Marvel Reject

A pile of 38 year old mail found its way back to me recently.  In the stack was this rejection letter from Marvel Comics circa 1974. At that time,  I’d spent many months working up pencil samples which I’d mailed in to the Marvel offices in hopes of getting into mainstream comics.  I included a copy of TWO-FISTED ZOMBIES, an underground that was my only published work from the previous year.  I was 23 years old and I remember being crushed and convinced that my dreams of breaking into comics would never be realized.  I was so crushed, in fact, that I didn’t pay attention to another letter someone had slipped into the package being returned to me.  I’ll post that tomorrow.

  1. Ed Quinby January 20th, 2013 3:33 pm

    Rejection letters, I’ve got some of those! But, you can certainly say you made good despite this early obstacle and pretty quickly too. What’s interesting to me as well is that Irene Vartanoff signed your letter. I always wondered what happened to the ’60’s comics letter hacks and she was one of the most prolific and best. What she graduated to from the letters columns is revealed, at least in 1974.

  2. Irene Vartanoff February 16th, 2013 1:13 am

    Ed, thanks for the kind words.