plays "Six Questions"
with former AVENGERS writer (and current DC writer) Kurt
|Kurt Busiek needs no
introduction to AVENGERS fans, but I'll give him one anyway.
He came to prominence with MARVELS, wrote the under-appreciated
UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN, has given us two-plus years of CONAN
fun, and even managed to squeeze in a little work on NINJAK, of all
things. And that's not to mention revamping IRON MAN after
Heroes Reborn mercifully ended (and even creating good ol'
Detective Plexico there!)
But Assemblers will always cherish Kurt's
trifecta of AVENGERS volume 3, AVENGERS FOREVER, and AVENGERS/JLA--
towering work that will stand forever in the hearts of the
fans. For that, AvengersAssemble and the Jarvis-Heads
presented Kurt (along with George Perez and editor Tom Brevoort)
with plaques commemorating their "returning the Avengers to
their rightful glory."
And, of course, fans also enjoy Kurt's
inevitable response when he's asked what will happen next in his
comics: "Wait and see!"
So, this time around, we pose our six questions
to Kurt "wait and see" Busiek!
1. Name one Marvel Comics
character you've never had the chance to write, that you'd like to.
Machine Man. Yeah, I know, I got to write him
in AVENGERS and THUNDERBOLTS, but I didn't get to really _write_ him, not
like I could in his own series.
2. If you could work with only one artist in all your future
comics work, who would you choose?
Me. But only after I got a special Cosmic-Cube
infusion of talent and ability, so that I could draw like Brent Anderson,
George Perez, Carlos Pacheco, Steve Epting, Butch Guice, Alan Davis, Gil
Kane, Jack Kirby, Jerry Ordway, Alex Toth, Stuart Immonen, and anyone else
I chose, whenever I chose. So I better stick with the current
3. If you weren't writing comics, what would you probably be
doing for a living now?
Writing novels, I hope.
4. What writer, in any medium, would you say has been the most
influential on your own writing?
Either Andrew Lang, since it was his collections of
fairy tales that gave me my sense of what a story is, or Nevil Shute, for
hugely-influential tales of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances.
5. Complete the following statement: ________ is the most
talented person working in comics today.
6. What word have you never used in a comic, but would like to?
And let me add-- I have no doubt whatsoever that a writer as talented as
Kurt will, one day soon, be writing novels. Wait and see!
Next time, a surprise guest answers the Six Questions!