Beloved Comic Book Writers (Who are rather Odd)

If variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes, some people are very spicy indeed. Which is good, I like spicy stuff.

Gimme some of that!

One of the spiciest worlds is that of the creative arts – from art to literature to theater to film and television, and even to the comic book industry, you will find some very unusual people littering the crowd. People like…

Stan Lee

The Man:

The one comic book writer most non-nerds have heard of, he is a household name across America and among millions around the world. From the late 1950s to the mid-1970s Stan created or co-created many of Marvel’s most well-known superheroes: Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, and so on.

In recognition of his importance in the comic book world, most Marvel movies in the past decade have given him brief cameos:

The Oddities:

As you may know, Sony is currently filming a Spider-Man reboot due out next year. I read online that Stan Lee liked the reboot, and thought, “Well, it must be good if the creator likes it.”

Then I learned that Stan Lee also liked the Japanese version of Spider-Man, where our hero gets his powers from an alien and pilots a giant robot.

Okay, um… uh…..

And did I mention he made a cartoon in 2004 called “Stripperella“, where our hero’s mild-mannered alter ego is… you guessed it… a stripper. He also proposed a similar cartoon starring Ringo Starr. As in, the Beatle.

Then, in 2006, he hosted and judged a reality-TV competition show called “Who Wants to be a Superhero“, where a bunch of really odd people wearing homemade costumes compete to get a comic book made about them.

Yeah. This guy is odd.

Alan Moore

The Man:

Having just covered the most beloved name in Marvel, it is only fair for me to turn to my favorite writer for DC.

Moore is British by birth, and his nationality shows in his work. He is less about action and violence, and more about intrigue and the psychology of the characters. If most American comic books read like an episode of CSI or Bones, Moore’s work reads like a James Joyce or Agatha Christie novel (albeit much, much darker). And his work is treated in the comic book world like classics, as he has written some of DC’s most beloved stories:

The Oddities:

First off, he looks like this –

If you saw him on the street, you'd assume he was homeless.

So there is that.

Then there is the fact he is a self-professed anarchist, and his desire to become a shaman/magician.

“One word balloon in From Hell completely hijacked my life… A character says something like, ‘The one place gods inarguably exist is in the human mind’. After I wrote that, I realised I’d accidentally made a true statement, and now I’d have to rearrange my entire life around it. The only thing that seemed to really be appropriate was to become a magician.”

-Alan Moore

That’s right. He has decided to dedicate his life to something he wrote in one of his comic books. It’s hard to get more odd than that.

Kevin Eastman

The Man:

Four words. Teenage. Mutant. Ninja. Turtles.

The Oddities:

So, what does the creator of one of the most profitable franchises in America, beloved by children everywhere, do with his life next?

Apparently, become the editor of Heavy Metal, a graphic novel magazine. And by graphic, I mean PORNOGRAPHIC.

I am not joking. The magazine’s pages are filled with fantasy and sci-fi comic porn. I dare not link to its home page for that reason.

Then there is the fact that he is married to a model. Then you find out that the Ninja Turtles comic books were originally not kid-friendly at all, but filled with violence and gore. I am forced to conclude Eastman is actually a rock star wannabe. The odd thing about him seems to not be him, but that parents and children liked his work.

Jhonen Vasquez.

The Man:

Actually, this guy’s work is pretty darn odd already. He created Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Squee!, Invader Zim, and I Feel Sick, all of which are very strange, warped, and bizarre on their own. Naturally, the guy who came up with this stuff must be bizarre as well.

The Oddities:

Take a look at his Twitter feed if you dare. Here are a sample of his actual tweets –

“I feel bad for people that actually have to buy a product named ‘Beano’. It’s like buying a box of ‘Help Me I Am Farting Myself to Death’.”

“AHHAHAH! My robot slave just asked “What, Master, is autonomy?” They’re always cutest just before you gotta pre-emptively melt em’ down.”

“Went rollerskating today after decades away from the activity and found it’s like riding a bike, or smashing a little girl into a wall.”

“Good friends are hard to come by, but fortunately this taco truck makes eating tacos made from friend-meat just a bit easier.”

I… I just don’t know what to say to that.

Information from Wikipedia.