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Talksplode #22 with John Romita Jr. of ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘The Avengers’

Show Notes

John Romita Jr. has been an A-list artist for the past 30 years. Primarily known for his work at Marvel Comics with legendary runs on Uncanny X-Men, The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor and many other projects like World War Hulk, The Sentry, The Punisher: War Zone and more, Romita Jr. has followed in the footsteps of his father, John Romita Sr., making great Marvel Comics. Recently, his foray into creator owned work with Mark Millar gave us Kick-Ass, the realistic/hyper violent tale of a kid who becomes a super hero. As we all know, Kick-Ass has been adapted into a movie by Matthew Vaughn and is set to be released next week.

John Romita Jr. and Mark MillarJosh Flanagan and Ron Richards jumped at the chance to chat with John Romita Jr., and talked about the following things:

  • His working relationship with Millar on Kick-Ass and what the movie making prcoess has been like.
  • His interest in creator owned work, including his upcoming project with Howard Chaykin, Shmuggy and Bimbo, which he confirmed will be published through the Icon line at Marvel Comics. His previous work, The Grey Area, printed originally through Image, will be republished under the Icon imprint as well.
  • His upcoming work with Brian Michael Bendis on The Avengers, which includes Kang as the villain in issue #1.

John Romita Jr. is truly one of the good guys in comics and we hope you enjoy this conversation.

Running Time: 00:48:08

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  1. Great conversation guys, I love it when someone whose work I’ve loved for years turns out to be a genuinely nice guy on top of being one of the best artists in the business.

  2. Wow! I can’t believe you guys got JRJR to interview! Need to download now!!

  3. Awesome. I look forward to listening to this

  4. I bet you, Ron and Josh wanted to a Wayne’s Word "We’re not worthy!" chant to JRJR throughout the talkspode.

  5. Y’know, or not.

  6. Daddy josh really has not gotton any less pokey….. 

  7. So I’m guessing there is a Kill Bill like animated sequence in kick-ass? cant wait !

  8. JFernandes (@jdfernandes) says:

    Great interview, guys.  It’s great to hear a pillar of the business being absolutely humble about his abilities and to hear in his voice the love he has for his craft.  I had a smile on my face the whole time I listened.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

  9. Had this on in the background while Spring cleaning. JRJR seems like a really cool guy.

  10. Fun interview. It was interesting to hear JRJR’s take on online criticsm of his work. Those people are crazy, but at least he sees it and uses it in a positive manner. Can’t wait to see Kick-Ass and pick up try out Avengers.

  11. Great episode, it’s awesome to hear JRJR come across as a genuine nice guy who’s still trying to do something different and earn his spot (Which let’s be honest, it’s been earned.) I had to go on after this episode to see what JRJR work I didn’t own, it wasn’t much. soooo I had to head to ebay and buy me some books, it’s going to be awesome. 

    BTW, the new Clone Saga Epic trade just came out, say what you will about the story, but the JRJR work in it, awesome, just AWESOME. 

  12. Really great interview, I enjoyed muchly. Great work!

  13. Has Kick Ass not come out in the States yet then?  It came out here a week and a half ago and it’s SO good.

  14. @RickyStardust: It comes out in the US next Friday.

  15. Just back form seeing Kick Ass in the cinema – amazing is the only way to describe it. There is a scene that shows the origin of Big Daddy that is the best comics-to-movies piece of film I’ve ever seen.

  16. It is the best film I’ve ever seen ABOUT comics as well as being derived from them.  But anyway, should probably save this for a future Kick Ass movie thread.  With regard to the interview, I think that’s the best one you guys have done so congrats on it.  I can’t wait for that issue of Avengers…

  17. Wow. Great interview. Never heard Romita Jr. before. Really like his perspective, and his approach to creating comics.

  18. Such a good interview, gents.  As far as I’m concerned this man should be Marvel’s go-to-guy as long as he wants.  He turns the work in on time, yet is never less than awesome.  I heard an interview with Christopher Priest a couple of weeks back, and he mentioned his own early days at Marvel and alluded to JRJR doing all the basic intern/dogsbody work around the office when he started there.  So not only is JR talented, but he worked his way from the ground up.  Deserves all the success he gets…

  19. i’m going to te rip that movie apart in it’s thread. look forward to that

    great interview, by the way fellas

  20. Very excited to hear this. John Romita Jr.’s art in Peter Parker: Spiderman is what got me into comics in the first place.

  21. That’s strange…. I wonder why NZ and Australia have had the release of Kick-ass while the US has to wait until the 16th. WEIRD. Interesting thou that in NZ it’s Rated R18 but in Ozzie it’s MA15+

  22. nice interview guys! 🙂

     jrjr is a funny guy.  and who are these crazies who don’t like his art?  I’m not one, I love his stuff. 🙂

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