking Phoenix home, not dead but merely more or less lobotomized. Yet upon reviewing the story before publication, 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 that heinous. Hence a new ending was commissioned. This page, while unused for the issue, is not unpublished, as it did later see print in 1984's Phoenix... The Untold Story. Not only does this page sum up the entire ending to the saga as intended, it's got just about everything the X-Men fan could want. We see all of the new X-Men plus Angel, Beast, and the Imperial Guard, as well as the Watcher and the Recorder in a three-panel epilogue. There's typically momentous Claremont dialogue, and even the wonderfully convincing machinery that was a specialty of this artist team. A minor side note: if we may be so bold, we'll call the attention of the hardcore Byrne/Austin fan to panel three. Just slightly to the right of Oracle (the fourth figure from left), it certainly looks as if a man in a black hat is standing in the back row. Austin has copped to sneaking DC's the Phantom Stranger into Marvel crowd scenes before, so it's possible he did so here as well. This wonderful page is signed by Austin in panel two and by Byrne (with the inscription To Dave -- Thanks") in the lower border. The piece has an approximate image area of 9.75" x 14.75". Parts of the border are cut away at the top and lower left, and there's minor handling wear. Very Good condition.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2015
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 23
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,006

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Jerry Weist's Comic Art Price Guide 2011
    Want to know more about this artist? Dates, history, background, and value ranges are covered in the comprehensive new guide. Order Now!
    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 February 21 - 22 Comics - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    We were delighted with the results and Steve kept us informed at every step of the way and we look forward to doing business with Heritage and Steve in the future.
    Mary Jane Sanacore,
    University Park, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,741,593
    2018 September 22 - 23 The Art of Ronald McDonald and Friends - The Setmakers Collection - Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 September 22 - 23 The Art of Ronald McDonald and Friends - The Setmakers Collection - Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $147,394