Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Marvel Team-Up #79 - John Byrne art & cover

John Byrne
Marvel Team-Up v1 #79, 1979 - Housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a mystical amulet resurrects an ancient Stygian wizard. In response, an equally ancient sword transforms Mary Jane Watson into Red Sonja. This is John Byrne's last full length Spider-man story on the series, and his most visually spectacular. His pages are masterfully paced and composed, building up to a full page splash of the she-devil with a sword. The pencils are beautifully finished off by Terry Austin, no surprise given the pair's stunning work on the X-men. Even more fascinating is Byrne's rendition of Red Sonja, drawn to match the style of Frank Thorne, the character's finest artist. This is number 19 of 22 Marvel Team-Up issues with Byrne art and/or covers.
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Byrne cover pencils (Terry Austin inks) = ***
"Sword of the She-Devil" Byrne story pencils (Terry Austin inks) 17 pages = *****

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