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John Byrne
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:25am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Approx 11x17 inches

(And, no. Before anyone asks, I have no idea who is in the pictures obscured by Ben and Franklin!)

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Charles Tyus
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:30am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

What a way to start the new year!
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Thad Studebaker
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:32am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Oh my God!  This is sweet!
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steve bedard
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:35am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

What a great idea for a commission! Fantastic!
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José Emilio Amo
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:35am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Woo-hoo, niiiice commission!
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Scott Daggett
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:37am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

What a fantastic way to start the new year!
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William Roberge
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:42am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Gotta start teaching these sentinels what a mutant is.

Fantastic art.

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John Bodin
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:44am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Too bad you weren't doing FF and X-Men at the same time when the "Day of Future Past" storyline was published -- I could easily see this being the cover for a Fantastic Four crossover special -- the story could have recounted the Fantastic Four's role in that future tale.  Perhaps Ben and Franklin helped Kitty and Wolverine at some point off-panel . . .
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Steve Adelson
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:45am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Well, my "resolution" was to limit myself to one JB commission, and I've now done the easier part of it.... I'm getting chills just looking at it!! Thanks John (and Jim) for making this happen.  
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John Byrne
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:48am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Y'know, it's often been said that no one ever wrote a great story by sitting down and trying to write a great story. Great stories are often a surprise, to the writer as much as the reader.

The same can be said of iconic covers. I think of how many times this particular image has been reinterpreted, by artists other than myself, and I think back to when I drew the original. Nobody, least of all me, would ever have guessed that cover would cast such a long shadow! Or that the "Days of Future Past" storyline, which was supposed to be a one-off and done, would keep coming back and coming back and coming back and coming back and coming back and coming back and coming back and coming back and coming back…

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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:53am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

This is great!  I really love what you did with the lettering at the top of the piece. 

Now where the heck does this fit in the gallery?!?!?  FF covers?  X-Men covers? 


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John Byrne
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:56am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Now where the heck does this fit in the gallery?!?!? FF covers? X-Men covers?

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FF covers. Not an X-Man in sight!

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Wilson Mui
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:57am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Very nice piece, JB.  I don't recall ever seeing a drawing of the Thing with his hand open.

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Don Bohm
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 10:59am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

What a clever idea for a commission! I'd like to see an Avengers one.
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Lars Sandmark
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 11:00am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

The lettering at the top really steals the show but Ben looks amazing. What a great idea for a commission. Cool start to the new year.

Didn't 'Days Of Future Past' take place in the year 2013? That being the case, this scene could have played out on 01 01 10!

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John Byrne
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 11:01am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

I don't recall ever seeing a drawing of the Thing with his hand open.

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Not sure what this means! I don't always draw Ben with both hands as fists!

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Thad Studebaker
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 11:07am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

One thing that has drawn my attention is how much more gaunt Franklin looks in this commission than he did (if memory serves) in the DOFP story.  Makes sense given the living conditions one would assume were present in a mutant containment camp.  Nice touch!
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 11:07am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Ack!  Dead FF family and friends... How unFOURtunate...

Fantastic job, JB!
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Wilson Mui
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 11:18am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I mean usually the Thing is holding something or making a fist.

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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 11:22am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Great idea for a commission! Nicely done JB.
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 11:39am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

 
Wilson Mui: I mean usually the Thing is holding something or making a fist.

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Wilson, that was one of the strangest comments I have ever read on this site!

coverbrowser.com -- will show you hundreds of examples of an "open hand Thing" -- including the cover of Fantastic Four #1!

PS Great drawing, JB!!

 

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Bill Wiist
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 11:44am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Ben Grimm's a survivor that's for sure, but it's still hard for me to imagine Reed Richards being slain first. The "apprehended" Franklin also makes me wonder.
Great piece, I'll be thinking about it all day now.
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Joe Smith
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 11:56am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

BRAVO!!!!!

this made me want to scream 'KICK THEIR ASSES BENJY!!!'

is Ben the most loved character in the superhero comics era ?
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 12:11pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

WOW, great way to start off the year!  Congrats to the whomever ordered this.  Makes me wonder who/what Ben & Franklin are staring at.
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Glenn Huschke
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Posted: 01 January 2010 at 12:18pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

JB, when you did this comission, and when you did the original X-Men cover, was there any rhyme or reason to who was "slain" and who was "apprehended"?

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