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Ghost Rider 2099 | Daddy Dearest
1995, I’d done my run on Saint Sinner, and learned a few things. I was trying to do as many file issues and one shots as I could pick up to work on my chops, develop better working habits and find out which editors at Marvel i liked.
I’m a fan of cyber punk so I courted work on the 2099 books for the sake of their aesthetics. I was also trying to work on my own writing and collaborative with writers I’d made friends with because I recognized the more control and influence I had on a book the better – not a new idea to me but something I had thought I could not hope for in a place like Marvel at first. I’d been working on a few ideas with my buddy Scott Andrews, and good block full of bluster and eager as hell to get into american comics – we had fun playing with ideas together and after doing one GR 2099 story for him I pictched the books edior, Joey Cavalieri, to let us co write another that I could draw as a file story. He said yes as so we went at it.
The story I think in part owes a lot to Scott’s relationship with his father, and I liked it for its hart a lot. Drawing it went pretty good, I was really pushing to do it fast so i can’t say it’s my best work. But I was pretty happy with it, having co wrote it with Scott when i sat down to layout the pages it struck me how easy it was, i had alredy visualized it so much i did nearly complete mini versions of the pages in ink strait off, . I was really eager to see what Bernie Mireault was going to do with it for the colours. I was also really happy with the cover art I did for it, one of my best pieces ever I think.
It went off in a fed-ex box, Scott and I were paid in full and we waited excitedly to see it in print. It would have been a first for both of us – Scott’s first in print and mine as a writer.
A few weeks later all the 2099 books were cancelled as part of what was called The Marvelution. Our GR-2099 issue never saw publication.
A while back Scott had it on his site, and it’s popped up as part of torrents of the series, but for whatever reason Scott took it down a little while back, probably for being an old and dated example of his work – but while it’s not the best thing ever I like it still, so I thought I’d rescan some good copies of it and post it here now. This lettering is something we did after the book was cancelled so that we could at least enjoy it ourselves and have it as a sample. I’m told Bernie did colour guides for it as well, but I’ve never seen those. If they exists still they are probably still in the Marvel archives.
If you rather go page by page than use the light box click here to read the comics – good for reading the text on smaller screens.