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Mike Witherby Interview Excerpts (17th Mar 19 at 6:07pm UTC)Quote Reply interviewed Mike Witherby at some point.

Here were his comments about Jim Shooter & DEFIANT Comics.


SM: After your run on Morbius ended what did you do?

MW: I was invited by Jim Shooter to work for his new company Defiant which never really made it as a company but I learned a lot working for him. He’s kind of a natural teacher and he really helped refine my work and take it to a whole new level

SM: Jim Shooter is probably best known for having been Editor in Chief of Marvel for a number of years. What kind of stuff did Shooter teach you? When you’d turn in work he’d discuss it with you?

MW: Yea he had me out to New York a few times to visit in the office and he would talk to me about my work then. One of the main things he pointed out to me was a lot of inkers are concerned with line weight which is the thickness of the line and how that relates to where shapes appear in space. Shooter taught me about line importance and how you need to have a natural atmospheric fade in the backgrounds which will push your figures out more. He also helped me with my understanding of storytelling.

SM: I remember Defiant as one of the many independent companies that popped up during the comic book crazy of the 1990s. I believe I even picked up their flagship title, “Warriors of Plasm.”

MW: I worked on Warriors of Plasm it was the strangest concept. The idea that these guys lived on a living flesh and blood planet with a consciousness and could manipulate genes to the point of manipulating life. It was a wild book. Unfortunately Marvel sued Defiant for trademark infringement on the book title. Marvel lost the court battle but the court costs Defiant incurred as a result of defending itself was pretty much the demise of the company.[1]

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