John Byrne is my all-time favorite comic artist, going waaay back to his original run on The Uncanny X-Men beginning with issue 108 in December, 1977. Here’s some potentially big news as reported by Newsarama …
John Byrne has stated that Marvel has reached out to him about new work – which, if it happens, would be his first for the publisher since 2000.
During a spotlight panel at Fan Expo Boston 2018, Byrne revealed it as part of explaining how his self-published continuation of his Uncanny X-Men run, called X-Men: Elsewhen.
“There was some discussion on my website: ‘What if you went back to Marvel?’ and it planted this itch in my brain. I thought, what if I went back to Marvel? Could I go back to Marvel? Can I do that? I haven’t drawn like that in 20 years,” Byrne said (as transcribed by Adventures in Poor Taste).
Byrne has drawn over 20 pages of X-Men: Elsewhen, classifying it as a fun side project he doesn’t intend to publish. Be that as it may, it got the attention ot Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski.
“And then I got an email from C.B. Cebulski saying, ‘Love it! Let’s talk about this!’ Oh, that’s unexpected,” continued Byrne. “So yeah, it just happened as a fun thing. It’s still just a fun thing as far as I’m concerned.”