Interview: Marv Wolfman


This interview was done through emails in February 2004


Matthieu-David:  Which artists influenced you the most ? And what are your influences in general ?

Marv Wolfman: I'm a writer, not an artist, so I'll say in comics, in the early days, John Broome, Ed Hamilton, Otto Binder and Stan Lee. Influences in general are too many to list.


M-D: Sorry, Of course I know you're a writer but I thought "Artists" was a generic term that included pencillers,writers,  inkers and  colorists. My bad :( ( in french "Artist" is a generic name and I keep making the mistake :( )


M-D: Is there an artist you would you love to work with ? (penciler, inker or colourist )

M.W.:Anyone who's good and respects the scripts.

M-D: On which comic book would you like to work or is there a specific character that you would like to work on ( can even be a dream project )?

M.W.:I've worked on almost every character I'd like to, with the possible exception of Deadman. I'd still love to do either Superman or Spider-Man.

M-D: What type of script do you write ? Highly detailed ones or very short ?

M.W.: I'm pretty detailed in my descriptions. I like the artist to have a good understanding of what I want, but I don't put in every detail as I don't want to overwhelm them with stuff that isn't important. Also, comics are a visual art form and the artist may come up with something visually more exciting than I ever could.

M-D: Have you noticed any storytelling changes  since you started writing  ?

M.W.:There are several: 1: Plots are much less dense. What we used to take one issue to do would be done today in two or three issues. Two: there are much fewer captions. People are trying to emulate movies (which we're not) and therefore don't use comics' ability to provide inner monologues or set stage or even give mood and feeling. I think this is to the detriment. 3: Dialogue is generally more natural and less melodramatic.

M-D: If you hadn’t worked in comics, what would you have done for a living ?

M.W.: Teacher.

M-D: Could you describe your typical day ?

M.W.: I start writing about nine to ten, break for lunch, go back to work, stop about five.

M-D: Do you use music as an inspiration for your writing ?

M.W.: No. Hardly ever. I must have the sound off when I write. I do love listening to good movie scores (not songs) but I can't when I'm writing.


M-D: You have been doing the colors on "the man called Nova" and "skull the slayer" ? How did you get to do those ? and do you still color ?

M.W.: I enjoy coloring as a fun thing not as a job.


M-D: What is your best achievement so far ?  

M.W.: It's a cross between Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans and The Night Force.


M-D: Did you have some hard times in your career ? Which ones and how did you deal with those ?

M.W.:There are always hard times but you just have to plow through them as best you can.

M-D: What’s the weirdest thing you witnessed in a convention ?

M.W.: fans following you into a bathroom to get an autograph.

 M-D : Have you ever been in Paris and if so what surprised you the most when you arrived ?

M.W.:Once. How lovely it is.


M-D: Since you wrote him quiet a few times, how would you describe the character : “DR DOOM” ?

M.W..:Intelligent but twisted. He believes he is better than others and doesn't understand why nobody else understands that. Everything he does is to make others realize he is better than they are.


M-D: Who draw " Dr Doom" the best in your opinion ?

M.W. : Jack Kirby. Everyone else simply copied him.


Thanks a lot Marv  !

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