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1978, JOHN BYRNE'S LETTER TO CHRIS CLAREMONT, CONCEPTUAL ART/IDEA FOR UNCANNY X-MEN KITTY PRYDE (SHADOWCAT), NEW MUTANTS, AND THE "MODERNIZED X-COSTUME," PUBLISHED IN MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. #4, TPB 2012, (11 X 14 IN) (33 Comments)

Artist: John Byrne (All)

1978, JOHN BYRNE'S LETTER TO CHRIS CLAREMONT, CONCEPTUAL ART/IDEA FOR UNCANNY X-MEN KITTY PRYDE (SHADOWCAT), NEW MUTANTS, AND THE  MODERNIZED X-COSTUME,  PUBLISHED IN MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. #4, TPB 2012, (11 X 14 IN)  Comic Art
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Title: 1978, JOHN BYRNE'S LETTER TO CHRIS CLAREMONT, CONCEPTUAL ART/IDEA FOR UNCANNY X-MEN KITTY PRYDE (SHADOWCAT), NEW MUTANTS, AND THE "MODERNIZED X-COSTUME," PUBLISHED IN MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. #4, TPB 2012, (11 X 14 IN) 5
Artist: John Byrne (All)
Media Type: Marker
Art Type: Pin Up
For Sale Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION!
Views: 11,827
Comments: 33
Added to Site: 5/27/2005
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Description

This John Byrne X-Men piece has has a plethora of historic firsts...

...first conception of Shadowcat...

...first depiction of the "modernized version" of the original X-Costume (Byrne writes "this" modernized version, not "the" Indicating Chris, and the rest of us, had not previously seen the modernized version depicted here)...

...first outline by Byrne of the idea for a "X-Men-in-Training," or second team... which sounds more or less like the New Mutants which Claremont later wrote...

... first comic art I ever purchased! Yes, I'm that lucky! In July of 2004, I was seeking out a complete set (at the time) of Strangers in Paradise, after finally succumbing to two well respected friend's repeated recommendations to start reading Terry Moore's SIP series, and came across this Byrne Kitty Pryde conceptual art on E-Bay!

It was at just over $100 when I originally spotted it with about four days left in it's seven day auction. During those four days I scoured the internet in a desperate attempt to verify it authenticity and determine it's value. It was apparent it was worth a lot more than the $100 or so it was at, and though new to comic art collecting, I was all too familiar with the "sniper" aspect of E-bay auctions in the waning minutes of an auction.

My Mother and Nana both agreed to float me some money for 30 days and with that help, I was able to come up with $2800 to bid on it. Going into the last minute it was at $800... I won it for $1625! I wouldn't sell it for 100 times that!

Prior to this little escapade it had somehow never occurred to me that I could own the original art used to publish the comic books I love(d) so much... and so, a new addiction was born. ~:)

Any pin up/sketch of an X-Men from this period by John Byrne would be divine in it's own right, but the history of this piece, the letter to the writer exhibiting a new team costume design, the outlining of a new character that would become adored by me, if not millions of others, the presentation of an idea that would spawn a whole new comic book series, and the fact that it's the first piece of original comic art I ever purchased make it the "Pryde" (I know, I know, bad pun!) of my collection.

Turns out this was published in the April 2009 issue of TwoMorrows Publishing's BACK ISSUE #33, an issue devoted to teen heroes! Thanks for
the tip Percy! And to Brett J. and Horace Austin of the Comic-L group for letting me know which magazine and issue!

02/21/12 Last spring I was contacted by Marvel Masterworks Editor, Cory Sedlmeier, whom informed me that he was in charge of creating a Marvel Masterworks TPB that reprinted Kitty Pryde's first appearance in the Uncanny X-Men and asked if I'd be willing to provide a 600dpi scan of the Byrne character sheet for publication in the trade. I agreed and, with the help of my brother, removed the art from it's frame, rescanned the piece, and provided it to Cory.

This month it was published in the Vol. 4 TPB of Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men as a pin-up at the back of the book.

Thank you Cory for inquiring about the inclusion of the Kitty Pryde piece; I'm overjoyed to have been able to share it with other X-Men fans, that it has finally been published by Marvel, 34 years after it's initial creation, and am immensely grateful for the "Special Thanks" on the credits page... I didn't know you were going to do that last bit... it's quite surreal to have my name in a Marvel Comic next to the likes of Claremont, Byrne, Austin, Perez, and Cockrum!


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PUBLISHED IN MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. #4, TPB 2012

CREDITS PAGE, MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. #4, TPB 2012

PUBLISHED IN April 2009 issue of TwoMorrows Publishing's BACK ISSUE #33,

 

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Rabid Ferret wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow! What a great piece of history you have there! To me that's far cooler than many published pages and far cooler to have in the hands of a fan!
Posted on 5/17/2005


andrew bridges wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
very very cool.
Posted on 1/9/2006


Keith Veronese wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I love this piece! Congrats!
Posted on 1/20/2006


Brian Vander wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Talk about owning a piece of History! This is a great insight to 2 professionals in their absolute PRIME!!! Thanks for sharing
Posted on 5/17/2006


Damon Bader wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
That is in my top five favorite pieces on this site! Awesome piece of history.
Posted on 5/18/2006


Joel Thingvall GALLERY OF WONDER WOMAN ART wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wonderful piece of comic history! -- Joel Thingvall, www.wonderthing.com
Posted on 5/19/2006


Colin Solan wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
That's just a treasure right there!
Posted on 9/23/2006


Mark Howland wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
What a nice piece of history in so many ways, Jonathan!
Posted on 3/24/2007


- Artemaria wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
While everyone is aware of the magic that these two created, the particularly special thing about this piece, is that -- if only for a moment -- the veil is lifted and we get to see what went on behind the curtain. A truly unique and historic acquisition. Congratulations!
Posted on 6/20/2007


Nelson Animated Ink wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I remember hearing about this piece selling on ebay a few years back.....unfortunately it was the day after the auction closed. A fantastic piece of history. I'm glad it has a good home. Cheers! N.
Posted on 9/20/2007


Mike W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Definitely a grail!!!
Posted on 9/21/2007


Dan Gallo wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I really enjoy historical stuff. Thanks for sharing!
Posted on 10/5/2007


Thomas Negovan wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
UNBELIEVABLE. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS EVER POSTED...
Posted on 1/3/2008


Alex Johnson wrote: Paid Member Hero Supporter    [ Quote & Reply ]
What a great find. The only thing I've ever seen that competes is the letter from H. G. Peters to Moulton about Wonder Woman.
Posted on 6/20/2008


Timothy Finney wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A peek behind the curtain is always fun, but this one is especially satisfying.
Posted on 11/21/2008


Crees Tyler wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
WOOOOOOW !!! Umbeliveable piece !!!
Posted on 3/19/2009


Alex B wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Must be nice to own a piece of comics history ! Congrats, it's a stunning piece.
Posted on 4/19/2009


Lorenzo Fratini wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This... this should just stay in a museum. What an incredibly relevant and very impressive piece of history/artwork you have here!
Posted on 8/4/2009


Carlos P. wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
WoauĦĦĦ you have a piece of the history of comic, i don´t have words...
Posted on 5/6/2010


Mario Giorno wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
The original concept of Kitty Pride and eventually the New Mutants. This is even better than a great cover or splash page. It's the literal birth of a character in the creator's mind!
Posted on 6/30/2010


Greg Matiasevich wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
WOW!!!! Glad it's in the hands of someone who can really appreciate it and its value to the X-universe. Bravo!!!
Posted on 7/29/2010


Michael  Mikulovsky wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Holy Moley!
Posted on 9/5/2010


FRED deBOOM wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
What a magnificent page of comic book history!!! Congratulations on acquiring this incredible X-Men "Grail" page!
Posted on 10/2/2011


Dave W wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I have looked at 2 pics in your collection and both are the definition of true grail - this is an absolutely amazing piece of art and Xmen history. Congrats!
Posted on 10/2/2011


Anthony F wrote: Paid Member Hero Supporter    [ Quote & Reply ]
Wonderful story, thanks for sharing and I'm happy for you, seeing it published by Marvel! I only wish I had the thought to buy art on ebay, instead of comics, in 2004 - it took me a little longer to make that jump! :)
Posted on 1/22/2012


Pete Marino wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
What a cool story to get a truly historic piece of X-Men lore
Posted on 1/22/2012


Frederic L. wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I remember the first appearance of Kitty. I was a teenager and was reading the french translation of the X-Men. Thanks for this trip to the past.
Posted on 9/21/2012


Sean Rutan wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Oh my goodness!!!! What a fantastic piece of history! I absolutely love this! Congrats, bud.
Posted on 11/11/2013


Jonathan Mueller wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Sean Rutan said:
Oh my goodness!!!! What a fantastic piece of history! I absolutely love this! Congrats, bud.

Thanks Sean! It's not a Captain America piece; but it's pretty sweet! ;)
Posted on 11/11/2013


Joshua McCoy wrote: Paid Member Hero Supporter    [ Quote & Reply ]
This is the great thing about Comic Art Fans, if not for the kind words you left in my gallery, I may have continued to miss out on this amazing piece of history in yours! Just amazing!
Posted on 12/2/2013


Jonathan Mueller wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Joshua McCoy said:
This is the great thing about Comic Art Fans, if not for the kind words you left in my gallery, I may have continued to miss out on this amazing piece of history in yours! Just amazing!

I could not agree more Joshua, I just love stumbling across something new in a fellow collector's gallery here on CAF. Thanks for taking the time to check out my gallery and comment after I did so on yours. Happy Collecting! :)
Posted on 12/2/2013


Raymond Bryan wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
This is really great!! Love the story and Kitty was always a fav. growing up!! Congrats!!
Posted on 1/26/2014


J. Sid wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
That's a nice one! Love all the notes on it
Posted on 6/12/2014


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