In the previous installment of this exclusive interview with Cary's Comics Craze, Conway talked about working with Marvel Comics editor Roy Thomas and what the man himself, Stan Lee, thought about his writing abilities.
Here, Conway shares his thoughts on some of the artists with whom he's worked (Gene Colan, Ross Andru, George Perez and Don Newton!) and Conway's addition to Batman's vast Rogues Gallery of Villains, Killer Croc, who made his first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 523.
|When Gerry Conway wrote the DAREDEVIL series,|
he moved Matt Murdock from New York to San Francisco.
Conway handled DD's adventures from issue 72 through 98
(1971 through '75).
Conway said he couldn’t come up with “any one person” on his wish list, but gladly talked about some of the artists with whom he worked:
• “I really enjoyed working with Gene Colan on DAREDEVIL and BATMAN. He had a very cinematic style. … It felt like a real world environment.”
• Ross Andru: “He was a consumate storytelller,” Conway said, but wasn’t realistic as Colan. Conway noted Andru had a “great sense of layout and design.”
George Perez “had both of those skills,” he said.
|Don Newton's self portrait|
On the late Don Newton (who definitely is in this blogger’s top-five artists of all time)CCC: I have many issues of your BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS runs. The artist in those issues is one of my favorites, the late Don Newton, who seems to have been overlooked and underappreciated. Why is that?
CONWAY: “He wasn’t a splashy artist.”
He praised Newton’s “good sense of mood” and “realistic approach.” While he didn’t say so specifically (that I remember), Conway inferred Newton was a great artist who did a fine job with every character he drew.
|This memorable cover for DETECTIVE COMICS No. 514|
is one of many intriguing covers Don Newton did.
(Want to hear Conway dish on Adams' tendency to be, well, let’s say, “tardy”? Duh — of course you do! Go to this CCC link for my late August 2009 feature about comic book shipping delays.)
“Don was not associated with any character he created,” Conway said, which led to him discussing he and Colan co-creating …
Killer Croc“It’s a big surprise to me,” he said about Croc becoming more prominent in Batman’s Rogues Gallery of Villains since his first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 523 (dated Feb. 1983).
“It was a surprise to everybody,” he added.
Conway considers Croc “a good foil for Batman,” because Batman is intelligent while “Killer Croc is (all about) brutality and straightforward violence.”
|Artist Gene Colan co-created Killer Croc with writer Gerry Conway, but for this fan's money,|
Don Newton's depiction is superior. Check out how Croc takes no crap — even from the Joker —
in this page from DETECTIVE COMICS No. 526.
Panel courtesy of Monitor Duty
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