web analytics
Oct 102014
 

Mark Evanier  is a veteran television and comic book writer, animation and comics historian, and the universe’s foremost authority on Jack Kirby.

 

An homage to Mark Evanier, drawn by his writing partner, Sergio Aragonés.

An homage to Mark Evanier, drawn by his writing partner, Sergio Aragonés.

Mark was the head writer and voice director of the animated TV shows Garfield and Friends and The Garfield Show. Cool right?

 

When I was a kid I noticed Mark Evanier’s name popping up over and over in everything that I loved  on Saturday Mornings and in my Favorite comic book..  He was involved in some of my favorite cartoons back in the 80’s.  By “involved” I mean he wrote on Dungeons and Dragons,  Thundarr the Barbarian, and Scooby-Doo ! That’s right, you heard me.

I guess you could say that  Mark’s had his hand in more Pilots than an Air Force base’s resident proctologist.

Dungeons & Dragons

 Garfield and Friends,

Thundarr the Barbarian

 

Scooby and Scrappy Doo

Mark wrote the episode that introduced Scrappy-Doo to the Scooby Doo show. Scrappy gets a bad rap these days which I don’t get. IMHO Scrappy was a great addition to the show if you think about it in terms of story and character. We all know Scooby and Shaggy were cowards and always ran away. Scrappy instead would charge head on into trouble forcing Shaggy and Scooby to chase after him thereby upping the hijinks and shenanigans!


Scrappy got different performances out of Shaggy and Scooby and created unique situations that were sorely needed. I don’t recall people hating on Scrappy back in the 80’s when he first came out. Oddly I think this is a sort of retro hate comes from people who were too young or not even born when Scrappy was introduced. Ask any generation Xer and we all love Scrappy.

 

 

 

 

COMICS

Mark’s  career in comics is just as amazing and extensive as his TV work. He is the co-writer of Sergio Aragonés Groo The Wanderer, one of the greatest humor comics ever! It’s been in and out of print for over 30 years! They just released an insane 4 part mini series crossover last summer called Groo vs. Conan!

 

Sergio Aragonés GROO

Groo's latest adventure By Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier published by Darkhorse

Groo’s latest adventure By Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier published by Darkhorse

 

 

I’ve been a huge fan of Groo since it first came out under Pacific Comics and am the proud owner of a complete collection of all issues and collected trade paperbacks. I highly recommend Groo to anyone who loves fantasy and humor comics. The writing and art are fantastic and I believe Groo is one of the greatest comics EVER.

I mean look at these pages by Sergio Aragonés!

Mark and Sergio by Sergio

Mark and Sergio by Sergio

By Sergio Arragones

Art By Sergio Aragonés Poetry by Mark Evanier

Art be Sergio Aragonés Poetry by Mark Evanier

Art be Sergio Aragonés Poetry by Mark Evanier

 

tumblr_nbhob0nGE81s0pt79o2_1280

Art be Sergio Aragonés Poetry by Mark Evanier

 

Groo_thinketh

By Sergio Aragones This is the page Mark mentions in the podcast I believe. Very funny. Groo is slow of mind.

DNAgents and Crossfire

Mark is also the co-creator of The DNAgents and Crossfire.

DNAgents

DNAgents

CROSSFIRE was a comic by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle, published by Eclipse in the 1980s as a spin-off of Evanier and Will Meugniot's DNAGENTS.

CROSSFIRE was a comic by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle, published by Eclipse in the 1980s as a spin-off of Evanier and Will Meugniot’s DNAGENTS.

BLACKHAWK

Mark wrote a highly respected run on Blackhawk #251-273  from 1982 to 1984.  Dan Spiegle’s art was  amazing.

Dan Spiegle's awesome opening attack, from Blackhawk #251 (1982).

Dan Spiegle’s awesome opening attack, from Blackhawk #251 (1982).

Blackhawk_Vol_1_251

Jack Kirby

In his early years doing comics Mark worked as a production assistant for Jack Kirby. So he was really close to the King of comics and is an outspoken proponent and defender of Kirby’s legacy which if you hadn’t noticed really needs it. Mark is an expert in everything Kirby. He wrote the 2008 Eisner award winning biography Kirby: King of Comics.

kirby

Mark Evanier is the foremost authority on the work of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. He has a new book coming out in November of 2014 called The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio. This 384 page book includes artwork photographed from the original art in Joe Simon’s private archive and showcases the seminal work of Simon and Kirby and their artistry as it has never been seen before, with smudges, white out and misspellings!

art-of-simon-kirby
Mark’s website News From ME is packed full of show biz, animation, and comics history that more often than not is not documented anywhere else. Mark often posts obituaries of lesser known animators, comics creators, actors, voice actors, writers, directors, and producers that are completely ignored by the mainstream.
Mark is a brilliant writer and historian who I have the deepest admiration and respect for. It was a real treat to have him on the show!

 

R.

Related Images:

Be Sociable, Share!

[suffusion-the-author]

[suffusion-the-author display='description']
 Posted by at 11:33 am

  No Responses to “Ep: 94 Interview with Comic Book and TV Writer Mark Evanier”

  1. I find Mark to be very informative and fun. He also has some great books he wrote For Twomorrows Publishing.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.