Late 1970s concept drawing of Mystique by Dave Cockrum
X-Men #114, page 27 by John Byrne & Terry Austin. 1978.
Marvel Treasury Edition #6 featuring Doctor Strange (1975) cover, inditia and backcover by Frank Brunner.
I pledge to reblog this every time it shows up on my dashHilarious!
1983 - Star Wars Corner box art by Ron Frenz and Tom Palmer
Wolverine #18, page 14 by John Byrne & Klaus Janson. 1989.
1983 - Anatomy of a Cover - Magik #1 cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer.
Marvelmania decals, 1969.
House ad for Mystic Comics #3 and Daring Mystery Comics #5. “Here’s some news that’s twice as good!”
The Fantastic Four Vs Galactus by John Byrne & Joe Sinnott. 1973.
John shared this story in March 2013 of how he left and then returned to comics.
FANTASTIC FOUR 32 was my “last” comic. My parents — mostly my mother — had been on my case for a while, telling me I was “too old” to still be reading comics. I was 14. And, truth to tell, I had found other things that were drawing my attention. (There were these mysterious creatures called “girls”…) Then FF 32 came out, with a cover blurb that challenged the reader to guess the identity of the mystery villain. I knew who it was by the third page. “Maybe I HAVE been reading too long,” I thought to myself, and I stopped. Cold turkey.
Over the next few years, I didn’t look at comics much, but the form itself continued to fascinate me. I continued to draw my own comics, and was still at it by the time I started at the Alberta College of Art. There, most of the staff was utterly bewildered, not knowing what to do with my interestes, but one, Ron Moffatt, the curator of the gallery, knew exactly what to do. He brought in a touring show of comicbook art, and asked me if I would like to produce a comic that could be the “brochure” for the show. This I did.
About a week after the show opened, I was contacted, thru the school, by a guy named John Mansfield. He was, among other things, a big fan of comics, and asked me if this was something I would be interested in doing for a living. It had, honestly, never occurred to me. Altho I produced many pages of my own comics, I didn’t make that logical leap. But when asked, I said “Sure!” and John, who traveled a lot around Canada and the US, began showing my work at conventions. Thru this I got requests from various fanzines (also a revelation — I’d had no idea such things existed).
One such was called EPOCH, and it was published by a guy from Indiana, name Steve Mattingly. Steve asked me if I could do a cover of the Fantastic Four versus Galactus. He said he could get Joe Sinnott to ink it. I had no idea who Galactus was, and, altho he’d inked the fifth issue of FF, there were no credits back then, so I had no idea who Joe Sinnott was, either.
So the next time I was in a drugstore, I picked up the latest issue of FANTASTIC FOUR, which, by coincidence, happened to be 132. One hundred issues after leaving the fold, I was back, and I started picking up Marvel comics on a regular basis. Meanwhile, John Mansfield was introducing me to a lot of things I’d missed, like Neal Adams on X-MEN, Jack Kirby on the Fourth World books, Gil Kane on Spider-Man. All the old juices started flowing again and very soon I was back to picking up just about everything. I was also on track toward becoming a comic professional.
And, of course, that track led me, a few years later, to becoming the writer and artist on FANTASTIC FOUR. My first issue was 232.
Today, Steve Mattingly’s son Chris posted the cover that John mentioned he did for the fanzine, EPOCH.