Salvador Larroca is originally from Spain. After several years of working as a cartographer, he began working as a comic artist at Marvel UK, the Britain-based imprint of Marvel Comics. Mr. Larroca was working at Marvel UK when he contributed to Dark Angel and Death's Head II. Then Larroca began to work on mainstream North American comics, such as DC Comics' Flash. Afterwards, Salvador Larroca did a three-year run on Marvel Comics' Ghost Rider, during the mid-1990s. It was not until after his run on Ghost Rider, that Larroca would gain the exposure needed to become known as one of the most prominent comic book artists in The United States. He has worked with Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men legendary writer) several times on fantastic story runs on books like Fantastic Four and the smash hit XTream X-Men. Also having huge success on a long run on Invincible Iron Man where some of his finest cover work has been done!
Hello Mr. Larroca
My names Manny Popoca from moviepilot.com / MannysPlace we had spoken before hand about doing an interview and you wanted questions written down. But because I know you're From Spain and I'm Mexican....(the interview then switched to Spanish which we both could understand very well.) I have now translated the interview for your convenience.
You have actually been around Marvel for a very long time is that correct?
"Balle Merre, I have done a lot of work for Marvel for a very long time now. I started with Marvel UK, then came over for Ghost Rider and from then on Marvel has kept me very busy and I enjoy working with them very much."
One of the first issues I ever seen with your work in it was the "Death Of Colossus issue," in Uncanny X-Men #390. I remember when it came out it was a very sought after book....was this the one that made you feel like you made it? If not then which book made you feel like you finally made it in American comic books!!
"I had no idea he was going to die in that issue and I was as surprised as the fans were. As for that being the one, I don't feel so because I had done lots of stuff before and I felt very secure in my job and where I was at in my life for a long time."
Oh, so you had no idea what was coming then, with the Death of Colossus in Uncanny XMen #390?
"Absolutely not...I was very shocked! I knew there were major things going on with Colossus in that issue but no...I would have much rather preferred that Colossus not had died."
Have you ever been to the an American comic con show before? How have they changed for you? Do you think it's because of the movies? How are comic con shows where you are from?
"I have been to American shows many times long ago at SDCC. As for the size and crowds at shows, i actually feel there has not been much change in the size of the crowds or changed that much for me. I think there is more fan interaction and the cosplay of course. Comic conventions are pretty much the same in Spain and here. There is lots of people at both....there is lots of fans wanting autographs and everyone wants a drawing or sketch now. But shows are basically the same in both countries. I don't think the movies have had as much of an impact as people seem to think. Shows have always had lots and lots of people."
What Marvel movies have you seen? Your thoughts on those movies?
"I've seen them all and of course I enjoy some more then others. There is not much Marvel can do about it, Spider-Man with Sony and Fox with X-Men. Overall I think they do a pretty good job with what they done so far."
It seems you and Mr. Claremont have worked A LOT together.......I really loved your work on XTream XMen....How do you feel about that time and work.
"I am very proud to have worked with Chris. I have much respect for just how great and gracious of a man that he is. We did work before XTream X-Men and I always enjoyed working with Chris. I had a great time during that series and yes that is some of my proudest works."
how is it working with Marvel writers? No names need to named but have you ever had any difficulty with any marvel writer or editors or even Joe Quesada himself?
"To tell the truth I've never ever once had any problems with Joe. He's always been good to me and he's another one I always enjoy working with. I've never had any issues with anyone at Marvel. They have been great to me and never had any kinds of problems with anyone who works there."
Well thank you very much Señor Larroca, I'll let you get back to your fans. It was a pleasure to have done this and you were gracious in every way, I know your time is very limited. Gracias Señor Lorroca.
"Balle.....salude, you're very welcome!"
What I came away with after speaking with Mr. Larooca is this. He is a very serious man who is very serious about his artwork and always giving the fans his best work! He enjoys his time at Marvel and everyone he's worked with so far.
Salvador Larroca, is a great person to speak with and if you ever have a chance to read anything with his artwork in it.....I HIGHLY RECOMMEND picking it up! You will never be disappointed with his work.
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