Interview: Stan Goldberg
Posted by Corey Blake
Speaking with comics artist Stan Goldberg was an honor, and I’m very grateful for his generosity with his time. I definitely did not expect this to go 45 minutes but he had a lot to share, and it’s worth it to hear him talk about all of this. His love for his work comes across quickly. He really loves what he does. It’s clear that this is a man still enjoying and exploring his craft and the process of storytelling despite already being a master at it.
I was also struck with how unfortunate it is for someone who has lived and breathed the Archie characters for the last 40 years, who has been the artist on their most commercially successful and buzz worthy books (for good reason), now finds himself with some uncertainty. Fortunately he’s still immensely talented. His abilities not only haven’t diminished, but may be stronger than ever. And he remained classy throughout, with not a bad word to say about his former employers. Already plans are in the works for the next phase of his career, and that to me is exciting. With over 60 years in the biz, he still has a lot of creativity to give.
Here’s the audio of our interview:
Here’s a breakdown of what he talked about:
- His 40-year career with Archie Comics, characters he clearly loves and respects, and his recent departure from the company.
- Creating the color designs for Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four (the Thing is colored like “a wrinkled orange”), the Hulk (his pants were meant to be magenta, not purple), and the rest of the Marvel Comics universe, including the villains like Dr. Doom.
- Being asked by Marvel to draw the Fantastic Four 50 years after coloring the first issue in 1961.
- His work being reprinted in prestige hard cover books: Archie: The Best of Stan Goldberg [Amazon link] and Archie Marries… [Amazon link]
- Being mentored by Stan Lee the art director in the ’50s
- Using the Marvel Method for Millie the Model
- Creating Kathy the Teenage Tornado (reprint this, Marvel!)
- On the comics industry during the Senate hearings of the 1950s and the industry’s response: “It almost destroyed the whole industry.” He says the Comics Code Authority, the industry’s content watchdog, went overboard: “They made some corrections, but I guess they had to show what they were then getting paid for.” Marvel even lost their distributor for a time, which resulted in Stan having to go freelance.
- His work on Millie the Model influencing women in fashion design and magazines like Cosmopolitan, McCall’s and others.
- Collaborating with Michael Uslan on last year’s “Archie Marries…” story starting in Archie #600, which sold 50% better than Marvel & DC comic books at the time. His pure penciled artwork for the covers of those six issues was reprinted in IDW’s recent Archie: The Best of Stan Goldberg
- The story of the surprise debut of Archie Meets Punisher and the plans for a sequel that never came to be.
- And perhaps most exciting of all… teasing a future project he’s creating with a writer.
(Also a cameo by my cat Cleo climbing up the back of my chair if you listen carefully. I should also apologize for the volume disparity between his voice and mine. Fortunately once we get started, it’s mostly him. Ah the joys of technology. I’ll try to work that out for the next interview.)
About Corey BlakeCorey Blake does things on the Internet, and sometimes even in real life. As a comic book pundit, advocate and educator, he regularly contributes to the Comic Book Resources blog Robot 6 and runs the web-magazine The Comics Observer, which provides a variety of perspectives on the comic book art form and industry. He also advises for the award-winning documentary and comics advocacy movement Dig Comics, and is a recurring member of the podcast Part-Time Fanboy. As a comedic performer/actor, Corey has been seen in online web-series such as The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour (Best Web Comedy-Episodic, Clicker.com), The Starmind Record (Best Direction and Editing, LA Web Series), and Poopdog Entertainment’s Mayer for Mayor (Funny or Die featured video). He is a founding member of the improv comedy group The You Convention, a house team at The Improv Space. See http://www.coreyblake.com for more.
Posted on April 21, 2011, in Interviews, News and Analysis and tagged Abrams ComicArts, Archie, Archie Comics, Archie Marries, Archie Meets the Punisher, Archie: The Best of Stan Goldberg, Betty, Comics Code Authority, Fantastic Four, IDW Publishing, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Marvel Comics, Michael Uslan, Millie the Model, Spider-Man, Stan Goldberg, Stan Lee, The Thing, Thor, Timely Comics, Veronica, X-Men. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.