X-Men Days of Future Past Production Color Guides
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Event Auction XXXVIII Highlight: Color Guides
 
Jim Steranko and John Byrne are revered talents in the comic book industry whose contributions to the history of the art form are well documented. The artists defined the look and style of their eras that not only left a lasting impression on their fans but, so too, on pop culture as a whole. These color guides from some of their most important works are a fascinating look inside the creative process these legends employed while crafting their comic masterpieces. 
 
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Steranko’s stints on Strange Tales and Nick Fury are considered some of the most groundbreaking in the history of comics. Borrowing psychedelic and pop art influences from the era, the previously unknown artist quickly rose to prominence and completely changed readers concepts of what comic book art was, and could be. The color guides to issue #155 of Strange Tales provide a window into Steranko’s exacting approach to his work and his inflexible attention to every detail of his output, from pencils to inks, to scripting, right on down to the minutiae of plotting color guides. All of Steranko’s work from this era is highly regarded and sought after. Simply owning an original piece of these landmark issues will give the winning bidder not only bragging rights but also the responsibility of caretaking an important part of comics history. This is serious business. 
 
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It can also be said that no other artist had more impact in the late-70s to early-80s than John Byrne. The Canadian-born Byrne’s tenure on the X-Men set a new standard for comics as his style built on the lessons of the great illustrators that came before him while adding new layers of detail, heft, and energy that had never been seen before. The X-Men went from modest cult success to one of the biggest titles in the industry under Byrne, and it can be argued that the most important storyline in his epic run on the series is “Days of Future Past.” Dealing with disturbing subject matter, and the actual deaths of superheroes, issues #141 & 142 of the X-Men were game changers that set the table for the wave of anti-heroes and darker reframing of iconic characters that would dominate the Bronze Age and beyond. “Days of Future Past” spawned a blockbuster movie and spun off countless storylines in the Marvel Universe. The stunning color guides from these classic issues are sure to become the centerpiece of any collection. Combine the historical significance of these books with the undeniable talent of John Byrne and you end up with a wonderful and valuable collectible as well as a solid investment. Prices on original pen and ink art from the “Days of Future Past” storyline have reached the stratosphere. The original color work done for these books offers a great opportunity to own a piece of the original art process of one of the greatest stories in modern comics history. 
 
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Make sure to check out some of the other amazing color guides in this auction: Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Captain America, and Power Man and Iron Fist are all represented in this fascinating collection that showcases an often overlooked but crucial element of the painstaking process of creating comic books.
 
ComicConnect is currently accepting consignments for their next major auction. Contact them today to reserve space as it is on a first-come first-served basis. Call toll-free 1.888.779.7377 or e-mail their staff at support@comicconnect.com. Cash advances up to $5 million are available.

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ComicConnect is accepting consignments for their next major auction. Contact them today to reserve space as it is on a first-come first-served basis. Call toll-free 1.888.779.7377 or e-mail their staff at support@comicconnect.com. Cash advances up to $5 million are available.

 

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