Mark Millar and Matteo Scalera's Space Bandits debuts July 3, and for it Millar has recruited his all-time favorite artists from his high school days to contribute variants, dubbed "Legends" variants, for each issue. As a bonus, these "Legends" variants will be sold for what they would've cost when Millar was in high school: 75 cents.
Millar spoke with Newsarama about the artists involved in these Space Bandits, and took us back to his secondary school years and revealed his inner fandom.
"The first time I saw Howard Chaykin was Superman #400 when I was fourteen," Millar told Newsarama. "It’s my all-time favorite comic and his cover was one of the best things in the greatest comic-book package of all time. The fact I now have him covering a book of mine is therefore a dream come true. And he’s a great laugh. I love Howard."
José Luis García-López
"Jose is my all-time favorite comic-book artist. I first saw his work when I was around seven and I think I own everything he’s ever done," the writer said. " I recently almost bought the original for my favorite piece of his, this amazing double-page spread of the Justice League, but ended up just missing out."
"He’s the greatest Superman artist in history and his DC style guide is so great and beloved by pros everywhere. He’s just peerless," Millar continued. "He was under contract at DC but Dan DiDio, who’s a very fine fellow, saw how passionate I was about having him in this line-up and helped arranged this for me. I couldn’t be happier."
"Walt’s Manhunter (with Archie Goodwin) was repackaged when I was in my early teens and a pal gave them to me simply saying 'Walt Simonson is a genius'. He was right," Millar said.
"I discovered Daredevil just after Frank stopped penciling and Klaus was drawing the book solo, inking and coloring himself. Shortly after he inked my favorite graphic novel of all time, The Dark Knight Returns, but I love seeing him pencil even though he does it so infrequently, especially when he colors himself," said Millar. "He did an amazing Superman/ Captain Comet issue years back with Cary Bates and it’s one of the most beautifully drawn DC Comics of the 80s. I could never do my all-star, all-time greats without him on it."
"If you’ve read the back-pages of the Kingsman trade or watched the DVD extras you’ll know how long I’ve wanted to work with Dave," said the writer. "I wrote to him when I was seventeen asking if we could work together and it finally happened when I was 41. The guy is just my hero. Both in terms of how he draws a page and his attitude to the business. You could sail to the end of the Earth and still never find anyone with a bad word to say about Dave G. He’s the Boss. Having him round out the Legends variants is just perfect. Are we really just charging 75 cents for these??"