An Interview with Pierre Comtois
by Peter Enfantino
As related when we began this blog, I was compelled to create Marvel University after coming across a book called Marvel Comics in the 1960s, a fascinating look at the high points in Marvel's first decade, by Pierre Comtois. This was followed up a couple months ago by Marvel Comics in the 1970s. Both come highly recommended and can be purchased at TwoMorrows or Amazon. Pierre was kind enough to answer a few questions for our readers.
MARVEL UNIVERSITY: How long have you been collecting comics, Pierre?
MU: What led to the books you wrote?
to clip out every article I came across to use for background info when finally got around to writing the book. Fast forward to around 1985 when I briefly owned and operated my own comics store. Business was slow to non-existent so I passed the time writing my first piece about comics. It was for the old Amazing Heroes magazine for a regular feature it used to have called "10 of a kind" or something. In this case, I wrote an article called "10 Silver Age Marvel Keys" that featured the earliest proto-type of the entry system that my Marvel books eventually used. That article was refused so I tried again, this time with "10 Silver Age Marvel Continued Stories." That was rejected too.
MU: Was there ever a point where you thought of covering every single issue of each decade?
MU: Have you a third volume planned?
MU: We here at Marvel University have had quite a lot of fun tearing down the legends that are Hank Pym, The Gi-Ant Man and Johnny Storm, The Human Torch, but you've informed me that you not only do you have a defense for Big Hank but that you've actually read those stories 8 or 9 times each and lived to tell about it. Mr. Comtois, what can you say in your defense?
|Hank Pym tells Professor Peter to kiss his big blue behind|
MU: Overall, what was the best comic title Marvel published?
MU: What was the worst?
|Bruce Banner displays disdain for Pierre's choice for worst comic series|
MU: Can you steer our readers to a handful of Marvel's Greatest Comics?
MU: As the seventies drew to a close, did your interest wane or did your tastes change?
MU: I've not read the entire seventies book, but I hit some highlights throughout and noticed, as I said on the blog, that you seemed disillusioned with the path Marvel was taking as the decade wore on. You mentioned Frank Miller's violence against women. Any other instances?
|Would you trust this man with your superhero?|
MU: Did you collect other comics at the time as well? DC? If so,
MU: What happened with the original cover to the 60s book? I saw the original proposed cover and it was a great idea. Were you disappointed with the finished cover?