Thursday, 16 July 2009
Doomsday + 1
Doomsday + 1 was another one of those epics that never was, as well as, of course, being one of the first professional jobs in comics for John Byrne. Written by Joe Gill, it came from Charlton, that small company from Connecticut that numbered among it's alumni such greats as Dick Giordano, Jim Aparo, Steve Skeates AND Steve Ditko. Charlton never made much inroads into the UK, plus they were printed on appallingly bad paper, so we never took much notice of them when they did occasionally turn up.
We took notice of John Byrne tho', particularly when he started drawing X-Men, and the hunt for earlier material was very much on instantly. Doomsday + 1 was a fun little strip, with it's cast consisting of fairly dull hero, Jean Grey-esque heroine, disposable asian second heroine and ( for no readily apparent reason ) thawed-from-the-ice caveman, all travelling around the post-apocalyptic landscape, and getting into the usual sort of scrapes post-apocalypse heroes do.
Byrne's work here is VERY raw, but you can still see future echoes of the style that was soon to wow us all. Two interesting points as well. Note how much more finished Byrne's drawing of sexy babe Jill is in the third panel of page 12 than the rest of that page is. John spent a long time getting that right.
Also longtime X-Fans, check out that close up of the bearded henchman on page 18. Is that...?
Is that....That's Jason Wyngarde, isn't it?