Beginning next month, Erik Larsen will be writing and drawing the Extreme Comics relaunch of Supreme, which has been out of print for ten years and last written by Alan Moore. Yesterday, we talked about the challenges of drawing Moore’s last script and then following up the legendary writer’s groundbreaking run on the title. Today, we’ve got a few more questions that serve to address some issue-specific question and set the stage for a regular series of interviews about the title, not unlike what we do with Superman, Echo and Savage Dragon.
Russ Burlingame: The ideas here are fairly familiar to comics fans. The idea of the army of Supermen, for example, was used as recently as Final Crisis over at DC. How do you keep it visually fresh when doing something that’s been done before?
Erik Larsen: All you can do is the best you can do. I tend not to look at only what’s necessary for reference so that meant other issues of Supreme and not Final Crisis. But I tend to think there’s always a way to make things fresh. By the nature of it being drawn by a different guy it’s different.
For those of us who weren’t around when this was previously published, was Moore’s Omniman around before Kirkman’s Omni-Man (from Invincible)? Or was that a reference you added later and the whole question is moot?
Speaking of drop-ins, was that Sprouse thing scripted by Moore or did you do some touching up along the way?
There were no touch ups or rewrites at all. Every word is Alan’s. Nothing was changed. Nothing added. Nothing subtracted. I’m even using Alan’s title in the next issue.
Was there ever a temptation to draw Dax-hund as a dachshund?
I actually did draw a dachshund (or tried to–I had reference). It wandered a bit off model when filtered through Cory and colored by Steve. Oops.