By “Jovial” John Seavey
Afterword by Irene Vartanoff
Every comic book series has a storytelling engine…
How did Louise Simonson transform X-Factor before the readers’ eyes?
Why did Alfred the Butler have to die?
What do Aquaman and Thor have in common?
Why couldn’t the Phantom Stranger get along with his co-star?
How did the Comics Code create Eclipso?
Why doesn’t the Red Skull ever stay dead?
How does Conan the Barbarian resemble Mystery Science Theater 3000?
Every continuing series has an engine: a collection of ideas, characters, and settings that help writers to generate good stories. STORYTELLING ENGINES examines comics from Fantastic Four and Superman to Spider-Woman and Dial H for H-E-R-O to find out which parts of that engine make a series easier to write, and which parts make a writer’s life miserable!
This book gives writers and readers alike new and unique insights into even the most over-analyzed comics of the past nine decades! It’s time to rev up those storytelling engines!
John Seavey’s earliest memories include listening to Power Records versions of his favorite characters. He now has almost an entire wall of trade paperbacks devoted to the Silver and Bronze Ages. He also has a wife, a child, and many many cats.