still best known in comics for his wide and varied drinking...
sorry, I mean 'inking', formed a partnership with collaborator
Quesada as the publisher Event Comics. Swallowed by Marvel,
Event created the Marvel
Knights books bringing some of the best, yet least used
by Marvel, creators to a number of titles. They were not expected
by many to succeed.
Waiting For Tommy XXIX
By Richard Johnston
The new approach saw Marvel's star shine
again, only for Jimmy to resign. Joe Quesada was later made
editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and much of the sensibilities
of the Marvel Knights line were applied across the whole division.
Of late, Jimmy's been involved setting up
the pornographic pop culture website Brooklyn
Bizarro as well as being instrumental in a number of titles
for Wildstorm. His work on Deadpool and Superboy
also raised his profile - as did being good friends with fellow
Superboy writer Dan Didio, now Vice President of DC
Comics editor of the DC Universe line.
Jimmy Palmiotti, welcome.
JOHNSTON: Jimmy, you were involved in the beginnings of
what would become New Marvel, when you and Joe Quesada were
subcontracted by Marvel to revamp a number of their titles.
Looking at their current output, how do you feel the company
lives up to what you and Joe initially brought to it?
PALMIOTTI: The comic book part of the company is
still in business, so that's good news.
to tell the truth, if I actually read the current stuff
Marvel is doing, I would have a better picture what
marvel is about these days, but I don't. Garth
Ennis gives me the Punisher's
that he writes and I read the work of my close friends,
which basically amounts to two other titles. Other than
that, I really don't read much of the Marvel superhero
titles anymore. Once in a while I get a trade from someone
and read it, but I wouldn't be able to you what all
the monthly books are about anymore, my money gets spent
the thing I noticed that has been the same since Knights,
is the Punisher book, as well as the coloring on some of the
titles. They are well done. I can personally speak for the
Fury and Master of Kung Fu series I did for Axel for the
max line, and can say that the production was wonderful on
The launch of
Marvel Knights that I was involved in was two and a half years
long and almost every single title we did was collected into
a trade paperback or reformatted for magazine and hardcovers,
t-shirts, posters, lithos and prints, statues, action figures
and even toy cars like I saw this past weekend at Megacon.
My name is in the credits of every single one of them and
I am proud of them. That was several years ago by date, and
twenty years ago in my mind. I am happy that it all worked
out for everyone, but it stays in the past at my place.
to look forward with my work.
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