With the recent release of Volume 3 of David Anthony Kraft’s COMICS INTERVIEW: The Complete Collection www.comicsinterview.com it is hard not to acknowledge the number of great comic creators, fans and industry observers who graced the pages that are no longer with us. It is a sad truth that, thirty-plus years since the first issue of COMICS INTERVIEW was originally published, many of the great subjects of those interviews have passed away, taking with them their unique perspective of the comics industry and their direct involvement in it.
For this reason and for the inevitable fact the list of deceased will grow, COMICS INTERVIEW: The Complete Collection becomes an extremely valuable facet of the history of comic books because it captures the insights of those that are gone and preserves them for generations of comic enthusiasts to come.
COMICS INTERVIEW: The Complete Collection amasses comics history directly from the mouths of those that lived it. Many of the interviewees were there from the beginning. Some, like writer Gaylord Dubois born in 1899, were alive before the first comic book was printed! COMICS INTERVIEW relays their perspective first hand like no other history book of this industry can or ever will.
The first three volumes of this collection reveal the words of over thirty industry insiders and observers that will never be heard again. The list is inspiring and saddening because these people were all, at some point, the heartbeat of the industry and left a legacy that continues to grow and inspire the medium today and well into the future.
Jack Abel – 1927-1996 – Artist
Alfred Bester – 1913-1987 – Writer
Dave Cockrum – 1943-2006 – Artist
Joe Colquhoun – 1924-1987 – Writer
Robert Culp – 1930-2010 – Fan on Screen
Arnold Drake – 1921-1997 – Writer
Gaylord Dubois – 1899-1993 – Writer
Jules Engle – 1909-2003 – Artist
Gardner Fox – 1911-1986 – Writer
Frank Frazetta – 1928-2010 – Artist
Steve Gerber – 1947-2008 – Writer
Dick Giordano – 1932-2010 – Artist
Dick Goldwater – 1936-2007 – Archie Publisher
Archie Goodwin – 1937-1998 – Writer/Editor
Jerry Grandenetti – 1926-2010 – Artist
Jack “Jaxon” Jackson – 1941-2006 – Writer/Artist
Carol Kalish – 1955-1991 – Marvel Sales Director
Bob Kane – 1915-1998 – Artist
Jack Kirby – 1917-1994 – Artist
Roy Krenkel – 1918-1983 – Artist
Joe Kubert – 1926-2012 – Artist
Jerry Robinson – 1922-2011 – Artist
Fred Rogers – 1928-2003 – Fan on Screen
Phil LaSorda – 1960-2008 – Comico Publisher
Carl Macek – 1951-2010 – ROBOTECH Producer
T. M. Maple – 1956-1994 – Fan Incognito
Joe Rosen – 1920-2009 – Letterer
George Roussos – 1915-2000- Artist
Adrienne Roy – 1953-2010 – Colorist
Don Thompson – 1935-1994 – CBG Editor
Kim Thompson – 1956-2013 – Fantagraphics Publisher
William Woolfolk – 1917-2003 – Writer
Those that have passed are now memorialized in a photo album on facebook that can be seen here and will be updated when needed and as each new volume is released so be sure to “like” the COMICS INTERVIEW page.
It is no mistake that the promotional graphic we chose this Holiday Season was of the Three Wise Men bearing the first three volumes of David Anthony Kraft’s COMICS INTERVIEW: The Complete Collection. To us the books contain the wisdom of many, regarding the comics industry, and represent the foundation that the entire medium of comic art is built on.
If you love comics and value the rich history of the medium then be sure to add David Anthony Kraft’s COMICS INTERVIEW: The Complete Collection and other great CO2 Comics graphic albums to your bookshelf today.