George R. R. Martin Strikes Again!

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…

8 thoughts on “George R. R. Martin Strikes Again!

    1. See, if you’d been reading from the time you were sixteen, you’d be writing novels as widely-read as Game of Thrones. Now you just need to read as many as Martin and you’re guaranteed a big publishing contract.

      That’s the way it works, right?

  1. I don’t really read comics too much but i know I should. And you should take him to the comic shop! it’d be so cute!

    1. Actually I take him about every week — have for about two months now. 🙂

      And it’s not a “you should read comics” — I’d encourage people to give the medium a try, and remember that it’s like television. Just because you don’t like the first television show you see doesn’t mean all tv is bad; comic books are as varied as television. If you’re looking for recommendations, just ask.

      I wonder, Brandon, is it time for a “theme week” where we each recommend a few books that are “off the beaten path”?

  2. Course, you were between 0 and 2 at the time. That’s where your 1st books came from. Course, you remember comic junction a LOT better.

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