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When I was a kid, there was this neighborhood beer and wine store that sold old comics for a nickel a piece. I'd load up on old books whenever we went on vacation. Yeah, I have a lot of fond memories of riding in the back of the ol' station wagon and reading 'Mystery in Space' and 'Strange Adventures' as we headed up to Torch Lake.
Back in my high school years, the Hulk was my favorite Marvel character, and I always enjoy drawing him.
My father worked in Chrysler's drafting department and used to bring home tracing paper, No. 2 pencils, and masking tape from the office. With these, I used to trace off drawings from the 'Superman' and 'Batman' comics and put them up on my bedroom walls.
When I started in the comic book business, 'Art Of' books were strictly the provenance of the greats, like Rembrandt and Da Vinci. But times change, and so do attitudes. Now the comic is considered an art form, and I hope 'A Life in Words and Pictures' contributes a little to that art form's history.
Thanos came to me while I was taking a psychology class in college after coming out of the service; the ol' Thanos/Eros concept.
If you look back on my career with Marvel, you will see that I don't really return to the House of Ideas to do Captain Marvel, Adam Warlock, and Silver Surfer stories. I always come back to the fold to tell further adventures of everyone's favorite Mad Titan.
Life itself is inspiration.
If you look closely, you'll see that Marvel basically has three Thanoses. There is the 1970s Thanos appearing in the movies. This is before he got the Infinity Gauntlet. Then there are the Thanos stories I'm telling. And finally, there is the Thanos that appears in the mainstream Marvel stories.
I had worked on Thanos, created him back even before I started working at Marvel.
I didn't like characters that were one- or two-dimensional. I liked a guy to have a lot of different levels to him and layers, and I think I pretty well succeeded with Thanos.
I'd like to have had a bigger piece of Thanos than I do, but when the first 'Avengers' movie came out, Marvel and I - we renegotiated some things, so I get a taste out of this thing. I'm not becoming the next Bill Gates, but I'm getting a little something out of it.
Thanos was the first character I ever created professionally. He's always been the baby I return to whenever I work with Marvel.
I consider 'Dreadstar' to be an extension of my family, so it took me a while to feel comfortable letting anyone else take care of this project.
It has taken some time, but I know I've put my trust in the right team, and I'm excited to collaborate with Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink to bring 'Dreadstar''s unique brand of chaos to television.
When I started writing 'Batman,' I lobbied heavily to get rid of Robin - or at least not use him in the stories I wrote. Fighting crime with a teenager dressed in primary colors while you're sporting a gray-and-black outfit always struck me as child endangerment, if not abuse.
Most of my work is science fiction, with many a spaceship but few cars.
Very little other than Elmore Leonard's crime writing inspiring me on my Batman run.
Not exactly sure there can be a final chapter to Thanos, considering what he is and his relationship with Mistress Death. Might just be that as long as there is a Marvel, there will be a Thanos to plague that universe's heroes.
I was just as crazy as everybody else post-Watergate, post-Vietnam.
As time went on, Thanos just sort of grew organically on his own.
When folks are in desperate times - say, like being stuck in the middle of a long-running interplanetary war - they grasp onto anything that might keep them afloat.
The founding fathers of the U.S. were right when they erected that wall between church and state.
You don't have to be a religious person to be affected by religion or a religious movement.
If I hadn't had the outlet of writing and drawing comics, I guess there's a good chance I wouldn't be around today.
It's nice to see my work recognized as being worth something beyond the printed page, and it was very cool seeing Thanos up on the big screen.
My only surprise when I saw Thanos up on the screen was how violet he was. I always saw his exposed hide as being more grayish violet.
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