Today we want to delve into the mind of Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr, Editor-In-Chief of Truthful Comics and writer of many titles including Fred Peterson: The mighty Warlord, The mysterious Exorcist, Cannon Girl and Project: New Wave just to name a few.
When did you came up with the idea for Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord?
In 8th grade, actually. One of my best friends and me had this ongoing competition of creating characters and pitting them against each other. One day I saw a promo on a magazine for the manga Appleseed, which I had never seen before. It also had an ad for a Terminator comic, so I kind of just meshed the visuals of both ads. The personality came about more from reading The Ray (90s version) and the anime Tekkaman Blade (Teknoman in the US) and Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X in the US).
What is the creative team behind your comic?
Just myself, though I might have to eventually outsource at least the coloring or lettering. But for now, just me.
What's the premise behind TMW?
Basically a guy that doesn't want to be a hero who turns out to be a time displaced prince that has to stop a world menacing threat. All while his personal life comes undone ad his fridge is empty.
How many issues do you have planned to produce?
I'm hoping 100 is enough, though I honestly don't know at this rate.
Is TMW going to be a long running series or a mini-series?
Long running series. LONG running series LOL
Because now is the best time to self-publish. We have advances in technology and distribution we didn't have before. The internet is a game changer and print on demand services and webcomic hosting sites, hosting on your own site, it's easier than ever to make a product, promote it, and have eyes all over the world on it.
How do you separate yourself from the thousands who self publish their books every year?
Speaking for myself, I try to do a lot of world building and character development. It's a love letter to all the comics I loved in the late 80s and 90s. It's almost a very personal comic, really, but at the same time, that's why readers that usually don't read super hero comics actually read mine and identify with many of the characters and situations.
So where can fans get their very own copy of TMW?
Right now you can only get the original versions of the prologue, webisodes Volume 1, and issues 1-2 at indyplanet.com
So what’s in store for TMW?
I'm doing the printed edition from scratch due to various circumstances, so I'm planning on doing trade editions, calling them the Truthful Comics Edition of the story. It's not a simple panel-for-panel remake, I'm going to cut were I need to cut, and extend where I need to extend. It's not just a shiny new edition, it will have content that is new and that will matter to the story.
Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
Always! I'm writing Project: New Wave for Manuel Carmona, I freelance as a writer so I have a few things coming out from Silver Island Studios, I also have a lot of webcomics and comics I have under my sleeve for TC.
Anything else you wanna share with us?
Being indie, don't hold yourself back. You don't have the restraints of bigger companies and you have no one except yourself and your audience to be accountable for. So experiment, have fun, go as dark, as serious, or as silly as you want, but CREATE.
Hoy queremos estudiar la mente de Álvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr, Editor-In-Chief de Truthful Comics y escritor de muchos títulos, entre ellos Fred Peterson: The mighty Warlord, The Misterioso Exorcist, Cannon Girl y Project: New Wave solo por nombrar algunos.
¿Cuándo se te ocurrió la idea de Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord?
En octavo grado, en realidad. Uno de mis mejores amigos y yo teníamos una competencia continua de crear personajes y enfrentarlos entre sí. Un día vi una promoción en una revista para el manga Appleseed, que nunca había visto antes. También tenía un anuncio para un cómic de Terminator, así que acabo de mallar los gráficos de ambos anuncios. La personalidad surgió más de la lectura de The Ray (versión de los 90) y el anime Tekkaman Blade (Teknoman en los Estados Unidos) y Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X en los EE.UU.).
¿Cuál es el equipo creativo detrás de su cómic?
Sólo yo mismo, aunque podría tener que eventualmente externalizar al menos el color o las letras. Pero por ahora, sólo yo.
¿Cuál es la premisa detrás de TMW?
Básicamente un tipo que no quiere ser un héroe que resulta ser un príncipe desplazado por el tiempo que tiene que detener una amenaza amenazante del mundo. Todo mientras su vida personal se deshace su refrigerador está vacío.
¿Cuántos problemas tiene planeado producir?
Espero que 100 sea suficiente, aunque honestamente no lo sé a este paso.
¿TMW va a ser una serie de larga duración o una miniserie?
Serie de larga duración. LARGA serie de carrera LOL
¿Por qué autopublicarse?
Porque ahora es el mejor momento para autopublicar. Tenemos avances en tecnología y distribución que no teníamos antes. Internet es un cambiador de juegos e imprimir servicios bajo demanda y sitios de alojamiento webcomic, alojamiento en su propio sitio, es más fácil que nunca para hacer un producto, promoverlo, y tener ojos en todo el mundo en él.
¿Cómo te separas de los miles que autopublican sus libros cada año?
Hablando por mí mismo, trato de hacer una gran cantidad de construcción mundial y desarrollo de personajes. Es una carta de amor a todos los cómics que amaba a finales de los 80 y 90. Es casi un cómic muy personal, en realidad, pero al mismo tiempo, es por eso que los lectores que por lo general no leen cómics de superhéroes realmente leen el mío e se identifican con muchos de los personajes y situaciones.
Entonces, ¿dónde pueden los fans obtener su propia copia de TMW?
En este momento sólo se pueden obtener las versiones originales del prólogo, webisodes Volumen 1, y los números 1-2 en indyplanet.com
Entonces, ¿qué hay reservado para TMW?
Estoy haciendo la edición impresa desde cero debido a varias circunstancias, así que estoy planeando hacer ediciones comerciales, llamándolas la Edición de La Verdad de cómics de la historia. No es un simple remake panel por panel, voy a cortar si necesito cortar, y extender donde necesito extender. No es sólo una nueva edición brillante, tendrá contenido que es nuevo y que importará a la historia.
¿Estás trabajando en otros proyectos en este momento?
¡Siempre! Estoy escribiendo Project: New Wave para Manuel Carmona, soy freelance como escritor así que tengo algunas cosas que salen de Silver Island Studios, también tengo un montón de webcomics y cómics que tengo bajo mi manga para TC.
¿Algo más que quieras compartir con nosotros?
Ser indie, no te detienes. No tienes las restricciones de las empresas más grandes y no tienes a nadie más que a ti mismo y a tu audiencia para ser responsable. Así que experimenta, diviértete, ve tan oscuro, tan serio, o tan tonto como quieras, pero CREA.
As our star colorist Francisco J. Rivera begins sending in the pages for Project: New Wave #2 we find ourselves at a loss for words, somehow he outdid someone who' we never thought he could; himself! Issue #2 is scheduled to be released around August, just in time for Plastic City Comic Con in Fitchburg, Massachussets; but we decided to give the fans a sneak peek of the interior art and get some feedback from all of you. We hope you like the artwork as much as we did and remember... keep it Truthful!
Al ver que nuestro colorist estrella Francisco J. Rivera comienza a enviar las páginas de Project: New Wave #2 no ha dejado sin palabras, de alguna manera superó a alguien que nunca pensamos que podría; ¡él mismo! El comic #2 está programado para ser lanzado como en Agosto, justo a tiempo para Plastic City Comic Con en Fitchburg, Massachusetts, pero decidimos darles a los fanáticos un vistazo del arte interior y obtener algunos comentarios de todos ustedes. Esperamos que les guste la pagina tanto como a nosotros y recuerden ... ¡manténganlo Truthful!
If Jack Kirby was alive and in his prime today, would his books sell and/or would he be relevant in the comic book world? Before we go in depth on my thoughts on this matter, I feel is extremely important to give everyone a brief history on who was Jack Kirby and why he's consider by everyone in the comic book field as the "king" of comics.
Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994), born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium. Growing up poor in New York City, Kurtzberg entered the nascent comics industry in the 1930s. He drew various comics features under different pen names, including Jack Curtiss, ultimately settling on Jack Kirby. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby, generally teamed with Simon, created numerous characters for that company and for National Comics, the company that later became DC Comics.
After serving in World War II, Kirby returned to comics and worked in a variety of genres. He produced work for a number of publishers, including DC, Harvey Comics,Hillman Periodicals and Crestwood Publications, where he and Simon created the genre of romance comics. He and Simon also launched their own short-lived comic company, Mainline Publications. Kirby ultimately found himself at Timely's 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, soon to become Marvel. There, in the 1960s, he and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many of Marvel's major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk. Despite the high sales and critical acclaim of the Lee-Kirby titles, however, Kirby felt treated unfairly, and left the company in 1970 for rival DC. There Kirby created his Fourth World saga, which spanned several comics titles. While these series proved commercially unsuccessful and were canceled, the Fourth World's New Gods have continued as a significant part of the DC Universe. Kirby returned to Marvel briefly in the mid-to-late 1970s, then ventured into television animation and independent comics. In his later years, Kirby, who has been called "the William Blake of comics", began receiving great recognition in the mainstream press for his career accomplishments, and in 1987 he was one of the three inaugural inductees of the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. The Jack Kirby Awards and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame were named in his honor.
Recently, there have been conversations in a forum I frequent on a daily basis about the impact Jack Kirbywould have, if any, if he was alive and in his prime in today's comics. Some comic book fans think that his books wouldn't sell and basically he wouldn't be relevant in any real way; to which I say thee nay! :) Now, if you look at Kirby's art for the first time it would be kind of jarring and off quilter, but to say that the books wouldn't sell or that the art in comics has gotten better... than Kirby's art, again... I SAY THEE NAY!!!
Let's look at the facts, Jack Kirby was, and still is to this day, the most creative person in the comic book world, and quite possibly any media. Look at the hundreds, if not thousands of characters, concepts and stories that he came up with, the amount of work he produced, the quality or his work, any way you look at it; he's known as the king for a reason. Another important fact that we cannot overlook is the amount of creators who've been directly influenced by Kirby. You can literally see and feel Kirby's influence in some of these creators' art style and they're some of the most respected professionals in the comics field today; to think that they're relevant, on top of their game and moving the comics world forward and think that Kirby wouldn't be relevant in today's comics is plain stupid.
Let's look at some of the creators who've been so heavily influenced by Jack Kirby shall we?
With just these three names alone should be understood that Kirby is, and always will be the most important and influential creator in comics, but the list doesn't end there, there are hundreds of creators who specifically point to Jack Kirby for their inspiration and view him as a teacher of the medium, and to say that a book drawn by Kirby wouldn't sell in this day and age is not only ridiculous, but also incredibly disrespectful. Another ridiculous statement is that art has gotten better with the years, to which I say not really. The art in comics specifically has gotten flashier and more colorful, but not necessarily better.
If you claim that the art has gotten better, how can you explain that some of the most coveted artwork, and most impressive I might add, is none other than George Perez's work from the 80's and early 90's. His art hasn't changed much in the last 30 years, but is it not at the top of the game still to this day? It absolutely is! Same goes with artists like Phil Jimenez, Howard Chaykin, Walt Simmonson or even Neal Adams. The same rule applies to Jack Kirby's work. In this day and age, inkers and colorists are much more talented and have more freedom to take the artwork and make it much better than what it originally was, and if Kirby would've had an inker like, oh let's say Danny Miki (Spawn, Batman) or Jonathan Glapion (Batman), or a colorist like Brian Haberlin (Spawn) or Nathan Eyring (Earth 2) and you'll see somthing you've never seen before, you'll see Kirby's pencils in a whole new light because they'll have that little "extra" push to it that will bring it to the current era of comics. But, this is all and educated guess knowing what I know about art and how comic book artwork gets done, others that might not have the knowledge or the art education might see Kirby's work as "old" or "dated" but all I see when I flip through a comic drawn by Jack Kirby is... a genius!
Hey, everyone, Lance Danger here once again, and I'd like to write briefly about going back to school to learn my craft better. It was back in 2014, when I decided to go to SVA, it was decided that the only way really to get there was going through KCC first in order to have the credits necessary and the grades necessary since my high school messed up my transcripts a bit.
I had to take a test to get in, which was a bit nerve wracking since I hadn't taken a test in forever. And I also had to write an essay on the spot as part of the test. Thankfully, I passed with flying colors, and this new adventure began.
I majored in an associates degree in fine arts. I took as many classes relevant to compliment the art classes. I started with figure art and painting.
The figure drawing class was the first time I ever drew with models and forcing myself to draw objects I had never done or wasn't too bothered with trying. And it was amazing. To be in a room with other artists, drawing the same thing at the same time and yet seeing so many different styles and interpretations was really inspiring to me.
With the painting class, it was more difficult because my experience with painting was, in a word, lacking.
But the professors were top notch and really knew their thing. I was doing great. Until I fractured my right hand close to finals!
So, I had to do art AND paintings finals with a fractured hand. So, I used mainly my left hand because I did not want to quit, I couldn't, I had come too far to just give up. Sometimes I'd even still use my right hand through the cast. Sure, t did eventually slow down my healing, but I had a few weeks to heal after the semester ended and the special winter classes began.
As a result, I got one of my paintings from my finals to be exhibited at the student exhibit at the campus museum, and I passed my classes with better grades than I would have thought considering, you know, having a fractured freaking hand.
Then for the second semester, I took the advanced drawing and painting classes along with sculpture. Sculpting was completely new to me, so that was interesting, and luckily enough, I got the hang of it pretty fast! I was in a good upswing in my drawing and painting classes....and towards finals again, I fractured a finger on my LEFT hand.
Again, I battled through the pain, and one of my sculptures was selected for the student exhibit as well! Hey, I'm an artist, it's natural to work through pain!
In my final semester I took modern art and social art, where one of the mock posters I made for the book "Just Mercy" was presented in a big screen and I spoke of the inspiration behind it during a panel at campus discussing the book and it's cultural impact. I had NEVER seen my art displayed on something so...large. Also, no broken bones at the end of my journey through KCC, so, yay!
I ended up graduating with honors and having had my art exhibited at an actual museum, which is MIND BLOWING to me. If you're young and wondering if you want to go to art school, definitely give community colleges a try at least to save up on money compared to starting from scratch at a big art school like Cal Arts, RISDI, or SVA.
I wouldn't trade my experiences at KCC for anything in the world, and I actually still in contact with some friends I made in my time there, talented artists in their own right.
And if you're reading this, this is my message to you:
Don't stop pursuing your dreams, your happiness. If it's something you're passionate about and you truly believe in, you have an obligation to yourself to share those talents and dreams to the world. Lose, draw, or win, it's better to try and let the chips fall where they may than not try at all.
Hello, everybody! Your pal Lance Danger here, been a while!
So, let's talk indie, ok? On Wednesday I was lucky enough to go to the release party for the crossover comic Tales of the Night Watchman/The Red Hook at my LCS, Anyone Comics. That in itself was a blast, but to make it even cooler, writer Vita Ayala popped up and randomly did and impromptu signing! This guy right here got the new James Bond #1 signed by her and the artist, SWEEEET!
Tales of The Night Watchman I have been following for a while now. I first saw the comic at Strand Book Stores. I didn't get it at the time but I was always curious. Then when I enrolled at SVA, I saw it in their library as well! I didn't get to flip through it because I was always swamped with work. Then when I moved and happened to run into the comic shop Anyone Comics, I ran into the comic AGAIN, and I got it. I've had it on my pull list ever since.
The Red Hook is a comic I found through the announcement of this crossover. The announcement came . out about the time volume 1 of the webcomic came out through Image Comics. I've been a steady reader on Webtoons ever since.
This release party was amazing! The creative team for the book was on board as well as the respective creators. It was a night of comics, drinks, and camaraderie that makes me feel happy and proud to be a geek. I got my copy from my pull list (of course) and got my stash as well, so I'm going to be well read over the next few days.
Activities like this are important for the creative community and I'm so happy that places like Anyone Comics exists and gives a space to indie creators like this.
If you want to check out these comics, check out www.sowhatpress.com/ and www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643&page=1
Enough words, though, check out the pics! And until next time, see ya' when I ya'! -Lance Danger
Last week Manuel A. Carmona (Project: New Wave) promised to reveal the finished cover art to Project: New Wave #2 for the first time on Thanksgiving Day 2019 as a thank you to all the fans who have shown support to him as well as Truthful Comics in general. Manuel illustrated the cover and colors extraordinaire Francisco J. Rivera digitally colored the cover. Project: New Wave #2 will be written by Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr., illustrated by Manuel A. Carmona and colored by Francisco J. Rivera as are the subsequent issues. Issue #2 is scheduled to be released in early 2020. Stay tuned to be informed as soon as the release date is announced. Now, without further ado...
La semana pasada, Manuel A. Carmona (Project: New Wave) prometió revelar por primera vez la portada terminada de su comic Project: New Wave #2 en el Día de Acción de Gracias como agradecimiento a todos los fanáticos que le han dado su apoyo tanto a él; como Truthful Comics en general. Manuel ilustró la portada y el extraordinario pintor Francisco J Rivera la pintó digitalmente. Proyecto: New Wave #2 fue escrito por Álvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr, ilustrado por Manuel A. Carmona y coloreado por Francisco J. Rivera al igual que los números posteriores. El comic #2 está programado a ser publicado para principios del 2020. Manténgase en sintonía para estar al tanto tanto pronto se anuncie la fecha de lanzamiento. Ahora, sin más preámbulos...
I've been watching horror movies for as long as I remember. By the time I was 12, I had already watched The Shining, Salem's Lot, It, Carrie, Christine, Pet Semetary, Cat's Eye, and, yeah, I guess there is a pattern right there.
Stephen King pretty much defined my childhood. And of course, later on, I started reading the novels. I actually have a first edition of Doctor Sleep. So, after writing super hero stories, slice of life comics, philosophical, and comedy/satire, I realized one thing I grew up on I never really tackled: horror.
I have some horror elements from time to time on Warlord and DTF6, and a smaller extent Exorcist, but nothing full blown horror/suspense. I've always had ideas, but they never went as far as a daydream of a story. But I got the bug while being a student at SVA two years ago.
I had to draw an original story for Klaus Jansen's storytelling class. To stretch out of my comfort zone, I decided to do a short suspense/ghost story that was floating in my head for years. I was actually really encouraged to try my hand at doing more writing than what I do, and it started turning the wheels in my imagination.
"What if I do an actual mini-series, or a novel?" A title came to mind while I was daydreaming again: "Hell Beneath You". But with like other ideas, it never really got out of the daydream stage.
That is, until this past summer. I saw that while we are having great success with the newly released Project: New Wave by brother and co-founder, Manuel Carmona, and Warlord hit a HUGE milestone reaching chapter 25 and celebrating 13 years on the internet, I felt a calling. An itch. And I thought to myself "well, horror is one thing we don't have at TC yet, so, who knows, maybe it's time." And not too long after, the first trailer for Doctor Sleep came out.
I was mesmerized by it. The clips combining clips from The Shining conjured up all those childhood memories of watching the Torrence family disintegrate at the Overlook Hotel. All those emotions as a child watching Danny running through those halls and that maze came back. I was a kid again in a small apartment in Williamsburg watching horror movies in a cold winter night with snacks and hot chocolate. And so, I thought, "it's time."
Hell Beneath You has finally gotten out of the daydream stage and into the pre-production stage. The story tree, titles for the issues, beginning, middle, and ending, have already been visualized and drafted.
Two promotional posters are already up, and I made an exclusive image that will only be here on the blog (at least for a long while). Warlord, Exorcist, DTF6 are my love letters to the super hero comics I grew up with. The Cannon Girl is my love letter to the indie comics that expanded my horizons. Weepaman y Weepito and Stupid the Cat were my love letters to irreverent comedy.
Hell Beneath You is my love letter to horror. It's the kid in me that watched all those Stephen King movies, and for good measure, other movies like Witch Board, Halloween, Hell Cop, Silent Night Deadly Night, Nightmare on Elm St, Hell Night, The Exorcist, CHUD, Alien, and many, many others.
My hope with story is not just to scratch that horror itch I've had for a while, but that who knows, maybe one day, somehow, some kid will happen into this story, become a family thing to talk over hot chocolate, and maybe even help them bring out stories of their own some day. And I can't wait for those stories to come out long after I'm gone.
To those that read all of this, as always, thank you for reading my ramblings, and I hope to spook you soon!
Written by Manuel A. Carmona
Yesterday I was one the authors invited to be a part of this year's Indie Author Day at Slover Library in beautiful Downtown Norfolk. The authors invited were as diverse as the genres they write about which was refreshing and so good to see and be a part of. I was the only illustrator featured at the event, which made me feel a bit nervous; but honored as well. I did realize that I have to be more sociable at events and actually make an effort to approach the other authors, granted I don't stay at my table because I'm arrogant; it's just that honestly I don't know exactly how to approach other creators without coming off as a weirdo. LOL!
A few of the creators approached me and we had some good interactions. A few of them actually reached out because they need a cover artist for their upcoming books, so being the only illustrator there gave me a good opportunity to (hopefully) land a few cover art jobs in the near future; as well as make. Another author is writing an all ages book and needs, not only cover art; but the interior art as well! What's even more exciting for me is that the topic is one I've never done before. The attendance wasn't crazy like a comic book convention, it was rather calm and relaxing (it was inside a library after all), which allowed me to catch up on my Inktober sketches; but people still came in and I managed to sell a few books in the process. All in all it was a cool experience and I wouldn't mind being a part of it again. -MC
Ayer fui uno de los autores invitados a ser parte del Día del Autor Independiente en la Biblioteca Slover, en el hermoso centro de Norfolk. Los autores invitados eran tan diversos como los géneros sobre los que escribe lo cual es refrescante ver y ser parte de ello. Fui el único ilustrador invitado al evento, lo que me hizo sentir un poco nervioso; pero también muy honrado. Me di cuenta de que tengo que ser más sociable y hacer un esfuerzo para acercarme a los otros autores, en realidad no me quedo en mi mesa porque soy arrogante; me quedo en mi mesa porque no sé exactamente cómo acercarme a otros creadores sin lucir un tanto molestoso. ¡lol!
Algunos de los creadores se acercaron a mí y tuvimos algunas buenas interacciones. Varios de ellos se acercaron porque necesitan un artista para ilustrar portadas para sus próximos libros, así que ser el único ilustrador en el evento me dio una buena oportunidad de (esperemos) conseguir algunos trabajos de arte en un futuro cercano. Otro autor está buscando escribir un libro de todas las edades y necesita, no sólo arte de portada; sino también el arte interior! Esto es muy emocionante ya que nunca he trabajado una historia sobre el tema. La asistencia no fue una locura como la de una convención de cómics, en realidad estubo calmada y relajante (fue dentro de una biblioteca después de todo), lo que me permitió ponerme al día con mis bocetos de Inktober; pero la gente siempre llegó y pude vender algunos libros en el proceso. Al fin, fue una experiencia genial y no me molestaría ser parte de ella en algún otro momento.
As most comic fans by now know, legendary artist Tom Lyle is in a medically induced coma after suffering an aneurysm. Last I read doctors will perform a surgery on Wednesday to clear the blood clot.
Doctors are hopeful that it will be a success. As we all send our positive vibes to him and his loved ones, I want to talk comics about him.
I had the incredible honor to talk with him in person last year at NYCC. He's an incredibly humble, nice, and funny person. After a nice conversation he jokingly tried to convince me to move to Atlanta and attend his art class. He was very humble when I told him his Robin MY Robin.
My introduction to Tim Drake was actually the first Batman comic I bought as a preteen. Batman #469, "Shadow Box" part 3. I was BLOWN AWAY. From the writing by Chuck Dixon to the art by Tom Lyle, I was enamored by this comic. I was able to get the final copy of issue 467 left. I immediately started copying his Robin. That final two pages from issue 469 was the first comic book pages I tried to copy.
And not too long after that, to my surprise, Robin II: Joker's Wild came out.
I was like "HOLY S___!!!! Robin TWO!? There was a Robin ONE!?!?!?!" Yeah, internet was not like it was back then, and I could only buy comics at my local pharmacy at the mall, so no comic book shop talk about all that stuff. Every month the miniseries came out, I ran into that pharmacy. At that time, that was the greatest thing ever in my life. EVER. To this day, there are STILL remnants of the Tim Drake hair on my own character, Fred Peterson.
I tried to follow his art wherever I could. From Batman, Detective Comics, The Comet, Spider-Man, and of course, Robin III when it came out.
And even though I LOVE Tom Grummet's art, part of me did hope Lyle would do the art for the Robin ongoing series. He went on to do Punisher for a while, then it became a bit harder to find his art.
But that didn't stop me from reading page from page all the older comics.
I traded comics with friends to get the first Robin miniseries. I would read and reread them. And after they fell apart or got damaged by the latest hurricane or storm attacking Puerto Rico, where I grew up in my teens, I would hunt them down and buy them again.
To me, back then, his art was unlike ANYTHING I had ever seen before. As a kid that grew up on Archie Comics, I saw that Batman 469 cover, and it became an important part of my life. Nothing was the same after that comic. With Archie, I'd look at art and say that was fun. With Lyle's Batman cover, that was the first I ever saw a comic and thought that the art looked COOL.
And all though back then I'd still get some Archie, I found myself getting more and more the "edgier", more "adult" comics. If Archie Comics symbolize my childhood, Tom Lyle's Batman and Robin symbolize that growth into a teenager. To Tom Lyle, once again, thank you from the bottom of my nerd heart. You were my gateway into the wonderful world of superheroes, the comics that in many ways saved my own life. Thank you.
-Alvaro Cortes Jr