The Secret Origin Of The Sentry Part 8

I never got a chance to read the complete SENTRY series after it finally came out but I did see a couple issues. It looked really good and important elements had changed considerably with the new creative team. Jenkins and I had envisioned SENTRY as a completely original mid-level superhero, on the level of IRON MAN or DAREDEVIL. In the series he became one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe; pretty much a SUPERMAN clone dressed in the requisite cape and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound etc.

In the issues I saw, the retro element was scaled back too, with much more focus given to the present day SENTRY. I think that was the part of the character Paul really wanted to write and it certainly played to the strengths of Jae Lee’s dark brooding artwork. I do think those guys make a fantastic team. By an odd coincidence, I happened to read their TWO-FACE graphic novel right after I’d seen THE DARK KNIGHT movie and was struck by how much the filmmakers had lifted from it. The visual tone, the police procedural, whole scenes and many panel layouts are taken directly from Paul’s and Jae’s work.

Above: 60’s SENTRY by Rick Veitch

  1. Bryan July 7th, 2009 10:52 am

    Thanks for the Tales of the Sentry. Never knew any of this backstory, of course I also have to admit that I barely know the character. Sounds like something that would fit right into the Marvel Universe though. Your 70s version is my favorite. Great stuff, especially like the anagrams.

  2. Salvatore July 7th, 2009 11:29 am

    I really enjoyed this series of post on The Sentry. I completely ignored all of this back-story. I have to be honest, I really enjoyed the first series (a little bit less the second) but I would have loved to see the original concept developed by the two of you.
    So bad it never happened.
    Thanks for sharing this story with the rest of us.

  3. Brett Von Schlosser July 7th, 2009 11:53 pm

    I love the 80’s Sentry you posted. it looks so recognizable.
    like being at salvation army and spotting an action figure you recognize but can’t place what it is.
    the sentry you describe sounds allot more interesting than the one that that currently appears in avengers.
    I am especially intrigued by the idea of a former superman with an addiction and a close relationship to his dog. I think those elements were only briefly employed in the first sentry mini series.

    by the way I am recently re reading Greyshirt :indigo sunset.
    I love how well you create the world of Indigo city, with the newspaper section at the back of the book, it really gives you a sense of a unique specific kind of own, I picture it as a sort of Pittsburgh or other great lakes bound rust belt city in decline.
    I see Top 10 still somehow exists as a comic.
    any chance we’ll ever see more of the Greyshirt?

  4. Rick July 8th, 2009 10:03 am

    Alan’s had it with DC but he’s given me carte blanche to do anything I want with GREYSHIRT. If Wildstorm ever expresses interest I could see doing another mini-series.

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