Post by paulie on Sept 17, 2014 15:14:07 GMT -5
No pictures at the moment, but I had him sign Conan the Barbarian #154 and Savage Sword of Conan #126. He told me the SSoC issue was his favorite ever, because he plotted the story. He wasn't happy that Marvel hired someone else (Larry Yakata) to do the scripting, as he thought it was just mediocre and he could have done better himself.
He was a pretty jocular guy. He also told me that he didn't like being inked by Ernie Chan. He didn't like Chan personally or professionally, because he had caught Chan one time at a show erasing his pencils and redrawing the stuff himself. So after that, he only wanted to work with Chan if he was just giving Chan layouts, because he didn't want to waste his time with full pencils if Chan was just going to erase them.
Additionally, he said that he really liked working with Chuck Dixon, but he thought that the stories that came out after he (Gary) left the book - and stopped co-plotting the stories - were bad. He envisioned Conan was a Western, with Conan being a Clint Eastwood type, and thought that the stories after he left the book were too simple, too mindless barbarian caveman violence in tone.
It was certainly interesting! It's always cool to hear the creators talk about the books, but you don't often talk to someone so willing to air it out like that. Not that he was being mean about it, he just had strong creative opinions about Savage Sword and wasn't shy about sharing them.
This is very enlightening. It is kind of the opposite of Vince Colletta. And it makes a lot of sense because like Tom Palmer Chan pretty much swallowed pencillers whole. Ernie probably needed someone to tell the story for him. I always liked his pencils but the issues he provided artwork on always seemed more dynamic when laid out by John Buscema or... Gary Kawpisz.
And he was right about Chuck Dixon too and half of the writers who wrote Conan after Roy Thomas left. A straight action hero with no nuance and no trace of REH to be found.