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John Byrne
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Posted: 19 June 2016 at 5:05am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

11" x 17" illustration of Guardian, no backgrounds; the details are:

- flying pose

- costume from cover of Alpha Flight # 1

please draw him smiling

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Doug Centers
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That picture embodies the way a comic book hero should look.
Even the curl of his energy trail tells me he's one of the good guys.
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Matt Hawes
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NICE!!!
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Eric Ladd
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Classic.
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Paul Greer
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Good stuff!
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Wallace Sellars
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Well done, JB. I like the details of the dark areas along the body of the suit.
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Vinny Valenti
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It's interesting to see you shading the front of his helmet again. I recall you doing that more often in his pre-ALPHA FLIGHT appearances, but then switched to unshaded once the regular series started.
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John Byrne
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Based on Vinny's comment I googled the first issue cover, and was presented with another first issue cover, apparently drawn by someone who did not know Guardian's costume was the Canadian flag!
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Mike Norris
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The title makes me wonder what a Guardian costume based on the Red Ensign would look like 
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John Byrne
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The title makes me wonder what a Guardian costume based on the Red Ensign would look like...

A lot like the original Captain Britain, I expect!

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John Byrne
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I just googled Captain Britain, and I guess I should go easy on the American artists who can't draw the Canadian flag, since there seem to be legions of British artists who can't draw their own.
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"Based on Vinny's comment I googled the first issue cover, and was presented with another first issue cover, apparently drawn by someone who did not know Guardian's costume was the Canadian flag!"

Funny, I've seen that cover before (I bought the issue and it was awful - hey, I tried), but I guess the atrociousness of it distracted me from ever noticing that the maple leaf was mangled....now I can't unsee it!
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John Byrne
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I've seen the maple leaf as anything from a lightning bolt to a ball of spikes to a buzz saw. That version takes some beating, tho.
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Robbie Parry
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Very inspiring. Which is what superheroes should be about.
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John Byrne
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Superheroes are not permitted to be inspiring. That would mean they were in some way -- mind, body, spirit -- BETTER than us. The ME Generation and their offspring will not tolerate such a thing!
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That's a shame.

I found many superheroes inspiring as a kid (a lack of a father figure MAY have played a part in that). I liked Reed Richards' interest in science and his attempt to find a scientific solution; I liked Batman's commitment to physical fitness; I liked Superman's altruism. Even as a Brit, I found Cap's patriotism to be inspiring.

I wouldn't have articulated it like that as a kid (I doubt I even knew what the word "altruism" meant), but in retrospect, I can see how certain things were inspiring.

If I became a CEO tomorrow, I'd want to be like Tony Stark (as he was originally, no idea what he is like now). If I was pursuing a career in science, I'd want to have the same passion and commitment as Reed Richards. And on all sorts of decisions, may I always make the decisions that Superman would make if he were real. I may never be able to fly into a burning building, but the ideals he stands for are inspiring to me.
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"Based on Vinny's comment I googled the first issue
cover, and was presented with another first issue cover,
apparently drawn by someone who did not know Guardian's
costume was the Canadian flag!"

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Were editors non-existent even back when that was
published? Like, was there no one to say A) "You know
that Guardian's suit is based on the Canadian flag,
right?" and B) "Here's a photo"?
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That's my hero right there!
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Eric Smearman
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Pretty sweet!
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Sean Watson
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Love it!!!

Congrats to the commissioner.
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Rich Marzullo
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Very cool!
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John Byrne
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Doing a little online research on that other ALPHA FLIGHT 1, I found a website that provided a synopsis -- a 72 paragraph synopsis. And long paragraphs at that!

I didn't read it.

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Marc Cheek
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Thumbs up!
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Posted: 20 June 2016 at 6:34am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Mac is a terrific and heroic character. He really was better than the average guy, by a long way. We need more superheroes like Guardian.
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Posted: 20 June 2016 at 8:02am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

One thing I am liking from Mr. Byrne's work - commissions, his books, whatever - is that so many of his characters actually SMILE. As if they like what they're doing, who they are, just having fun at that moment.

Too many times, I've seen art where main characters, background characters, or whomever either has a completely neutral look or a standard grimace. Or possibly that evil grin that some supervillains have, just before perpetrating something wretched.

So why can't super heroes have fun? My God, if I could just fly, I'd have to wear a mouthguard to keep the bugs off my teeth, because I couldn't stop smiling.

I suspect that it may be due to too many writers or artists thinking that heroes NEVER consider that what they're doing is a good thing, or a fun thing, sometimes... they ALWAYS have to be focused on their dire situations or their grim attitudes towards crime.

Thankfully, Mr. Byrne gets the idea of fun. (And my favorite Byrne smile is still probably Krypto...)
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