As Brandon noted Monday, it can be fascinating what influenced your favorite writer. He found that Jack Vance, an old favorite, influenced George R. R. Martin, a relatively new favorite. Awesome!
Finding these connections can cause all sorts of delight. It’s through David and Leigh Eddings that my wife discovered Lord Dunsany. It’s through Neil Gaiman that I discovered Emma Bull. It’s a fair bet that if you like an author, it’s worth checking out that person’s favorite author.
Well, I’ve discovered a dirty little secret. You see, George R. R. Martin doesn’t just like Vance. Want to see who else he likes? Click on the read more to be… amazed.
Ready for this? All right. Read on!
Martin wrote this letter to Marvel when he was sixteen years old. It was published in Avengers #12.
That’s right. Martin was a huge fan of Stan Lee, the creator (well, let’s just say he created them and gloss over the gross plagarism for now) of Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, Iron Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, and many, many others. In other words, Martin read and enjoyed comics.
Well, Brandon, I guess you have an excuse to go read the “Classics” now.
Me? I never needed the excuse. In fact, I think it’s time to take my boy to the comic shop…