BookGateway (Scott Asher and David Mason) had a chance at Comic Con Nashville for an interview with the Michael Golden who was first known for his work on Marvel’s Micronauts, before drawing a number of Marvel comics throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He is also well known as the co-creator of Rogue and creator of Bucky O’Hare.
BookGateway.com (BG): I’ll tell you the truth. I am here personally because my first comic books were… [pulls out personal original copies of Micronauts 1 and 2 (1978) to Michael Golden’s delighted laughter] one’s I fought with my brother over and when I found out you were going to be here I had to see you. I’ve only got a few of my old comics but I still have these so I wanted to bring them in to show you. I don’t want you to sign them or anything. I mean they are worth nothing…
BG: Well, they are worth a lot to me!
MG: Yeah, that’s what it’s all about!
BG: I was joking with the ratings booth and asked, ‘does this even have a rating?’ The covers come off. My brother wrote on one of them and I whited it out. I’m like, no that’s not yours, that’s mine.
MG: You know what? That makes them priceless!
BG: It does make them priceless! So how are things going for you? What are you working on now?
MG: I am doing all kinds of things, most of which if I tell you I’ll have to kill you.
BG: I don’t want to die so keep it to yourself.
Boothmate: He has a Daredevil cover coming out soon. And several other covers.
BG: Do you have to kill her now?
MG: No, no. The Daredevil cover is already out, so.
Boothmate: I meant Deadpool, not Daredevil.
BG: Do you mostly do covers now?
MG: As far as the comic book companies, yes. Simply because I don’t have a whole lot of time to do interior work. And if I do it’s my own stuff. As far as presentation and concept work.
BG: So what are you doing? You mostly do graphic design now? I heard you were out of…
MG: I’m mostly out of the commercial art business. But if something lands in my lap, and I’ve got the time to do it and they pay well, you know…
BG: They pay well for certain artists. I think you’re on the list.
MG: I’m not out of comics. Fortunately, I’m one of the top tier artists in the business. But I just don’t have a whole lot of time. I don’t have the incentive. It’s all work for hire. If I’m gonna bother to put that much effort and work into something I’m gonna do it for myself.
BG: So now you created some well known comic characters. Rogue (1981). How did that come about?
MG: Well, very pedantically actually. We just needed a villain for the script. The whole story was about an entirely different circumstance and event but we needed a catalyst. [Chris Claremont] had this idea for a character sitting handy and it landed in my lap and we created this character. I thought she made a great villian but what he’s done with her since as far as evolution has been profound.
MG: Everything I, you know, Bucky O’Hare, ‘Nam, you know all of this stuff has made it to other venues. And it’s – I’m gonna equate it, even though I don’t have the experience, to seeing your kids finally grow up and move out of the house. It’s like, about damn time! But isn’t it cool?
BG: It’s exciting to see comic books in movies where they don’t look super cheesy.
MG: Yeah, well, the thing is you could still make them cheesy but make them good. Like the Mask. That was one of the cheesiest movies you’ve ever saw, but it was right out of the comic book and because they had such a screen presence in Jim Carey and Cameron Diaz, her first movie and she was a little doll back then, that movie got pulled off. That’s what happened in the second one. When they lost Jim Carey they were back to bad cheesy. So it can be done.
BG: Dick Tracy was one of my (David) favorites.
MG: Yep. Dick Tracy was another example. He went out of his way to make it like it was out of a comic book and it was good! Very good. Despite Madonna.
BG: Despite Madonna. That’s awesome.
MG: She’s great to look at but she can’t work worth a damn!
BG: Well we have seen that time after time, right? Thank you very much for your time!
@ashertopia is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.
David Mason has been a comics aficionado since the late 80s and is passionate about the creators in the industry. David, his wife and six kids live in in Middle Tennessee. He loves Jesus and was wet t-shirt contest winner at Smyrna High School in back to back years (1997, 1998).