[Multiple Eisner Award winning cartoonist Matt Wagner has long been known for his sure hand with adventure comics; the breadth of imagination for his signature creations Mage and Grendel and his distinctive re-imaginings of Batman in various titles over the years. Now he’s imagining for the first time John Tower, a new character created by Legendary Pictures studio head Thomas Tull and debuting this week as part of the new Legendary Comics line. THE TOWER CHRONICLES: GEISTHAWK #1 is being published in the “prestige” format—a squarebound 64 page comics—well-known to 90s comics readers but not much used today. But it seems appropriate for the story that Wagner is telling, along with artist Simon Bisley inker Rodney Ramos and colorist Ryan Brown. In the following interview Wagner walks us through the process of developing John Tower and talks about his entire approach to making comics. We previously talked to Legendary’s COO Tim Connors here. ]
In Hollywood today there’s no name bigger in than Legendary Entertainment. Founded by in 2000, it’s the studio behind Inception, The Hangover franchise, and the Clash of the Titans movies—but more to the point, its comic book movie line-up includes the hit 300, Superman Returns, Watchmen and the multi-billion dollar Batman trilogy by Christopher Nolan. With a 40-picture deal with WB in place, Legendary has established itself as THE comic book movie studio for Warners, with next year’s Superman reboot also coming out from Legendary.
It’s not too surprising, considering founder Tull’s nerd cred. A certified comics fan, Tull has been building a “Tull-i-verse” of geek-centric projects, from co-producing Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con documentary and the book tie-in, to buying the Nerdist family of sites, newsletters and podcasts. And of course, there’s Legendary Comics.