Another amazing artist I had the privilege to interview at #WWChicagoCC was Arthur Suydam of Marvel Zombies fame! If you thought Arthur only did Marvel Zombie covers you're dead wrong, Arthur has been around for a very VERY long time!!
Well Mr. Suydam let's get right to it. I have to tell you first, I came to see you at this same WWC show years ago and you were so amazing to my young kids. You talked to us at great length...gave my kids signed prints with amazing personalized quotes. It was such an experience that I've never had with anyone else at a Convention. Even when there was a huge line behind us and I was trying not to take up your time....you told us to relax stay awhile and you still gave us all the time in the world. Now my first question is:
Are you always so courteous with your fans?
"Well that's just the best part of doing all this. Seeing the kids faces as they come up with their wide eyes open looking at all the artwork on the table! Also speaking with all the fans it does bring great joy to me. I totally love it, that's what it's all about."
I was thumbing through a box of some old Magazines I've had stored for years. I found a bunch of Epic Illustrated Magazines, which were published in the early to mid 80's by Marvel. Looking through some of the issues I found YOUR name all over the place! Was this your first works in comics?
"Oh man! Epic Magazine, let me tell you all about Epic Magazine!" Suydam says with a large grin on his face. "The magazine was started by Rick Marschall and it was supposed to be an issue of Marvel Super Special but it was too big for a comic. It was then going to be a magazine named Odyssey but Marschall learned of other magazines titled Odyssey, so it was then changed to Epic Illustrated. Marschall was then replaced by Archie Goodwin right before the first issue even came out! Goodwin then commissioned some great artist and writers for the magazine from then on out."
"As for my first actual comic book works, I had done plenty other stuff before then. I was actually the first to do painted comic books and cover and I feel like I opened the door for other painter guys like Alex Ross."
No shit, really?! I had never heard of that before, that's great! So how was your time there with Epic Illustrated?
"Well Epic was really made to be Marvel's version of Heavy Metal. It was a magazine format and wasn't restricted by a Comic Code that some Preacher down South was raising a stink about. It allowed for real story telling with original art and had explicit content. It also offered writers and artists another place to make ends meat then the standard comic book work for hire contracts.
I loved the magazine format it was different then the traditional three-color printing process and because of the paper quality I could then paint what I really wanted to do. Actually many of the stories and covers were painted by fantasy artists friends of mine like Frank Frazetta. We were paid very good royalties since we got to keep our work also."
So you knew Frank Frazetta? I'm actually a huge fan of his works also!!
I did know Frank Frazetta. To tell the truth he was a mentor of mine and a really great friend. I would spend lots of time with him and learn from him also.
Marvel Zombies. How do you really feel about the franchise? Does it drive you crazy with all the zombie stuff?
"Oh no." Arthur says as he also chuckles "I can never get tired of it! I'm as surprised as anyone how much it has taken off and still holds strong. It is and will be some of my greatest work. I have had the greatest time doing it and still some of my proudest works."
Well thank you so much Mr. Suydam for the interview. We at moviepilot.com wish you all the best.
Sources) Bio From http://www.arthursuydam.com
Popular covers of Deadpool , Marvel Zombies, Dead Days, Marvel Zombies #2, Marvel Zombies#3, Batman, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Herc, X-men, Ghost Rider, Thor, Spider Girl, Black Panther, Oz Chronicles and more.
In 2008 Marvel released an exclusive hard cover tribute to the works of this unique artist entitled Marvel Zombies, The Covers dedicated to Suydam’s groundbreaking work.
Additional recent works include, Dynamite’s Army of Darkness, Savage Tales, Red Sonja and the smash hit Army of Darkness vs. Marvel Zombies and Raise the Dead. Past works include work on Batman vs. Predator, Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and House of Secrets.
Suydam’s own projects are numerous and include Mudwogs and Mudwogs II, and The Adventures of Cholly & Flytrap, Center City, released through Radical Entertainment, The Day it Rained Eggs , Love Me, Love My Demon and many more.