A post from my dearly departed Marvel blog in which I talk about how some characters and projects attain great longevity.
So this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego has begun–and this year, as with the past couple of years, I’m not in attendance, having remained behind to kind of mind the store here at Marvel central.
We’ll be making a number of announcements in San Diego about upcoming projects, one of which will be a secret project that I’ve shown some pages from on this blog over the past few months, concerning itself with a number of golden age characters. And that, along with the recent announcements from other companies about Alex Ross’s Dynamite series, and the Next Issue project over at Image, got me thinking about a particular element of comic book publishing that I really like.
In all three of these cases, these assorted projects, whether they turn out to be great or awful, will be dealing with characters who were originally created sixty-some odd years ago. In many instances, because of the way comic books were done back in the 40s, we can’t even be sure as to whom the original creators of these characters were. And yet, sixty-some odd years later, here they are, coming back into print again to potentially enthrall an entirely new generation of readers.
One of the great aspects of this business–and I’m putting aside any issues of financial gain for the purposes of this discussion–is that every once in a while, when we have a good day and we hit the ball just right, we create ideas and stories and characters that will outlive us, that will be able to entertain our children and our children’s children in one media or another, both in their original form and in new adaptations, long after we’re gone. And through that, some small part of the creators gets to live on and be remembered, even if the audience doesn’t know specifically who it was who was behind the character in the first place.
That’s really kind of cool.