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huey sheridan
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Hiya guys this is my first post here, I've read lots of stuff here in the past but only registered recently.

What motivated me to finally get around to registering was the blog post I wrote the other day about Jim Shooter's revival of the Gold Key properties (Magnus, Solar, Turok etc.) at Dark Horse.

Basically, my main point was that Shooter would do well to hire JB. He is exactly the type of high profile, under-used talent that is needed for these properties. Shooter used Barry Windsor-Smith in a similar role at Valiant.

So as this is the main forum for Byrne fans, I'd love to hear what you guys think about all this. Looking through the archives it seems that JB has expressed interest in these characters in the past. I dont know what his attitude about working with Shooter again would be though.

Edit: I don't know why my post is showing in a broken format - can anyone help out? (Fixed it - must have been a problem with the chrome browser).

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One of the joys of my comic reading days was when I discovered Dr Solar in a box at a yard sale.  Despite thinking I had a pretty good knowledge of comics, I had never heard of the guy - and he was fascinating, and art poped, and each issue was filled with odd-ball science and various games and things.  I went out and found a few dozen issues at various specialty shops and was thrilled with this new find.

A few years later, there was the revival, and my interest was instanlty piqued - till I read the first issue. 

It was terrible, yeah, but more to the point, it wasn't just the lousy job they did on it, it was the fact the book was perfect for it's time and era and wouldn't work today. 

Now - if anyone could make Solar readable for me, it would be JB - but to me it wasn't so much the character, but it was the whole retro-y package. 

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Jim Shooter + Me = Hell Freezing Over
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Stéphane Garrelie
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Very happy to see Shooter back as writer & editor.

And yes, i'ld like to see JB there.

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Jim Shooter + Me = Hell Freezing Over

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So you're not completely dismissing the idea then.

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Jason Mark Hickok
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As much as it would be cool to see JB on these characters I know it won't happen with Shooter there.  Besides I don't think I need to see a Valiant re-do.  The characters I would like to see just under someone else's watch that hasn't done them before.
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Jim Shooter + Me = Hell Freezing Over

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Thats a shame! hopefully someday we'll see your take on the
characters anyway.
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Perhaps JB can edit what Shooter writes and draws. Just for laughs. 
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I would love to see Byrne on the actual Gold Key Dr. Solar. The Valiant version of the character, not much interest in. I want to see the Man of the Atom as an honest to gosh superhero fighting robots, aliens, super villains and menaces. Not some warmed over superhero-as-god concept.

I wonder how Shooter is going to handle them differently than he did at Valiant. Magnus is a bit of a one-trick pony.
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Richard Caldwell
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Here is a recent interview showing just how new the project really is:

http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/public/default.asp?t=1& ; ;m=1&c=34&s=265&ai=85738

So it seems as though Shooter will in fact be limited to writing and packaging. I know he endears himself to many folks, but I wonder how well he will mix with Dark Horse's editing pool.
And any past conflicts aside, I think it would be super cool to see Byrne's take on Solar especially.


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Jim Shooter + Me = Hell Freezing Over

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But your an athiest, so there's an exception!
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Perhaps JB can edit what Shooter writes and draws. Just for laughs. 

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lol. I bet that would be a hoot.

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Eric White
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Byrne drawing Gold Key characters for Shooter and Dark Horse?

No!
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Bruce Buchanan
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I thought Shooter did a great job during his recent run on Legion of Super-Heroes. Unfortunately, it sounds like his relationship with DC ended on a acrimonious note for whatever reason, but he wrote some of the best stories of his career, in my opinion.  
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You know what I'd like to see JB on? A revival of The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor. That would be more interesting than seeing him on any of the Gold Key superheroes, in my opinion.

 

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A Magnus/Turok team-up would be something!
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Bruce Buchanan
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Brian, I was just thinking about how cool Doctor Spektor was just the other day. This is a property that definitely needs reviving.

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@Brian & @Bruce:

I am glad that the good Doc may well see life again through this new arrangement at Dark Horse, instead of seeing it possibly pulled into the Project Superpowers thing (as he'd be just the sort of property for such a corner). Don't get me wrong, I like much of Alex Ross and (especially) Jim Krueger's work, but I wish their whole imprint there were far more organized than what it is. Not to stray off topic too much, but I wonder if the current deal announced at SDCC regarding the Fighting American might result in that character not only entering the "new" universe, but becoming the focal point to bring it all home. It would help, as would attracting experienced master craftsmen like you know who to be involved in the mix.
Say what you will about Shooter, but at least he is organized. Generally.
But what do I know?


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Shooter NOT being involved in comics whatsoever = greatest thing ever.

Sorry but Marvel firing him was tbe best thing they ever did
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Paul W. Sondersted, Jr.
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Still, you gotta admit...during his reign there was a LOT of great stuff getting published by Marvel. Obviously I know nothing (cut & paste!) about what goes behind the scenes like JB does, but from the outside he appeared to do a lot of good back then.
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From an outsiders perspective, Shooter did a lot of good things for Marvel during his first 4 - 5 years, but I think that by the mid-late 80's he had kind of lost touch with a lot of things that DC seemed to pick up more on.

It would have been interesting to see Dick Girodano as Marvel's EIC from around 1985 onwards.

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I have never really followed those Gold Key comics...
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 Paul wrote:
Still, you gotta admit...during his reign there was a LOT of great stuff getting published by Marvel. Obviously I know nothing (cut & paste!) about what goes behind the scenes like JB does, but from the outside he appeared to do a lot of good back then.

I agree. Some of my favorite (and very good) comics were published during his time as EIC. I can't say as much for JQ's reign (at least in regards to favorites).
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When i began to read comics the french edition mostly had Goodwinn or Shooter eras stuff. That's my Marvel.

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Also maybe some under-used classic talents will find some work again.

 

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