C: Do you have any plans for more 'The Stars My Degradation' appearances A: Yeah, I'm afraid I have. The current epic storyline of 'The Stars My C: 'Sounds' isn't exactly the most likely purchase for comics fans. Is A: When I finally wrap up 'The Stars My Degradation' for good, whenever C: So if any of you X-fen out there want to see the whole of TSMD, you'd A: Then -you- say 'Thank you very much, Mr. Vile, it's been a pleasure C: Thank you. Interview replies (c) Curtis Vile & Associates [reprinted without
A: Tricky question here, Eddie me old son. First, I'd have to say that
Marvel USA are so touchy about maintaining continuity of their characters
that in the unlikely event of me ever getting to write the X-Men I'd
certainly -have- to stick to off-the-beaten-track 'Untold Tales.' Which
might be a lot of fun. If on the other hand Marvel ring me up tomorrow
and say, 'Chris Claremont has been hit by a truck after falling down drunk
in gutter (as reported in recent Comics Journals after a fashion), you're
the only person who can save us now!' I think I'd do is to try and take an
overview of the whole series right from #1 and try to isolate the elements
that appealed to me the most. For example, I think I'd tend to play down
the superheroics a little and try to emphasise those aspects of the X-Men
which are rooted in the context of horror or straight sci-fi. I see them
as mutants first and superheroes second, and the concept of mutants has a
lot of interesting possibilities. Anyone familiar with mainstream sci-fi
who has read Jerome Bixby's 'It's A Good Life' or Algys Budry's [sic]
'Nobody Bothered Gus' or Henry Kuttner's Hogben Family stories will know
what I mean. Not to say, of course, that there hasn't already been work
done in this area the Mutant X stories were an excellent blend of sci-fi
and horror, for example. 'The Days of Future Past' duet was an effective
use of traditional science-fiction themes. If I was handling the strip
I'd want to play around more in those sorts of areas and avoid Kitty
Pryde's wardrobe problems like the plague. One thing that might interest
you about the forthcoming Captain Britain stories is that I want to stake
out my territory as that part of the Marvel universe which walls within
the British Isles. So, for example, Dr. Strange's old love interest will
almost certainly be making an appearance (Victoria Bentley) and there will
almost certainly be one panel cameos by Sebastian Shaw and Peter Gyrich.
(Yeah, I know they're not British but they fit into my forthcoming Captain
Britain storyline quite neatly so who gives a damn?) All of this, of
course, depends on how fussy Marvel USA are about me using these minor
characters, but one that that occurred to me that in Captain Britain's
civilian identity, Brian Braddock, he is portrayed as a research
physicist. Now, on a tiny island off the coast of Scotland there's the
research centre, see, and I thought oh, I'm sure you get the drift. I'm
not expecting to be able to use any major characters, but don't be too
surprised if Moira MacTaggart, Jamie Madrox, and maybe even Havok &
Polaris turn up. I mean, there's a couple of connections between C.B. and
the X-Men which suggest interesting plot possibilities. There's the
Arcade connection for one and did anybody notice that in the 'Mutant X'
episodes Moira MacTaggart's husband placed a call to his old friend Chief
Inspector Dai Thomas who was the superhero-hating cop stooge of the early
Captain Britain episodes. (I didn't. Alan Davis pointed it out. Food
for thought, though, eh?)
by the Ex-Men?
Degradation' is running under the working title of 'Last Stand On
Depravity' and its climax will be a truly apocalyptic sequence featuring
an amok Pressbutton in his new 30-foot-tall body, Unstuck Simpson, the
invasion of the Neutralizers, the Immolato Tomato, Nekriline the Dead Lady
on a rampage of sex and death, and the Dark Dodo (I did it once. Dare I do
it again?). In fact I suppose you could say that my entire limited
concept of satire involves around kicking a man when he's down. I don't
have to be nice. I'm handsome.
there any chance of a reprint of TSMD appearing anywhere?
the hell that might be, there are plans for Dez Skinn to reprint it as an
album edition. Although considering that I've already done something like
70 or 80 episodes and the fact that it will run for at least another 20 it
sounds like an awfully thick album to me. Also, I can't imagine it
selling well unless the X-Men Fan Club wanted to order a couple thousand
copies for use at heir annual book-burning ceremonies.
better bombard Dez with begging / threatening letters!
talking to you,' and I say, 'Where's my cheque?'
C: Do you have any plans for more 'The Stars My Degradation' appearances
A: Yeah, I'm afraid I have. The current epic storyline of 'The Stars My
C: 'Sounds' isn't exactly the most likely purchase for comics fans. Is
A: When I finally wrap up 'The Stars My Degradation' for good, whenever
C: So if any of you X-fen out there want to see the whole of TSMD, you'd
A: Then -you- say 'Thank you very much, Mr. Vile, it's been a pleasure
C: Thank you.
Interview replies (c) Curtis Vile & Associates [reprinted without
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