Jim Starlin on Creating Thanos, Killing Robin and Split with Marvel (Behind the Panel) | SYFY WIRE

WATCH: Jim Starlin on creating Thanos, killing Robin, and seeing his characters on the big screen

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Oct 31, 2018, 4:56 PM EDT (Updated)

Comics superstar Jim Starlin has the distinction of helping to create some of the most indelible characters in the Marvel and DC Universes, including Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Thanos, Mongul, Dreadstar, KGBeast, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu.

His instrumental work on titles like Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Batman: The Cult, and Batman: A Death in the Family resulted in his induction into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2017. Starlin is also well known for his love of dispatching popular characters, as witnessed with his killing of several key caped heroes in his storylines, not limited to Robin: The Boy Wonder, Captain Marvel, and Adam Warlock.


SYFY WIRE sat down with the Hall of Famer to learn how he was influenced by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, the creators he considered the best storytellers, how the Marvel Method made him a better writer, bringing to life the "weird and esoteric" Thanos, the Mad Titan, the recurring theme of mortality, jamming characters into The Infinity War, and offing the primary color-wearing Robin, Jason Todd.

Listen in and tell us which Jim Starlin creation ranks highest on your favorites list.