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"Alien Spotlight: Romulans", Byrne's first Star Trek comic

John Byrne is a comic book artist and writer, notable for his extensive work on numerous major comic franchises since the 1970s.



Byrne's first contribution to Star Trek comics was in 1987 when he provided illustrations for the articles on Harry Mudd, Sarek, David Bailey, Hortas, Iotians and Khan Noonien Singh in DC ComicsStar Trek reference work, Who's Who in Star Trek.

Byrne had long been a fan of Star Trek, however during his career Byrne had a number of bad experiences with like-ness approval on various TV and move tie-in comic franchises and became wary on working such comics. However in 2007 IDW Publishing editor Chris Ryall managed to convince Byrne to work on his first full Star trek comic, "Alien Spotlight: Romulans", which with its focus on Aliens rather than any of the primary cast of the Star Trek series freed Byrne from the concerns of likeness approval. That first foray "removed the cork from the bottle, and allowed the genii to escape" and Byrne has gone on to produce numerous Star Trek comics for IDW.[1]

Byrne has so far produced three series for IDW; Assignment: Earth, focusing on Gary Seven; Romulans: The Hollow Crown, a sequel to his Romulan Alien Spotlight story; and Crew a TOS prequel focusing on Number One.

Byrne has several other Star Trek series forthcoming and at various stages of development. Already confirmed are Schism, a further Romulan sequel, a second Assignment: Earth miniseries, and a so far untitled series set between the TOS TV era and The Motion Picture.[2] Byrne has also mentioned that when his Romulan saga is released in an omnibus book it will contain an additional exclusive comic book retelling of the episode "Balance of Terror".[3]

Another idea Byrne had but has yet to develop, having pushed it back behind his other Star Trek series, is a miniseries exploring the adventures of Balok and David Bailey.[4] One idea Byrne will not be able to realise was a crossover between Assignment: Earth and the series Doctor Who; unfortunately the BBC, who own the Doctor Who franchise, were not willing to go ahead with this.[5]

Elsewhere in IDW's output, the artist J.K. Woodward created an homage to John Byrne's cover for the Uncanny X-Men comic "Days of Future Past" for his own cover for "Do Not Close Your Eyes", the first issue of the The Last Generation miniseries.

Star Trek credits

DC Comics

IDW Publishing

Artist, writer and cover credits for all issues:


Sketch covers


IDW Publishing writers and editors
Writers Mike W. BarrJohn ByrneDerek ChesterPeter DavidKeith R.A. DeCandidoIan EdgintonD.C. FontanaAndrew Steven HarrisTim JonesMike JohnsonStuart MooreJames PatrickChris Ryall • Andy Schmidt • Paul D. StorrieDavid TiptonScott TiptonDavid Tischman • Ty Templeton
Story credits Harve Bennett • Alex KurtzmanRoberto OrciRick Remender • Jack B. Sowards
Editors Scott DunbierAndrew Steven HarrisChris Ryall • Andy Schmidt • Dan TaylorDenton J. Tipton
IDW Publishing artists
Interior artists Bob AlmondJosep Maria BeroyJohn ByrneElena Casagrande • Chee Yang Ong • Steve Conley • Arianna Florean • Drew GeraciGianluigi Gregorini • Mike Hawthorne • Aaron LeachCasey Maloney • Federica Manfredi • Jose Marzan Jr.David Messina • Stephen Molnar • Sean MurphyTom NguyenLeonard O'GradyTerry PallotStacie PonderSara PichelliGordon Purcell • Wagner Reis • Rob & Joe SharpBob SmithStephen ThompsonJ.K. Woodward
Cover artists Josep Maria Beroy • James Brown • John ByrneDennis CaleroElena Casagrande • Chee Yang Ong • Steve ConleyJoe Corroney • David Deitrick • Jeremy Geddes • Mike Hawthorne • Zach HowardKen Kelly • Kevin Maquire • David MessinaSean MurphyLeonard O'Grady • Bob Peak • Nick Runge • Kelsey Shannon • Rob & Joe SharpStephen Thompson • David Williams • J.K. Woodward
Colorists 2B Studio • Moose Baumann • Mario Boon • Chiara Cinabro • Andrew ElderJohn HuntJason Jenson • Lovern Kindzierski • Thompson KnoxPaolo MaddaleniGiovanna NiroLeonard O'GradyMirco Pierfederici • Priscila Ribeiro • Chris Sotomayor • Tom SmithIlaria TraversiJ.K. Woodward
Letterers Robbie RobbinsChris Mowry • Richard Starklings • Neil Uyetake

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DC Comics

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From DC Database

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John Byrne

Real Name
John Lindley Byrne
John Byrne; Johnny Redbeard

DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics


Date of Birth
July 5th, [[1950]]

Place of Birth

First publication



Personal History

John Byrne is largely considered to be one of the most prolific and pioneering creators working in the field of comics today. He is proficient in all manner of the creative process including writing, pencil work, inking and even lettering. He has contributed material to many different comic companies over the years including, Marvel Comics, Charlton Comics, Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics. He is known for taking older concepts and retooling them in order to make them more palatable for modern readers. In the realm of DC comics, his most notable contribution consists of the complete revision of Superman's background and supporting cast following the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Professional History

The following bibliography pertains to John Byrne's DC Comics contributions only (incomplete).

Issues credited

This list pertains to John's contributions to DC Comics only (incomplete)

As Writer

As Penciler

As Inker

As Cover Artist


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Work History

Official Website

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Marvel Database

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John Byrne

John Byrne
Real Name
John Lindley Byrne
John Byrne; Johnny Redbeard; the Chronicler


Adventures of the Thing, Alpha Flight, Avengers, Bizarre Adventures, Captain America, Champions, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Iron Fist, Iron Man, Marvel Team-Up, Namor, the Sub-Mariner, Sensational She-Hulk, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: The Hidden Years


First publication

Place of Birth
Walsall , Staffordshire , England

Date of Birth

July 6th , 1950


Personal History

John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalized American author and artist of comic books. Since the mid-1970s Byrne has worked on nearly every major American superhero. His most famous works have been on Marvel Comics's Uncanny X-Men and Fantastic Four and the 1986 relaunch of DC Comics's Superman franchise. During the 1990s he produced a number of creator-owned works including Next Men and Danger Unlimited.

Early life and career

Byrne was born in Walsall, England, but he and his parents (Frank and Nelsie) moved to Canada when he was eight. His first exposure to the American superheroes that would dominate his professional life were reruns of American programs such as The Adventures of Superman on British television. In Britain, he was able to read domestic comics such as The Eagle as well as reprints of DC Comics. [1] He was married to photographer and actress Andrea Braun Byrne for 15 years.

His first encounter with Marvel Comics was in 1962 with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four #5. He later commented that, "the book had an 'edge' like nothing DC was putting out at the time." [2] Jack Kirby's work in particular had a strong influence on Byrne and he has worked with many of the characters Kirby created or co-created. Besides Kirby, Byrne was also influenced by the naturalistic style of Neal Adams.

In 1970, Byrne enrolled at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. He created the superhero parody Gay Guy for the college newspaper which poked fun at the campus stereotype of homosexuality among art students. Gay Guy is also notable for featuring a prototype of the Alpha Flight character Snowbird. While there, he also published his first comic book, ACA Comix #1, featuring "The Death's Head Knight". [3]

Byrne left the college in 1973 without graduating. He broke into comics illustrating a two-page story by writer Al Hewetson for Skywald Publications' black-and-white horror magazine Nightmare #20 (August 1974). [citation needed] He then began freelancing for Charlton Comics, making his color-comics debut the E-Man backup feature "Rog-2000". This starred a robot character he'd created in the mid-1970s that colleagues Roger Stern and Bob Layton named and began using for spot illustrations in their fanzine CPL (Contemporary Pictorial Literature). A Rog-2000 story written by Stern, with art by Byrne and Layton, had gotten the attention of Charlton Comics writer Nicola Cuti, who extended Byrne an invitation. Byrne went on to work on the Charlton books Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, Doomsday +1, Space: 1999, and Emergency!.

Professional History

Marvel Comics

Byrne's first story for Marvel Comics was "Dark Asylum" (written by David Kraft), published in Giant-Sized Dracula #5. He began drawing Marvel's lower-selling titles, including Iron Fist, The Champions, and Marvel Team-Up. For many issues, he was paired with writer Chris Claremont.

In 1978, he joined Claremont on The Uncanny X-Men with issue 108. Their work together would make them both fan favorites and the X-Men became one of the industry's best-selling titles. Byrne has repeatedly compared his working relationship with Claremont to Gilbert and Sullivan, and has said that they were "almost constantly at war over who the characters were." [4] Byrne became "increasingly unhappy" and left the title with issue 143. He has described his current relationship with Claremont as "cordial" but said it would be "too frustrating" to work with him again. [2] In 2004, however, the two teamed up once more for a brief run on DC's JLA.

In the early 1980s Byrne worked on a number of other Marvel books. His nine-issue run (#247-255) with writer Roger Stern on Captain America included an issue (#250) in which the Captain was nominated for the US presidency. Marvel persuaded Byrne to write and draw Alpha Flight, a Canadian superhero team who were first introduced "merely to survive a fight with the X-Men". [2] The book was popular (its first issue sold 500,000 copies [5] and critically well regarded, but Byrne has said the book "was never much fun" and that he considered the characters two-dimensional.[2] One of those characters, Northstar, became Marvel's first openly gay superhero. Though intended by Byrne to be gay from the beginning, his homosexuality could only be hinted at during Byrne's tenure on the book. After issue 28, he swapped books with Bill Mantlo, writer of The Incredible Hulk. According to Byrne, he discussed his ideas with editor-in-chief Jim Shooter ahead of time, but once Byrne was on the book, Shooter objected to them.[2] Byrne only wrote and drew six issues (314-319) of the Hulk.

Byrne's most important post-X-Men body of work was his six years on The Fantastic Four (#232-293), considered by many to be a "second golden age" [6] on that title. Byrne said his goal was to "Turn the clock back...Get back and see fresh what it was that made the book great at its inception."[7] However, he also made a number of significant changes to the title: the Thing was replaced as a member of the quartet by the She-Hulk, while the Thing had adventures in his own comic (also written by Byrne), and his longtime girlfriend Alicia Masters left him for his teammate the Human Torch; the Invisible Girl was developed into the most powerful member with her heightened control of her refined powers and the self confident assertiveness to use it epitomized by her name change to the Invisible Woman; and the Baxter Building, their headquarters, was destroyed and replaced with Four Freedoms Plaza. Byrne has cited multiple reasons for leaving the book, including "internal office politics"[2] and that "it simply started to get old".[8]

Return to Marvel

In 1989, Byrne returned to work on a number of titles for Marvel Comics. His work on West Coast Avengers (issues 42-57, soon renamed Avengers West Coast) was contingent on his being allowed to do what he called "my Vision story".[2] |The Vision was a long standing Marvel superhero and member of The Avengers, an android originally created by the villain Ultron constructed with the body of the original Human Torch. The Vision went on to join the team, marry his teammate the Scarlet Witch, and father two children by her. Byrne radically changed this, revealing that Ultron lied about the Vision's creation. The android Human Torch was found and joined the WCA. The Vision was disassembled and stripped of his emotions. The couple's twins were revealed to be pieces of the soul of the demon Mephisto. In addition to these changes, Byrne's run is remembered for the introduction of the Great Lakes Avengers, an eclectic group of new superheroes.

On the request of editor Mark Gruenwald, Byrne wrote and drew a new series, the Sensational She-Hulk. Gruenwald demanded that it be significantly different from the character's 1970s series, the Savage She-Hulk. [5] Byrne's series was comedic and the She-Hulk, who was aware she was in a comic book, regularly broke the fourth wall. Byrne left the book after writing and drawing only the first eight issues. Traditionally at Marvel, writers and editors of regular series are consulted regarding side projects involving those characters, and Byrne was asked for input on Dwayne McDuffie's She-Hulk: Ceremony graphic novel. According to Byrne, most of his objections to the story and notations of errors were ignored, and his editor, Bobbie Chase, "was rewriting my stuff to bring it into line with" the story in Ceremony. When Byrne complained to editor in chief Tom DeFalco, he reports that he was fired from the series.[9] He later returned to write and draw issues 31-50 under new editor Renée Witterstaetter.

Byrne took over writing Iron Man (#258-277), which was drawn by John Romita Jr. and later by Paul Ryan. Byrne launched a second Armor War, restored The Mandarin as a major Iron Man nemesis and featured the 1950s monster Fin Fang Foom.

In 1986, Marvel began publication of a new line of superhero titles created by then-Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter, which took place in a continuum removed from the Marvel Universe proper, called the New Universe. In 1987, the New Universe line saw a revamp under the auspices of Executive Editor Mark Gruenwald, and Byrne took over writing and art breakdowns on the line's flagship title, Star Brand (which was renamed The Star Brand during Byrne's term on the book). Byrne's run started with issue #11 and continued until the cancellation of the title eight issues later, along with the rest of the New Universe line. The most significant event that occurred in that title under Byrne's tenure was the destruction of that continuum's city of Pittsburgh by the wielder of the Star Brand.

Byrne also started a new series called Namor the Sub-Mariner. Byrne's take on the undersea antihero Namor cast him as the head of a surface company, Oracle, Inc., and had him involved in corporate intrigue. Byrne wrote and drew the book for 25 issues, until new artist Jae Lee inspired a sharp change in the mood and plot of the book. Byrne wrote the book until issue 32.

Later works

In later years, Byrne has done titles for Marvel, DC, and other publishers.

In particular his work in late 1990s in Marvel is known as one of more controversial (and criticized by fans). Especially the Spider-Man: Chapter One, where Byrne tried to revive interest in the Spider-Man character retelling his earliest adventures, changing some key aspects, and declaring that the new version had supplanted the original stories as official Spider-Man canon.

His post-2000 works have often gone off the beaten tracks of the DC and Marvel universes and filled in characters and events in time periods mostly skipped by other comics (Marvel: The Lost Generation), or alternate timelines (DC's Superman & Batman: Generations); a common feature is to have characters who actually age during the course of the series unlike typical characters in ongoing comics.

At the present moment, Byrne is working on Star Trek comics.

Art style

Byrne has stated his major influences on his art style are Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, and Jean Giraud (best known as Moebius), as well as British comics artists Frank Hampson and Frank Bellamy and cartoonist Giles. He later described himself as "a Frank Miller sponge," and told several interviewers of his desire to incorporate influences from Miller and Gene Colan into his style. He has also cited science fiction artists John Berkey and Syd Mead as contributors to his style. [citation needed]

Byrne's original work has been noted as being rough, with his drawings emphasizing curves over straight lines. Byrne has himself admitted to straight lines being "his least favorite artistic element."[10]

Ron Goulart has called Byrne's artwork "an eminently acceptable mix of bravura, complexity and storytelling clarity".[11]

In Scott McCloud's book Understanding Comics, Byrne is charted along with other comics artists in the "Big Triangle".[12] McCloud's placement of Byrne within it identifies his style as similar to Gilbert Hernandez and Jim Lee, making the point that Byrne's line style is naturalistic without being overly detailed.

Byrne is, in 2005, an accomplished comic book creator, and is capable of producing virtually all aspects of a book, although he does still produce work in collaboration. The one exception is coloring, since Byrne is color-blind. He has problems distinguishing between some shades of green and brown and penciled Iron Fist for a year believing the costume was brown. While he experimented with his own hand-developed lettering fonts in the early 1980s, he now utilizes a computer font based on the handwriting of the letterer Jack Morelli. [13]

Byrne's artistic style, his layouts and his storytelling have been sources of instruction and inspiration to many comics artists, including George Perez[14], Jim Lee[15], Todd McFarlane[16], Bryan Hitch[17], and Marcos Martín.[18]


He received the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Penciller in 1986 and 1998, and the Squiddy Award for Favorite Penciller in 1993.

For his writing, he was nominated for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Writer six times. For his work as an artist, he was nominated for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Cover Artist five times. For his work as an inker he was nominated for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Inker three times. For his work as a penciller, he was nominated for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Penciller three times.

Work History

Images Attributed to John Byrne


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  • During "Assistant Editor's Month", John Byrne appeared in an issue of Fantastic Four as the Chronicler. The Watcher gave Byrne the assignment of chronicling the trial of Reed Richards. [19]

See Also

  • Gallery of John Byrne's pictures
  • Quotations by John Byrne
  • John Byrne in the news

Official Website

  • Byrne Robotics

Links and References

  • Byrne Robotics (Byrne's web site)
  • John Byrne article at the DC Database Project
  • John Byrne at Wikipedia
  • The John Byrne Forum
  • John Byrne's IMO - An opinion column at the UGO web portal.
  • Lambiek Comiclopedia
  • Byrne interview on his early career, Comic Book Artist #12, 2001
  • Roger Stern interview re: Byrne, Comic Book Artist #12, 2001
  • Interview with Top Two Three Films for Adventures Into Digital Comics
  • Adventures Into Digital Comics Official Web Site


  1. Byrne Robotics Forum: "Journey Into Comics". URL accessed on December 2, 2005
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Michael Thomas, "John Byrne: The Hidden Answers", Comic Book Resources, August 22, 2000. URL accessed on December 2, 2005.
  3. The John Byrne Gallery - "Images from John's College Days". URL accessed on December 2, 2005.
  4. John Byrne, "Too-Much-Reality Check",, January 29, 2003. URL accessed on December 2, 2005.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Byrne Robotics FAQ: Questions About Comic Book Projects. URL accessed on December 2, 2005.
  6. Frank Plowright, ed. The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide. Aurum Press, 1997.
  7. Qtd. in Christopher Mari, "John Byrne", Current Biography Yearbook 2000, pages 81-4. H.W. Wilson, Co.
  8. Marcia Allass, "The Superheroes' Mr. Fix-It: John Byrne", Sequential Tart, vol. 2, issue 6, June 1999. URL accessed on December 2, 2005.
  9. Byrne Robotics FAQ: Questions About Aborted Storylines. URL accessed March 18, 2006.
  10. John Byrne, Learn To Draw Comics, p. 46, Collins, 2001. ISBN 0004134117.
  11. Ron Goulart, The Great Comic Book Artists, pg. 18. St Martin's Press, 1986. ISBN 0312345577.
  12. Scott McCloud, "The Big Triangle". URL accessed on December 2, 2005.
  13. Byrne Robotics FAQ: Creative Process. URL accessed on December 2, 2005.
  14. Comics Feature #19, 1982. Excerpted here. URL accessed December 2, 2005.
  15. Gelatometti: 3 Doors Down. URL accessed December 2, 2005
  16. "Todd McFarlane Complete Biography", URL accessed December 2, 2005.
  17. Alexander Ness, "A Conversation With Bryan Hitch",, September 12, 2003.
  18. Scott Beatty, "Behind the Scenes: Words and Pictures with Marcos Martín!". URL accessed December 2, 2005.
  19. Fantastic Four #262

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From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

John Byrne (born June 6, 1950) is a comic book creator who drew a cover for the Marvel Star Wars series. Byrne's earliest professional work was in 1975 for Charlton Comics, but he soon found regular work at Marvel Comics and in 1977 began pencilling Uncanny X-Men which would become a runaway success for Marvel. His other notable works include writing and illustrating the Fantastic Four and revamping DC Comics' flagship title Superman during the 1980s. In the 1990s Byrne went to Dark Horse Comics to produce his creator-owned title Next Men.


Star Wars bibliography

Cover of Star Wars 13: Day of the Dragon Lords by Byrne and Terry Austin

Cover artist

  • Star Wars 13: Day of the Dragon Lords


External links

  • John Byrne's website

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Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

John Byrne is a Canadian artist well-known for his work on X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Superman.

Cover art

  • Dark Designs

External links

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