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John Byrne
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Posted: 19 April 2018 at 3:52am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I sent the link to several Canadian friends, not realizing it was "restricted".

Boo!!

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Just chatting about with a friend, and found myself thinking how weird it would be to go back and show it to myself in 1978, after I had seen THE MOVIE for the 20th time, or so.

The notion that I'd one day be hired to "fix" Superman would be stunning enough, but that a clip from that movie would be used to illustrate an interview... WoW!!

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It's nice to have your thoughts and anecdotes of the subject in one place JB.

And yes a superb job from SYFY split screening that scene while you described it!
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Well, finally we see a piece that captures what it is like to talk with JB in person - in particular, JBís quick sense of humor.  Your humor is organic to a conversation and not forced, and it really comes out here.  We already know you can tell a story on the page, but you are a natural storyteller in real life as well.  Itís really great to see your impact on Superman acknowledged and celebrated during this anniversary.

I liked the short piece that was done with Walt Simonson, but it felt like a trailer to a longer feature that I wanted to see.  What makes this longer piece so satisfying is its deeper dive into JBís inspiration and interpretation of the character.  Along with a good sense of humor about the subject, I really like that we hear about the frustration that was felt in creating the book.  JB, your candor is appreciated as I think people really do not talk enough about the difficulties that some of our favorite books experience before they get to the reader.  With all the challenges you faced, Iím glad you hung in there and made some fantastic stories.

Kudos to the producers for showing actual comic book pages.  I feel some of the network comic book docs are overproduced and donít let us see enough of the artwork.  It was really great to hear JB talk about ďMetropolis - 900 MiĒ and see the pages.  Points off for showing other peopleís artwork, which considering the amount of source material was totally unnecessary.  I like the host - he seems knowledgeable and enthusiastic about comic books.


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Posted: 19 April 2018 at 9:07am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

As always, it's very interesting to hear your thoughts on comics, thanks for agreeing to the interview... more please!
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There are a lot of graying Superman fans who seem unable or unwilling to accept the fact that I did not storm in off the street, demand I be given Superman, kick over the apple cart and then walk away. Hopefully this interview will help to penetrate the miasma around their minds.
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I never understood fans who said that. That's a hell of a lot of clout, storming in off the street and doing that. The editor-in-chief/publisher must have been having an off-day to allow that! 
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A very enjoyable and informative interview, JB. Thanks for doing it!
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It always saddens me to hear that working on Superman
wasn't a pleasurable experience. Although you are not
alone in that club.

Hopefully you get some fulfillment that as a reader, your
run was a home run. When news came out that you were
going to DC to work on Superman, it broke the internet
before it existed. For the months leading up to the
release, MAN OF STEEL was all anybody talked about. You
didn't disappoint.

If not for you, the only Superman comic in my collection
would be one issue of SUPERMAN FAMILY. That comic was
incomprehensible to me. I was done with the character.

Your writing and art made Superman my favorite character.
Not just then, but for all time. ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN
didn't do that, you did. Your run may be the single
greatest comic book collecting and reading experience
I've ever had.

Thank you.
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Hey, what gives?  The Internet says this John Byrne guy is a stark-raving-mad, angry, egotistical lunatic... but this guy is warm, funny, pleasant and self-effacing.

It must be a Fake News conspiracy!

(Seriously, great interview... always a treat to put a voice to the many posts we all read around here!)



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Shaun,

I've been to his house...don't fall for the warm, funny
act!
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He comes to my house, and THIS is how he says THANKS!
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He comes to my house, and THIS is how he says THANKS!

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"With friends like these...."
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For those not in a region that allows it, the interview
is up on Facebook on the `Byrne Victims` page.
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Fantastic interview. Still learning a lot years later. It's nice to know our host's own immigration experiences had a bearing on MOS.

MOS was reprinted in the UK in SUPERMAN, a fortnightly title that eventually became monthly. This was around 1988 (I had read the US issues in '86).

The letters pages for the UK reprints were very, very positive about it. Also, we got A4-sized reprints on glossy paper. Here's one example:


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I bought that issue. And yes that sellotape was murder to deal with.
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Scissors man, scissors.
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I enjoyed the original US issues, but when London Editions Magazines (who held the DC licence at one point) published the MOS reprints, I thought I'd gone to Heaven: MOS, and later Mr Byrne tales, in A4 and on glossy paper?!!! Yay! 
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Posted: 21 April 2018 at 1:53am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Quick Q for JB: When you had Clark playing football did you ever toy
with the idea of him seriously injuring - or even killing - another player
as a callback to Phillip Wylieís GLADIATOR?
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No.
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I appreciate the response. Thanks!
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I'm no fan of glossy paper, but what is "A4"?
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A4 is the U.K. equivalent of your letter sized paper. Although it is slightly longer and slightly thinner in portrait orientation.
8.26 x 11.69 (A4) vs 8.5 x 11 (US letter)

Finally managed to see this via the link Bill mentions. Loved it. A lot you had mentioned here before but it was still great hearing you speak those stories.

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Speaker of Stories! My new Native American name!

Perhaps this interview will help to convince some people that a) I have neither a British nor Canadian accent, and b) I don't sound like the Wicked Witch of the West!

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And, no surprise I suppose, but this has generated a flurry of "Since you're doing interviews again..." requests.

Well, no, sorry, I'm not.

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