|Posted on June 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM|
Hello – and welcome to the Website of Wildcard Comics! We will be using this space to tell you a bit more about this comic, its characters and behind-the-scenes stories of how Wildcard came to be. For this first installment, I thought I’d go back in time…all the way to the beginning, in fact….
I’m six years old and combing the toy aisles of my local Kmart store. Something catches my eye – a comic book. Amazing Spider-Man, to be precise. I knew little about comics or superheroes, but something about this book begged – no, demanded – that I purchase it. Or, more to the point, that I pester my parents into buying it for me.
That began a lifelong love affair with the comic book superhero set. The heroes I grew up with certainly weren’t perfect – the aforementioned Peter Parker was a psychologist’s dream – but they were noble, they were likable, they were good guys (and gals). You wanted them to succeed, despite the odds stacked against them.
It is that quality that I miss most in today’s superhero comics. Too many of the heroes just aren’t likable. They are flawed to the point where they just aren’t heroes in the traditional sense.
When Tony Rubino and I started Wildcard, my goal was to recapture the heroism I found in those comics of my youth. Elizabeth Bradford (AKA Wildcard) doesn’t have it easy, not as a first-year history teacher, as a single professional out on her own for the first time or as a rookie superhero. She will make mistakes and, like all of us, she has her flaws. But she will always strive to do make the right choice – dare I say, the heroic choice. My hope is to create a character who you, the reader, wants to see succeed.
Wildcard’s journey is just starting. Thank you for sharing it with her – and with us.