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John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a Canadian Writer/Penciller/Inker. Has worked for Marvel, DC, and many other comic book companies. One of the best known and influential comics creators (and at one point, among the best paid as well.) He is also fairly controversial, due to his attitudes both with comics fans and pros.

  • On Marvel, together with Chris Claremont, was responsible for what many consider the formative run on Marvel's Uncanny X-men book, with their storylines still reverberating through the Marvel Universe (especially the Dark Phoenix Saga.) He helped expand Wolverine's past into a full Super Team, Alpha Flight, which he then wrote and drew in their own series for a few years. His work on Fantastic Four redefined many of its characters and helped him earn his gig on Superman (see below.) Other Marvel series he worked for include Spider-Man, She-Hulk (to which he gave an unusual fourth-wall-breaking humorous twist - this was before Deadpool), Sub-Mariner, and others.
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  • On DC, he reinvented Superman for the 80's after the company-wide Retcon of Crisis on Infinite Earths. He recycled some of his ideas for the character Gladiator (a Superman Captain Ersatz he drew in X-Men and Fantastic Four) for this series. He also worked on Wonder Woman (1987) briefly.
  • He also created some original series of his own, such as the Next Men, Danger Unlimited, and Babe for Dark Horse Comics.

Not to be confused with the Scottish playwright and artist John Byrne, or with Irish screenwriter for All Creatures Great and Small and Doctor Who, Johnny Byrne.


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Tropes common throughout Byrne's comics include:

  • Age-Gap Romance: An oft-remarked element of his work. The most famous is that he was the main pusher of Kitty Pryde and Colossus in his time on X-Men, something that Jim Shooter disliked so much he tried to pull some Ship Sinking in Secret Wars, but it also pops up in Man of Steel, Generations, Fantastic Four, and a number of others. Notably, Byrne has implied that he has been in such relationships in real life.
  • Armed with Canon: Quite a few of Byrne's runs are, by his own admittance, attempts to bring a series to how he thinks it should be. This includes removing as many elements as possible that he doesn't like or trying to enforce a Snap Back, especially when involving characters created by Jack Kirby (ironically, Kirby himself loathed Byrne).
  • Protection from Editors: invokedSought to obtain this for much of his career, to the point that his run on Wonder Woman only happened because he demanded to be able to do it with no editorial oversight (in exchange, he would write, draw, and letter the book himself).
  • Snap Back: One of Byrne's most famous elements is his tendency to revert continuity to whatever he thinks was its "best" period—usually by citinginvoked Only the Creator Does It Right. One of the most infamous was his attempt to revert Doom Patrol to ignore every run past that of Arnold Drake, despite Drake having spoken positively of later runs.
  • Take That!: Byrne is fairly incendiary towards his editors and fellow writers, and very frequently pulls these kinds of things—for instance, there's a lengthy, entirely plot-irrelevant segment in Legends where a very obvious Expy of Jim Shooter shows up, is portrayed as a complete buffoon, and gets his ass kicked.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Every title he's been the main writer for, from Wonder Woman (1987) to Babe, has had this trope, to the point one wonders if it's Byrne's private fetish.


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