Todd Nauck -
Geoff Johns -
Augustyn - 1998
Todd Dezago -
Sciver - 1998
Chuck Dixon -
|This interview was conducted on Oct. 19, 1998
with Todd Dezago, writer of JLA: World Without Grown Ups, Young Justice:
The Secret, JLA World Without Adults, and will begin his run on Impulse,
starting Issue #50, with artist Ethan Van Shivar.
Craig: Knowing right now, the title of Young Justice, has to
be still a little sore for you, I gotta ask, what is your current
opinion on the series? The writing of Peter David? And is the current
series anything like you had planned for it to be? If not, what would be
Todd: Because I worked in development on Young Justice for about
a year before it finally came out, and because of the difficulties which
eventually led to my leaving the project, it is still a very emotional
subject for me. It's hard for me to pick the book up, and so I haven't
really looked at it; therefore, no opinion. I will be following it now,
of course, as reference regarding what Impulse is doing in that title,
and how he is being portrayed. I am told that the current storylines are
very different to what I had planned for the first 16 issues of the
Craig: Congratulations on getting the run of Impulse,
personally, I as well as many others are looking forward to seeing you
bring some life back to the series, but a few background questions are
going to need to be addressed...
a) Your opinion on who was the best writing team on the book?
Todd: That's not really a fair question, is it?
b) Where do you feel that the book started going downhill, not saleswise,
but enjoyment wise?
Todd: See above answer. (Really, it's all relative, isn't it...?
One man's "3 Geeks Go To The Con" is another man's "Dark
Knight Returns"! Everybody has an opinion, but I personally, and
professionally, try not to air any negative views, and focus more on the
stuff that I think is really cool and positive...)
c) Do you have a particular interest on building any of the lesser known
characters? Like Evil Eye, or any of Bart's classmates?
Todd: We have plans, not only for Evil Eye, Roland, Preston, and
Carol, but some new friends as well...more fun, more trouble, more
|Craig :Besides Impulse. If you were
writing Superboy or Robin, what kind of major spins or differences would
you build on the characters?
Todd : I don't know. When I was putting Young Justice together, I
had planned what I thought were a lot of cool interactions between the
boys as they grew together as friends and teammates, the slow building
of trust and friendship. The three of them really interest me in that
way. But if I were writing their own solo books, I guess that I would
have to do the same as I'm doing with Impulse; finding out what makes
him work by himself. I hope I get it right...
Craig: What can we expect to see from the new writing of Todd
Dezago's Impulse? As compared to the other writer's views and writing
styles of Impulse.. how will it change from Peter David? Waid? The
Todd: As I was saying, Ethan and I are finding out what makes
Impulse work on his own. Being friends with Mark helps. I think that
we're going to be getting Impulse into a bit more serious trouble;
situations that are much more urgent and dire than what we've seen
before. The stories will still be, hopefully, fun and exciting, and Bart
will be his same...impulsive self, but the conflicts will be a little
less "light" than they've been in the past. I hope everybody
Craig: What other comics are you currently writing now, to
kinda give the people seeing this interview other tastes of your work?
And if you wouldn't mind, maybe a small explation of tone of the book?
Todd: Well, I think I kinda gave with the tone of the book in the
last response, but as for other work, I'm becoming a bit of a DC boy
now, working on a ten-page Green Lantern story for an upcoming 80 Page
Giant, as well as an Elseworlds project that I don't know when it comes
out! My last Marvel work is the X-Men 1/2 that I did with my bud, Mike
Wieringo (I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and Mike's
artwork on it ROCKS!!), but I guess you can only get it through
Craig: Oh the other books you write for, what are your major
enjoyments of the titles, and do you feel as if, you've made any
changes, that will be notable as you pass the book on to its next
Todd: Being a huge comics fan myself, one of the real joys of the
job, is telling stories with some of my all time favorite artists.
Collaborating with guys like Sal Buscema, Gary Frank, Humberto Ramos,
Mike McKone, and of course, 'Ringo, I've been very lucky to have worked
with some of the best storytellers in the business. Ethan and I are
having a blast working and playing (mostly playing) with Bart and the
gang, and I gotta tell ya, the stuff that he's done for the first few
issues (that are already done!!!) is some of the best stuff I've seen in
a long while! ........Oh, and of course, finally getting to get all of
those stories out of my head about all of my favorite characters...well,
that's just good for my own mental health! (Actually, it just seems to
make room for more...!
Do I feel as if I've made any changes, left behind some sorta legacy...?
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