Last weekend, The Goddard Group were kind enough to share with ComicBook.com readers a peek behind the curtain at some 1980s Neal Adams art from unpublished issues of the Captain Power comic book series.
That is, in part, because during the course of an interview with series creator Gary Goddard and executive producer Roger Lay, Jr.--which you can read in full a little later today--Adams's name came up in the context of new Captain Power comics.
With Phoenix Rising: The Return of Captain Power in development, we asked Goddard and Lay whether they might be interested in ancillary media like comics and video games to tie into the new show and raise awareness among casual fans. Here is, in part, what the pair had to say about it:
ComicBook.com: For you guys, the last time you had a comic book come out, you had Neal Adams, who is just a living legend, doing the art so even though it was outside of the studio it was still very much a creator-controlled kind of project. Would that be something you'd be interested in trying again?
Goddard: Well, Neal is a good friend. That's how that happened. And I've already talked to Neal; Neal would love to do a new rendition of Captain Power so he's on board. I knew Neal and Jim Steranko and Jack Kirby--I knew that generation of comic book artists very well, actually.
Jack was the coolest guy ever, man. Nicest guy--very talented. They're all geniuses. Neal's a genius, Jack was a genius, Steranko--what he did with S.H.I.E.L.D. was just incredible.
Lay: Did you know that also Neal came up with the look for Skeleton Warriors? The original look for those characters when Gary created them, the visual came from Neal Adams.
ComicBook.com: Now, since you had a second season planned out and scripts written, are some of those stories or ideas going to find their way into the reboot?
Lay: Not now because those scripts were to pick up literally the next day after the finale of the original.
Goddard: Well, I think what we're going to do with those is turn them into graphic novels and turn them into comics. Because they're already written--why not?
Lay: Not too different from what Joss Whedon did after the end of Buffy, where he continued the next season as a series of comics. And those scripts we own and we have them here, so we can do that, but that really has nothing to do with Phoenix Rising at this point. You have to set up your new show and let it evolve and let your new writing staff have the freedom to take it wherever they feel is proper.