WATCH: John Byrne and Walt Simonson share Jack Kirby memories and thoughts on Fantastic Four movies

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Oct 13, 2017, 11:15 AM EDT

It’s no secret that the Fantastic Four has been mishandled, primarily in three feature films. With such a long line of classic source material, it should be easy to translate these important comics into the great movie that they deserve. Right?

Well, we asked two of the great creative pillars on which Marvel Comics history is built, writer John Byrne (Fantastic Four, Uncanny X-Men) and writer/artist Walt Simonson (Thor), about how Marvel’s first family should be treated.

"It’s more of a question of what they do wrong. I remember one of the big mucky-mucks at Marvel saying in an interview, 'Fantastic Four was Marvel’s original, dysfunctional family,'" Byrne told SYFY WIRE. "No. They're like any family, they have spats, but it's not tearing themselves apart. They like each other."

Byrne and Simonson are both keeping busy with passion projects they're doing for IDW Publishing. Byrne's ongoing series of Star Trek photoplays, Star Trek: New Visions,  released a special variant cover at NYCC featuring Byrne himself on the cover of issue #18.


Simonson remains focused on his powerhouse creator-owned book for IDW, Ragnarok.  It's a fresh take on Thor and "the doom of the gods." I mean, sure, there's a magic hammer, but there's much more to this book than that. It's action-packed and a true feast for the eyes.  And Simonson's take on Thor this time around is truly startling.


Both gents stopped by the SYFY WIRE interview booth at New York Comic Con 2017 to talk about their few interactions with the late legend Jack Kirby, their favorite Kirby story, and using Kirby's work as a guiding force to create new work. As a bonus, Byrne shared a story about a memorable dinner his younger self had with Simonson and his then girlfriend/now wife, fellow comic creator Louise Simonson.

Check out our interview and share your favorite Jack "The King" Kirby story or interaction as well as your favorite works by John Byrne and Walt Simonson.


Additional reporting by Ernie Estrella