Their X-Men run -- Giant-Size 1 through Uncanny X-Men 150 was great, great stuff.
Rich characters, plot twists, exotic and faraway locales.
It was -- dare I say it? Great soap opera.
Yes. Apparently you dare say it.
no the OP said soap opera... close the thread(note the sarcasm)
It WAS great--one of the best runs on a comic ever. Unfortunately the "Days of Future Past" storyline, so great in and of itself, laid the groundwork for years of the most boring and convoluted plotlines ever--Chris Claremont could just not break himself for years of his obsession with that alternate timeline.
the artwork was stunning, especially for the classic "Fate of the Phoenix" story from x-MEN #137 with the giant fight between the X-men and the Imperial Guard in the Blue Area of the moon.
Totally agree. That was likely the best run of a conventional-superhero comic ever.
Did John Byrne ever evolve past his homophobia in the 80s?
Can you explain the Byrne homophobia?
Oh, I love those issues.
Days of Future Past was GREAT reading
Do you think they'll get it even close to right on film?
In the late 70s, Byrne gave an extensive interview with one of the fan journals (I think The Comics Journal?) where he kept using the word "faggot" over and over extremely pejoratively--I don't remember in what contexts other than one: to complain about the way the Angel (Warren Worthington) wore his hair.
I think he did evolve beyond this. he was one of the first writers for DC or Marvel to depict a homosexual relationship sympathetically: between Maggie Sawyer, the chief of police for Metropolis, and her divorced girlfriend in SUPERMAN. Before that he wanted to make it clear that the superhero Northstar was gay in ALPHA FLIGHT, but Marvel's notoriously homophobic editor at the time Jim Shooter wouldn't let him come right out and say that, so he implied it instead. Later, after both Shooter and Byrne had left Marvel, other writers building on what Byrne had done had Northstar explicitly out himself.
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