Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I worked for VALIANT Comics in 1990. Jim Shooter started the company after he was fired from Marvel. I was working in the Marvel bullpen when the news came down about Shooter, and I wondered what he would do next. I was also inking backgrounds for Bob Layton at the time and he was in the office that afternoon. I really did not surprise me that Layton would join Shooter in his Valiant venture.
The first books for Valiant were Nintendo Comics. Books that featured Zelda, Captain N and The Mario Bros. I worked on that stuff and I was there to see the prepartion for the super-hero books. Jim had some great plans for the next line of books! Trading cards, zero issues, retail promotions and T-shirts. I worked with Art Nichols, the Art Director at the time. He had previously worked at Continuity Studios and he knew how to get the most out of every pencil line! Art penciled and inked the first two drawings, but I think Paris Cullins and Bob Layton did the art revisons on the final drawing. The color was by Janet Jackson.
I left Valiant in late 1990 and never had a chance to work on the Super-Hero stuff. It must have been fun...at least until Shooter was edged out and Layton took over. That's another story.