Released to coincide with the release of the Fantastic Four
movie, this book looks at the origins of the characters. Comics
Creators on Fantastic Four contains interviews with everyone
from original co-creator Stan Lee to classic writer/artists
Walt Simonson and John Byrne, right up to recent and current
stars such as Jim Lee and Mark Waid. Containing exclusive
sketches and script pages, the book tells the behind-the-scenes
story of the creation and development of the Thing, the Invisible
Woman, the Human Torch, and Mr Fantastic: the Fantastic Four...
book follows the same format as the Comic
Creators on Spider-Man book which I reviewed
a year or so ago, also put together by Tom DeFalco and published
by Titan Books. It comes with an attractive artwork cover
and a nice layout incorporating inset information on integral
characters and major storylines. The thoughts and memories
of many of the big names in writing and artwork are collected
together here in interviews about their contribution to the
continuity of the Fantastic Four.
Sinnott, Roy Thomas, Keith Pollard, Doug Moench, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa,
Walter Simonson, Mike Wieringo, Warren
Ellis, Jim Lee, Paul Ryan and Mark Waid are all
cross-examined in-depth. Recognise any of those names? If
you do, that's great, but the chances are you won't... and
therein lies the problem. If you can't relate to the individual's
work you might as well be reading an interview of your friend's
uncle's milkman's next-door neighbour. The only names I recognised
were Ralph Macchio, John Byrne, and the great Stan Lee, creator
of all of Marvel's best loved characters. Those pieces I enjoyed,
but they were only a small part of the book.
comics I read as a kid were mainly Spider-Man and Batman,
which I found to be the most accessible. I know what the Fantastic
Four can do; however, I have no knowledge of their history,
only what occurred when they occasionally appeared with the
web-slinger himself. Therefore, any avid fan of the Fantastic
Four will probably love this, but it will not interest the
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