Monday, April 23, 2012

Part One of Christopher's Larry Hama Interview Debuts!

            The Drawn Word TV, a video production between Christopher Irving’s Drawn Word and Christian Guzman’s CSpin Films, premieres a two-part interview with comics luminary Larry Hama this week! Hama created G.I.Joe while at Marvel Comics in 1982, and is a legendary cartoonist/writer/editor, having nothing less under his belt than also writing Wolverine and editing The ‘Nam.
            Hama’s G.I.Joe comics world is being brought to life this summer in G.I.Joe: Retaliation, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis. In this exclusive interview, Hama and Irving discuss the origins of Joe, as well as Hama’s foray into acting, including his bit part in the cult classic film The WarriorsPart One is already up, with Part Two being released on Wednesday.


Irving and his Graphic NYC partner Seth Kushner will be at MOCCAFest this weekend, to celebrate their new book Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, which also features a profile on Larry Hama, along with dozens of other comic book creators. Copies of LTB, as well as exclusive prints by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will be on sale at table B6.


  1. When I worked at Marvel in the 1980's, I lettered a lot of different comic books in addition to being the letterer of Larry Hama's G.I. Joe. Larry's scripts really impressed me--they were exceptional --and really got me interested. I became "hooked". His characters became about as real to me as characters can be on the pages of a book--and it was not simply work--like on a lot of the other stories I lettered--but actually enjoyable and fun. Thanks, Larry!

  2. Larry's articulation of his approach to writing in this interview is one of the finer commentaries on storytelling that's been heard. Brings back memories of good times and collaborations from way back and exemplifies his profound insights into the the craft. It's a big privilege to have been in his vicinity in early career times.

  3. Rick Parker, as a child in the 80s and 90s, I completely agree. The stories became real, and like all true art, it gave me emotional reactions to virtually every issue. Not even books gave me the same attachment and appreciation I had for the Hama scripts and storylines, which still hold up remarkably well to this day.

    What Hama did with his creativity under the hindrance and restriction of a toy company is nothing short of amazing. He was my favorite comic writer, and I believe him to the best, but he is seriously underrated for whatever reason. Maybe because he wasn't a superhero driven writer, and worked on a "toy" comic -- yet a toy comic that was the gateway comic for who knows how many thousands of kids as it was often one of the best sellers for Marvel year after year.


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