John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born Canadian-American author and artist of comic books. Since the mid-1970s, Byrne has worked on nearly every major American superhero.
Byrne's best-known work has been on Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fantastic Four and the 1986 relaunch of DC Comics’ Superman franchise. Coming into the comics profession exclusively as a penciler, Byrne began co-plotting the X-Men comics during his tenure on them, and launched his writing career in earnest with Fantastic Four (where he also started inking his own pencils). During the 1990s he produced a number of creator-owned works, including Next Men and Danger Unlimited (which introduced Dr. Robert Carson and The Torch of Liberty). He also produced a number of Star Trek comics for IDW Publishing.
Byrne wrote the scripts for the three earliest Hellboy stories;
- "World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator (SDCC)"
- "World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator (CBG)"
- Seed of Destruction