Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Black and White Wednesday: The Savage Sword of Byrne

Look upon yon greatness and weep at what might have been, Groove-ophiles! Why, oh, why, didn't Roy Thomas ever tap John Byrne to draw a Conan, Kull, Red Sonja, or Solomon Kane epic for Savage Sword of Conan? (Especially after the bang-up job he and Terry Austin did on the Spidey/Red Sonja tale in Marvel Team-Up #79!)

The above masterpieces, by the way, hail from Savage Sword of Conan #'s 9, 15, and 29.


  1. That makes two Marvel titles significant in their lack of Byrne attention: "Conan" and "Thor". He dabbled in just about every other publication the company had. Maybe he just didn't like to draw swords?

  2. Hey Groovy one!
    I love B & W Wednesdays! It is odd John Bryne never did do Conan. Or Thor's title, even if he did draw Thor in the Avengers & a issue or two of Marvel Team Up. The only thing I never really cared for Bryne's art was his faces, especially his woman. All seemed to look the same.He's improved over the decades. But his early art this was very noticable.

  3. An off-topic question for Mr. Groove: what is the origin of that incredible Kirby picture at the top of this blog?

  4. Hey Groove I love that rendering of the Puritan Powerhouse! Too cool!

    Love me some Solomon Kane!

  5. byrne does a cracking version of red sonja in a commission i've seen

  6. Add Dr. Strange to the list of Marvel Comics not Byrne-d, Blaze.

    The Kirby pic in the header comes from the 1971 Kirby Portfolio, Sean!

  7. For what it's worth, Byrne told me in '94 that he would've loved to do Conan, but that the money just wasn't there.



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