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Interview with Adam Bray about Ultimate Marvel

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Adam Bray to talk about his latest project for DK Books, Ultimate Marvel.

Adam Bray at Motor City Comic Con in 2016

Adam Bray at Motor City Comic Con in 2016

Welcome Adam to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions about the recently released, Ultimate Marvel!

What interested you most about working on this project in comparison to working on other DK Projects?

It’s always fun to work on something new and different. This is my second Marvel book. It takes an exhaustive look at the entire library of Marvel comics and characters, so it was a chance to explore all of canon and learn a lot. It’s also nice to work on these big books because it means I’m guaranteed to have work for a good chunk of the year without having to hunt for new projects!

I was very surprised that this reference book was only references the comics and not the MCU Movies and TV shows. Was this always intended or did this come up during the process?

It was always planned to only cover comics in this book. I don’t think DK has published any books about the movies or TV shows yet, but hopefully they will some day. However, I did make sure we added characters from the Agents of Shield series to this book, since they have appeared in recent comics, and I am a big fan of the TV show!


Key Moment spread from Ultimate Marvel image via DK Books

Key Moment spread from Ultimate Marvel image via DK Books

What areas of this book did you work on?

With such a big book, I think all 4 of us contributing authors worked on a wide selection of characters, locations, weapons, technology and other items. I wrote sections about the Avengers and core characters like Ant-Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, all things Spider-Man (apart from his main character entry, which was written in-house at DK as the original sample spread) and Daredevil. And of course I’m a fan of the Netflix series and the Avengers movies, so it is fun and interesting to compare how the comics differ from the MCU. In total, I think I wrote around 42 spreads, which is 84 pages, if I remember correctly. There was so much material to write that I spent several months writing 7 days a week from the time I got up till the time I went to bed! And then another couple of months working on daily batches of image captions, diagrams and text revisions or additions.

What is your favorite entry within this book and why?

That’s hard to say because there are so many—and partly because I can’t remember everything I wrote! Captain America and Spider-Man are among my favorite characters so I really enjoyed working on all the spreads related to them. But I also like working on characters that I’m not familiar with so I can learn something new.


Example from Weapons And Technology section image from DK Books

Example from Weapons And Technology section image from DK Books

What approach did you take when researching this book? Did you need to reference original comics for this? If so which ones did you need to refer to the most?

Writing a book like this is really more like running a marathon. It’s all about staying on schedule and completing a substantial amount of work every day. Each day I had to write an average of 1500-2000 words, and all of it had to be researched that same day. I consulted a wide variety of things—particularly DK’s own Marvel reference books, as well as online Marvel Wikis and fan sites for cross-checking and tracking down sources. I used Marvel Unlimited’s online comics library and occasionally retail sites to check dates and issue numbers. Throughout the book we have Key Moments spreads that cover important stories in the timeline. This required me to sit down and read whole mini-series for particular Captain America and Spider-Man story arcs.

What is your favorite character or section to work on and why?

I like Spider-Man because he’s definitely Marvel’s most relatable, every-day human character, despite his amazing powers. Also Captain America is a good old-fashioned patriotic hero; an archetype that’s maybe even fallen out of fashion in our contemporary pop-culture.

Did you learn anything new by working on this project?

I learned so much! The thing about Marvel is we are approaching a century of comic book history. It’s impossible for any fan to know everything—maybe even impossible to know everything about some of the long-running characters themselves. So much of the material is actually new information to me too! And that’s one of the most rewarding thing about writing—is the ability to learn along the way—and something I strive to do no matter what the subject matter is.

Is there anything else you would like to share about Ultimate Marvel?

What sets this book apart is that it covers everything in chronological order, as the characters, locations, weapons and technology were introduced in publishing. And the book is full of timelines. So it gives fans a very good picture of how everything fits together and when events occurred.

Where can fans find you?

The best place to find me is on Twitter and Facebook: @AuthorAdamBray. I also have a website at www.AdamBray.com, though it’s a bit out-of-date at the moment.

Thanks again Adam for a wonderful interview! 

Ultimate Marvel is the definitive in-world guide to the Marvel Comics Universe featuring, in chronological order, every significant Marvel Comic character, location, vehicle, and weapon in the company’s history. This reference book is available through the following online retail sites: DK Books UK, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, BN.com, Books A Million, Indie Bound, Indigo, McNally Robinson, Waterstones.

Adam Bray on Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Adam Bray to talk about his latest project for DK Books, Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.

Adam Bray at Motor City Comic Con

Adam Bray at Motor City Comic Con

Welcome Adam to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions about this recent project.

What was you first introduction to the Marvel Universe?

My earliest memories of Marvel are from watching the Incredible Hulk TV show with Lou Ferrigno, and the Spider-Man cartoons in the 1980’s. I loved the cartoons, but it always seemed like the same two episodes were playing every time I turned it on!

Who is your favorite Marvel character and why?

Spider-Man! I think it’s probably because of the life-long connection I have with the character since my early childhood, and of all the Marvel characters he’s arguably had the most spotlight, so he is the most familiar. Peter Parker as a characters is so relatable. He deals with real-world problems in addition to his more fanciful superhero challenges.

What is the story of how you were approached to work on Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know?

This is my first Marvel book. I’d been wanting to branch out to Marvel for a long time, so I was thrilled when DK asked me to join the team of authors. I’d already co-authored a Star Wars book with the same format, so DK was happy to have someone on the team who already had experience as we figured out what works best for the “Absolutely Everything You Need to Know” books.

What areas of this book did you work on?

I really worked on a dream line-up! My parts included Spider-Man, Doc Oc and Norman Osborn, Captain America, Red Skull, Daredevil, the Avengers, the Civil War, Hank Pym, The Wasp and Ultron, among others…

What kind of research did you have to do for this?

Lots! Months of it! I was surrounded by DK reference books, Marvel comics and the internet, reading all day long about each of the characters, teams, objects and events that I wrote about. One of the things I enjoy about writing any book is the opportunity to learn. And I learned SO MUCH while researching and writing this book!

What is your favorite character or section to work on and why?

All things Spider-man, for the reasons mentioned previously. Captain America was probably a close second. His sort of pseudo-historical background tie-ins (as it relates to world war history) is fascinating, and it’s nice to have an old-fashioned patriotic American good-guy. Those are becoming less common in entertainment media these days—so oddly, it’s actually very refreshing! Ultron was also really fascinating as I learned more and more about him. He’s a complicated character!

Who inspires and encourages you to continue to work as a writer?

Ultimately it’s my own internal drive to keep working with this great material, be creative and make my own contributions, and develop my career as a writer. But I look to the other authors and artists making Marvel comics, as well as the teams making great Marvel movies. Their creativity, art and achievements inspire me to keep going, and give me lots of great material to work with. The same is of course true for Star Wars too!

Is there anything else you would like to share about Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know?

It’s a very fun book, and it will appeal to any fan, regardless of their age, and whether they are new to Marvel, a casual fan or a life-long expert. Marvel content is so vast that nobody can know everything, so there’s lots for anyone to learn within the pages of our book! It’s full of countless fun facts, trivia, and all the essentials to get a well-rounded foundation regarding Marvel’s characters, teams, artifacts and events.

Where can fans find you?

I’ll be signing Marvel: AEYNTK at Wizard World Chicago, August 18-21, Capital City Comic-Con in East Lansing, MI on August 27, and of course in one of the cities as part of the Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Book Tour, http://www.dk.com/us/explore/events/marvel-absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-book-tour/
and of course people can find me on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/authoradambray

Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need To Know is packed with fun facts, bizarre-but-true tales, and quirky insights into everyone’s favorite Marvel comic characters, including The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.

Discover why the Hulk comes in three different varieties—green, gray, and red—and how a frog once gained Thor’s powers! This unique guide sheds light on the most fascinating corner of the Marvel Comics Universe, from secrets of the Super Heroes to the making of Marvel’s finest and strangest comic moments.

From behind-the-scenes revelations to strange and interesting facts, Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know will surprise and delight new and die-hard Marvel fans.

Available now via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Indiebound, Walmart and other retailers.

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