Comic Book Heroes!
Meet five artists extraordinaire who have been crafting your favorite characters for years
Artist photographs by Michael Polito; Incredible Hulk TM & © 2009 Marvel Comics
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Americans have loved their comic books since 1938, when Superman first burst on the scene, launching the Golden Age of comics. Many of the famous characters we love today, including Wonder Woman and Batman, had already debuted before 1944. Of course, superheroes weren’t the only headliners: Archie and his teenage gang burst on the scene in 1942, Richie Rich showed up in the early 1950s, and the Elfquest clan has been going strong since 1978. Originally popular because they provided cheap and easy entertainment, comic books continue to have a major influence on pop culture today. Rabid fans will be interested to learn that several top comic creators just happen to call the Hudson Valley home (a few years back, there was even a comic book creators volleyball game held regularly in Woodstock). In their own words, hear what these comic-book powerhouses have to say about life behind the pen.
Up first: Herb Trimpe
Calling All Comics Geeks
At New York Comic Con, the East Coast’s biggest pop-culture convention, you can browse through thousands of comics books, check out movie and TV screenings, play with action figures — and meet your favorite comics creators. Herb Trimpe, Joe Sinnott, and Jim Starlin will be there; why not come down and say hello? Purchase your ticket on-line to ensure a spot. New York Comic Con. Feb. 6-8 at the Javits Center, New York City; www.nycomiccon.com.