Friday, June 12, 2009

Famous First Fridays: John Byrne's Nightmare "Castle" and more!

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Being that I'm a charter Byrne-victim, I've waxed eloquent on John Byrne many times here on DOtGK, so I figured it was high time we took a look back at his first professionally published work. As with many of the greats, Byrne started off humbly paying his dues in the fanzines (like Amazing Science Fantasy--that one's from 1973, by the by) before finding paying gigs with minor publishers and then being "discovered" by the Big Boys. I've scoured his website (Byrne Robotics) so I could get this right, and if I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will correct me, but according to Byrne, his first pro job was an 8 pager that sat in a drawer for many moons before seeing print (heavily inked by Rudy Nebres) in Giant-Size Dracula #5 (March 1975). His first pro work to be published was the debut of Rog-2000, "That Was No Lady", which appeared in E-Man #6 (October 1974). However, I've done a little digging, and there's a two page strip in Skywald's black and white Nightmare #20 (cover-dated August 1974) illustrated by...John Byrne and Duffy Vohland. Well, Ol' Groove's still searching high and low for that G-S Dracula ish, but I dooby-dooby-doo have scans of the Nightmare and Rog comics, so without further ado, here's "The Castle" from the aforementioned Nightmare #20 aaaaand "That Was No Lady" (scripted by Nick Cuti) from the also-already-mentioned E-Man #6. How's that for service with a smile? Enjoy!


By the way, if you've never done so, stop by the Byrne Robotics Gallery and check out all the far-out art posted there. It's a museum of magnificence, baby!

2 comments:

  1. i am a HUGE byrne fan. the first time i saw his work was illustrations (mostly inked by vohland) that appeared in FOOM magazine. i remember wondering at the time why he wasn't working for marvel. shortly after that i saw some strips he drew in a fanzine called CPL that was published by then non-pros bob layton and roger stern. he began working at charlton shortly after that. i used to have this issue of ASF but i've never seen the skywald two-pager. thanks for posting!

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