Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bizarre Adventures #31 - John Byrne, Frank Miller art

Bizarre Adventures v1 #31, 1982 - Violence is this issue's central theme, embedded within a collection of short stories. John Byrne chronicles a modern day book burning, told in two succinct pages but nicely rendered despite its brevity. By and large, Frank Miller's "The Philistine" is the most significant contribution. Visually breathtaking, the artist juxtaposes old engravings with his contemporary drawings. The combination is unusual, but dramatically successful. Other artists in this issue include Herb Trimpe, Steve Smallwood, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Armstrong, Ralph Reese, Steve Bissette and Joe Jusko (cover). This is number 1 of 1 Bizarre Adventures issues with Byrne art and/or covers and number 2 of 2 Bizarre Adventures issues with Miller art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Byrne, Miller or Bizarre Adventures issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist or Miller checklist.
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"The Philistine" Miller story pencils and inks 8 pages (black and white) = *****
Untitled Byrne story pencils and inks 2
pages (black and white) = ***
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John Byrne

Frank Miller
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More Miller posts:
Bizarre Adventures #28
Daredevil v1 #166 marvel comic book cover art by Frank Miller
Daredevil #166
Spec Spider-man #55

More Byrne posts:
Avengers #190
Iron Fist #7
Captain America #250


  1. Steve Bissette's story "A Frog is a Frog" is one of the most powerful 'coming of age stories' ever rendered in sequential art. Highly over looked in your synopsis here. As is Steve perry's art for said story.

    in my humble opinion.

  2. Loved Steve Bissette's art on Miracleman and Swamp Thing. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with the full scope of his work to have an informed opinion. Any recommended issues would be welcome.