Marvel’s got an interview with Paul Pope (conducted by Sean T. Collins) in anticipation of the forthcoming Strange Adventures #1 up here.
Marvel.com: Did you read super hero comics when you were a kid?
Paul Pope: Sure, I read everything, I read as much as I could get my hands on. I read Tintin, Donald Duck, Byrne’s X-MEN stuff, MOON KNIGHT, Lone Wolf & Cub, Heavy Metal…I read everything.
Marvel.com: Did you have favorite artists, characters or issues that you recall now?
Paul Pope: Yeah, I liked the venerable late ’70s/early ’80s artists from Marvel. I loved Sienkiewicz, Byrne, I was into Alan Grant. Steve Rude on Nexus was one of my favorites. Love & Rockets, I was into that kind of stuff. I like Kirby as well, I would say.
Marvel.com: What else are you working on right now, and what do you have coming up?
Paul Pope: My longer projects for First Second—Battling Boy and after that the sci-fi story THB—are still in the works, and both have long gestations since both are book-length projects. But right now, my pulp/retro-sci-fi strip Strange Adventures with Adam Strange is appearing weekly in Wednesday Comics. Strange Adventures functions as a “bridge” between my more conventional super hero work (such as Spidey or FF for Marvel and Batman for DC) and my more fantasy-oriented, classic myth-meets-super hero work of Battling Boy. In my current comics work, I am trying to recapture the pure science fantasy, highly imaginative comics I read as a kid in Heavy Metal magazine, fusing it with a sense of classic high heroic adventure from old comics, such as Captain Easy or Terry & the Pirates.