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Paul Kupperberg on June 11th, 2021

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Direct Comments: Comic Book Creators in Their Own Words
The DC Direct Currents Interview Transcripts (1989 – 1991)
Conducted, Transcribed, and Annotated by Paul Kupperberg

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Comic Book Creators in their Own Words!

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Paul Kupperberg on July 20th, 2020
A circa-1970 self-portrait by Dick Giordano

Hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since we lost Dick Giordano, artist extraordinaire, human being extraordinaire-plus. In the decades we knew each other, he would be an object of my fannish admiration, my boss, my co-worker, my collaborator, someone in my employment as a freelancer, and, always, an inspiration.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on February 21st, 2020

Browsing through old DC Comics house ads reminds me of probably my all-time favorite comic book, Showcase, a title I would eventually get to contribute to. Here’s the introduction I wrote in 1992 for the collected THE ESSENTIAL SHOWCASE (1956-1959) volume.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on July 19th, 2018

Text features used to be a thing in comic books. Not just letter columns or chatty behind-the-scenes pieces like you get today, but actual short prose stories (often illustrated) starring the characters featured in the title. Stan Lee’s first published story was a Captain America prose story in that title’s third issue in 1941.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on October 1st, 2015

…(And Writers) As Younger Men By Themselves (and Others)

A special Throwback Thursday (#TBT) post, featuring circa 1970 portraits of several artists and writers by themselves or others, culled from the sketchbook collection of my late brother, artist Alan Kupperberg. Enjoy!… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on April 6th, 2014

I don’t know how things are set up there now, but when I was still on staff at DC Comics, the company had a Special Projects department from which flowed a diverse variety of comic book and comic book-related product. Formalized sometime in the late-1970s/early-1980s under the supervision of artist and editor Joe Orlando, the department was responsible for everything from creating art and packaging for DC’s licensors to producing comic books in a range of formats for the promotion of those licensed properties and numerous social causes.… Read the rest

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Back in 1989, DC Comics had procedures for getting proposals for new titles through what they called “the pipeline.” I assume they still have procedures; I wouldn’t know, since, with the exception of Karen Berger’s recent and reasoned rejection of a project I proposed to her, I haven’t tried to sell anything to DC in years.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on March 19th, 2012

The seventh issue of Charlton Spotlight magazine is out, containing, among other things, an interview with one-time Charlton Comics editor and Popeye artist George Wildman, as well as remembrances of another one-time Charlton Comics editor and artist, the late, great Dick Giordano.… Read the rest

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Paul Kupperberg on June 7th, 2011

 I killed Aquababy!

I just received in the mail my comp copies of the new Aquaman: Death of a Prince trade paperback from DC Comics. It features the entire saga of the birth and death of Arthur Curry Jr., aka Aquababy between 1974 and 1978.… Read the rest

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Waaay back in 1988 I wrote a miniseries for DC Comics starring the Joe Gill/Pat Boyette-created character, Peacemaker. Peacemaker was originally published by Charlton Comics in 1966 as part of editor Dick Giordano’s “Action Hero Line” and lasted only a couple of years.… Read the rest

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