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John Byrne
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:21am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

At the customer's request, something a little different. . .

Hope this is the look he was, ah, looking for!

11x17 inches

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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:23am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

AWESOME!!!!!!!!
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Christos Seros
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:27am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

JB I LOVE YOU!

Better than I could have ever imagined!!!

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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:31am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Glad you like it, Christos!
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:32am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Take him down, Cap! Yeah!
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:33am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Gorgeous. Reminds me of the Marvel's b/w mags of the 1970s.
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Gorgeous. Reminds me of the Marvel's b/w mags of the 1970s.

One of the first jobs I did for Marvel, uncredited, was helping Duffy Vohland add gray tones to a Gulliver Jones story he'd inked over George Perez's pencils. (I had also helped with the inking, as had Bob Layton.)

The deadline was so tight we were actually finishing the job on the subway, riding in to the Marvel offices! That experience, as much as any, probably informed my attitude toward deadlines. Never wanted to have to do anything even remotely like that again!!

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Wayne K Purdy
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:39am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Wow! I love it!
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:43am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

 John Byrne wrote:
...One of the first jobs I did for Marvel, uncredited, was helping Duffy Vohland add gray tones to a Gulliver Jones story he'd inked over George Perez's pencils. (I had also helped with the inking, as had Bob Layton.)...


This thread has two of the biggest reasons I like coming to the Forum: The great artwork that JB shares with all of us, and the great trivia and stories he also shares with the board. I never knew about the Gulliver Jones story. I will have to seek it out.
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:44am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

That is fantastic! Man, I wish you'd do more work in that vein. God, that's just awesome. Very nice.
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:48am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

AMAZING JOB JB! I know that the PITT pen anime set comes with gray tones, is that what your using? What a great effect!

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I know that the PITT pen anime set comes with gray tones, is that what your using? What a great effect!

I bought a set of those pens for a friend, but I have not tried them myself. This particular image is ink over pencil.

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I immediately assumed that it was gray-toned marker!

The shading is a great 'extra' JB. It looks amazing.

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Laren Farmer
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:56am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Fantastic artwork. 

And the characters are a great choice.  Nice to see them facing off.

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Wow!
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:57am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

O.K., the commissions just took another step in the evolution chain!  So John, would you welcome more opportunities to do more commissions like this one, which is AWESOME?
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 8:57am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Interesting crossover and a great image.  Captain America fighting Deathstroke (now that's a truly descriptive comicbook name) it out in a classic crossover style.  Yes indeed, the drawing style does remind one of those great B&W magazines from back in the day.  Enjoy Christos! 
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So John, would you welcome more opportunities to do more commissions like this one, which is AWESOME?

The gray tones will be available -- with certain restrictions.

First, nothing larger than 11x17 inches.

Second, complete scenes only, no figures without backgrounds.

Third -- they COST more!

(Also, they will of course be subject to the same review/decline system as the other pieces.)

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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 9:01am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Wow! I love how the characters just pop right out of the piece!
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 9:05am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Most excellent!
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Michael Arndt
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 9:06am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

That is one incredible commission.

Great idea of Captain America and Deathstroke going at it.

Love the gray tones.

Also, I always enjoy hearing about JB's early days in the comic industry.

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Jason Mark Hickok
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 9:07am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

That is all kinds of awesome.  A pretty cool pairing up of characters for this commission.  I love the inking on this especially the backgrounds.  Well done, JB!  Seriously one of my favorites here.

Congratulations Christos!  You can never go wrong with a Captain America by JB.
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Very nicely done with the shading, JB!

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Ed Fahey
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 9:08am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Stunning - thanks for sharing!
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Posted: 07 August 2010 at 9:19am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

What's not to love! Very cool.
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