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

Artist: John Byrne (All)

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1978, JOHN BYRNE'S LETTER TO CHRIS CLAREMONT, CONCEPTUAL ART FOR KITTY PRYDE (SHADOWCAT), THE NEW MUTANTS, AND THE  MODERNIZED VERSION'  OF THE ORIGINAL X-COSTUME, PUBLISHED IN MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. #4, TPB 2012 (11  X 14 ) Comic Art
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PUBLISHED IN April 2009 issue of TwoMorrows Publishing's BACK ISSUE #33

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

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

 

   

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Title: 1978, JOHN BYRNE'S LETTER TO CHRIS CLAREMONT, CONCEPTUAL ART FOR KITTY PRYDE (SHADOWCAT), THE NEW MUTANTS, AND THE "MODERNIZED VERSION'" OF THE ORIGINAL X-COSTUME, PUBLISHED IN MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. #4, TPB 2012 (11" X 14")
Artist: John Byrne (All)
Media Type: Marker
Art Type: Pin Up
For Sale Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION!
Views: 15,910
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Favorited on CAF: 5
Comments: 41
Added to Site: 5/27/2005
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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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Rabid Ferret
Member Since 2005

Posted on 5/17/2005

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!

andrew bridges
Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/9/2006

very very cool.

Phillip K  V
Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/20/2006

I love this piece! Congrats!

Brian Vander
Member Since 2004

Posted on 5/17/2006

Talk about owning a piece of History! This is a great insight to 2 professionals in their absolute PRIME!!! Thanks for sharing

Damon Bader
Member Since 2004

Posted on 5/18/2006

That is in my top five favorite pieces on this site! Awesome piece of history.

Posted on 5/19/2006

Wonderful piece of comic history! -- Joel Thingvall, www.wonderthing.com

Colin Solan
Member Since 2004

Posted on 9/23/2006

That's just a treasure right there!

Mark Howland
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/24/2007

What a nice piece of history in so many ways, Jonathan!

- Artemaria
Member Since 2007

Posted on 6/20/2007

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!

Nelson Animated Ink
Member Since 2005

Posted on 9/20/2007

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.

Mike W
Member Since 2007

Posted on 9/21/2007

Definitely a grail!!!

Dan Gallo
Member Since 2005

Posted on 10/5/2007

I really enjoy historical stuff. Thanks for sharing!

Thomas Negovan
Member Since 2006

Posted on 1/3/2008

UNBELIEVABLE. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS EVER POSTED...

Alex Johnson
Member Since 2006

Posted on 6/20/2008

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.

Timothy Finney
Member Since 2006

Posted on 11/21/2008

A peek behind the curtain is always fun, but this one is especially satisfying.

Crees Tyler
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/19/2009

WOOOOOOW !!! Umbeliveable piece !!!

Alex B
Member Since 2008

Posted on 4/19/2009

Must be nice to own a piece of comics history ! Congrats, it's a stunning piece.

Lorenzo Fratini
Member Since 2008

Posted on 8/4/2009

This... this should just stay in a museum. What an incredibly relevant and very impressive piece of history/artwork you have here!

Carlos P.
Member Since 2008

Posted on 5/6/2010

WoauĦĦĦ you have a piece of the history of comic, i don´t have words...

Mario Giorno
Member Since 2009

Posted on 6/30/2010

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!

Greg Matiasevich
Member Since 2004

Posted on 7/29/2010

WOW!!!! Glad it's in the hands of someone who can really appreciate it and its value to the X-universe. Bravo!!!

Michael  Mikulovsky
Member Since 2009

Posted on 9/5/2010

Holy Moley!

Fred DeBoom
Member Since 2003

Posted on 10/2/2011

What a magnificent page of comic book history!!! Congratulations on acquiring this incredible X-Men "Grail" page!

Dave W (JadeGiant.com)
Member Since 2006

Posted on 10/2/2011

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!

Anthony F
Member Since 2004

Posted on 1/22/2012

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! :)

Pete Marino
Member Since 2010

Posted on 1/22/2012

What a cool story to get a truly historic piece of X-Men lore

Fred L.
Member Since 2007

Posted on 9/21/2012

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.

Sean Rutan
Member Since 2012

Posted on 11/11/2013

Oh my goodness!!!! What a fantastic piece of history! I absolutely love this! Congrats, bud.

Jonathan Mueller
Member Since 2005

Posted on 11/11/2013

Sean Rutan wrote:

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! ;)

Joshua McCoy
Member Since 2013

Posted on 12/2/2013

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!

Jonathan Mueller
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/2/2013

Joshua McCoy wrote:

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! :)

Raymond Bryan
Member Since 2011

Posted on 1/26/2014

This is really great!! Love the story and Kitty was always a fav. growing up!! Congrats!!

J. Sid
Member Since 2004

Posted on 6/12/2014

That's a nice one! Love all the notes on it

Eric Callen
Member Since 2005

Posted on 4/17/2015

Words fail with anything as historic as this. HUGE congrats and thanx for sharing with us.

Jonathan Mueller
Member Since 2005

Posted on 4/17/2015

Eric Callen wrote:

Words fail with anything as historic as this. HUGE congrats and thanx for sharing with us.

Thanks Eric! It's one of those pieces that I occasionally have to pinch myself to see if I'm only dreaming about having something so incredibly historic, and epic, as part of my collection! I feel beyond lucky to have had it kick start my collecting habit, and I highly doubt I will ever be able to add another piece with such varied significance to comicdom to my collection!

Eric Callen
Member Since 2005

Posted on 4/17/2015

Jonathan Mueller wrote:

Thanks Eric! It's one of those pieces that I occasionally have to pinch myself to see if I'm only dreaming about having something so incredibly historic, and epic, as part of my collection! I feel beyond lucky to have had it kick start my collecting habit, and I highly doubt I will ever be able to add another piece with such varied significance to comicdom to my collection!

You're welcome! I, too, feel beyond lucky for the first purchase to kick start MY collecting habit. Although not historic, it's a Jim Lee X-Men page that oddly enough doesn't feature ANY X-Men (or women)! Just my favorite Marvel character ever; Ghost Rider. Take care and Happy Collecting!

Alberto Garcia
Member Since 2009

Posted on 10/16/2015

Wonderful art!!

Olivier D
Member Since 2006

Posted on 8/7/2016

Keeper for sure! Piece of history, bravo!

Ricky Bobby
Member Since 2015

Posted on 7/31/2017

This is amazing! Congrats on this piece and thanks for sharing!

Jonathan Mueller
Member Since 2005

Posted on 7/31/2017

Ricky Bobby wrote:

This is amazing! Congrats on this piece and thanks for sharing!

Thanks for commenting Ricky. I feel very lucky to be its custodian.

Posted on 8/14/2017

That is BEAUTIFUL! Congrats Jonathan!

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