Power Man #48 - John Byrne art

Power Man v1 #48, 1977 - With his friends held hostage, Power Man must kidnap Misty Knight, but not before her boyfriend Iron Fist intervenes. The action starts immediately on the opening splash, which seems stiff compared to the rest of the story. John Byrne's drawings display a fresh enthusiasm. Characters from two parallel timelines converge, culminating in a second, more explosive splash page (see interior page below). The ensuing fight between the two heroes is superbly choreographed. Note that Iron Fist's appearance occurs not long after the cancellation of his own series. Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane (cover). This is number 1 of 11 Power Man issues with Byrne art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Byrne or >Power Man issues on ebay.
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"Fist of Iron, Heart of Stone" Byrne story pencils (Dan Green inks) 17 pages = ****

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  1. I was a big fan of John Byrne's Iron Fist back in the day. even now, I'm still defending it over his more well-known X-Men work. always thought the issue with the Post Office Tower going kablooey was a corker.

  2. Hmmm... The early Iron Fists were a bit crude for my tastes. By the time Byrne took over the X-men, his art matured and excelled, no doubt helping increase the book's popularity. I do wish he had done a longer run on Power Man/Iron Fist than just three issues.


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