Welcome to the John Byrne home page. Here I will attempt to list John's work on various comic books. The list is not complete and is in no particular order.
Many of the links here are thanks to Jonah Weiland's Comic Book Resources
Oh, look! Another John Byrne page. The Unofficial John Byrne Fan Site by Magnus Eriksson is excellent, including an extensive Byrne checklist, and several nice covers. Plus, he updates his page a bit more often than I do. All Byrne victims should give it a look.
If anyone deserves to have his name in the title of a comic book, it's Jack Kirby. Kirby was surely one of Byrne's idols when you consider all of the titles he has done after Jack: Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Captain America, X-Men, and now, the New Gods. Byrne ended the New Gods series and has started this one. A lot of the art in this book is reminiscent of Kirby's as well
Issues: New Gods: 12-15 (Writer, Artist) Jack Kirby's Fourth World: 1-7
Although this is not Byrne's first work at Marvel, it probably got him the most recognition. He co-plotted most of the issues with writer Chris Claremont and did pencils. During that time he and Claremont wrote one of the most popular stories in the history of comics: The Dark Phoenix Saga, which ran from 129 to 137, ending in the death of Phoenix, Jean Grey. He also helped create many popular characters then, including Dazzler, Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat of Excalibur), and the Canadian super group Alpha Flight which later got their own book.
Issues: 108, 109, 111-143 (Penciller, Co-plotter) 281-286 (Writer)
X-Men © Marvel Entertainment
When Byrne worked on this book, he was credited as co-plotter with writer Roger Stern. Considering his first two writing job were with the likes of Stern and Claremont, it's no wonder he went on to be a great writer on his own. The Stern/Byrne run on Cap is considered by many as some of the best Captain America stories of the Eighties. Byrne ended hiw work here with the issue celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Captain America.
Issues: 247 - 255 (Penciller, Co-plotter)
Captain America © Marvel Entertainment
Byrne took Marvel's first mutant to new heights with this book. Namor became CEO of a major corporation and still fought crime. Byrne also revived Danny Rand AKA Iron Fist in this series, and briefly brought back the World War II fighting team of the Invaders.
Issues: 1- 25 (Writer, Penciller) 26-32 (Writer)
Namor the Sub-Mariner © Marvel Entertainment
During the 1970's Marvel created two characters to go with the martial arts rage going on at the time: Master of Kung Fu (who was the son of Fu Manchu) and Iron Fist (who learned his skills in the ancient city of K'un Lun). Iron Fist only lasted 15 issues and Byrne drew all of them. The now mega-popular Sabretooth made his first two appearances in this series.
Issues 1 - 15 (Penciller)
Iron Fist © Marvel Entertainment
This was one of the first spinoffs of the X-Men. The Canadian super group was created by Byrne in X-Men 120, although Chris Claremont came up with the name. Byrne had planned to do only the first twelve issues of the title, but he went a little over.
Issues 1 - 28 (Artist, Writer)
For more information about Alpha Flight, check out the Alpha Flight Home Page
Alpha Flight © Marvel Entertainment
Byrne's favorite X-Man. He worked briefly on Wolvie's own series and, according to the letters printed, many enjoyed him working on an X-Men character again.
Issues 17- 23 (Artist)
Wolverine © Marvel Entertainment
In 1987 DC Comics hired Byrne to re-do Superman. He made several changes to the Superman mythos, including no Superboy in Smallville, keeping Ma and Pa Kent alive, and Kal El being the only survivor of Krypton (no Supergirl, no Krypto, no Kandor, etc.). Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is loosely based on Byrne's version of Superman.
Issues 1 - 20 (Artist, Writer)
Superman © DC Comics
The same time Byrne restarted Superman, he also took over Action and made it a team up book. Each month, Superman teamed up with the likes of Hawkman, the Green Lantern Corps, the Demon, the New Teen Titans, Big Barda and Mr Miracle. Byrne ened his run on Action with the 600th issue, where Superman and Wonder Woman fought Darkseid.
Issues 584 - 600 (Artist, Writer) Annual 1 (Writer)
Actin Comics © DC Comics
Byrne took over the creative chores of the Hulk the same time as the Hulk creative team took over Alpha Flight (they just kinda switched books) Byrne only did six issues of the Green Goliath
Issues 314- 319 (Artist, Writer)
The Incredible Hulk © Marvel Entertainment
This was the second series for the She-Hulk and one of the funniest series to ever come from Marvel. Byrne didn't break the fourth wall in this series, he wired TNT and blew it up. Example from the first issue: "Some anonymous bad guy is ready to spend three million bucks to find out how tough I am. And I know how these things work! It'll be at least my third issue before I find out who it is!" In issue 31, she actually talked to Byrne about what (not) to draw.
Issues 1-8, 31-50 (Artist, Writer)
The Sensational She-Hulk © Marvel Entertainment
Byrne did one of his longest stints of his career on the Fantastic Four from 1981 to 1986. During that time he wrote and drew over 60 issues, including the twentieth anniversary issue. It was also during this time that he brought back Jean Grey (Phoenix) in issue 286, after placing Attilan (the city of the Inhumans) on the moon where she supposedly died (issue 241).
Issues 209 - 293 (Artist, Writer)
For more information about The World's Greatest Comic Magazine (including a few Byrne covers) take a look at the Unofficial Fantastic Four Web Presence
Fantastic Four © Marvel Entertainment
Working on this title gave Byrne the chance to do almost every major character in the Marvel Universe: Thor, Captain America, Vision, Yellowjacket, Beast, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, Wasp, Wonder Man, and many, many more.
Issues circa 164-166 and 181-191 (Penciller) and 301 - 318 (Writer)
Avengers © Marvel Entertainment
Byrne worked on many of the characters that he had done in "Avengers," plus a few new ones, like Tigra and Mockingbird. During his run on the "Whackos," he re-re-did the origin of the Vision, brought back the original Human Torch, and introduced the Great Lakes Avengers.
Issues circa 42-57 (Penciller, Writer)
Avengers West Coast © Marvel Entertainment
Byrne created the Next Men and wrote and illustrated all 31 issues. It was published under Dark Horse. The last issue was released late 1994, and was supposed to be resumed this summer. Looks like we will have to wait longer.
Issues 0 - 30 (Artist, Writer)
NOTE: Issue 0 reprinted the six installments of JBNM in Dark Horse Presents
For more about JBNM go to the new John Byrne's Next Men page
John Byrne's Next Man © John Byrne and Dark Horse Comics
OK, sure, it was only three issues, but The Many Deaths of the Batman was a great story. Byrne is one of the few writers who can tell a story without words ("read" issue 433 and you'll see what I mean). Drawn by the ultimate Batman artist of the Seventies and Eighties, Jim Aparo. Also available in trade paperback
Issues 433-435 (Writer)
Batman © DC comics
Byrne's latest work is on Wonder Woman, one of the few major comic book characters he has yet to do. He took over writing and illustrating beginning with issue 101. Under Byrne's hand, Diana has moved to a new city, and most recently, may have a new Wonder Girl by her side.
Issues: 101- 125 (Penciller, Writer)
Wonder Woman © DC Comics
Byrne has also guest pencilled for several comics, some of these include The New Mutants 75, The New Teen Titans Annual 2, Amazon1(A DC/Marvel crossover with the X-Men's Storm as Wonder Woman) Amazing Spider-Man 189, 190, and 206, Silver Surfer Special Edition, and What If 36.