As a hardcore comic fan, I have spent years following all our favorite Marvel and DC characters. Along with my fanboy brethren I have followed our heroes on many journeys; stood with them against many perilous foes; watched as their worlds were brought down around their heads and built back up just to crumble down again. We have watched them triumph and even fail.
In all our adventures throughout the years the people telling the story have changed. Sometimes there are different writers. Sometimes the artists change. Often the changes happen every four to five issues. However, sometimes a writer comes along who redefines the character in such away that we are amazed at how deep they take us. In fact their writing can shape the path of that character forever.
There was a time when I didn’t give much thought about the writers of the comics I read. It didn’t seem like it would be hard to write about characters like Spider-Man or Batman. My eyes were opened to the truth a few years ago when I read one of the best stories ever. It was one particular arc of Amazing Spider-Man. It was penned by current writer, Dan Slott.
I was blown away that this story had come to me through comics. I was humbled and really began to pay attention to the stories I read and who wrote them. I came to realize that it wasn’t easy to write Spider-Man or Batman or any other highly commercialized comic character. How could it be? Spider-Man has been around since 1962, and Batman since 1939. These are characters that have been written and rewritten. Their origin story been told and retold. They have fought the same archenemies over and over. They have crossed over from comics, to television, film, animation. It would seem that their stories have been looked at from every angle possible. Yet, writers like Dan Slott and Batman writer Scott Snyder have completely blown that idea out of the water.
I would like to take a couple of weeks and explore the writing of four comic writers and the lives of the characters they write. Comic writing has become an art form and I want us to find the meaning in the art we love. I want to celebrate the master artisans who craft the art that touches us, and I want us to find ourselves in the art. Join me as I take a deep look at four of our all time favorite characters and the writers who transformed them before our eyes.