The Frank Thorne Interview

CW: This post contains explicit, drawn pornographic images. In this conversation from The Comics Journal #280 (January 2007), Frank Thorne talks about a cartooning career that ultimately spanned more than 60 years. He worked in genres such as SF, sword and sorcery and history on comic books and strips — most notably, on Marvel’s Red Sonja title — before following his bliss.

Rationality and Relevance: Dennis O’Neil

This interview was conducted in 1978 and 1980 and released in full form in The Comic Journal #66 (September 1981). Among the many topics they cover, young Gary Groth and Mike Catron ask Denny O’Neil about the potential for the art form – specifically, beyond the mass audience and the superhero genre – and talk about a promising new writer O’Neil is editing, Frank Miller.

A Denny O’Neil and Matt Fraction Conversation

This conversation from The Comics Journal #300 (November 2009) is a snapshot of a moment just before smartphones became ubiquitous and before the MCU/Batman/superhero movies would glut cinemas. Matt Fraction and Denny O’Neil compare and contrast their experiences writing for characters such as Iron Man and Batman, share tips on craft and more.

Scott Rosenberg’s Platinum Pipeline to Hollywood

Scott Mitchell Rosenberg is recently back in industry news, regarding his partial ownership of the rights to Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood. In this article from TCJ #265 (January-February 2005), Michael Dean traces Rosenberg’s trajectory through comics industry and Hollywood up to that point.

The Ernie Colón Interview

In this 2007 interview, Ernie Colón talks to Kent Worcester about working for Harvey, Warren, DC, Marvel and his collaborations with Sid Jacobson going back to the 1970s.

A Stan Lee Interview (1968)

In this interview, Ted White captures Lee at the peak of ’60s success. It is a snapshot of the day-to-day of the Marvel offices at that time. Sol Brodsky cameos.

Jason Lutes: Interview by Greg Stump

From The Comics Journal #228 (November 2000) In 1994, Jason Lutes released his debut graphic novel, the Xeric-funded Jar of Fools, to unusual praise. Perhaps the strongest and most visible endorsement came from Scott McCloud, who called the book “an instant classic” in a promotional blurb. McCloud’s enthusiasm was generally echoed by the rest of… Read more »

Berlin: City of Stones

In this review from The Comics Journal #242 (April 2002), Ron Evry talks about Lutes’ artistic choices, the graphic novel format and the scope of the project.

The Russ Heath Interview

In this 1987 interview, Ken Jones talks to possibly the least-recognized high-quality artist to ever work in American comic books, who left an indelible mark on both Western comics, where he started his comic-book career, and on war comics, for which he would attain his greatest fame.