This comic has been a long time coming.
Ever since I discovered comic books as a freshman in high school I have been absolutely hooked. I love so much about the medium that is comics, and that love really took hold of me with a collection of re-prints. I remember visiting a friend after school once and finding a paperback collection of black and white X-Men comics from the early 60’s. Even decades after their original publication these comics still felt fresh to me. I loved the team dynamic, the zany humor, and the constant revolving door of fantastic villains and their mad plots.
When Matt first approached me about doing a comic I had done a few projects already. Tyler and I have worked together since we were both at Baylor University and had come up with a couple pitches and even gotten some paid work, which never ceases to blow my mind (Getting paid to write comics? Who would’ve guessed that fun could be work too?!?). The vision Matt had, however, was something that felt unique in the current climate. He wanted adventure, something that would keep people turning the pages, but something that had accessible value as well. As we talked, those early X-Men comics came back into my memory. Here was an opportunity to do something that felt like it belonged in that same tradition of work.
I love comics now; there seems to be no end to the number of books vying for my spare dollars and cents lately. But they’re not always accessible. A lot of superhero books have decades worth of backstory, and a lot are definitely geared towards a more mature audience. I like that Matt wanted to do something that isn’t so shoehorned, something that anyone can read and enjoy. To me that’s such a trademark of the Silver Age (the industry term for the era of comics that spawned the X-Men, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and numerous other favorites). The Silver Age still had that wide-eyed sense of wonder that accompanied these fantastic heroes with superhuman abilities, but as opposed to The “Golden” Age that came before it, the heroes now had some connection to the rest of humanity. I want to do that in my stories. Even though Marlin and Percy are primates, I want kids (and any readers, for that matter) to be able to look at them and see something relevant, something they have experienced, something they can aspire to.
I want the fantastic, and I want the familiar. Hand in hand like the Silver Age.
It might not be a concept that is very status quo with the majority of comics that are on the shelves today, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I don’t need to reinvent the wheel, I just want to make sure it keeps spinning so we can go to new places. I think what worked before can work again. After all, Silver is shiny, no matter the time. It’s currency, isn’t it?
Thank you all for reading this first issue. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to hear people enjoy the final product of an idea that started blossoming when I was barely a teenager. Thank you for reading, because it means I have the opportunity to keep telling stories, and that’s worth more than gold to me.
Let’s be shiny as silver!