Thursday, November 17, 2016

Byrne-ing to Read: Charlton Prose Fillers by Mike Pellowski and John Byrne

Dig it, Groove-ophiles. Ol' Groove is pretty sure we've made it perfectly clear that we dig, love, groove to, get turned on by, and enjoy planting our peepers on the awesome artistry of John Byrne. We've dug up some art that you might not be aware of...and Mr. Byrne might want to forget. But hey, everyone's gotta start somewhere, and no matter how rough or crude the following illos may seem, Ol' Groove sees sparks of originality, an unmatched enthusiasm, a fun style, and a superstar-diamond-in-the-rough...

From The Flintstones #37 (February 1975):

From Valley of the Dinosaurs #3 (April 1975):

From Korg, 70,000 B.C. #2 (May 1975):

Hmmm. All from Stone Age-based comics. Coincidence...?


  1. The word that occurs to me when I see this early raw Byrne material is "energy". His stuff always seemed so energetic, but alas in more recent years he has replaced that with a reliable but rather dull predictable storytelling.

    Rip Off

  2. The young boy looks like his Franklin Richards that appeared years later.

  3. The last story.. with the attire the characters are wearing, it seems one of them should be saying "Kuno Dahl!"

  4. Is that Charlie Brown with hair in "visit to the bottom of the sea???"

  5. I never read the text fillers; preferring the letters pages, which were pretty non-existant at Charlton by this time. The Byrne art is nice.

  6. Thanks so much, Groove!
    When I was a wee lad I wanted to collect EVERYTHING that Byrne ever drew...sought out the Wheelie and Chopper Bunch issues...but never, ever was able to find these issues. Thanks much for sharing - made my day!

  7. Anything by John Byrne,him and Neal Adams to me will always be the masters. Marvels loss!!!!!!



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