COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (Aug 1983) Fictioneer

George Perez
Bill Chadwick
Date: Aug 1983
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    editor:  David Anthony Kraft
    Jim Salicrup
    Bill Chadwick
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    COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (Aug 1983)
    CLASICOS MARVEL #26 (Spain) (1990)
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    SENTINELS #5 (17 Dec 2014)
    Drumfish Productions


    Sentinels #5 cover homage to George Perez's JLA/Avengers?

    posted Dec 23, 2014, 2:05 PM by Vu Nguyen [ updated Dec 23, 2014, 2:14 PM ]

    COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (Aug 1983)

    SENTINELS #5 (17 Dec 2014)
    Drumfish Productions

    Although I couldn't find the signature for the usually with "After Perez", I believe this Luciano Vecchio and Ihor Loboda cover artwork on SENTINELS #5 (17 Dec 2014) may have been inspired by George Perez's cover to COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (Aug 1983) Fictioneer (the original JLA/Avengers cover).

    If I am wrong, please let me know - sometime artists may not know (whether intentionally or otherwise) that they are drawing similar designs (in the case of Perez's own Crisis/X-Men cover debate).

    Sentinels' creator Rich Bernatovech is a big fan of George Perez and previously published Perez pinups in SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003) and SENTINELS #3: ECHOES (Nov 2005).

     January 29, 2004 | Clásicos Marvel #26
    From Curt Collins

    Just in case you haven't seen this:

    Clásicos Marvel Vol. 1 # 26 (IX-1990)


    COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (Aug 1983)
    JLA/AVENGERS #3 PREVIEW ART (2003), art by Perez, colors by Tom Smith. Published in MARVEL PREVIEWS #1.
    CLASICOS MARVEL #26 (Spain) (1990)
    PTAS Comics Forum
     January 23, 2004 | Pacesetter #3 Review
    From Vu

    Tony Lorenz

    Jan 2004
    Tony Lorenz Productions

    Fanzine (88 pages)

    writers: Tony Lorenz/ES/Pedro Angosto/Gary Beck/Kirk Philbrick/Bobby Nash/Ilke Hincer/Michael Rudolph/Vu Nguyen/various
    pencilers: George Pérez/Oliver Isabedra/Mitch Ballard/Mike Grell/various
    inkers: George Perez/Oliver Isabedra/Mitch Ballard/Mike Grell/various
    editors: 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:

    COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (Aug 1983)
    JLA/AVENGERS #3 PREVIEW ART (2003), art by Perez, colors by Tom Smith. Published in MARVEL PREVIEWS #1.
    George 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 were.

    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.

    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.
     August 28, 2003 | JLA/A #3 Colors
    From Tom Smith, via Avengers Comicboard, thanks to Kirk.

    The are no mistakes Allen :) [SPOILERS]
    Posted by Tom Smith on Thursday, August 28 2003 at 03:34:09 GMT

    JLA/AVENGERS #3 PREVIEW ART (2003), art by Perez, colors by Tom Smith. Published in MARVEL PREVIEWS #1.
    > 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 claws.
    > 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 colors wrong.

    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
    From ES

    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.


    COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (Aug 1983)
  • JLA Meets the AVENGERS (2002), art by George Perez for ACTOR Auction (sold for $1,900)
  • 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.

    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 takes time.

    "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 appreciate it."

  • RICK JONES, art by Perez/Vey. HONORARY, 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)
  • Fan: Well, This is kind of a fan boy question. I was wondering if SNAPPER CARR was going to appear.

    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!

     November 1, 2002 | Comics Interview Cover
    From George Pérez, via Forum
    COMICS INTERVIEW #6 (Aug 1983)
    Another correction
    posted 10/31/02 3:06 PM

    Hi again:

    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.

    Take care,

    From ES
    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
    From Vu
  • Image from DC Fanpage: JLA/Avengers
  • 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!
    George Pérez: 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.

    COMICS INTERVIEW last published issue is #143 as far as I know.
    Here is a complete George Pérez appearances in 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.

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