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JES


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That The Last Galactus Story was never finished is one of the biggest regrets of any Galactus fan – for those unfamiliar, it would have been like the Dark Knight Returns for the Big G, but the anthology magazine Epic, in which the first nine chapters were printed, was canceled before the final chapter was printed, and it has remained in limbo ever since. A shame, as Byrne’s treatment of Galactus remains the most influential since his initial creation, and remains the best incarnation of the character.

While Byrne never put the conclusion to paper, he did give a general outline of how the tale ended, as well as a quick sketch of the story’s climax (See Page 4 of the pdf). It was that sketch as much as anything that got me started.

I was thinking about some of those old, unfinished Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan manuscripts that later authors picked up and finished based on his notes and thought I’d take a similar swing at finally finishing one of the greatest unfinished Galactus stories from way back in the pre-Disney Marvel days.

The approach I took was sort of like a producer trying to piece together the conclusion to a movie with stock footage when movie’s star dies before production finishes – finishing the Last Galactus Story using Byrne’s own art. I wanted to make it an entirely John Byrne production, although I was forced to fudge a little with a bit of Ron Lim and John Buscema, as well as a small bit of original art, modeled as best I could on Byrne’s pencil style.

Of course, I still had to provide the narrative, based on Byrne’s general outline, with a couple of liberties taken that still allow the story’s insertion into modern continuity – something that Byrne seemed to think was impossible – rather puzzlingly so, since my alterations to his own described conclusion are extremely subtle (and might not even be noticed, even from those already familiar with his synopsis), and his original take doesn’t necessarily violate any continuity. It might just be sour grapes on Byrne’s part, and frankly I think he should have done it for the fans himself once he realized the project was dead. Just sketched it up and posted it for free – sometimes it’s about more than just getting paid.

For my part, I felt I owed it to the Big G himself – one last nod to the Purple Planet Eater.



http://www.byrnerobotics.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=34869&PN=0&TPN=1

http://www.comicvine.com/the-last-galactus-story/4045-55793/

http://whencallsgalactus.com/

http://crossquarter.com/books/extinction-dragons-of-earth/


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Aang


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Thanks for posting  this, Jes! Maybe Marvel and Byrne will one day agree to publish this in earnest.





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JesusFan

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Is that the story in which the watcher was directly intervening and "hiding" from Galactus entire galaxies?


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bd2999


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    Is that the story in which the watcher was directly intervening and "hiding" from Galactus entire galaxies?


I remember it involving reality collapsing and the Watcher that saw Galactus born fights Galactus full of regret at the end of time. I do not remember if he was hiding anything exactly. He was just out to try and rectify what he saw as his greatest shame.




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JesusFan




Thought that the watcher was hiding some planets from G, in order to try to keep Him from killing off all life?


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Doom's Doctor




Yes he was. I have some of those Epic issues.


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bd2999


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    Thought that the watcher was hiding some planets from G, in order to try to keep Him from killing off all life?


You probably are right. I have only read the story once in digital form. And I think I read Bryne's info on the unfinished part.




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JES


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I should have mentioned that the link to the John Byrne site has scans of the entire first nine chapters posted - you have to go through the entire thread - but I think there all there. So if anyone is unfamiliar with 'the story so far' this should catch you up.


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JesusFan


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So there was no final issue, as galactus and the Watcher were set to have a battle?


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The Black Guardian

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Yup. It ended with Ecce revealing himself as the guy behind the shenanigans.


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JesusFan


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Too bad, as that story had great art, and should have had a real ending!


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