Marv Wolfman - Interview
By Michael Essington

Back in the early two thousands I found myself out of work and hunting for ways to make money. I was rummaging through the garage and came across a box of old comic books, one of the first books I came across was a tattered, old copy of the Incredible Hulk. I figured I would pop them on Ebay and generate a bit of money. Well as I started flipping through some of the books I came to realize how much I still loved some of these books and how some of these great writers from the early seventies books are much better than a lot of the writers today.

So, I looked up some of the writers online and wrote to them asking if they would autograph my books and in the case of Marv Wolfman asked if I could interview him for a site I was creating (Web Comics), he agreed. But getting him to sign anything was a bitch, the guy lives about fifteen minutes away from me, but refused to meet up. He would send me emails saying, “I'll be at Worldcon in Anaheim. Why don't we do it there?” A real pain.

This was my third interview (done somewhere around 2005), I tried to pursue certain questions has firmly as I could but he just wouldn’t answer or plainly state he wouldn’t answer.

I know some readers are going to scratch their heads and go “Why is this on Web Comics?” Well, here’s why, because the themes of being sued and an overall interesting life. Ladies and gents, Marv Wolfman!

1. First off, I want to thank you for agreeing to do this interview. Growing up You, Gerry Conway, & Len Wein & Stan Lee were among my all-time favorite writers. So, it's an honor to be able to have you as Web Comics’ fourth interview.
 
2. You’ve received screen credits for all three Blade films (featuring your characters Blade & Hannibal King); what became of the lawsuit you filed, and could you give us a little background on that?
I don’t talk about legal affairs.
3. In the 80's and 90's when DC seemed to be making the bulk of their money off of Teen Titans & Teen Titan spin-offs. Did you come out of this time in good shape financially?
I also don’t talk about financial affairs.
4. Most of the creators who've made a name for themselves are remembered for one key book; Berni Wrightson is remembered for Swamp Thing, with you it seems to be your Teen Titans run, or Tomb of Dracula, with an older crowd. How do you feel about that legacy? And how do you want to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered for doing a large variety of books and hopefully if they weren’t all great, they were mostly entertaining and fun.
5. Who are your influences, comics or personally? Is there any one particular Writer that made decide to pursue writing as a career?
In comics it would be John Broome, Stan Lee and a few others like Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, etc.
6. Do you have a favorite Artist to work with?
I have many favorites – and they all do very different kinds of work. I absolutely loved working with both George Perez and Gene Colan on a number of projects but I also like them personally. There are many, many others, too.
7. In regards to your own work who was your favorite Inker? And your favorite Colorist?
Too many to mention.
8. Of all your work do you have any certain favorites? Particular run or issue?
Dracula and Titans and Night Force are my favorite adventure comics. Mickey Mouse and Duck Tales my comedy faves.
9. Do you still keep up with the industry?
Of course. Regularly.
10. Do you socialize with anyone within the comic book industry?
All the time, but again, this is personal stuff and I don’t talk about that.
11. Over your career you’ve worked for all the major companies in the industry, from a Writer’s standpoint who’s been the best to work for & why?
Companies are only people and the people change all the time so the companies change, too. DC has been the most consistent, however, and good to work for and with.
12. I interviewed Herb Trimpe in the later part of 2003; we talked a bit about his termination package from Marvel, and what he referred to as “ageism” in the industry. Have you experienced this, if so what’s your take on it?
It’s hard to get a lot of editors to want to work with people old enough to be their grandfather. Some have no problems, others do. But then when you’re young and inexperienced, the older editors may have problems with that, too. It evens out in the wash.
13. You created Daredevil’s nemesis Bullseye, which was featured prominently in 20th Century Fox’s 2003’s film Daredevil; did you receive a screen credit for that?
No.
14. Wizard magazine recently revisited your Crisis On Infinite Earths work; what’s next for you as far as comic book work?
Some Titans related work and hopefully other stuff, too.
15. Your Teen Titans run is still extremely popular, any chance of you returning to the Titans someday?
See #14
16. During your time with Marvel in the 1970’s, were you a part of the “Mighty Marvel Bullpen”? And what are your memories of that time.
I was editor in chief and also in charge of the black and white magazines. There are too many memories to go into now in this short of time.
17. Is there a character that you never got to write that you wish that you had. If so who, and what would you bring to this character?
Deadman and Adam Strange. I have ideas but I never reveal them in case I still get that opportunity.
18. In a similar question, is there an artist that you never got to work with that you felt would bring another dimension to you writing?
There are hundreds of brand new artists I’d love to work with. So many today are brilliant.
19. In all of your writings, the locations and dialogue are highly detailed; what do you use as reference? Vacations, recordings, etc.?
I use a variety of sources, from trips there to books, photos, research, etc. Whatever is necessary.
20. Thanks again for answering our questions. Hopefully, they weren't all questions you've answered a hundred times before.
Visit my website at http://www.marvwolfman.com
About Michael Essington
Michael Essington is an American author and poet, most famous for his Mike Check column. Over the years Essington has done dozens of celebrity interviews, as well as hundreds of music reviews. The weekly Mike Check column, which appears on Strange Reaction, has also been printed in The Los Angeles Beat and the very popular Deep Red Magazine. Essington's column is read weekly by thousands of fans from Los Angeles to Denmark. Essington has been writing since his high school days. He is married to wife, Elizabeth, and has two children, daughter, Breana & son Lucas. And has a dog, Max, that Essington suspects may have a learning disability or a general lack of life goals.