Once I saw Ron Garney’s name on the guest list for the Baltimore Comic Con, it was promptly put at the top of the list of creators I wanted to talk to. Having been a huge fan of his since his work on Captain America, it was great finally getting to meet the man responsible for the art on so many of my stories. Ron’s currently handling art chores on Skaar: Son of Hulk, but has also worked on JLA, Amazing Spider-Man, and the X-Men to name few. Hit the jump to see what he had to say to us this past weekend.
We’re here at the Baltimore Comic Con with Marvel penciler Ron Garney, current penciler of Skaar: Son of Hulk, and former artist on Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America. So, the first thing I want to ask is how did penciling gig on Skaar: Son of Hulk come about?
I got a phone call from Joe Quesada, and he basically gave me his pitch. I hadn’t read “Planet Hulk” yet, but he gave me the rundown. The Hulk had a bride on this planet, and the planet was destroyed, but his egg survived. So he asked me if I’d be interested in it, and I said, “Yeah. Let me read Planet Hulk.” They hadn’t had any scripts in yet for Skaar, so I read “Planet Hulk,” and the editors were kind of pushing me to do it. Everyone was so pumped up, so I decided to do it.
Now from the way your work looked from Amazing Spider-Man to Skaar, it looks like you are doing your own inks on Skaar: Son of Hulk.
No, the book is shot directly from pencils. I’ve been doing that since my run on Wolverine, and I like the result. With Son of Hulk, I initially wanted to get a bit rougher because of the savage nature of the planet and everything. Eventually I’m going to go back to inking, but right now it’s just scanned from pencils.
I’m slated to do six issues, and then I’m going back to do Wolverine, most likely. We’ll see. It’s been talked about.
Now when you hopefully go back to Wolverine, will you be working with Jason Aaron again, or will someone else be writing it this time?
I think it might be Jason Aaron… It’ll probably be Jason Aaron.
You’ve worked with Mark Waid, J. Michael Straczynski, Jason Aaron, Greg Pak… What’s it like being the guy all these writers see, and are like, “Okay, we want to work with Ron Garney?”
I don’t know if they all say that [laughs]. I’ve been doing it so long, you know, it’s part of the gig. Working with these great writers is an honor and a privilege, and I enjoy it. You know, I try to bring something different to the table with each guy, and they do too.
When you get the scripts, is there a difference in the way they write for you?
Sure, yeah. Jeph Loeb has a tendency to write for each penciler he’s working with. When I did Worlds at War with him, he seemed to think I wanted to do all splash pages, which was fine, so the whole issue was splash pages, and double page splashes. I guess I had been doing a lot of those back then, and I enjoyed them, but I love storytelling too. These guys will tend to tailor their writing, not so much on Skaar, though. Greg Pak has such a universe going there from “Planet Hulk,” he’s kind of writing more of a movie on paper than he is tailoring it to my strengths at all.
With Son of Hulk, that whole world is new to the Marvel universe, so a lot of these characters are ones we haven’t seen before. Does Greg leave any of the design aspect up to you, or does he give you an idea of what things are supposed to look like?
Most of the characters have been designed already, but there’s been a few. There’s this character, Princess Omaka, with scythe-like arms, I designed her. Carlo Pagulayan sort of did his riff on it, so there’s a couple characters, but for the most part they’ve all been designed already.
Finally, it’s been said that every comic is someone’s first. Having been an artist and penciler for so long, which of your books do you want to be somebody’s first?
Wolverine with Jason Aaron. I had so much fun on it, and it’s artistically, I think, some of my best. It really showed my enthusiasm. Other than that… That’s a good question… For different reasons, Captain America. It was such an exciting adventure story, and something different than had been told with him before. I would suggest reading that storyline because it was a real shock to the system handling the character so differently. Probably those two.
Skaar: Son of Hulk is available at comic shops now. You can find pretty much everything else Ron’s worked on in trades at your local shop as well.