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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 30 September 2012 at 10:24am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Valmor: Picking up on the cornerbox issue: Does that artist whose art gets to be there take any kind of pay for it? It never ocurred to me until this morning.

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Huh. Interesting question.

I never commissioned a "logo/corner box art cover" from Byrne... not sure if you actually get charged extra for adding the original corner box art to these pieces?


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John Byrne
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Posted: 30 September 2012 at 11:04am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I never commissioned a "logo/corner box art cover" from Byrne... not sure if you actually get charged extra for adding the original corner box art to these pieces?

On these cover recreations/reimaginings/inventions, the cover dress (logo, corner symbol, top copy, etc) counts as one figure.

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Steve Jamrozik
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Posted: 30 September 2012 at 12:26pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Micronauts was my crossover book between Marvel's licensed comics and their super-heroes.

I had just started reading Micronauts when Dr. Doom was the villain of the month. The public library had a Fantastic Four book with the reintroduction of the Sub-Mariner, the first three-part Galactus story, and the final issue of the Dr. Doom story based on the Prisoner tv show. Dr. Doom became a favorite villain like Darth Vader and Baron Karza which is fitting considering Doom inspired Vader who inspired Karza.

JB had just started working on the Fantastic Four. I tried two issues, the ones with Skip Collins and the birth of Crystal's daughter. They were OK, but nowhere in the same league as the stories in the Stan Lee, Jack Kirby collection at the library.

Then JB did the two-part follow-up story where Doom regains control of Latveria. The double-sized issue with Spider-Man, Captain America and the X-Skrulls followed a few months later. I picked up a few more recent back issues including the 20th anniversary and read the book until JB left which coincidentally was when Marvel cancelled Micronauts and lost the license to Star Wars.

So if you had any say in letting Dr. Doom be loaned out to the Micronauts title, thank you. If not, thank you for your Fantastic Four work which got me to read super-hero comics regularly.

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Corey Johnson
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Posted: 30 September 2012 at 12:47pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Wow, I never thought I'd see JB ever tackle the Micronauts! This was the book that got me into comics as a wee lad. What a treat!
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Philippe Negrin
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Posted: 30 September 2012 at 2:30pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Wow, I want to read this comic book ! I re-read my Micronauts (up to isssue 20 or so ) and was surprised to be quite enjoying myself. A great idea for a commission. Stunning Marionnette to boot ! 
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Chris Rayman
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Posted: 30 September 2012 at 8:49pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Great cover!
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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 6:19am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

This was a nice surprise!  Congrats to Stuart!
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Derek Cavin
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 6:27am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Great commission, JB. 

Micronauts: Loved the toys and the comic.

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Brian Lewis
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 6:44am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

That is a heck of a commission.  I know of the Micronauts and thought it was a neat concept, but I never had the chance to get into them. But I can still appreciate the work!
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 7:33am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I don't know why, but I never even imagined the team up of Wasp and Yellowjacket with the Micronauts, but it seems a like a great idea that should have been obvious to me now. Always liked the series for the art (Golden, Guice), but never got the feeling they were really part of the Marvel universe. With this single image JB has bridged that gap for me.
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So if you had any say in letting Dr. Doom be loaned out to the Micronauts title, thank you. If not, thank you for your Fantastic Four work which got me to read super-hero comics regularly.

Unfortunately, Doom's appearance in MICRONAUTS is an example of how easily things can get miscommunicated.

Bill Mantlo, when he was writing MICRONAUTS, was constantly on the lookout for "small stuff" from the Marvel Universe that he could fold into his stories. So, of course, when he saw "Liddleville" in the FF 20th Anniversary issue, he was almost instantly on the phone to me, asking if he could use Doom and the tabletop town.

"Oh, that would be cool," I said. "The Micronauts would seem to be GIANTS in Liddleville."

"Well, no," said Bill. "I'd want them to think they were normal sized in a normal sized town." Seemed he'd missed the very important element of SCALE in my story -- the fact that Doom's little robots were only a fraction (a very small fraction) of the height of a 3" Micronaut.

"I'd rather you didn't do it, then," I said. And I thought that was the end of it. But a few months later I walked into my LCS, and there was the latest issue of MICRONAUTS, containing the story as Bill had wanted to do it.

I called Bill the moment I got home. "I asked you not to do that story," I said.

"No," Bill said, "you said you'd RATHER I didn't do it. I didn't take that as a firm NO."

Ah, well!!

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Ronald Joseph
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 10:15am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Wow! You never fail to astound me.  

And that eye on Psyklop! You made it look like he's gazing in a certain direction.  Most artists just shade the lower parts and leave it at that. 


And...how fitting is it that these arrived in the mail the day you posted that commission? Awesome.  My childhood revisited...

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Paul Greer
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 10:57am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Another brilliant commission. Wasn't the biggest Micronauts fan, but I would buy that in a heartbeat.

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Dusty Abell
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 4:52pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

This is something I never really ever even imagined i'd see......... two great
things that go great together. What a fantastic idea Stuart, I LOVE IT! Man,
what if John HAD followed Michael back in the day, and if Terry had tagged
along.... OMG that could have been AMAZING!

Like a lot of others have said themselves, the first 12 issues of The
Micronauts were a game changer for me, i'd never seen artwork quite like it
before, and coming in close on the heels of Star Wars, the cosmic space
fantasy was hitting all the right notes for me at 9 years old! More Micronauts
commissions please! That Acroyear is tight! What a fun idea!

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Ronald Joseph
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 5:46pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

That Acroyear is tight! What a fun idea!

It sure is...

The Micronauts seem to be enjoying a lot of attention of late.  This is no less than the third time they've come up in different forum discussions on different websites within the past week or two.

Elsewhere, someone posed a question that drew some debate; the pronunciation of "Acroyear."  

Some say ACK-ro-year and some say eh-CROY-er.

Anyone wanna weigh in?
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Jason Mark Hickok
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 6:42pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

That is one cool commission! Well done, JB!

Got to admit I didn't see this coming at all from the title.
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Corey Johnson
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 7:01pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Ronald, I'm fairly certain the former pronunciation is the correct one.
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Dana Smith
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 10:25pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

JB, While the Micronauts toy scale was 3 3/4" (and they would have worked better being that size in the book), Bill kept stating in the Micronauts that they were 6" tall...I still don't understand why he made them that tall (although both Golden and Broderick usually made them look about 4" tall).

EDIT: To finish my thought.


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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 01 October 2012 at 11:55pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I remember the commercials for the toys and they pronounced it "ah-
KROY-er".
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 02 October 2012 at 4:34pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Elsewhere, someone posed a question that drew some debate; the pronunciation of "Acroyear."  

Some say ACK-ro-year and some say eh-CROY-er.

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As Eric states, it's the latter. I just read it in one of the letters pages. ( Doesn't sound as cool to me that way, for some reason, tho.)
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Ronald Joseph
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Posted: 02 October 2012 at 5:52pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

 I just read it in one of the letters pages.

Well, at least I've been saying it correctly all these years.    :)

Thanks, folks!

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Shawn Kane
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Posted: 03 October 2012 at 12:48pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

I've been in a 70's Marvel mood the last 6 months or so. I picked up the 25 issues of the Micronauts, 10 issues of John Carter, and I've been looking around for my brother's Conan comics in my parent's garage. I hijacked his Star Wars comics years ago. That was a good time even though I wasn't old enough to read alot of those comics. I really enjoyed this commission.  
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Posted: 01 January 2014 at 7:08am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Came upon a nostalgia website that had posted this piece -- colored, of course. sigh

Also included was a comment referring to "tangents" in the drawing. This seems to be a new favorite word among some artists. I only wish, if they are going to use it, they would learn what it means. A tangent occurs when a foreground object intersects with an outside line of a background object, not when one object crosses in front of another.

Plenty of the latter in this piece, but I don't see any real tangents.

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