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John Byrne
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 9:51am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

11" x 17" illo of Big Barda and Mr. Miracle; no backgrounds. The details are:

- action pose- Big Barda in your choice of armored costume or bikini costume

After lagging behind his Missus for quite some time, this piece finally earns Mister Miracle his own line on the Character Count.

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Sean Watson
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 9:57am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Sweet! I really like the New Gods some of the coolest characters around.
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Shawn Kane
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 9:58am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Nice!
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Gundars Berzins
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 10:08am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Very cool. To the moon!
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Darren Taylor
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 10:35am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

This is great. I love the way you have handled the capes John.

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Brian Lewis
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 10:44am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I admit I know nothing really about the New Gods. But this is a pretty cool commission. 
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Joe Martino
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 10:49am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

One of my favorite character couples. :)
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John Byrne
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 11:05am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I love the way you have handled the capes John.

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Capes are a handy tool in my quest to fill as much of the paper as I can on these pieces without backgrounds!

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Jason Mark Hickok
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 11:09am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I love this! So well done and amazing characters.
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Derek Rogers
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 11:16am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Awesome! I love when you do the New Gods characters, JB. I get a JR Jr. vibe from Barda's face.
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I love when you do the New Gods characters, JB.

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As do I!

When I was coming back to reading comics, in the early 70s, Kirby's Fourth World books were very much on their last legs. I read THE FOREVER PEOPLE, THE NEW GODS and most of MISTER MIRACLE in the form of back issues I picked up at second hand book stores. In fact it was really only the last few issues of MISTER MIRACLE that I managed to buy fresh off the rack. And by then, of course, the Fourth World connection had been shoved into the deep background.

To say I was blown away by this stuff would be a colossal understatement. While it's true the actual scripting could be a bit creaky*, the scope of the story being told was astounding. So it grieved and annoyed me when Kirby was allowed to return to his epic, but was forced by DC editorial to shape it to their needs, not his. And when other hands took the helm -- the less said the better!

So it was an amazingly Big Deal for me when I was handed that tiller myself. I knew I had to burrow into the groundwork Kirby had laid down, in order to find fresh tales to tell with these characters, but I also knew I must under no circumstances allow myself to fall back on "Everything is a lie" or even the softer "Things are not as they seem".

I am sorry to this day that circumstances did not allow me to continue with the FOURTH WORLD series longer than I did. Like HIDDEN YEARS at Marvel, that's a series I could have happily stuck with for a long, long time.

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I get a JR Jr. vibe from Barda's face.

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Yeah, I can see a little something of that. Not a bad thing!

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* I have often spoken of imagining the alternate reality in which Wally Wood inked the first 40 or so issues of FANTASTIC FOUR, and Neal Adams did 100 consecutive issues of BATMAN. In that same neighborhood we would find Stan Lee scripting the Fourth World books.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 11:20am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Nice!! I particularly like Mister Miracle's right hand!
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Michael Arndt
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My two favorite characters from the New Gods. Love the poses.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 11:25am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

A very nice commission. I like the capes and Barda's helmet (hair?), very Kirby look to my eyes. 

 Scott and Barda are my two favorite New Gods, nice to see them in a powerful pose. Thanks for sharing. 
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John Byrne
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 11:30am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

…Barda's helmet (hair?)…

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A point that many artist seem to miss is that Kirby clearly intended Barda to be TRANSFORMED into her armored form. This was not a metal suit she put on, she BECAME the suit. And so, yes, her helmet becomes a stylized version of her hair.

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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 12:02pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Excellent!
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Philippe Negrin
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 12:09pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

This is a good drawing. Congrats to both artist and future owner !
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Bill Catellier
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 12:16pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Nice!!  One of my favorite couples.
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 1:04pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Very good. I like the entire commission, obviously, but I quite like the emotion behind Miracle's eyes.
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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 1:16pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Sweet!
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Brennan Voboril
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 2:17pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Great to see JB's take on the Fourth World.  I was thrilled with every issue JKFW and especially the Tales of the New Gods.  JB "gets" Kirby in a way a lot of other writers and artists don't IMHO.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 2:29pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

JB "gets" Kirby in a way a lot of other writers and artists don't IMHO.

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The only way to fail to "get" Kirby, imho, is to look for something that isn't there. To dig for "hidden meanings" in the work. I think Kirby was probably the living embodiment of the old saw, "don't read between the lines, I don't write there."

Take his work at face value, and you can't go far off the track.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 3:06pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

I just picked up the fourth(and final) volume of Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus from DC and I gotta say,it is indeed epic storytelling. I never really warmed up to the Fourth World stuff that I read in the 80's and 90's. I tried and really wanted to like it but something about it just didn't grab hold with me. The closest I came to enjoying these concepts, was when JB was doing his work on Kirby's Fourth World book and Walt Simonson's Orion book.....until now! Reading all of Kirby's Fourth World in these volumes made me enjoy it in a way I couldn't before. Oh and great piece there JB ;)
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 3:11pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Great 'we'll take you all on' pose. 
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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 3:13pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Nicely done, Chief. Gratz to the owner.
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