Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login
The John Byrne Forum
Byrne Robotics > The John Byrne Forum Page of 2 Next >>
Topic: Back when they were fans ... (Topic Closed Topic Closed) Post ReplyPost New Topic
Author
Message
Derek Rogers
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 07 April 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 423
Posted: 02 July 2008 at 11:15am | IP Logged | 1  

Here's a really neat blog post featuring letters from future comic book professionals.  Love the last one!  ;)

http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/2008/07/im-gonna-sit-write- down-and-write-stan.html

 

Back to Top profile | search
 
Bruce Buchanan
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 14 June 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 4798
Posted: 02 July 2008 at 12:29pm | IP Logged | 2  

Thanks for sharing, Derek. I'm a big fan of Bully's blog - it's one of the most fun comics-related places on the Internet.
Back to Top profile | search | www | email
 
Vinny Valenti
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 17 April 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 5475
Posted: 02 July 2008 at 12:47pm | IP Logged | 3  

Huh! Alan Kupperberg (Paul's brother, yes?) grew up in my old neighborhood!
Back to Top profile | search
 
Juan Jose Colin Arciniega
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 16 April 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 6377
Posted: 02 July 2008 at 12:56pm | IP Logged | 4  

Neat! Thanks for sharing!!!
Back to Top profile | search | www | email
 
Sterling Brown
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 22 June 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 354
Posted: 02 July 2008 at 2:05pm | IP Logged | 5  

That one from Stan Lee is priceless and talk about a ringing endorsement from one of the original creators.

I have the FF dvd complete works and I spend almost as much time pouring through the old ads and letters to the editor as I do the actual comic.  How awesome it must have been to be a kid and to have been with the FF family right from the start.
Back to Top profile | search
 
John Byrne
Avatar
Next!

Joined: 11 May 2005
Posts: 93106
Posted: 02 July 2008 at 2:10pm | IP Logged | 6  

Sterling --- it was AMAZING!

Okay -- I wasn't there "right from the start". My first issue was 5, so almost
a year into the run, but BOY what a place to start! Everything clicked in that
issue. I can look back now and be amazed at how much story Stan and Jack
packed into those 24 pages. And within a few months of my starting to buy
the book, it went monthly! Imagine, 24 pages of superhero adventures
produced by the same writer and artist every month!! How did they do
it? (What? By being professional about it? But that's too much like work!)


Back to Top profile | search
 
Paul Greer
Byrne Robotics Security
Avatar

Joined: 18 August 2004
Posts: 13512
Posted: 02 July 2008 at 5:08pm | IP Logged | 7  

I'm a huge fan of Jill Thompson. That is cool that she is a Byrne fan.
Back to Top profile | search
 
Jason Fliegel
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 19 December 2005
Location: United States
Posts: 639
Posted: 02 July 2008 at 5:14pm | IP Logged | 8  

I love the fact that Don McGreggor's letter is every bit as wordy and overdone as his later comics work (and I say that as a fan of Mr. McGreggor's comics work).

Back to Top profile | search
 
Francesco Vanagolli
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 03 June 2005
Location: Italy
Posts: 3097
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 8:00am | IP Logged | 9  

John Byrne:

 QUOTE:
How did they do
it? (What? By being professional about it? But that's too much like work!)

What? Do you mean... comics are a JOB? But jobs aren't fun!

Putting these jokes* aside, I wonder how many modern creators started as readers. It seems that most of the authors who I have seen in the last... 20 years?, were fans. No writers or artist who say "I never liked this stuff, but I have to eat and pay bills!" around, aren't them?

 

 

 

 

 

* Well, jokes... how many "authors" believe comics aren't a job?

Back to Top profile | search | email
 
Aaron Poehler
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 19 April 2004
Posts: 298
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 9:01am | IP Logged | 10  

FF5 was almost a year into the run?  I didn't realize the book wasn't monthly from the start.  Was it bi-monthly?  For how long?
Back to Top profile | search
 
Matt Reed
Byrne Robotics Security
Avatar
Robotmod

Joined: 16 April 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 29608
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 9:22am | IP Logged | 11  

Most of Marvel's early comics were bi-monthly; FF, ASM, Hulk, Journey Into Mystery.  I think it took a couple years for ASM to go monthly, maybe following FF in that regard after seeing how well it sold.
Back to Top profile | search | www | email
 
John Byrne
Avatar
Next!

Joined: 11 May 2005
Posts: 93106
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 9:34am | IP Logged | 12  

What? Do you mean... comics are a JOB? But jobs aren't fun!



Fortune cookie I got recently:

Doing what you love is happiness. Loving what you do is bliss.
Back to Top profile | search
 
John Byrne
Avatar
Next!

Joined: 11 May 2005
Posts: 93106
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 9:36am | IP Logged | 13  

Most of Marvel's early comics were bi-monthly; FF, ASM, Hulk, Journey Into
Mystery. I think it took a couple years for ASM to go monthly, maybe
following FF in that regard after seeing how well it sold.



One of the things that kept most comics from being monthly was that very
few artists could produce 24 pages per month. Jack Kirby was very much
the exception to the rule, but his towering presence at Marvel started to
dictate the whole shape of the industry -- and that's where problems set in!
Back to Top profile | search
 
Wallace Sellars
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 01 May 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 13909
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 9:42am | IP Logged | 14  

Doing what you love is happiness. Loving what you do is bliss.
---
I recently came across this same quote!  I won't be able to rest until I recall where I read it.  Darn you, Byyyrrrne!!!

Back to Top profile | search | www
 
John Richard
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar
Membership Canceled

Joined: 20 March 2008
Posts: 59
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 11:47am | IP Logged | 15  

The major reason that Marvel titles were mostly bi-monthly during their Silver Age renosance was the distribution agreement they had signed years earlier.  The distributor and DC comics were owned by the same company, and Marvel was limited to 8 titles a month.  This played a factor in the anthologies having two characters in each issue.  I recommend this book.

Back to Top profile | search
 
Jesus Garcia
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 10 April 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 2179
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 12:42pm | IP Logged | 16  

The feeling I get from reading (and re-reading, and re-re-reading ...) those early Marvel books is that Stan and Jack had a blast.  While they were making a living, they weren't trying to get rich and didn't have an inflated perception of the value of their work. Nor did they know they were at the dawn of comic book titles that would run in the hundred issues plus.

So they went about packing as much goodness into each and every issue as they could.

Pure magic!

Back to Top profile | search
 
Derek Rogers
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 07 April 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 423
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 1:11pm | IP Logged | 17  

Yes, that's probably why so many DC titles were bi-monthly and twice-
quarterly, too.

-------------------

Wow.  We won't ever see that again!

Back to Top profile | search
 
Matt Hawes
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 16 April 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 11389
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 1:58pm | IP Logged | 18  

 JB wrote:
...Doing what you love is happiness. Loving what you do is bliss...

I got the same fortune last week! Heh.

Back to Top profile | search | www
 
John Richard
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar
Membership Canceled

Joined: 20 March 2008
Posts: 59
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 2:05pm | IP Logged | 19  

Proving my point because I can, and because JB made a snarky post. (since deleted).

Back to Top profile | search
 
Al Cook
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 21 December 2004
Posts: 12739
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 2:14pm | IP Logged | 20  

And yours is so snark-free.

(Preemptive strike: And so is this one.)
Back to Top profile | search
 
Ted Pugliese
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 05 December 2005
Location: United States
Posts: 6900
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 4:35pm | IP Logged | 21  

Doing what you love is happiness. Loving what you do is bliss.
---
I recently came across this same quote!  I won't be able to rest until I recall where I read it.  Darn you, Byyyrrrne!!!


I got the same fortune last week! Heh.


Me too

Back to Top profile | search | www
 
Chris Hutton
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 16 April 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 11663
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 7:21pm | IP Logged | 22  

Gee, we won't get any more of John Dick's wit & wisdom, now that he's been canceled.

Such a sad life these trolls live.
Back to Top profile | search | www | email
 
Jason Czeskleba
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 30 April 2004
Posts: 3574
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 8:32pm | IP Logged | 23  

 Jason Fliegel wrote:
I love the fact that Don McGreggor's letter is every bit as wordy and overdone as his later comics work (and I say that as a fan of Mr. McGreggor's comics work).


Heh, I was thinking the exact same thing.  A single page of one of his Black Panther stories had more words in it than an entire issue of most comics today.  Don could overdo it sometimes, but I'll take wordiness over the modern, decompressed comics you can read in 2 or 3 minutes because they're all pictures and no words.
Back to Top profile | search
 
Joe Zhang
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 16 April 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 10876
Posted: 03 July 2008 at 8:38pm | IP Logged | 24  

" Gee, we won't get any more of John Dick's wit & wisdom, now that he's been canceled."

After a round of congratulations from his troll buddies, he'll be back.
Back to Top profile | search | email
 
Francesco Vanagolli
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 03 June 2005
Location: Italy
Posts: 3097
Posted: 04 July 2008 at 11:06am | IP Logged | 25  

John Byrne:

 QUOTE:
Fortune cookie I got recently:

Doing what you love is happiness. Loving what you do is bliss.

Joins this

Jason Czeskleba

 QUOTE:
Heh, I was thinking the exact same thing.  A single page of one of his Black Panther stories had more words in it than an entire issue of most comics today.  Don could overdo it sometimes, but I'll take wordiness over the modern, decompressed comics you can read in 2 or 3 minutes because they're all pictures and no words.

And the result is my current situation. As told in another thread, I'm currently working as a comic book translator. I'm working on some DC Comics reprints and, of course, I'm very glad for this! That's fun if you're a comics fan for life like me, yeah, but... that's a job, too.
And sometimes it can be very heavy! When I have to translate stuff by writers like Roy Thomas or Martin Pasko, pages seem extremely looong.

Back to Top profile | search | email
 

Page of 2 Next >>
  Post ReplyPost New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You can vote in polls in this forum

 Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login