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    John Byrne & Frank Giacoia - Original Art for Marvel Team-Up #53, pages 6 & 7 (Marvel, 1977). "From little acorns, mighty oaks do grow." Who would have thought, in 1977, that a young, relatively unknown Canadian artist would, just a few short months later, set the comics world on its ear as one of the hottest talents of the next several decades? This issue of Marvel Team-Up was the first time that John Byrne and Marvel's Might Mutants, the X-Men got together, and the results were dynamite. Several months after this issue, John would take over the art chores on the X-Men's home book from Dave Cockrum, igniting the team as one of comic's most successful franchises. And to think, it all began right here! The two pages offered here measure approximately 22" x 15.75" overall, and are in excellent condition. There is some evidence of white-out (Phoenix's hair appears to have been redrawn) and there is a pasteover stat of the large Spider-Man headshot in the lower right corner included, although the original art underneath is virtually identical to the statted version. It should be noted that a Byrne/Austin two-page spread from X-Men #137 sold in March, 2003 for a total price of $55,200, meaning that the potential is unlimited for this historic beauty!

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    July, 2003
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