Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Avengers Assemble! John Byrne Commissions

John Byrne has done some amazing commissions over the past few years.  I can't help but be impressed by the following pieces where the classic Avengers Assemble once again...

Avengers Assemble 1 by John Byrne, colored by Rich Cirillo

Rich Cirillo (from ComicArtFans) has not one by two pieces of the Mighty Avengers, with colors provided by Cirillo himself.  A true Avengers fan loves many incarnations of this team, but which one would you select for a commission from your favorite artist?  According to Cirillo, "...this piece is actually two requests on one board: The Avengers circa issue #1 (A tribute to Jack Kirby) and the group of circa issue #28 (A tribute to Don Heck)." I loved both the short lived "Hulk" era (which only lasted 2 issues) plus the new team with those reformed criminals Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver.

Avengers Assemble 2 by John Byrne, colored by Rich Cirillo

The second piece features the Roy Thomas / Steve Englehart eras with the Vision, Mantis, Swordsman, Beast, Yellowjacket, etc.  This actually forms a poster when paired with the first illustration.

Avengers Universe by John Byrne from Jim Warden's gallery on CAF

Jim Warden (from ComicArtFans)  also went for an Avengers commission from Byrne in a very big way.  This one is titled "Avengers Universe" and according to Warden it features "...a crowd scene of his choice of characters from the Avengers starting with issue 1 and going through his run on the title."  Look at how many versions of Iron Man are here--I counted at least 4!  There is more than one version of Wonder Man and I suspect the Wasp as well.  I love all the little details here: the Lady Liberators in the back, the Super Adaptoid on the right, even Warlock and Captain Marvel are in there.

For more fantastic artwork, click on Cirillo's ComicArtFans gallery for more (including Golden and Hughes) and check out Jim Wardens DOA (Distinctive Original Art) Gallery (Zeck, Chadwick, Davis, etc).  Nuff Said!


  1. These are awesome! I've put a link to this post on the BAB blog, because everyone needs to see all of this coolness!

    Thanks for posting,


  2. John Byrne still has it! Sad the industry has gone down the toilet. If DC & Marvel had any sense. Byrne would still be doing any book he wants! I hope I can afford a commission by Bryne one day.


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