Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Interview: Paul Kupperberg

Today the always-amazing Aquaman Shrine has posted an unexpected treat for its readers. There you'll find an all-new full-length interview with Paul Kupperberg, a man who has written for nearly every major DC Comics hero--including the Flash. He also served a stint as editor on the scarlet speedster's title. In the interview, Kupperberg shares his thoughts on being granted the opportunity to work with DC's cavalcade of characters and reflects on some of his favorite stories.


PK: "It sounds corny, but writing any and all the DC characters was fun. I've been a reader since I was like five years old and fan since, I guess, I read Jules Feiffer's book, The Great Comic Book Heroes, which turned me on to the history of the form. I was reading Wonder Woman when I was six years old because I liked the Andru and Esposito art, I devoured the Jack Schiff Batman stories, Martian Manhunter, Weisinger's Superman...everything by Julie Schwartz. Green Lantern, the Atom, Flash, Hawkman, Adam Strange, the JLA. Showcase. The Brave and the Bold. This stuff was iconic and huge to me and when I finally got my chance to write these guys, any of these guys, how could it not be fun? Scary, yes, but hugely fun. I remember initially freezing up on a couple of assignments over the years, particularly the first time I got to write Superman. To this day, I still get a thrill over the fact that I actually got to write all these characters... and they even paid me for it."

4 comments:

rob! said...

glad you enjoyed the interview and thanks for the special plug!

Dixon said...

No problem, Rob. It was nice to find the interview posted at the Shrine this morning.

Paul Kupps said...

Fun website, Dixon! Thanks for the mention. Nice to know that all that stuff I wrote long-ago hasn't been forgotten.

Dixon said...

Oh, it hasn't been forgotten! Classic comic book stories never fade away, they're the stuff of modern mythology. It was great to read about some of your reflections on the work, Mr. Kupperberg. Thank you!