If I worked for DC, it would be for the ongoing adventures of King Krypton, and I would almost assuredly win an Eisner, a Pulitzer, an Emmy, and the Nobel Peace Prize.
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I’d hold a parade in your honor. 🙂
I assume there will be gorillas in the parade?
You just name it, fella! Gorilla Grodd! Congorilla and his gorilla pal, Djuba! The Gorilla Boss of Gotham City! Gorilla-Man! The Gorilla Wonders of the Diamond! Solovar! Monsieur Mallah! The Primate Patrol! Sam Simeon! Titano! Ultra-Humanite! The Mod Gorilla Boss! Beppo the Super-Monkey (okay, he’s not a gorilla, but he’s high-profile)! Special appearances by King Kong, Mighty Joe Young and Grape Ape! And much, much more!!!
Did you do that off the top of your head?
All except for the Gorilla Wonders of the Diamond, but what a name, eh?
As a lifelong comics fan and dad of two boys, ages 6 & 8, your all-ages titles for the “Marvel Adventures” line have been a much appreciated oasis in a world where even “A” rated titles in the mainstream Marvel continuity gets a little rough for this age group.
I’ve been reading comics since I was six, and have loved Spider-Man, especially. I get that 99.9% of comics are for 30+ year-old fanboys, being one myself. However, it’s dispiriting that a medium for kids are so devoid of ANYTHING that I can use to share that interest with my own kids.
To that end, I wanted to let you know, despite the whole preamble above, that Bullseye killing off Flapper in issue #4 of the Spider-Man reboot has deeply upset my kids and is literally affecting their sleep (and, therefore, my sleep!) As a writer, I guess you can take it as a compliment that Flapper is such a fully realized character, but I also wanted to let you know that the primary audience for your books are likely people like us — Dads looking to share their own youthful comics obsession with their kids in a “safe” universe. I didn’t bother to “pre-read” your Marvel Adventures books, because, frankly, you’ve built up a sense of trust in me. Your work has always fallen on the right side of the line between “adventure” and “Millar/Ennis”.
At minimum, I wanted to let you know that Flapper’s demise has upset some real kids out there in the real world. And, maybe, we can make a plea that if Steve Rogers, Bruce Wayne, Kitty Pride, etc. can all find their way through the Grim Reaper’s bony fingers, ‘ol Flapper could find a way to “get better”?
I appreciate you letting me know, and the thoughtful way you went about it, but every now and then I think it’s important that stories have consequences. Pete / Spidey and the whole supporting cast are in deadly danger in every issue, and if it’s a 100% “everything is just fine in the end” then I believe it’s talking down to the younger readers, which has its own damaging consequences. I’ve written quite a pile of Marvel Adventures titles to date and death has been VERY rarely portrayed (we showed Uncle Ben’s death at one point, I believe) and I have no plans to up the frequency. That said, I’ve no plans for Flapper to get better, either. I was honestly sad to script Flapper’s death… but I do think it’s important, in an adventure setting, for risk to exist.
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Paul Tobin is a New York Times-bestselling author living in Portland, Oregon. He has written books, comics, and short stories for children, adults, and everyone in between–in genres that vary from raucous comedy to chilling horror.