Erik Larsen Interview

Comic Frontline
is proud to have gotten an interview with one of the founders of Image Comics,
Erik Larsen. Erik Larsen is the creator, writer, and artist of Savage
In 1992 Larsen along with six other creators launched Image
Comics, where Larsen introduced the world to a reworked version of the Savage
 in a three-issue miniseries. The series was met with enough
success to justify a monthly series which hit shelves in 1993. For the past 20
years Larsen has maintained a fairly consistent monthly schedule as both the
writer and artist.

Erik Larsen Interview

By: Jay
Comic Frontline: I know Savage Dragon (current
version) was officially created in 1992, but the current ongoing series started
in 1993. So I would like to congratulate you on 20 years of Savage
 For that alone you deserve a lot of respect from fans and
peers alike.
Erik Larsen: Well, thanks for that.
CF: You’re most welcome. Any plans to celebrate it, perhaps a
special collection?
EL: It’s a weird anniversary since I’ve already done the 20th
anniversary thing.

CF: Savage Dragon is the longest-running
Image Comics title still published, and the only one that is still written and
drawn by its creator. How does that feel, and what do you attribute the
longevity of the title and your continuous run on the book to?

EL: Spawn is
still going as well. Don’t write that off.
I just love the characters. I
enjoy writing and drawing the book and people seem to like it well enough to
keep buying it.
CF: Very true, Spawn is still going strong. Other than the
Dragon, who is your favorite character to write/draw?
EL: Of my own characters–Malcolm Dragon or Mr.
Glum–otherwise–I dunno–the
 Hulk? The Thing?
CF: When did you first come up with the concept of the Dragon?
EL: It evolved a lot over time but as a kid I created the
character. I think I was about nine. He was initially a ripoff of Batman. That
fin was part of his cowl, you see.
CF: Have any of your other characters from this period
survived to see publication? If so, who?
EL: A lot of characters–Star, Sgt. Marvel, Rock, Zeek, the
Shrew, Tiger, Dart, the Fiend, SuperPatriot, Horridus and a few others whose
names escape me at the moment.
CF: Any advice for any aspiring writer/artist out there?
EL: Just do a good job.
CF: I know the Dragon has been through a few redesigns
over the years. What was it about the Dragon that made you keep going back to
EL: I don’t think I can articulate it. I just fell in love with
the guy early. As a kid I was obsessed with telling his adventures and he was a
big part of my life growing up. I drew quite a few Dragon stories before any
ever saw print. 55 issues, actually.
CF: Any plans on releasing some kind of book with your
early designs, and those stories, maybe for the 25th Anniversary?
EL: My house burned down in 1991. There’s very little left. I
do what I can.
CF: What are the biggest changes to the character from
its initial conception to the character we read about monthly now?
EL: He went from being a barbarian type on a red planet to
being a guy who said a magic word to change into the Dragon to being a normal
man that changed into him like the Hulk. I went through a lot of variations
before I settled on something.
CF: In the ’90s Savage Dragon had an animated
series that ran for 26 episodes. Is that something that interests you now?
Would you do another Savage Dragon Animated Series?
EL: If the deal was right, sure, it was kind of fun to see. Not
an awesome show but it had its moments.
CF: With the current soar in popularity of comic book
movies, have you been approached, or have you thought about a live action Savage
 movie or TV series?
EL: There are always nibbles but no bites.

CF: While you are mostly known for your long run and
outstanding work on Savage Dragon a lot of people started
following you from previous works like The Amazing Spider-Man. I
loved your run on that title, and grew up reading that run. Your artwork was
revolutionary. One thing I remember about it was how you made Spider-Man’s eyes
move on his mask to show his emotions.
Was it your idea to have the eyes
move on Spider-Man’s mask?
EL: I can’t take credit for that, no. That was something
he used to do on the cartoon and Ditko did that a little.
CF: What would you say you took away from your run
on Amazing Spider-Man, and what did your run leave behind?
EL: I took away a bunch of readers. Really, that’s what I
got–I was exposed to a lot of people and they were willing to check out what I
was doing. I would hope that I left behind some good stories and a couple of
pretty cool characters. That, and Venom’s tongue.
CF: During your run on Amazing Spider-Man,
did you ever think about bringing the Dragon into a story?
EL: Not at all. I knew that if I used him at Marvel that they
would own him and that was not something I wanted to have happen.

CF: Would you ever do a cross-company cross-over with
EL: Sure.
CF: Savage Dragon is a great comic: How long
do you plan on being on it and keep it going?
EL: Until I die.
CF:  Would you want the book to continue with a new
creative team?
EL: What happens after I die doesn’t impact me. I don’t really
care one way or another.

CF: You currently own the rights to the character The Ant.  Would you ever sell the rights to the Dragon?
EL: No.
CF: What are your plans for The Ant?
EL: Ideally, another series but I’ll start with a miniseries
just to test the waters and set things in motion.
CF: Are there any new comic books in the works from you?
EL: Always. I have a lot of things I’d like to do. The problem
is finding the time. There are never enough hours in the day.
CF: Any that you can share with our readers?
EL: Not here and now, no.

CF: On a personal note a friend of mine named Mike
Spider-Slayer, who has followed you since Amazing Spider-Man, wanted
me to tell you that he is one of your biggest fans. He has every Savage
 issue and all of your Spider-Man issues as
well. He reviews Savage Dragon each month on his Youtube Channel Comic Book Corner 2.0 praising it and you.
EL: Nice!
I would like to thank Erik Larsen
for taking the time out of his busy schedule for this interview. You’re
a class act sir and I wish you all the best and for another 20+ years of Savage
 from you!

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2 Thoughts to “Erik Larsen Interview”

  1. Hell Yea This was Awesome Great Interview Jay. I am going to let everyone know about it!! Starting On the Live Show!! Mike Spider-Slayer

  2. Jay

    Thanks Mike! Glad you enjoyed it!

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