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Ed Aycock
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Posted: 21 December 2017 at 11:44am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

It's a beautiful book, on beautiful paper and the beautiful artwork looks even more beautiful. (I am not in Thesaurus mode, did you expect Janet from "The Good Place?")   I appreciate that it's a lot of the one-shots and covers that have not been collected before. What a great book to have released during the holidays. I've been waiting for this since it was first announced. 
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Posted: 21 December 2017 at 1:43pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Still weird to see my stuff in hardcover, even tho it's been happening for decades now (>choke<). Harkens me back to those British "annuals" that were such a big part of my childhood -- tho those were in black & white.

Good times!

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Posted: 21 December 2017 at 2:06pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I can't wait to get this. I won't be ordering before Xmas as Royal Mail have lost many of my parcels over time (at Xmas), but it'll be a nice January spend. I may even order it via a bookstore and collect it, myself.
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Posted: 21 December 2017 at 4:49pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

It's amazing how much JB work both companies are reprinting, yet they treat him lousy when he chooses to work for them.  They should come begging on their knees every three months or so asking him to do something--anything--for them!  If not regular series then graphic novels, mini-series, specials--whatever!  Whatever continuity he wants.

Of course, look what Marvel just did to Jim Starlin, another legend who sells and was willing to work with them.
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Posted: 21 December 2017 at 9:34pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Remember, my old stuff was better, and a reprint is, by definition, "old stuff". Matters not that everything in this volume is from deep into the time when my new work was being dismissed. That this "old stuff" was, in its day, crappy new stuff.
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Posted: 22 December 2017 at 3:03am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

JB -- do you think maybe all the crap about the "old stuff" and "new stuff" is mainly about changes in your inking style over the years? Because while I admit I've sometimes preferred older inking styles you've used to newer ones, your newest pencils -- in terms of perspective, anatomy, what have you -- are always better than what used to be "new."
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Posted: 22 December 2017 at 6:12am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

My favorite JB artwork is "anything that I looked at while I was 7 to 16 years old". The "new stuff" is great too, but nostalgia is a hell of a thing.
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Posted: 22 December 2017 at 6:59am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I pre-ordered this book back in February when it was first announced (at the time, it was to include the World of Krypton/Smallville/Metropolis, which excited me cause I'd never read those).

Even though I'd seen some of this stuff before, it's nice to have it all in one place. I love these big collections. As someone who's gotten rid of most his comics, it's like jumping into a nostalgic pond.   
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Posted: 22 December 2017 at 9:26am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Adam S. - maybe you have a point. That first JB issue of Fantastic Four was inked by that scoundrel Bjorn Heyn! What a hack! ;)
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That first JB issue of Fantastic Four was inked by that scoundrel Bjorn Heyn! What a hack! ;)

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And he never worked again!!

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That first JB issue of Fantastic Four was inked by that scoundrel Bjorn Heyn! What a hack! ;)
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And he never worked again!!

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It sounds like the content changes were made to minimize the overlap with other recent and forthcoming collections, which is a good thing. I remember when the Michael Golden-illustrated Batman Special "The Player on the Other Side" turned up in two or three different Batman collections that I bought within a year of each other, and that was right around the time that the Superman: Man of Steel tpbs featuring JB's run on those titles opted not to include "Metropolis 900 Mi." because it was slotted into a Superman vs. Lex Luthor tpb coming out around the same time.


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Posted: 22 December 2017 at 3:40pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Finally got to the Batman, uh, 2D story last night and I take back everything I said about the paper. Black and white looked amazing on it. I almost wish the whole book was in B&W now. I forgot how much I loved that story.
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I'm with you Jim. For some reason the B&W looks better on slick paper. Probably because the contrast is greater..
I don't mind seeing the covers on the slick since that's how they were meant to be seen anyway. But if I had my druthers I would like the color pages on the paper used in the MAN OF STEEL TPB'S.

Doesn't matter it's loads of fun anyway...never read that Atom issue before.
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That Atom story was done practically over night as a favor. Barest of bare bones breakdowns.
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Posted: 23 December 2017 at 12:49am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Didn't know you'd done an issue of Power of the Atom (#6) until just now. That's one I need to track down for my Byrne collection.
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Posted: 23 December 2017 at 6:48am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

John Byrne: Remember, my old stuff was better, and a reprint is, by definition, "old stuff". Matters not that everything in this volume is from deep into the time when my new work was being dismissed. That this "old stuff" was, in its day, crappy new stuff.

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It's all excellent artwork, some work just better than others. My particular favorite was the original Fantastic Four run. I thought your writer/artist combination was exceptional. But I would never insist that others think the same way. I think part of the problem is when these fans insist their favorite run was the best run and nothing else compares to it. Then they start to disparage the other artworks.   

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Posted: 23 December 2017 at 10:18am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Bad for me, good for JB in the long run; My LCS sold out of theirs and has had to reorder, so I'll get mine after Christmas.
Merry Festivus everyone!
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I just got my copy. - I got it from Amazon and had it delivered to my family’s house along with a copy of JB’s Wonder Woman hardcover collection.  They came together in a Box o’ Byrne!  The Wonder Woman book is a gift for my niece, but the DC Universe book is mine, mine, ALL MINE - which is my way of getting into the proper holiday spirit by indulging in greed and material gain.

I flipped Through it and landed right on one of my favorite stories that I didn’t even realize was in the book - I didn’t connect that “Superman Annual #6” is “Legacy”, the excellent Elseworlds story that has Gar-El landing on Earth during thye Revolutionary War and changing the Superman story as we know it.  This one is amazing - fantastic to see it reprinted.  One of my all time favorite comics.

I’m excited to read the NEW TEEN TITANS material - Perez’s work on that title is the only DC title I read regularly as a kid, so I am thrilled to see these characters by JB.

Thanks all for the heads-up on the change in line-up - I’m so ignorant to the DC Universe that I probably would not have noticed the change.  I will amend the list on this thread and the “New, Recent, and Classic” thread.



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Posted: 06 January 2018 at 7:58pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Received my copy this week and was just flipping through it. Batman in B&W on this paper is excellent! The one ommission is that splash page of Batman & Robin from a Batman anniversary issue with multiple creators in the 80s. As always, I enjoy JB's line, and this volume doesn't disappoint.
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Posted: 04 February 2018 at 7:22pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

For the record, I want to see more new Byrne Batman in black and white. I was looking at the Batman 3D again today. It's so cool! I think I would also enjoy new Byrne Spider-Man in black and white.
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Posted: 05 February 2018 at 5:33am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Got my copy from Amazon just in time for the weekend.
This is a real treasure trove. I don't think I've read any of the material before, which is amazing considering how much of JB's DC stuff I have. 
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