John Byrne Superman, Art, Comics, and Man Of Steel

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John Byrne is a renowned British-born American artist and writer of superhero comics. He has worked on many major superheroes since the mid-1970s like X-Men and Fantastic Four. Byrne came to the comics profession as a penciller, inker, letterer, and writer. As a comics writer and artist, Byrne has done comics for Marvel, DC Comics, and creator-owned work. 

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John Byrne’s Quick Facts

Wife: Andrea Braun Byrne until 1995
Age:  74 years (July 6, 1950)
Net Worth: $3 Million
Profession: Comic writer and artist
Height: 5 ft 11 in or 1.8m


Byrne was born in Walsall, Staffordshire in 1950 and grew up in West Bromwich. He is the only son of Frank and Nelsie. Frank his father was a town planner and Nelsie was a homemaker. Before moving to Canada when she was 8, Byrne shared that she was exposed to comics. In 1962, he had his first encounter with Marvel Comics, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four #5.

John Byrne Wife

Bryne was married to his wife actress and photographer Andrea Braun Byrne from 1980 to 1995. Andrea and Bryne met at a convention in Chicago. Andrea had a son from her previous marriage professional comic book artist Kieron Dwyer. Bryne lived with Kieron when he was 13 years old until he divorced Andrea.


Byrne joined the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary in 1970 and while there, she created the superhero parody Gay Guy for college newspaper. However, Byrne left college in 1973 before graduating and spent three years designing billboards for an advertisement company.


Byrne was hired by DC Comics to revamp the firm’s flagship character Superman. Through the reworking of Superman, Byrne warned of widespread media coverage outside the comic book industry. He first reduced Superman’s powers but was still the most powerful being on earth and eliminated the Fortress of Solitude and super-dog Krypto. Moreover, he also did away with Superman’s teenage and childhood career as Superboy.

Byrne’s early and original career as Superman debuted in the six-issue miniseries The Man of Steel. He also drew and wrote two monthly Superman titles a new Superman title and Action Comics. While he was working on the core Superman monthly titles, Byrne did more Superman-related projects. Furthermore, he returned as a guest inker on Adventures of Superman Annual #2 after working on Superman titles from 1986 to 1988.


Byrne has been a penciller, inker, letterer, and writer for various arts which are for Marvel, DC Comics, and his other works. Some of his art includes Apple, Breakdancing Cats, Dancing Cats, Don’t Look Back, Melanchology, tattoo, Three Cats, Untitled Hand 1, Nova Scotia, and Inspiration. His art and prices are available at Glas50w Print Studio.

John Byrne Comics

As a comics writer and artist, Byrne has done comics for Marvel, DC Comics, and creator-owned work. At Marvel Comics, Byrne did The Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four, Alpha Flight, Indiana Jones, and Incredible Hulk. He later moved to DC Comics where he did The Untold Legend of the Batman and Superman.

Byrne left DC Comics and made a return to Marvel in 1986 where he took part in creating the publication of a new line of superhero titles, Star Brand. He worked on West Coast Avengers, The Sensational She-Hulk, Namor, the Sub-Mariner, and Iron Man.

In the early 1990s, Byrne decided to create g a series of original, creator-owned works for publisher Dark Horse Comics. His first Dark Horse title was Next Men which was considered more realistic than his previous work. The Next Men issue lasted until issue 30 in 1994 when he ended the series. From 1995 to 1998, he wrote DC’s series Wonder Woman.

Byrne returned to the X-Men and wrote X-Men: The Hidden Years which ran for 22 issues from 1999 to 2001. Furthermore, Byrne worked on the superhero series FX #1–6 starting with the March 2008 issue. In 2011, Byrne contributed to the production of Jurassic Park: The Devils in the Desert and Cold War and commenced work on X-Men Elsewhen in 2018.

Man Of Steel

The Man of Steel is a 1986 comic book limited series that features Superman written and penciled by Byrne. It was presented in six issues inked by Dick Giordano. Byrne’s narrative serves to illustrate these transitions and to present the genesis of Superman. “Man of Steel” features the infant Kal-El being launched from the cataclysmic event of Krypton’s demise.

She Hulk

She-Hulk is a character that appears in Marvel Comics written by Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. She-Hulk first appeared She-Hulk in November 1979. Byrne had his first appearance in The Avengers #233 and was associated with the character strongly. Moreover, Byrne wrote and illustrated the last #18 in November 1985. He also wrote The Sensational She-Hulk issues #1–8, 31–46, and 48–50.

X Men

Byrne co-plotted the X-Men comics in his tenure for story arcs. In December 1977, Byrne joined Claremont beginning with X-Men #108 until it was renamed as The Uncanny X-Men with issue #114. When Byrne was working on X-Men, he created the Alpha Flight. In 2015, Byrne and his X-Men collaborator Chris Claremont earned the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

Wonder Woman

From 1995 to 1998, Byrne wrote and drew DC’s signature series, Wonder Woman. During their tenure, he elevated Wonder Woman to the status of a goddess. In 1997, Byrne wrote Wonder Woman’s prose novel, Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses.


Byrne drew and wrote issues #314 to 319 of Incredible Hulk.

Fantastic Four Run

Bryne did a six-year run on Fantastic Four from July 1981 to October 1986. During his time, he made sure to make several changes as The Thing was temporarily replaced as a member of the quartet by the She-Hulk.


Byrne first penciled the first issue of The Untold Legend of the Batman miniseries in early 1980. Moreover, Byrne wrote Batman #433 to 435 from May to July 1989.

Next Men

Nex Men was the first title for Dark Horse that he wrote. Nex Men was made up of five young people who were the product of a secret government experiment. The comic book was published between 1991 to 1995 published by IDW Publishing in 2010 and 2011.


He penciled the superhero team title, The Avengers in the late 1970s while he was the regular penciller of X-Men. He also co-created Scott Lang in Avengers #181 along with writer David Michelinie. later, he di issues 42 to 57 of West Coast Avengers. Vision was a long-standing Marvel superhero and member of The Avengers. dr


Byrne worked for many years for the Movel comics where he was part of:

  • The Uncanny X-Men.
  • Fantastic Four.
  • Alpha Flight.
  • Indiana Jones.
  • Incredible Hulk.
  • Star Brand.
  • Avengers West Coast.
  • The Sensational She-Hulk.
  • Namor, the Sub-Mariner
  • Iron Man.


  • Byrne’s books include:
  • John L. Byrne’s Fear Book in 1988.
  • Whipping Boy in 1992
  • Wonder Woman in 1997.

Net Worth

Byrne has worked for Marvel, DC Comics, and creator-owned work for over 30 years and has a net worth of $3 Million

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Was Married To John Byrne?

Byrne was married to Andrea Braun Byrne, actress and photographer from 1980 to 1995.

How Old Is John Byrne?

Byrne is a 74-year-old born in 1950 and celebrates his birthday every year on July 6.

What Is John Byrne Known for?

Byrne is known to be a 74-year-old American writer and artist of superhero comics.