Big day in comicdom! Action Comics #1000 is out, the first comicbook in history to reach that number. It’s also the 80th anniversary (to the day) of Action #1, which introduced Superman to the world. “I’ll buy just ONE COPY of issue #1000,” I said this morning. “I WON’T buy the 9 variant cover editions, each representing a different decade. I WON’T!” One hour later…
Happy to report I’m writing adventure comics again! Deep into script for a deep-diving tale of The Terranauts, the team created by Paul Daly and Don Secrease. Splash page complete. What new menace taunts the ‘nauts? We’ll find out — in a cold, dark place.
Credits on this page: Pencils by Paul Daly. A great composition meticulously realized. Coloring by Don Secrease. Masterful. Look at that water. Copy and inks by me. (Yeah, inks, too. “Walt Jaschek inking” is not something you usually see in any reasonable reality. But I wanted to try it. Let me tell you, inking Paul’s beautiful pencils is daunting. Fun, but daunting. Also, now my carpel tunnel has carpet tunnel.)
Here’s the fully inked page, just before I sent it to Don to do his amazing color stuff.
We see this as an 8-pager and I’m diving into the rest of the script now.
Walt Jaschek likes spending time in warm, bright places.
October, 1970. I open Daredevil #69, Marvel Comics.
I flip to the letters column. And there I am, in all my 9th-grade fanboy glory.
That’s Roy Thomas answering, I believe, and I’ve always appreciated his graciousness at my fan-fueled enthusiasms, in this letter and others. I think Roy was used to guys like me.
And to address one of his comments: yes, I do have MMMS stationary.