I know it’s extraordinarily popular in some spheres to trash John Byrne. That said, at one time when he was utterly on top of his game as a scripter, plotter, character designer and artist, he had few peers and stood shoulder to shoulder with best of his precessors Stan Lee, Steranko, Ditko, Kanigher, Roy Thomas and yes, even Kirby.
He’s carved a unique niche over a long career, doing revamps, retconns and reimagnings galore. A bunch have been igmored, and rightly so. Which ones have stood the test of time?
It was a Good Thing he did, bringing back Jonathan and Martha Kent for the 1986 Superman revamp. I didn’t like it at the time, but in the end, I cannot deny they’re a welcome addition to Clark Kent’s home life and one of only a handful of things he’s done since the retconn that survived.
His revamp of Sue Richards as ultimately the most powerful and versatile member of the Fantastic Four.
He wrote arguably the best Dr. Doom arcs since Lee/Kirby.