|BWS: OPUS 2
2: Time Rise 2
really didn't know who I was anymore.
in denial, I believed I had no option but to keep these mysterious
matters to myself. Despite my efforts, I was unable to fully disguise
that my world had turned inside out. I could barely concentrate on
work for more than an hour or two at a sitting, and even then I had
to fight to keep my thoughts from wandering. There was a deadline for
first chapter of Red Nails, but I had entirely forgotten about it.
When Marvel's production chief phoned to complain that the first twenty-one
pages were due, I buckled down to work and tried harder than ever to
act like nothing had happened. But I could not catch up with the work,
and for the first time in my six-year career I was defeated by a deadline.
I handed over the work incomplete. Pages twenty and twenty-one were
off in ink by another hand.
I have been asked why my pen style in Red Nails changed so much over
the course of the sixty-one-page
story. Naturally, I have always lied. Or joked:
in my opinion, your best work from that era. How long did it take
you to complete that incredibly detailed work?
Were you satisfied with the final production?
Oh, God! "Red Nails!" How many times can I use the word "nightmare" in
one interview? I should grab a thesaurus right now, right? How
long did it take? Oh, only forever. Detail -? What detail? There
that thing? Where's my pills? Somebody get me a doctor. No,
I'm fine. It's okay, I just need to breathe. S'okay. What was the
The second chapter showed a departure in your inking style from
the delicate, finely rendered line to a more spotted, bold
Was this experimentation or demands of the deadline?
Deadline - - ? There was a deadline? What do you mean "spotted?" Am
I alright? Where's my medicine?
an interview in Comic Book Artist No.2, Summer 1998
nearest I came to the truth was to concur that the work had
suffered due to deadlines. But the fact is that deadlines were
a walk in the
park for one such as I, who created the Conan the Barbarian series,
obsessively detailed monthly comic book the market had ever seen.