Beta Ray Bill by Philip Tan
X-Men #141, page 22 by John Byrne & Terry Austin. 1981.
John shared these thoughts about Days of Future Past.
I plotted “Days of Future Past” with 2 things in mind. First, to show Chris that he was wrong, and that the Sentinels were not “lame villains”, and second to finally give the X-Men a clear cut victory — something they had not had as long as Chris had been writing the book.
Unfortunately, Chris slipped in what came to be known as the “lesbian-incest scene” (where Future Kitty “impulsively” kisses herself), which was nothing to do with what was in the pictures, and which indicated that the X-Men had failed again — they had not eliminated the Sentinel ruled future, merely shunted it off into a parallel timeline.
The whole point behind the telepathic time travel element was that there would be no way an alternate time line could be created. Since Kate traveled through her own mind back to Kitty, there was no point at which a branch could occur. I even convinced Mark Gruenwald — Mr. Multiverse himself — that this was the case. Chris put in a line about “we may just create an alternate timeline” and, coupled with the “lesbian” scene, the story was rendered unfinished and open ended.
As you might imagine, I was furious when I saw the published version. It was at this point I demanded — and got — script approval, but before that could go into effect I hit my wall on X-MEN and left the book.
1980 - Incredible Hulk portfolio by Fastner and Larson.
Love the cigar-chomping Thing duking it out with the hulk.
Silver Surfer #1 cover by John Byrne & Tom Palmer. 1982.