More questions from fans asked at my old Marvel blog of years ago and answered by me back then.
Whew! Where do the hours go? While in theory a three-day holiday weekend is a great time to kick back and relax, it does mean that I thereafter wind up trying to cram five days or work into the remaining four days of week. So this is probably going to be a little bit shorter than I’d like again-bear with me, I’ll answer all the questions in the end!
>When will there be an “Astonishing Spider-Man” by Joss Whedon, preferably with John Cassaday or someone as outstanding? I re-read AXM and was so blown away, it may be the best Marvel comic of the decade! AstSM by Whedon would be excellent!
Posted by pineappleprotein on 2009-08-25 15:32:42>
This can happen just as soon as Joss and John want to do it, assuming they do. We’d love to have Joss writing more books for us, and that sequence they did with Spidey in their last GIANT-SIZE ASTONISHING issue was incredible. By that same token, of course, both Joss and John have a million other irons in the fire at any given moment, so this is really a question of them having the time, having the story they’d love to tell, and then us being able to line everything up from our end. So hey, if anybody wants to drop the notion in either guy’s ear, I’d love to see them do a project like this.
>I’ve been enjoying a lot of the “Iconic Marvel Panels,” posts over on the CSBG website and was wondering what you would vote for as your top three iconic Marvel panels? >
It’s not really fair for me to give you a list here, as Brian Cronin, who put that feature together, asked me for some suggestions at the outset-so the picks I tossed at him off the top of my head mostly made it into his top-70 countdown.
> As a guy who was first indoctrinated into Marvel via Marvel UK, I haven’t gotten as much enjoyment out of a single “moment” in any comic in a long time as (POSSIBLE SPOILERS) the return of the Marvel UK heroes in the final issue of Captain Britain. (Just Back…yes!) Are there any plans to make use of any of these forgotten characters in the near future?
Posted by cjmcaree on 2009-08-25 15:38:11>
I can’t think of anything specific we’ve got planned for any of the old Marvel UK characters in the immediate future, but like anybody else in marvel’s extensive back-catalogue of characters and concepts, they’re likely to turn up again when you least expect them to. Much as they did in that last CAPTAIN BRITAIN.
>What are some non-Marvel comics you’ve particularly enjoyed lately (and why)? >
I was completely knocked out by IDW’s PARKER: THE HUNTER adaptation by Darwyn Cooke-a master class in comic book storytelling that any prospective artist would do well to study. Just terrific. Like everybody else, I’ll point at ASTERIOS POLYP by David Mazzucchelli. Some absolutely innovative ideas about storytelling through design and conveying mood and emotional state via the use of color-incredibly interesting. The recently-released TOON TREASURY OF CLASSIC CHILDREN’S COMICS was a gem of a collection of rare and vintage material that’s well worth a look. And BATMAN AND ROBIN by Morrison and Quietly is a terrific series.
> What do you think is the most underappreciated project you’ve worked on, and why should more people seek it out?
Posted by aspectacle on 2009-08-25 17:06:29>
I’m drawing a complete blank right this second, which must just be the pressure of the day and the moment. Whatever it was, I’m sure that I’ve covered it at some point over the last almost-600 blog posts, if you’re inclined to seek it out. Right this moment, though, the two projects from my office that I believe will be overlooked, both because of who the characters are and the fact that they’re not as tightly tied into the overall Norman Osborn/Dark Reign storyline unfolding throughout the Marvel U would be NOMAD: GIRL WITHOUT A WORLD by Sean McKeever and David Baldeon, and STRANGE by Mark Waid and Emma Rios. They’re both top-notch, high-quality projects that’d be worth any reader’s time. I love them both.
> Who was “the best” Captain Marvel in your opinion? Mar-Vell was by and far my choice.
Posted by Gladiator X on 2009-08-25 17:54:50>
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go and attend the inaugural meeting of the all-new M.M.M.S. What does it stand for? Maybe I’ll tell you about it next time!