Friday, December 19, 2008

Walter Simonson - 5 Quick Questions

Walter "Walt" Simonson (born September 2, 1946) is an American comic book writer and artist.

While Walter Simonson was in art school, he became interested in the challenges of creating comic books. He wrote and drew a 50-page graphic story 'The Star Slammers' for his senior degree project. In 1972, he began drawing comic books professionally as a freelance artist.

Working for several companies he drew characters such as 'Dr. Fate', the 'Metal Men', 'Hercules Unbound', 'Batman', and 'The Hulk'. In 1983, he started writing and drawing the adventures of 'The Mighty Thor' for Marvel Comics. For his work on Thor he won the Haxtur Prize Award as Best Writer.

During the 1990s, Walt Simonson worked on a number of projects. Some titles he was involved with include 'X-Factor', the 'Avengers', the 'Fantastic Four', 'Cyberforce', and 'GEN-13'. Walter then created the on-going monthly series 'Orion' for DC Comics.

He agreed to answer 5 Quick Questions.

1) What would you say is your greatest achievement in comics?

Honestly, I hope I still haven't gotten there. But there are some highlights across the past including Manhunter (for DC), Alien (the graphic novel for Heavy Metal), Thor (for Marvel), and Orion (for DC again).

2) Who was your favorite writer or artist that you worked with & why?

Archie Goodwin. We worked in synch in a way that's hard to explain but was a delight to be a part of.

3) What character you have never worked .., would you like to do & why?

I haven't really done Spider-man, although I did write s short story about him once in a public service comic that Marvel did. I don't know if I'd want to draw him or not-probably too many buildings.

4) Who are your influences?

Off the cuff: Archie Goodwin, Jack Kirby, Jim Holdaway, Frank Bellamy, Palacios, Toppi, Moebius, Mezieres, Ottomo-the list is pretty endless.

5) What hero or villain would you like to change if you could and why?

I'm not sure. I think I change all the ones I work on, one way or another. Read more...

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Living Dead Dolls Series 17- Urban Legends

We all know them, things that happened to a friend of a friend, stories everyone swears are true.
They are, Urban Legends. Now, for the first time, the Living Dead Dolls immortalize five of the most infamous legends:

THE HOOK- Parked on a dark road, a bulletin comes over the radio that a criminally insane patient has escaped the asylum. What is that scratching on the car door? Could it be the escaped lunatic? He comes complete with removable hook.

THE VANISHING HITCHHIKER- He found her alone on a desolate road on a dark night, he offered a ride. The next day, he remembers he left his jacket with her. He returns to retrieve it only to find, did she really exist in the first place? Complete with letterman jacket.

THE UNWILLING DONOR- Waking up dazed and in a bathtub filled with ice, what's that crudely stitched up wound on her side and note by the phone?
She has become THE UNWILLING DONOR, complete with kidney.

SPIDER BITE- Returning home from a tropical getaway, she noticed a small bump on her cheek. Thinking it is just a pimple she continues to apply cream, until one day...

BLOODY MARY- Only the brave or foolish would dare to stand in front of a mirror in a darkened room and call her name thirteen times. Once summoned, her price must be blood! She comes complete with mirror accessory.

Some legends aren't born, they're dug up.

Each doll comes packaged in their own coffin complete with urban legend.


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The Big Bang

Universe is launching with a Bang! Check out these new in package photos and make sure to read the article in this month’s issue of Toyfare magazine. Marvel Universe is coming to a retailer near you on March 1st.

Click on each image to enlarge:

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