Comic Cover of the Week: When John Byrne Tried to Draw Every Marvel Character EVER!!

One of my favorite comic books of the 1980’s was “The Official Handbook of The Marvel Universe” (Deluxe Edition)! Yeah it wasn’t a real comic book per say but damn was it amazing! Back in 1985 all the way through 1988 Marvel released this 20 issue deluxe edition which featured EVERYTHING you could ever want to know about pretty much EVERY character in Marvel comics. This included their real names, specific powers, how much they could bench press, their history, their hometown, yeah I mean EVERYTHING. I spent hours and hours of my time reading these and brushing up on my favorite characters history. This must have taken some serious time to document as it listed the main life events of the heroes and villains that took place in the pages of the comic books. A complete history up until that point. This was a time when Marvel was truly an amazing company…

Each character was drawn by a different comic book artist and it included pictures of the characters in action taken from panels in the comics they’d appeared in. But my whole point here was to talk about the covers which the majority of them were drawn by my personal favorite John Byrne! The cool thing about the covers was that they could all be connected as one super duper long cover of the characters running. So Byrne pretty much tried to include all the characters from each alphabetical issue!! I’d love to see a video montage that follows each issue until it’s end! But until then I’ll include as many of these covers I can find right here! Check this out! 

Ok to be fair he didn’t actually complete ALL the covers the remainders weren’t done by John Byrne…but 11 out of 15 ain’t bad at all! 

Here’s a few of my favorites from the inside pages some by Byrne:

So search these issues issues out-they’re well worth it! I think They’ve compiled all them into a trade as well!

3 comments

    • petersaturday

      Wow this website is amazing! thanks for sharing!! I’d love to contribute some art for a character from the Handbook for the reduxe edition! Is that possible?!!

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