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Rog-2001: Sterno Speaks!
From Ilke Hincer
Conducted by Jon B. Cooke
Monday, May 02, 2005 12:02:38 PM
From Comic Book Artist #12
An entertaining and eminently capable comics writer, Roger Stern is
perhaps best recalled for his work on the Superman strip in Action
Comics, Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Dr. Strange, and an especially
memorable collaboration with John Byrne on Captain America in 1980-81.
What you may not know is Sterno's career stretches back to Charlton
(sorta) and the fanzines. The following E-mail interview took place in
CBA: Do you recall meeting John Byrne for the first time? What was your relationship and did you collaborate early on material?
Roger Stern: Yes, that would have been the July 4th weekend of 1974.
John and I had corresponded prior to that, and I think we might have
even chatted on the phone once or twice, but that was our first
face-to-face meeting. By that time, of course, we had already worked
together on the Rog-2000 strip which wound up appearing in CPL #11. Bob
(Layton), John, our pal Larry Brnicky, and I all converged on Duffy
Vohland's apartment in Brooklyn just prior to the '74 Seuling Con, and
that's where John and I met. (Anyone who had any drawing ability wound
up inking backgrounds on a George Perez story for Monsters Unleashed.)
The reason we were all in New York was that we were premiering a
double-issue of CPL—in the guise of the Charlton Portfolio—at the
convention. In fact, it was at that convention that Nick Cuti saw the
art for the first Rog-2000 strip. And that led to John's getting work at
Charlton, drawing Rog as a backup in E-Man. That led to Wheelie and the
Chopper Bunch, Doomsday +1, and Space: 1999... and, indirectly, to
"Iron Fist" at Marvel.
Some details on George's contributions for Monsters Unleashed #7 and 8, from The Perez Archives :
Monsters Unleashed (Curtis/Marvel)
#7, Aug. 1974
1-page illo of Gullivar Jones by Perez/Frank Giacoia
#8, Oct. 1974
"A Martian Genesis"
Plot: Tony Isabella
Script: Doug Moench
Inkers: Duffy Vohland/John Byrne and Bob Layton (uncredited)
For info on who else contributed to the above issues of Monsters Unleashed, check out www.comics.org/../27655 and www.comics.org/../27847
NOTE - There's a discrepancy in the credits for #8 - your checklist has
Rich Buckler as a penciller (since Buckler laid out the rejected splash
page?), the GCD listing has Buckler as an inker on the Perez-pencilled
tale, while the Perez Archives listing doesn't list Buckler at all.
Sometimes the GCD listings get stuff wrong - note that their listing for
#7 makes no mention of the Perez/Giacoia illo of Gullivar Jones.