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||David Anthony Kraft
| January 29, 2004 | Clásicos Marvel #26
Just in case you haven't seen this:
Clásicos Marvel Vol. 1 # 26 (IX-1990)
| January 23, 2004 | Pacesetter #3 Review
PACESETTER, THE GEORGE PEREZ MAGAZINE #3
Tony Lorenz Productions
Fanzine (88 pages)
Tony Lorenz/ES/Pedro Angosto/Gary Beck/Kirk Philbrick/Bobby Nash/Ilke Hincer/Michael Rudolph/Vu Nguyen/various
George Pérez/Oliver Isabedra/Mitch Ballard/Mike Grell/various
George Perez/Oliver Isabedra/Mitch Ballard/Mike Grell/various
Marcus Mebes/Tony Lorenz
PACESETTER #3 was released last Wednesday.
This is a solid issue, with the theme of JLA/AVENGERS.
The entire JLA/AVENGERS team, with the
exception of the digital letterers of Comicraft and Dan Raspler, who
was let go prior to the publication of JLA/AVENGERS #1, is interviewed
for this issue. This kind of overshadowed Oliver Isabedra's interview,
which I thought was a great interview.
Tom Brevoort, Kurt Busiek, Tom Smith,
Mike Carlin, and, of course, George Pérez all have something
interesting to say about working on this massive project.
Here is an excerpt from George's interview:
PACESETTER #3 can be ordered from Tony Lorenz
(email) for $7.95 US,
$8.95 Canada, or $10.95 International. Please note that it is slightly
cheaper to order directly from Tony and there may be a small fee if
payments are received through Paypal.
Perez: Quite frankly, it did work out the best for me artistically. I
wasn't a good enough inker in 1984 to really do my pencils justice, and
while I have nothing but admiration and respect for Dick Giordano, I
really do like to ink my own work whenever I can. I'm just too slow to
do it on a regular basis. I've also matured as an artist, which I
noticed especially on page 12 of issue 3 when I recreated the cover of
COMICS INTERVIEW #6, the infamous JLA/AVENGERS issue that announced the
troubles with the original crossover. I had to hold back from making
too many corrections in the art in order to make the homage work, but
there were some anatomical and proportional weakness that I had then
which were a little unnerving to me now. Interestingly, there are some
fans who actually preferred the older style - warts and all, as it
As far as
the expanded format is concerned, it allowed Kurt Busiek to really make
this story expansive. Structurally, the initial 64 page story is pretty
similar to the plot of the first two issues of the current mini-series,
but Kurt really had room to add a lot [more] characterization and
subtlety than Gerry Conway had. Also, the 20 years of anticipation gave
both Kurt and me something to really live up to. I don't think Gerry's
heart was as into the story as Kurt. It was a gimmick story then. And,
basically, pretty much that's what it is now, but Kurt has made it so
much more. He could have made this a by-the-numbers adventure, but
Kurt's too good a writer for that and he knew he had expectations to
meet. In many cases I think he exceeded them.
From Tom Smith, via Avengers Comicboard,
thanks to Kirk.
| August 28, 2003 | JLA/A #3 Colors
The are no mistakes Allen :) [SPOILERS]
Posted by Tom Smith on Thursday, August 28 2003 at 03:34:09 GMT
> Hi Tom, previews shows some awesome scenes
to JLA/Avengers but there are coloring mistakes, will they be in the
book as well?
> What are the mistakes?
> The border around the Red Tornado's cape should be Red not Yellow.
> Zatanna's earrings should be white with black Z's and the
claws or side fans on her face should be red. I always thought it was a
red Lobster on her head and the things on the side of her face where
> Thanks, Allen.
Sorry but I think you're wrong Allen,
that page was gone over by me, Kurt ,Tom B, Mike C, and the master
George Perez himself just like we do with every page of A/JLA and every
detail is right for the time period they come from.
I know I'm not 100% when it comes to
details like the histories of costumes but I trust that they know all.
Kurt, George, Tom B are a walking Marvel encyclopedias and Mike C,
Steve Wacker at DC are the same for the DC heroes and villains. Believe
me I know, the color referencing for this job has been enormous, so I
find it hard to believe we got something as obvious as getting costume
Also don't compare this one with the coloring mistakes made on the first A/JLA Comics Interview cover from years ago because that one was wrong.
Back in those days costume
details changed colors almost every issue with the simple in house
coloring and separations of the day. Sometimes George just has to pick
the one version he likes the best or the most used version at the time
and tells me to use that version and I do without question. He has the
last word on everything A/JLA
So unless you want to take on those guys .....
Tom Smith "A/JLA CAL!"
| May 13, 2003 | JLA/A Panel Part 11
transcribed by ES
Continuing the extensive coverage of THE JLA/AVENGERS PANEL from PITTSBURGH COMICON (April 25-27, 2003). Compiled transcription in: TRANSCRIPT OF THE JLA/AVENGERS PANEL WITH SPEAKER GEORGE PEREZ BY ES.
Eric: Ah homages are there drawn any homages to like you said in Baltimore the comic cover to the original JLA/AVENGERS from 1983/1984 and that wasn't the original cover and you were going to try and sneak that in.
COMICS INTERVIEW #6
JLA Meets the AVENGERS (2002), art by George Perez for ACTOR Auction (sold for $1,900)
George Perez: "Well the original cover has already been snuck in.
"In fact I did an original piece for
ACTOR showing the famous first meeting of the JLA/JSA with the crystal
ball but this time it's the AVENGERS lined up around the table and the
JUSTICE LEAGUE inside the crystal ball outnumbering the original JSA
members from the original cover. I did that as an ACTOR piece for
auction and made good money but I knew full well that was going to
appear in the book.
"There is a scene where CAPTAIN AMERICA
is looking at some pictures at the mansion and knowing something is not
right particularly since on of the pictures he is looking at is that
particular scene and I don't remember any of this and what's going on
you. I will not tell you (everyone laughs) but again the idea
that Kurt really and, ah, everyone involved, the editors, Kurt are
going out of there way to make this more than ah just a quick lunch. We
want you to chew on it for a while. My whole goal as an artist, I'm
assuming most of you are familiar with my work, I like you to find
something new the second time you read a comic, the third time, the
fourth time. Never draw one line when four will do. I like the density
that people are still coming to me, like the HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT
book saying they just found something in the museum sequence because I
spent so much time sneaking things in, little nooks and crannies there.
I find sometimes there's the editors that criticize, of course that
"In the long run if I simplify my
artwork, yea I can get the work down faster but I think the fans lose
out on what makes my style unique. For better or ill this is the
Frankenstein that I created, ah, if I started simplify my artwork I
going to start hearing "George isn't putting the attention in he use
to" (everyone laughs).
The thing is I love what I do. This is
my 29th year of doing comics professionally. I like to think that I
have the same enthusiasm I did when I saw my name in print for the
very, very first time when I was 19 years old. I hope to have an
unfinished page on my drawing board when I finally pass on. I just
don't want it to be the page I'm working on right now (everyone laughs).
I absolutely adore what I do. I have been incredibly, incredibly lucky.
I am still kicking and have a loyal fan following after 29 years, I'm
celebrating my 22nd Wedding Anniversary this year. I have a lovely
house, I get to work at home doing the thing that I love. People have
commented I always have seem to have a smile on my face even around the
fans (everyone laughs) but I would be the biggest ingrate if
not to be grateful for what I have. I have been blessed probably more
than one man should be and I am going to take advantage of it and
Fan: Well, This is kind of a fan boy question. I was wondering if SNAPPER CARR was going to appear.
RICK JONES, art by Perez/Vey.
joined in AVENGERS #1 (Sep 63)
EDWIN JARVIS , art by Pérez/Al Vey.
STAFF, Avengers' Butler. Joined in AVENGERS #1 (Sep 63)
LUCAS "SNAPPER" CARR, art by Perez.
HONORARY, Joined in BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28 (Feb-Mar 60)
George Perez: "YES. Every single member.
In a scene SNAPPER CARR barbecuing burgers with RICK JONES and giving a
burger to JARVIS (everyone laughs) and why are they barbecuing
you are asking? You will see. Now people are going to say I'm looking
for the famous barbecue scene that George Perez told us about." (everyone laughs)
(That's it for now. The final JLA/A question was answered in April 30, 2003 | JLA/A Page Count, and the rest is the CBLDF's More Fund Comics, and George answering about Comic Con appearances...)
Very special thanks to ES for his wonderful contribution and hard work!
From George Pérez, via
November 1, 2002 | Comics Interview Cover
COMICS INTERVIEW #6
posted 10/31/02 3:06 PM
I mentioned this in my
panel at the Baltimore Comicon so I figure I should clarify something
here as well since I noticed the same mistake in a recent update by Vu.
The JLA/AVENGERS cover that appeared in COMICS INTERVIEW #6 and
reprinted in other editions of the magazine was an original done
specifically for that magazine. There is no JLA/AVENGERS cover that was
drawn specifically for the crossover.
So, technically. it
should be listed in all checklists as the cover of COMICS INTERVIEW #6
and any reprinting of it should refer to it as a reprint of the cover
of CI#6, not JLA/AVENGERS #1.
I hope that's clear. I know how much the fans appreciate accuracy.
Original Cover art JLA/AVENGERS
Thu, 31 Oct 2002 00:21:16 -0500
I found out from Mr. Perez at the JLA/Avengers panel in Baltimore that
the comic cover drawn for the Comics Interview Magazine was never the
cover to the actual project. It was just drawn for the magazine. Mr.
Perez stated he never got a chance to do a cover before the project was
stopped. Just thought that was interesting trivia that I never knew.
October 30, 2002 | Spotlight on Comics Interview
I am going to start a new feature
here called Spotlight. I am basically going to revisit old
Perez-related comics and hopefully bring some forgotten (or unheard of)
information to your attention.
This was triggered when I went to
DC Fanpage's JLA/Avengers Page and saw that they have several scans of the original
first JLA/AVENGERS cover COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (see Comics Interview Cover),
but with new colors. The two other cover scans are from different
sources and (in my opinion) weren't as good as I would like to see it.
So I've decided to re-scan the cover to DAVID ANTHONY KRAFT'S COMICS INTERVIEW SPECIAL EDITION: JLA/AVENGERS (can they think of a longer name?). Also note that the cover was colored by Bill Chadwick, who also hand separated the colors.
This book is printed on nice white
sturdy paper and the entire magazine is squarebound, so it resemble a
book with a cardstock cover (rather than their normal staple magazine
format). This Special Edition was a reprint from DAVID ANTHONY KRAFT'S COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (new scan as well).
I remember the first time I saw this
book, it was at (the now-closed) comic store called Sierra's Comics and
Book Store in Clovis, California. I picked up the reprinted magazine
and I asked the store clerk about it and he told me that it was a
reprint and that the JLA/AVENGERS comics was cancelled! I was about 16
years old at the time!
Here is an excerpt from the article:
David Anthony Kraft: Well,
gee, all the questions I had prepared no longer seemed to apply. Here
we are, having waited to the last minute --- and yet, as we go to
press, it's not even certain whether there'll actually be a JUSTICE
LEAGUE OF AMERICA/AVENGERS book!
COMICS INTERVIEW last published issue is #143 as far as I know.
Every since I agreed to do this JLA/AVENGERS crossover, I've been very
excited about it. I even jokingly threatened anyone else with a
letter-bomb who even tried to get the assignment! I first asked for a
plot all the way back as far as November or December of 1981, so I
could have it really ahead of schedule, since it was scheduled for a
summer 1983 release. Gerry Conway was working on other things, so he
got it to me later than I would have wanted --- but a very, very good
plot, although it seemed to have a hell of a lot of plot holes.
DAK: What was the original plot?
GPz: It was a time story, wherein Kang the Conqueror and the Lord
of Time somehow dislodge and chase after some kind of stone that
represents total power accumulation at the end of time. It's bouncing
backwards through Time and Space, and the villains use the JLA and the
Avengers respectively to go against each other, at different points in
time, obviously with a different pairings of characters, to try to stop
the others from getting the stone. The exact motivation was never
clearly given in the plot. There was a motivation that was agreed upon
between Gerry and myself, but it was never written down in the plot. It
probably would have turned up in the writing. Roy Thomas was supposed
to do the scripting based on Gerry's plot. The plot was not perfect by
any stretch of the imagination, but strictly as a visual story it had a
hell of a lot of potential. When I was told that Jim Shooter had turned
it down, it distressed me, but it was understandable.
Here is a complete George Pérez appearances in COMICS INTERVIEW:
DAVID ANTHONY KRAFT'S COMICS INTERVIEW
Comics Interview #3 (IA)
Comics Interview #6 (CA, IA; int)
Comics Interview #9 (IA)
Comics Interview #13 (IA)
Comics Interview #20 (IA)
Comics Interview #26 (CP)
Comics Interview #50 (CA, IA; int)
Comics Interview #78 (IA)
Comics Interview #94 (CA, IA; int)
Comics Interview #104 (IA; int)
Comics Interview: JLA-Avengers Special Edition (CA; int, rep #6)
Comics Interview: Masters of Marvel (CA, IA; int, rep #50)
Comics Interview: Cosmic Crossover (CA, IA; rep #6, #26, #50, and #94)
Special thanks and acknowledgement to Andy Mangels's PEREZ ARCHIVES #1,
Joe Koch's Avalanche Of Wonder, Mile High Comics, Pérez Art Gallery and David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview Group.