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Marcel Chenier
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Posted: 29 May 2006 at 6:04pm | IP Logged | 1  

Greetings Mr. Byrne,

I have just completed my first reading of your Galactus vs. Darkseid
graphic novel (The Hunger). I am curious as to how such a project came
into existence. Did you approach the big 2 for permission to do the
story, or was it a two-way street kind of arrangement? The 'special
thanks' to Marc Galinus McFinn suggests it was really your project.

Also, do you consider this story as a part of the official Galactus 'canon'?
In other words, looking back on this story, do you believe that this is how
a meeting between Darkseid and Galactus would actually play out, or is
this graphic novel merely an opportunity for you to work with these
characters without disrupting their respective universes?

You covered a lot of ground in this story, having provided the origins for
all significant players enabling readers to gain a bit of insight into the
relevant back-stories. However, I am somehow left with the feeling that
Darkseid--on any other day--wouldn't really stand much of a chance
against Galactus.

Any thoughts to share on this project?
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Posted: 30 May 2006 at 1:03pm | IP Logged | 2  

I was at a Con -- don't recall which one -- and the aforementioned fan approached and said he had an idea for a DC/Marvel crossover; "Galactus tries to eat Apokolips." I was sitting next to George Perez at the time, and we looked at each other with kind of "Why didn't we think of that?" expressions on our faces.

Flying home, the more I thought about it, the more I realized what a great idea it was, especially if I could convince the Powers that Were that it should be only Darkseid and Galactus, and not FF vs New Gods or any other such expanded version. I pitched the idea to DC, who immediately liked it, and set wheels in motion. Then I embarked upon the difficult task of finding the fan so I could give him proper credit.

That was a fun book to work on. Only thing I don't like about it, looking back, is the inks. I was experimenting with a different pen, and the published pages did not look as good as the originals.

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Brian Miller
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God, I love that book.
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Hugh Cherry
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It's one of my all-time favorites.
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Bill Dowling
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The inks looked great to me. I can't find any fault with the book (except maybe for the fact that I find the Black Racer silly)
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Trevor Krysak
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 Own it. Love it. I do think the Black Racer is silly too. But not to the extent it ruins anything.

 Loved the ending on that book. Just note perfect.

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Chris Hutton
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How was it that you were able to track down that fan? That is AMAZING.
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Ken Lomas
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I agree with you on the inks JB. But I still loved the book.
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Just added this to the FAQ...
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Mike O'Brien
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Posted: 30 May 2006 at 4:21pm | IP Logged | 10  

I never could get into the JK4W stuff, but this book stood out for me thanks to JB's new use of art in it - you'll notice that every page is a splash page, with panels laid on top of the bigger image. 

Pretty good stuff!

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John Harris
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That is a MUST own book in my humble opinion! Mr. Byrne was on fire!

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William McCormick
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Did you ever find the fan?
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Hugh Cherry
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 QUOTE:
Did you ever find the fan?


I'd say these two quotes from posts above kinda
answer that:


 QUOTE:
Then I embarked upon the difficult task of
finding the fan so I could give him proper
credit.



 QUOTE:
The 'special thanks' to Marc Galinus
McFinn
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William McCormick
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Yeah, guess I should have read the first post a little closer. I just perused that and went straight to JB's answer.
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Francesco Vanagolli
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That story was my first exposure to the New Gods. I read it 10 years ago when it was published in Italy, and I already was a Byrne Victim... But, actually, I never liked that story so much. It had a problem with the characters... Now Darkseid is one of my favorite DC vilalins, but in that moment I disliked him. And then, I didn't like to see my favorite author drawing these "minor characters"... I wanted him only on the big guns! Sigh, forgive my ignorance, I didn't know how important were the Fourth World characters.

By the way, I liked his versions of Silver Surfer and Orion. The finale was very good, too. I could re-read it, after all these years my opinion could change.

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