They were great to work with, although like most bands there was an element of internal bickering. I always told them that it was too embarrassing for them to have an argument in front of everyone in the studio. So I would always make a room available for them to go to and argue in private. I think most of their arguments were about who had the B-side - that royalty thing. I remember Roger moping about because he really wanted his song, ‘I’m In Love With My Car’, on the B-side of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. He locked himself in the tape closet at SARM and said he wouldn’t come out until they agreed to put it on!
—  Roy Thomas Baker
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Barry Windsor-Smith ~ Some of his Fine Art

-That’s his portrait of John Lennon
-That’s a scene from “the Beguiling”. It was used as the cover for his book, “Opus II”.
-That’s called “a Dream of Golden Days”. It was used as the cover for his book, “Opus”.
-I forget what that’s called, but it was printed in Opus.
-The PreLim and the Final art for “the Devil’s Lake”. It was used as the cover for the Gorblimey Press Catalogue for 1975-1976.
-I believe that’s a piece from his Medusa series.
-that’s called “the Minstrel in Exile”. It’s my favorite of his.

Editor Roy Thomas, Writer Mike Friedrich, and artist Dave Cockrum went out to lunch at the Autopub, a car-themed restaurant in the bowels of the General Motors building, to brainstorm. Sitting at a table made from car chassis, surrounded by monuments to assembly line production, the trio discussed the idea of replacing the old X-Men members with a multi-ethnic team of mutant heroes. Cockrum, who filled his notebooks with sketches of original costume designs, ideas for hire at the ready, was a one-man character machine. He went home and perused his files, selecting characters he’d kicked around over the years, while in college, while in the army, and while working on DC’s Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes: Typhoon. Black Cat. Mr. Steel. Thunderbird. Nightcrawler. The project went into limbo for months, however, and by the time the title was on the schedule in late 1974, Len Wein had replaced Friedrich; Typhoon and Black Cat were combined into “Storm”; Mr. Steel was “Colossus”; and Nightcrawler had evolved from an actual demon into a mutant German acrobat with a pointed tail.

(Illustration by Dave Cockrum, 1975; Text excerpted from Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, 2012)

And here’s what became of the Autopub:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/23/nyregion/23thennow.html
That’s right: The X-Men were conceived of in the Apple Store.

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