Τετάρτη, 23 Απριλίου 2014

The friendly interrogation of Jeff Parker

Comics in Greece proudly presents:
"The friendly interrogation of Jeff Parker"

Comics in Greece:
Tell us about YOUR Flash Gordon. What kind of man is he? What is he capable of? Does he fear anything? What is his greatest virtue and what his biggest flaw?

Jeff Parker:
Flash on Earth is a rich dilettante, who excels at every sport even archaic ones like polo and fencing. Mountain climbing, martial arts, swimming, skiing- if it’s not important to a career, Flash is good at it. He loves to explore and try new things, so when he ends up on Mongo, it’s like he’s found an environment made just for him. His focus to excel blinds him to some ugly truths, like the cruel subjugation of other worlds by Ming the Merciless. So when he sees what the reality is on the other side of the galaxy, he can’t ignore it he has to help. He finally has true purpose.  




Comics in Greece:
How did Flash, Dr. Zarkov and Dale Arden become a team? Can you tell us a few words about their first days together?  

Jeff Parker:
Our book spins out of Kings Watch, a series where Flash teamed up with other King Features heroes Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom, and successfully stopped the invasion of Earth from Planet Mongo. We see some of how they met during that- Dr. Zarkov saw Flash as a source of money to fund his ideas for private space flight. Flash thought it was a fine cause, but of course mainly because he would be the pilot flying off the planet. Dale from her office figured out what the Gordon/Zarkov project was and sought them out, and the three became instrumental in defending Earth. At the end of Kings Watch, Flash makes the decision to fly through a portal that he closes on the Mongo side to protect Earth, and our current story begins with them from that point, being hunted on Mongo.  

Comics in Greece:
Do you think the three of them represent the archetype of mind, muscle and beauty or is it more than just that?  

Jeff Parker:
They do fit that, but I’m pushing Dale Arden to be more crucial to the dynamic than in the past when she was the pretty lady who needed rescuing. As a science desk reporter for the New York Times, she understands most of what Zarkov is talking about where Flash doesn’t, and she’s very clever like someone who makes a living at that work has to be.
Zarkov is the fallen genius, someone who was very promising in his youth but has sabotaged himself at key points in his career. But he finds a natural resource that he can work to travel space.
The three characters complement each other perfectly even when they don’t get along. They’re all important to the goal of staying alive in the colonies of Mongo, they have to stay together.



Comics in Greece:

You also write Batman ’66 and Aquaman. Do you think that these characters have common aspects in their personality?

Jeff Parker:

They all are driven to be heroes. And they know they’re important as figureheads for other people to rally around, and step up to that role. 

Comics in Greece:

What is your favorite part about being a writer?

Jeff Parker:

I think it ‘s when a story takes on a life of its own and starts going in unpredictable directions, that’s when you know you’re on to something. Of course, seeing art coming in from Evan Shaner and Jordie Bellaire is also a huge thrill- watching someone take your script even farther than you imagined, that’s extremely rewarding. 

Comics in Greece:

Any future plans you want to share with us?

Jeff Parker:
Aquaman has a terrifying new foe soon to appear called The Chimera, and Batman (66) is going to meet The Black Widow, but not the Marvel secret agent. Flash Gordon will be journeying to parts of Arboria to discover ghastly secrets. And artist Sandy Jarell and I just now finishing a graphic novel from Oni Press called Meteor Men due in September that will be aimed at teenage readers.




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