Secret Origin Of The Sentry Part 1

While organizing my studio recently I stumbled on a folder full of concept art for a project I worked up with Paul Jenkins called THE SENTRY. This week I’ll be running that art and telling about my (up to now unknown) role in creating the character.

Paul and I were old buds, having met while he was at Mirage Studios. We worked closely together on BRAT PACK and THE MAXIMORTAL at Tundra. Paul was focused mostly on production and editing back in those days but clearly had potential as a writer. He and I had often discussed a story he wanted to develop concerning an over-the-hill guy, struggling with addiction, who had a tight relationship with his dog. Paul was trying to come up with a way to show the character’s addiction problem as a manifestation of the unconscious. At one point, if I remember correctly, Paul pitched a horror version of this plot to Steve Bissette for TABOO, although nothing came of it.

It was in the late 1990’s that Paul and I came together to try and develop it into a superhero pitch for Marvel. More tomorrow.

Above: Concept art for ROBERT REYNOLDS (secret identity of THE SENTRY) and his dog by Rick Veitch.

  1. tydesignlabs June 30th, 2009 10:22 pm

    I’m curious to know about where it all began. Sentry is an interesting character. Not knowing how things work at Marvel, were you and Paul paid for these concepts originally? I hope so since it’s in full effect now.

  2. Rick July 1st, 2009 10:33 am

    I’ve got a stack of concept art I did which I’ll be running all week while I tell the story of what happened.

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