“Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes, we just cuddle.” – John Byrne
In comic book circles, it would be sacrilege to call anyone the “Jack Kirby of my generation”… except for John Byrne, a writer and artist who not only lives up to that comparison, he built a legend of his own. SYFY WIRE recently had a chance to visit Byrne in his very impressive home studio.
Even icons start somewhere and Byrne happily told us about the comic creators that influenced him.
“There’s a British editorial cartoonist of my youth named [Carl] Giles, who was a huge, huge influence,” noted Byrne. “There are some British comic book artists [including] Frank Bellamy, Frank Hampson, and then we come over to this side of the pond, and I start to see people like Dick Sprang, and Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby. And then of course, Neal Adams, blew everybody away.”
“When [Marvel editor] Mark Gruenwald was talking to me about doing a new She-Hulk book, he said ‘find a way to make it different,'” recalled Byrne. “I took the subway home, and on the way I thought ‘she knows she’s in a comic book.'”
That notion allowed Byrne to break the fourth wall in She-Hulk and experiment with the comic format while making it one of Marvel’s funniest books.
“I have a wacky sense of humor that I don’t get to use too much in the regular work,” said Byrne. “But She-Hulk allowed me to have both.”
For more comic memories and insights from Byrne, check out the entire video!
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