Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I READ IT FOR THE ARTICLES: Pro's Reveal History of Marvel for Maxim Magazine

Like any building, it took allot of blood sweat and tears to construct the House of Ideas, and make Marvel one of the world's biggest comic book publishers. Now, some of those most responsible for Marvels varied history have been interviewed by of all places Maxim Magazine, in the interests of keeping you abreast of the situation.

Stan Lee, Joe Simon, John Romita Jr, Jim Steranko, Chris Claremont, Marv Wolfman, Walt Simonson, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Todd MacFarlane and more - with it's all-star line-up the article is one of the best 'recaps' around. Not afraid to put the good with the bad, here are two quotes from the story to give you an example of each;

Brian K. Vaughan: In a couple of years, they created dozens of characters that have lasted decades and become hit movie franchises. It’s totally unbelievable how hard that is to do. It’s like the Beatles.

Len Wein: I have not seen a dime off of any Marvel stuff, nor do I have a credit on the Wolverine film. Hugh Jackman is a lovely man, and at the premiere he told the audience that he owed his career to 
me and had me take a bow. It was very gratifying and very nice. I would have preferred a cheque.

For more awesome quotes and perspectives visit Maxim Magazine.
(via ComicsAlliance)


  1. in the interests of keeping you abreast of the situation


    That Wein quote is gold. I know it was all work for hire, blah blah blah, but you'd think Marvel would send Wein some dough, if for no other reason than to not have him going around giving quotes like that. Who needs the grief?

  2. Ha! Yeah I couldn't resist making that crack!

    Yeah I'm surprised royalties haven't been worked out, but I guess it's like Jim Lee says in the article;

    "As far as Chris Claremont, he didn’t see eye to eye with the execs on the future of the X-Men. The company won out. I learned that you just rented time on characters you didn’t own—though you were literally bringing them to life month in, month out."

  3. Well, I don't mean royalties, per se--because then the creator(s) could then use that money as evidence that they at least (partially) own the characters. I could see how Marvel's lawyers would object to that.

    But what about sheer bribery? Its in Marvel's interest to have Wolverine's creator totally on board, so why not cut Wein a check for a million bucks (peanuts, compared to what the movies bring in) just as a way to say "Hey, Len, thanks, we appreciate you being part of the team"?

    I think the average comic creator--who, outside of McFarlane or Miller, isn't filthy rich--would be pretty motivated not to give blunt quotes like Wein's if Marvel or DC had written them that size a check.

    I'm not saying its morally right, but it seems to make good business sense.

  4. Good point - I didn't think of it like that... I think it makes good sense too. Everyone feels better after receiving a million dollars - I know I would!