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Marvel Comics Visits LucasArts 1992 (Stan Lee & Steve Purcell!)

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Found this blog entry from Carl Potts recently (greatest Marvel editor of all time), he talks about the Marvel team visiting LucasArts in April of 1992, and mentions Gary Winnick, Steve Purcell and some of the LucasArts games staff touring them around the production studios. Several of the Marvel team gave presentations as part of the LucasArts employee lecture series.

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Carl wasn't able to identify some of the LucasArts folks, do you guys know the lady on the right end or the guy kneeling on the left?

Full article is here, and includes a video of a presentation Mark Gruenwald of Marvel gave to the LucasArts team about maintaining continuity, and reconciling magic, timetravel, technology, and superheros in a normal world (simple, really, every crowd reaction is always amazement, no matter how many times they've seen Spider-Man):

http://generaleclectic123.blogspot.com/2010/08/marvelous-tales-remembering-mark.html

Cool Beans.

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Hey, interesting, thanks.

Maybe the unidentified woman has an affair with the unidentified man.

Time travelling is an idea, if it goes backwards, which never made sense to me. It can be a great tool for enabling entertaining stories (The Man Who Folded Himself, The dead past, The Time Machine, Back to the Future, ...) but as soon as you think it through, it just doesn't make sense anymore, not with one working universe. You don't need to go through all the issues which can occur when meeting yourself, the fact alone that going backwards in time would mean rebuilding the whole universe (except yourself) the way it once was already makes it so insanely unbelievable. It's just ... anyway, pseudo physics can be a lot more fun.

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Steve Purcell identified the kneeling guy as Tom Bertino, who was an animator at ILM. Apparently Purcell and Winnick had a lot of connections to Marvel from the 80s, Mike Baron (Badger Badger) also mentioned making a separate trek out to the ranch in the early 90s.

The time travel thing, all of the fantastic technology, magic, etc... I love how Mark pointed out that any one of these things would "break" or completely change the world as we know it. If there were flying cars, why would anyone still take the bus?

But readers need that connection to our common world to make the stories relatable. So someone how you have to take all this fantastic and amazing stuff, and cram it in so it still exists in "our" world to help draw in the reader. And then do it again and again without breaking the readers connection. Never thought about it before, but that's a pretty cool story crafting concept.

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Love seeing great artists influencing each other! Great find, Arch-Stanton!

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