Foreign Comic Collector - Page 12

left available. So the Άνθρωπος –Αράχνη came out in 1993 but it was a short-lived book, it only lasted for one year (24 issues) and the really bad news was that it took with it, into the abyss, the more successful X-Men book. So that was the end of Mammoth’s involvement with Marvel and mine with Mammoth. D999. Wonderful! I love a good story where the talented guy gets the chick or in your case chicks in the plural! I’m looking forward to seeing some of your illustration work. Did that original Greek superhero story ever get published anywhere? By the late 80’s Mammoth received the license to do some additional Marvel stuff while Kabanas still held the Spider-Man rights. I have always found it odd how competing publishers in foreign countries could hold license rights to the same comic universes content. You would think in order to maintain a uniform quality the Big 2 would limit the license to one publisher only per country, language, etc. Money talks I guess, or screams for the licensing departments of the Big 2. You can definitely tell Mammoth put more effort in reproducing the art and design in their books but even with the better art direction it still seems like the environment the comics were being released into was pretty toxic as far sales go. Too bad really, but like you stated earlier the Marvel material just didn’t resonate, it seems, with the average comic reader in Greece. Please correct me if I am misunderstanding, I’m generalizing here, but if you read comics in Greece during the 70’s and 80’s you were either into the adult/political/underground Babel material or the more escapist simple story lines of a traditional child’s comic. No wonder the Marvel Greek books from this period seem so hard to source, they weren’t really loved. I bet a lot of them ended up in trash bins. So as a Marvel zombie took it upon yourself to facilitate the translation of the Marvel content in order to help bridge the cultural gap between the superhero stories you loved and a wider Greek audience. “Wow” is the first thing that comes to my mind. Passion can and will drive us to do amazing things. The Mammoth/Kabanas guys were right in letting you into their organizations. I’m telling you Vasilis, it is my humble Page 12 opinion that you deserve some kind of tour of the Marvel facilities and a meet and greet with some of the guys at Marvel if not Stan the Man himself. This is why I have become obsessed with the foreign side of the comics world. The stories and people I am learning about deserve their time in the comic journalistic sun. With the many people you were involved with there in the Greek comic industry, do you stay in contact with any of them? Is there a journalistic avenue where the stories of the Greek comic industry are heralded? Now, I would be doing my readers a disservice if I didn’t ask you to speak to the process of taking Marvel content and transforming it into a comic book that sits on a Greek newsstand. Artwork and translation process’s are very interesting, can you go into how this worked a bit? Also, what were the average print runs of Kabanas and also Mammoth books? VC. You got that right Matt. Most Greeks at that time period (70’s and 80’s) started reading comics from the age of six, stopped reading them when they got 12 to 14 years old at the most, and later in their lives some of them were reintroduced to comics at the age of 19-25 I guess via the Babel material. The Marvel stuff wasn’t anywhere in between except for the minds and hearts of a few fanatics, like myself. I wa