An Interview with artist Joe St. Pierre


How did you first become involved with 2099?

Joe: I was looking to get some work at Marvel Comics, so my friend Kenny took me into the Marvel offices one day to introduce me to some editors and show my work around. The first visit I remember was with Bobbie Chase. She liked my work and offered me a test for the Incredible Hulk, which I thought was pretty cool. My next visit was with Joey Cavalieri, who was the 2099 editor. He looked at my art and said something like "why would you do a test? I will give you work right now." So that was how it all started! I did six issues featuring Spidey 2099 total.

Did you draw anything for 2099 that was not published (stories, alternate covers for Spider-Man 2099)?

Joe: I remember two covers for two inventory stories, two character designs and one page from Spidey 2099 #29 where the Flipside character design was changed. I also have quite a few sketches for the covers I did. I enjoy doing covers quite a bit, and will often do about 6-10 idea sketches for each one, just to mess around with different concepts.

Unused cover to "Night of the Impaler" by Joe St. Pierre


When taking over art chores on a book which had already been running for a certain length of time (in this case about 2 years) how do you prepare for it? Do you look at back issues or were you provided with style guides for the characters?

Joe: It's been a while, but I seem to recall reading the previous issues of Spidey 2099. I have to say I was pretty focused on drawing the Peter Parker Spider-Man at the time, as he is my favorite comic character. So style-wise, I drew Miguel the way I would draw Peter Parker, I drew Spidey 2099's webs McFarlane style, that kind of thing. I guess it paid off, as I ended up drawing quite a few Spider-Man comics after my 2099 issues.

Do any of your issues or covers stand out in your memory? Favorite / Least Favorite?

Joe: I had a great time with the inventory issues. One was written by Jonathan Peterson, which was a Phantom of the Opera-type story where the villain was the Man-Spider. I thought they were terrific stories, done in one, with plenty of Spidey action.

What recollections do you have about working with Peter David?

Joe: I remember a scene in issue #27 where Miguel is driving in a Batmobile from the 1960s TV show. That was quite a blast to draw, especially in a Marvel Comic! In the comic, I tried to graphically follow the sequence in the TV show where the Batmobile starts up and rides out of the Batcave to Gotham City. I also worked with Peter on an issue of Aquaman over at DC.

What recollections do you have about working with editor Joey Cavalieri?

Joe: Joey Cavalieri gave me my first gig at Marvel, so I will always owe him one for that. Thanks, Joey!.

Did you work closely with your inker, Jimmy Palmiotti?

Joe: I knew Jimmy from my Valiant days. We both worked there at the same time, though not on the same books. It was a pleasure to work together on something.

Your issues introduced several new villains, Flipside, the Corporate Headhunters, and Travesty. What do you recall about the creation/design of the characters?

Joe: I recall Flipside starting off as a trickster character, kind of impish, like Mr. Mxyzptlk or Bugs Bunny. The character was revised to appear more like a reverse Spider-Man. My favorite villain that I designed and introduced was Vlad the Impaler, a cyborg assassin who looked like a hi-tech vampire. His ribs were sharpened into points, and his rib cage opened up like a bear trap to crush/impale his victims. COME ON! How COOL IS THAT?! Vlad debuted in one of those inventory issues, which became the lead story in 2099 Unlimited #9, I think.


Unused page from Spider-Man 2099 #29 featuring the original design for Flipside Character sheet for the unused Flipside design.


Were there any challenges or difficulty unique to working on Spider-Man 2099 as opposed to other comics you worked on?

Joe: There are days when I feel like I was born to draw Spider-Man. I would say the challenges would not be with Spidey, but with those other characters I am less familiar with.

Why did you leave the book?

Joe: I recall Joey deciding to go with another artist, and I moved over to the Spider-Man offices, where I got to live out a life-long dream, drawing the Peter Parker Spider-Man. Very special thanks go out to Glenn Greenberg and Tom Brevoort for that opportunity.





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