Welcome to the mid-week comic post. The topics is still the creator, John Byrne.
Part 2 of the podcast continues the discussion of Byrne and Claremont’s run on the Uncanny X-men and Byrne’s final story arc: The Dark Phoenix Saga.
Then we focus on the next book Byrne takes over: The Fantastic Four. He takes over writing and drawing the book starting with # 232 and ending with issue #295. This was a 5 year story run and it has some of the greatest Dr. Doom stories ever. I go into detail on some of these stories. This run was also a change in the dynamic of the team. Traditionally, the Fantastic Four was always: Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Girl, The Human Torch and the Thing. Byrne’s new line up is: Mr. Fantastic, changing The Invisible Girl into The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch and adding She-Hulk in place of the Thing. At this time, The Thing has left the Fantastic Four and goes on his own solo adventures in his own book (which was also written and some issues drawn by John Byrne). Also, I meant to say “The Trial of Reed Richards” and not “The Trial of Galactus”.
Jon (not John Byrne) then gets started on Alpha Flight, a book Byrne drew and wrote at the same time as the Fantastic Four (who does this? No one anymore!). We learn about Guardian, Snowbird, Aurora, Northstar, Puck and Sasquatch.
I add in this podcast that John Byrne does a short art run on the Avengers prior to the Fantastic Four and one of the characters he helps create (with Roger Stern) is Scott Lang – The 2nd Ant-Man.
Here are some of the covers that we talk about:
1) The infamous and often duplicated Uncanny X-Men #141.
2) The comic cover that turn me on to John Byrne and the Fantastic Four – Fantastic Four #268
3) The very funny Fantastic Four #275 when a adult magazine gets a photo of She-Hulk topless and how she handles the publisher at the end of the issue is classic.
Enjoy the second part of this 3 part discussion on John Byrne,
Comics Misremebered Podcast 15 (part 2):