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Jozef Brandt
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Posted: 24 April 2019 at 11:01pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply


Forum search came up empty on this. 

How did working with an Intellectual Property in the 1970s compare to your more recent Star Trek work?  Did the Gerry Anderson/ITC people scrutinize the Space 1999 comics?

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It was night and day. The Paramount/CBS folk gave me something very close to a free hand on STAR TREK, while the Anderson people seemed to go over every page of SPACE with a microscope. All the licensed stuff at Charlton was the sameóthe main reason it took so long for me to do more.
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Thanks!  I had wondered because I was reading an interview with someone who worked for a toy company (It may have been Dinky) who said Gerry Anderson was tough to work with because he was so picky. 
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The weirdest note I got from the Anderson camp was that I was having the three leads ďmove their faces too muchĒ.
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Reportedly, Barbara Bain was getting concerned as Space:1999 started that she was losing her youthful looks, and was disturbed to see footage of the wrinkles on her neck when she turned her head. So she started consciously not turning her head at all, and would instead rotate her entire shoulders around when she wanted her head to change the direction it was facing. Once you rewatch Space:1999 with this in mind, it gets very distracting.
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On paper, once we get past the preposterous premise, SPACE: 1999 should have been right up my street. The technology, starcapes and weird aliens were just the sort of thing I was delighted to be drawing. But I was worn down by the endless nitpicking.

Only time I ran up against something worse was on INDIANA JONES, where the constant second-guessing came from Paramount AND Marvel (Shooter). This was part of why working on STAR TREK was such a delight--an editorial department smart enough to leave me alone, and new faces at Paramount happy to let them do so.

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JB: "Only time I ran up against something worse was on INDIANA JONES, where the constant second-guessing came from Paramount AND Marvel (Shooter)."

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Hypothetically speaking, JB, if that level of nitpicking hadn't happened on Indiana Jones, do you think you might have stuck with that book for a while?

I wish you had, because that first issue was great fun. I resent those studio hairsplitters for driving you away!
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I could have stuck with INDIANA JONES for years, easily.

Cíest la vie!

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JB's "Cold War" had a similar feel to Indy with a rather adventurous protagonist. As I think about it, that is a character I wouldn't want to restrict at all in a capable author's hands. Free reign for JB to write and draw Indy could have created some stories or sequences that might have influenced a movie or two.
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The nit-pickiness on the Indiana Jones titles cost Paramount and Marvel more than a writer-artist; once JB left, I did too. I'm sure many other JB fans did, too. 
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Damn, I so much want more COLD WAR. Iím in the middle of re-reading all the Fleming Bond novels right now. And I just keep imagining Michael Swann being there somewhere. 
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So the TV critics at the time were right:  Barbara Bain literally was stiff!!



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Iíll confess, I didnít ďgetĒ Barbara Bain. That she was only ten years younger than my mother might have been a contributing factor.
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I could have stuck with INDIANA JONES for years, easily.
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The nit-pickiness on the Indiana Jones titles cost Paramount and Marvel more than a writer-artist; once JB left, I did too. I'm sure many other JB fans did, too.
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Yeah, me too!

That would have been amazing, JB, especially after seeing all you've been able to do with STAR TREK the last few years.

I remember reading how Muhammad Ali's people kept giving Neal Adams notes on the big ALI VS. SUPERMAN book.  Possibly the same thing happened with the MR. T comic (I can't remember exactly on that one).  I wonder how they all felt seeing later versions with lesser artists barely getting any of the likeness right.  ("Sorry, Neal Adams, you're not doing a good enough job.")  Or I wonder if the INDIANA JONES people ever realized what a big mistake they'd made.
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Iíve learned there is a standard rule when drawing likenesses actors have to approve: DRAW THEM AS THEY LOOKED IN COLLEGE.
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Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes have approval rights of their likeness for any TNG artwork, so they get to review all comic artwork before publication. Frakes apparently never gives comments, but Stewart would often comment "Less hair."
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There were a couple of actors I didnít use in NEW VISIONS even tho they were on the approved list. Why? Because they required approval of their likenesses.

But these were photographs, youíll say. Sure. But we must remember mirrors donít work the same way for actors as for the rest of us!

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