BYRNE John

BYRNE John

Born July 6 1950 in England, he moved with his family to Edmonton Albert in 1954. They returned to England and then came back to Canada in 1958 settling in Calgary.

He masterminded the revolutionary updating of Superman for DC Comics. He was also known for superior work on various Marvel titles including X-Men and Fantastic Four. He created “Alpha Flight”, a team of Canadian superheroes. They first appeared in their own periodical August 1983. John left the project after issue 1-28, November 1985.

Byrne was influenced by Bellamy, Kirby, Adams, and Kane. “Rog 2000” was perhaps his first creation.

WORK:

CARTOONIST:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Content:

Serial:

Alpha Flight….: “…” Let.,Tom Orzechowski unless otherwise noted. Col., Andy Yanchus. Marvel Comics Group.
1-1, August 1983:“Tundra”: 1-46. Let., Joe Rosen.

1-2, Sept 1983: “Shadows of the Past”: 1-23.

1-3, Oct. 1983: “Yesterday Man”: 1-22.

1-4, Nov., 1983: “Resolutions”: 1-31.

1-5, Dec. 1983: “What Fools These Mortals Be”: 1-23.

1-17, Dec. 1984: “ Dreams Die Hard …”: 1-30. Assist., Terry Austin, Chris Claremont. Let., Joe Rosen.

Alpha Flight….: “…” Let.,Michael Higgins. Col., Andy Yanchus. Marvel Comics.
1-6, Jan. 1984: “Snowblind”: 1-30.

1-7, Feb. 1984: “The Importance Of Being Deadly”: 1-30.

1-8, Mar. 1984: “Cold Hands Cold Heart”: 1-24.

1-9, Apr. 1984: “Things Aren’t Always What They Seem”: 1-17.

1-10, May 1984: “ Blood Battle”: 1-22.

1-11, June 1984: “Set-up”: 1-16.

1-12, July 1984: “… And One Shall Surely Die”: 1-46.

1-13, Aug. 1984: “ Nightmare”: 1-30.

1-14, Sept. 1984: “Biology Class”: 1-30.

Alpha Flight….: “…” Let.,Rick Parker. Col., Andy Yanchus. Marvel Comics.
1-19, Feb. 1984: “Turn Again, Turn Again, Time In Thy Flight …”: 1-30.

1-20: Mar. 1985: Gold and Love Affairs”: 1-30. (Background inker, Keith Williams).

1-27, Oct. 1985: “Betrayal”: 1-30. (Assistant inker, Keith Williams).

1-28, Nov. 1985: “Cross-over”: 1-30. (Assistant inker, Keith Williams). (Byrne left “Alpha Flight”).

Alpha Flight….: “The Origins Of Alpha Flight …” Unidentified. Team probably same as team for main stories.
1-2, Sept 1983: “… In The Beginning”: 24-27.

1-3, Oct. 1983: “… Purpose”: 24-27.

1-5, Dec. 1983: “ …Deathwatch”: 24-27.

1-8, Mar. 1984: “… Genesis”: 25-30.

1-9, Apr. 1984: “A Stranger In My Mirror”: 19-30.

1-10, May 1984: “…Family Ties”: 24-30.

1-11, June 1984: “… Unleash the Beast”: 17-29.

ILLUSTRATOR:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Front: Illus., John Byrne & Terry Austin. Alpha Flight….. Marvel Comics Group
1-1, August 1983. 1-2, Sept., 1983.
Front: Illus., John Byrne. Alpha Flight….. Marvel Comics Group
1-3, Oct. 1983.

1-4, Nov., 1983.

1-5, Dec. 1983.

1-6, Jan. 1984.

1-7, Feb. 1984.

1-8, Mar. 1984.

1-9, Apr. 1984.

1-10, May 1984

1-11, June 1984

1-12, July 1984.

1-13, Aug. 1984.

1-14, Sept. 1984.

1-15, Oct. 1984.

1-16, Nov. 1984.

1-17, Dec. 1984.

1-19, Feb. 1985.

1-20, Mar. 1985.

1-21, Apr. 1985.

1-22, May 1985.

1-23, June 1985.

1-24, July 1985.

1-25, Aug. 1985.

1-26, Sept. 1985.

1-27, Oct. 1985.

1-28, Nov. 1985.

Front: Illus., John Byrne & Bob Wiacek. Alpha Flight 1-18, Jan. 1985. Marvel Comics Group

WRITER & PENCILLER:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Content:

Serial:

Alpha Flight….: “…” Writ. & Pen.,, John Byrne. In., Bob Wiacek. Let., Rick Parker. Col., A. Yanchus. Marvel Comics.
1-15, Oct. 1984: “ Blind Date”: 1-30.

1-16, Nov. 1984: “ … And Forsaking All Others”: 1-30.

1-18, Jan. 1985: “How Long Will A Man Lie In The Earth ‘Ere He Rot?”: 1-30.

1-21, Apr. 1985: “Love Wrought New Alchemy …”: 1-30.

1-22, May 1985: “Rub-out”: 1-30.

1-23, June 1985: “Night of the Beast”: 1-30. (Assistent inker, Keith Williams.)

1-24, July 1985: “Final Conflict”: 1-46.

1-25, Aug. 1985: “And Graves Give Up Their Dead”: 1-30.

1-26, Sept. 1985: “If At First You Don’t Succeed …”: 1-30.

CO-CREATOR/PENCILLER:

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Content:

Serial:

‘Superman & Checkmate.” Co-creat. & Writ., Paul Kuperberg. In., Ty Templeton. Let., John Costanza.

Col., Petra Scotese. Ed., Mike Carlin. Action Comics, 598, March 1988: 1-22.

SOURCE:

Article periodical:

“Byrne’s Basics.” Writ., Dennis Perado. Comics Feature, 17, June 1981: 66-72.

“Rog-2000 Interviews His Creator.” Writ., John Bryne. The Charlton Bullseye, 2-4, Mar./Apr. 1976. (A self portrait by Byrne.)

“John Byrne.” Interviewer, Patrick D. O’Neill. Comics Interview, 102, 1991: 14-31.

“John Byrne: The Interview.” Comics Feature, 27, January/February 1984: 20-38

Article newspaper:

“Here’s your guide to superheroes of Canadian comics.” Toronto Star, 27 Feb.1987: D6.

GALLERY:

See  ALPHA FLIGHT.