did you become involved with Impact Comics?
thru insight studios-I'd been
friends with Mark Wheatley and Hempel already and we had worked
on a few things together-it was mark who helped me get the gig.
was your first introduction to the MLJ/Archie heroes?
like everyone else, as a kid-I read
the Archies / the Fly / the Jaguar(my favorite), etc.
kind of research did you do for this project?
as much as possible, thanks to mark-but, for me, when doing a book that's been done
before, basically a remake, it's not good to be too bogged down by
what came before-that way, my take on it becomes more
"original". -for the
"Black Hood" I just followed what the regular fellas
were doing on the book-"the Fox" was mine and mark's, so I researched foxes and
stuff, then took what I needed from mark's
you have any story input into the series?
well, we only did the one story, unfortunately-but mark is very good about getting the
artist's input-he played to my strengths.
part did you have in the creation of the Fox's look?
it was my design, thru mark's
suggestions-we wanted someone sleek, agile looking, like a real
fox-and a style very non costume-yet, it COULD be a suit.
Rick Burchett still do anything on the book while you were penciling it?
with the Fox, no-that was ours-and originally, he was to have inked my pencils on the hoodish-but, schedules
didn't permit it-too bad-I loved what Rick did
on the series.
was working with Mark Wheatley?
I've always hated him...lol no, he's been a friend for nearly as long as I've
in comics-we've done a lot of stuff together-some of which may
never see print, sadly- it's a
chore sometimes, because we're both very opinionated as to what we
want-but I usually got my way...by doing what he said-lol.
you have any interaction with the editors about the work you did
not much-I did my work thru
mark-but I've never had any major problems with editors-I just
grumble about them behind their back-lol
is your opinion on why the Impact line was cancelled?
they didn't produce the numbers
that a major company desires-at least that's my
understanding-considering all the work involved behind the scenes (and mark and the crew did a LOT of preliminary
work) I think that they didn't give them a chance to prove themselves-the
books needed more time to grab an audience-but everything in
business is based on NUMBERS...NOW!...sad.