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Paul Go
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 2:09pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Wow, I would have loved to see that storyline.  Just reading it fills my head with the way I imagine JB would have drawn it. 


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Gene Kendall
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 2:10pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Years later, in Wolverine's solo book, he did mercy kill Mariko after she was poisoned by blowfish toxin.
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 2:18pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Wow! That would have been an awesome story! I love "the death of Mariko" story Larry Hama did in his Wolverine run, but this would have been even better.
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 2:40pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

That is awesome - ah, all the "what could have beens"...
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Thank you so much Mr. Byrne for breaking your own rule and sharing with us that great unused plot.

After your departure from UNCANNY X-MEN, I felt like the "real" X-men, the ones I knew and loved, were dead because I just couldn't recognize them anymore in the issues that followed. So when I realized that the penciller of the UNCANNY X-MEN had been replaced by another artist for good (we didn't get issue #143 here in France because I guess they thought the Alien-like creature was too scary for kids, so imagine my joy when I discovered there was a final JB issue of UNCANNY X-MEN for me to read years later), I kind of found some closure in thinking about Days of Future Past as the tale of the death of "my X-men" even though they happened to die in the future. But once in a while I had that crazy dream in the back of my head imagining that you had continued to produce UNCANNY X-MEN issues by yourself for your own enjoyment. So now I can have a better idea of what those imaginery issues could have been! Thank you so much for making that 12 years old boy inside of me very happy!

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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 3:11pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Years later, in Wolverine's solo book, he did mercy kill Mariko after she was poisoned by blowfish toxin.

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Man, does THAT blowfish.

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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 3:19pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I read JB's plot... and the first thought that came to my mind was we've somehow got to commission that story... seriously.

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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 3:22pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Matt,
You mind-reader: I've been thinking the exact same thing!
Prohibitively expensive . . . but if we ALL PITCH IN . . .:)
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Let's see -- if I did it for my 1980 page rate, no royalties ------ why, for a three parter, you guys would have to cough up a staggering $2550!!!

Nobody has that kind of money!! Not even Wayne!

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Didn't really care for anything Hama did on WOLVERINE.  One of my least favorite moments was when Wolverine shouted "NOT AN ANIMAL!" or some such while tearing off his brown costume.
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Let's see -- if I did it for my 1980 page rate, no royalties ------ why, for a three parter, you guys would have to cough up a staggering $2550!!!


I pledge $25.50!

Come on, everyone!  We only need 99 of us to make it happen.
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John Mietus
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Can't think. Imagination still reeling.

JB, what was the reason for abandoning the story?

Edited by John Mietus on 29 August 2006 at 4:44pm
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Matthew McCallum
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John Byrne wrote: Let's see -- if I did it for my 1980 page rate, no royalties ------ why, for a three parter, you guys would have to cough up a staggering $2550!!!

Actually, I'm astonished at how affordable that would be. However, we want words on them pictures, so you'd need to be compensated for writing and lettering as well. And I suspect your rates have increased slightly since 1980.

In all seriousness, John, I bet we could put together an effort to sponsor such a work, a series of comissions that would equate to three issues of classic X-Men. The final result could be viewed in your Gallery and the individual pages would proudly hang in the homes of their sponsors.



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James Revilla
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 5:13pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

I would donate 25 bucks for that as well
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 5:18pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Damn, if $25.50 was all I'd really have to pledge, well that's a
no-brainer. Do we send it to you JB, or your dealer?

Matt, don't forget there would also have to be a small fee for JB to
reply to all our mail for the letters page.
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Matthew McCallum
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Marcel Chenier wrote: Matt, don't forget there would also have to be a small fee for JB to reply to all our mail for the letters page.

LOL! Marcel, I like the cut of your jib. You're welcome at my place anytime!

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Daniel Kendrick
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 5:31pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

I'd toss in $40
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Jason Fliegel
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 5:32pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Of course, $2550 in 1980 dollars is worth $6476 in 2005 dollars -- and that's not even accounting for the fact that 1) All artists are probably better compensated today than they were in 1980; and 2) I would imagine that JB commands a higher page rate today, even apart from general and industry-specific inflation.

All of that said, put me down for $25.50!

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Steve Horton
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 5:42pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Wow, Mariko died exactly the same way as Chairman Kaga on Iron Chef!
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JB, what was the reason for abandoning the story?

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It wasn't abandoned, it was postponed.

Death of Phoenix, y'know.

Then I left before we could do it.
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Stéphane Garrelie
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 6:07pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Thanx for sharing that plot for the Death of Mariko storyline with us. That looks great.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 7:04pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

My dog. How cool this would've been.
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Craig Markley
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 7:28pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

I also was thinking about the commission possibilities that list could generate!
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Posted: 29 August 2006 at 7:39pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Man it's funny how, when you tell the plot, the ol' Byrne/Austin pictures just pop into my head, although not nearly as clearly as I would like!  What a story!!
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