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John Byrne
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 5:11am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

11" x 17" illustration of Galactus standing in the center of his "command center" surrounded by machinery and inspecting some large high-tech piece of equipment with spherical elements. The details are:

- please draw the apparatus similar to the style you used in The Last Galactus Story with lots of detail- give the image a sense of depth with some foreground apparatus, the figure of Galactus in the center, and background monitors- please draw Ego, the Living Planet (with energy eyes, small moons, etc.) on a monitor in the background

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Conner Dinkins
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 5:13am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

No one Living draws Galactus like you do Sir!
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Conner Dinkins
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 5:14am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Kinda has a Wally Wood vibe on the shading.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 5:15am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

No one Living draws Galactus like you do Sir!

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Thanks! I consider my Galactus still something of a "work in progress". There are certain elements of Kirby's original portrayal of the character that continue to elude me. Mostly the sheer mass of the guy!

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Conner Dinkins
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 5:26am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

This is a good a place to mention this. My 12 yr old son recently finished reading your F.F. run and he loved it. Like me he was sad when it ended and wanted more only it happened to him in a month and it took me years. I've tried to get him into the Lee Kirby run but he just can't get into it yet. I wonder if I should've introduced it first. I didn't like Kirby as a kid so maybe he'll grow into it.
Anyway he writes and draws his own comics and your work has really inspired him I can see it.
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 5:46am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Cool machinery. I like the way Galactus seems enveloped by the space and stars. Kind of eerie to be peeking in on Galactus' cold work.
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Allan Summerall
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 6:56am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Very cool! I noticed the trail coming behind Ego and the look  the living planet has that makes it seem like he's spotted Galactus' ship and is heading full tilt towards it. Your story in FF with Ego is one of my favorites JB. I had never heard of Ego before that and it was just so cool to see the team tackle a living planet, like something out of a 50's sci-fi movie :)
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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 7:13am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Genius!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 7:16am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Ego first appeared in THOR 132, in the midst of a big, cosmic story on a scale only Kirby could deliver. The first image of Ego was one of Jack's inimitable photo montages. Funny thing was, a friend of mine, a fellow Marvel staffer, was convinced Jack had "put one over" on Stan, by "casting" Mr. Lee as the Living Planet.

Hmm. Looked to me like Jack tinkering with a classic bust of Aristole!

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Clint Ludwick
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 8:03am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Somebody better check on William R....he might have passed  out!
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Eddie Avila
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 8:25am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

To what do we owe the current flood of commissions?  Maybe the universe should end every week?
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Wilson Mui
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 8:33am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Fantastic!
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William Roberge
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 8:38am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Somebody better check on William R....he might have passed out!

I almost did! I wish this one were mine but it's not.

There is a Galactus fan out there with great taste, Congratulations to the owner!

Also, Well done JB, to me, you ARE the best Galactus artist!

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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 8:45am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Pretentious critique mode: ON

JB presents us this time with a very fluid inking technique, reminiscent of Al Williamson. It lends the piece a decidedly sentimental mood, in line with his tradition of depicting Galactus as an essentially melancholic figure.

This somber giant inhabits a landscape of crescent moons where silence is only broken by the menacing expression on the face of EGO, the living planet. Conflict looms as EGO watches while Galactus, seemingly unaware, conducts experiments far beyond human ken.

Galactus´s focus on his cosmological work under the glare of EGO and the impending danger of its disruption may well serve as warning to all craftsmen whose labors may be compromised at any minute by their own sense of self-importance.

Therefore, one may see John Byrne´s new commission as a cautionary tale to artists who, unlike him, concentrate on the spoils of fame: touring conventions, giving interviews, feeding their planet-sized EGO, instead of working daily to improve their craft, displaying the quasi-religious discipline that has become a Byrne trademark and is epitomized here in the figure of Galactus.

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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 8:48am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

I know that Galactus's gizmo could be anything, but I like how it LOOKs like it's pointing at Ego!

Which always makes me shudder:  Galactus has such wonderful toys, but he doesn't NEED them to consume a planet.  Like the ultimate foodie, his palate is simply more refined!
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 8:53am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

BTW, this one earns Ego a line on the Character Count.
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Clint Ludwick
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 9:23am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Imagine that scene in a Fantastic Four movie!
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Shawn Kane
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 9:32am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Oh man! That's awesome!
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Sean Watson
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 9:46am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Very cool!!!! I think Galactus needs to have his own movie as long as it is done right. It would make for a very good SCIFI flick. Congrats to the commissioner. 
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Ryan Maxwell
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 9:48am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

I never get tired of you drawing Galactus, JB.  Fantastic stuff.
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 9:57am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Very COOL!!!
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 10:02am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Stellar!  

But, I do find myself missing Nova...
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 10:20am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Wonderful!  I love the sense of grandeur you always give Galactus.
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 10:20am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Disappointed of FF2 movie, Clint ?
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Aaron Adam Leach
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Posted: 20 December 2012 at 10:35am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

I agree with Conner, you draw Galactus better than anybody around now. You also draw the most interesting tech. Great job!
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