Interview with Carl Potts

You can listen to BOTH the episodes by clicking: Episode 87 and Episode 88.

Carl Potts - Wikipedia

Like Pokeman, we gotta catch them all. Carl Potts was the original editor of Power Pack, and shepherded the book for 52 issues. As the editor, he not only brought together world class talent for the book, but he also developed a passion and team that made it one of the books creators wanted to be on.

Power Pack (1984) #28

His influence also appeared in some artistic and plot choices as well. His passions for marine biology and baseball snuck into a couple of early stories, and his sense of style helped guide a few of the artistic choices as well.

Beyond his work on our favorite book, Carl has a deep creative history with comics that may have began with drawing, but has developed into his own inspired stories and work with so many other amazing artists and writers in comics. A teacher as well as a mentor, Carl has been passing on his knowledge of art and storytelling to guide new creators, while at the same time still developing new content.

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We hope you enjoy our two episodes as we talk to this amazing individual about his past and experiences.

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4 thoughts on “Interview with Carl Potts

  1. Hey there guys!

    Your interview with Carl Potts did not disappoint! Some very interesting takeaways from what was discussed; 1) The communist propaganda book Potts referenced for figure drawing seemed fascinating. Is there a link or title to google? 2) I had completely forgotten he had also edited Strikeforce Morituri at the same time he was editing Power Pack, so it makes sense that he had Brent Anderson as the primary artist on that book. (Incidentally he had Whilce Portacio as a fill in artist on SM who would also do a fill in on Power Pack. The circle completes itself!) 3) I am surprised that no one has done a chart of all the creatives for the past 40+ years you could trace to Walt and Louise lol. It seems like not only are they genuine great people, but their collaborators and friends are as well. 4) Mr. Potts talking about Jim Starlin made me realize I have not read more of Starlin’s books. My younger brother really liked his Dreadstar title when we were kids. 5) Jon Bogdanove with the tip of the hat regarding his work on that X-Men v. FF mini was pretty nice. If you haven’t seen Bog’s work in that miniseries, it is gorgeous! His renderings of Kitty Pryde and Franklin just tug at your heart. 6) I had forgotten that Mr. Potts was promoted to executive editor in the early 90’s. Those days seemed absolutely crazy in hindsight. It makes sense that he couldn’t be as hands on (and pretty cool that his connecting Chichester edits on those few books that weren’t that bad.)*

    The really nice thing is how these interviews come off very relaxed and conversational. I am sure you would attribute the legwork in research to aid your questions, but it helps when your subject is pretty open and convivial as Mr Potts has been! I am looking forward to part 2 of this interview! Keep up the great work!

    Until next time!
    Jeremy

    * One issue being that tie in which I can’t bring myself to type. I don’t think I have read or heard anyone gush over most of the company mandated tie-in issues. I have heard Sean Ross and Greg Arujio from Secret Wars and Beyond talk that SWII had better tie ins than the actual mini but I digress..

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    1. Hi, Jeremy!
      Let’s address your take aways.
      1: Rick knows this one. I will poke him about it.
      2: Admission time, I have never heard of Strikeforce Morituri not read it. Every mention of it evokes a dial tone from me. Is it a good read, should I put it on my list?
      3: That would be a loooong list. Might be easier to say who they haven’t worked with.
      4: Vague Dreadstar recollections. I do know that a friend of mine was a big reader of it though.
      5: Hoover turned me on to that mini. The Kitty and Franklin parts are what to read it for. Also, after reading it, I remembered that I own it. Funny what slips the mind.
      6: Yeah, the behind the scenes stuff during this time frame is nuts.
      Glad you like the way we interview. Part of it is research we do before hand, but most of it is because we just talk to them. We were nervous, but when the person is willing to talk and share and joke it makes it a lot easier. We also try to not ask all the same questions that he gets all the time, but I know for a fact that we covered old ground for him as well and he was able to autopilot it. Carl was an amazing guest though and I would love to sit down with him again… which I guess we technically will in two weeks. Hmmm, looking forward to listening to that.

      Later gator.

      -Jeff

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  2. Hey Jeff,

    You should check out Strikeforce Morituri. Set in the near future, an alien race called the Horde have invaded Earth. A scientist comes up with a process for select military personnel to take called Morituri. If the person is able to survive the process of the formula as well as a period of training in the Garden, they have enhanced powers, but, they also have a shortened life span of a year or less before they literally dissolve.

    The first 20 issues tells a larger story, as the hook keeps you on the edge of your seat as to what happens next. Brent Anderson pencilled most of the issues (I think it is his strongest work), and Peter Gillis wrote the story. I have read the idea had been optioned for tv or movies but didn’t get too far. I know Marvel has two collections of the run, or mycomicshop.com had the individual issues at a reasonable price. Also for added context, Chris Sheehan from the Chris and Reggie Cosmic Treadmill pod had covered the series tagged Morituri Mondays. The opening theme song was The Price by Twisted Sister, and I couldn’t get that song out of my head lol

    See ya’
    -Jeremy

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