Dan Slott · @DanSlott

7th Jun 2014 from TwitLonger

The first half of my career in comics was spent writing licensed comics while trying my darnedest to break into the super hero-side of things.

That said, I've still got a wish list of (non super hero) licensed characters I'd love to write comics for:

1. Indiana Jones.
2. Doctor Who.
3. Star Trek.
4. Star Wars.
5. Steed & Mrs. Peel (The Avengers).
6. Red Dwarf (if anyone could get the license).
7. Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets).
8. Quantum Leap.
9. Rocky & Bullwinkle.
10. Quick Draw McGraw.

I know that last one seems REALLY random, but watching a Quick Draw McGraw cartoon is one of my earliest memories as a kid. Not just of TV or cartoons. It's one of my earliest memories period. I did so much work for DC/WB/HB, it feels weird that I never pitched a Quick Draw short story. It's one of those weird regrets you get in life. I can't explain it, but there you go.

Here's just some of the licensed stuff I've worked on:
Mighty Mouse, Ren & Stimpy, Disney's Aladdin, Looney Tunes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Masked Rider, Earthworm Jim, Sonic The Hedgehog, NiGHTS, Tomb Raider, Scooby Doo, Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain, Cow & Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls... (And even in THOSE assignments, I'd do my best to throw in tertiary characters into the stories-- like Deputy Dawg in Mighty Mouse, or Dynomutt, Speed Buggy, and Funky Phantom over in Scooby Doo.)

Licensed comics are fun-- and I'm proud of the work I got to do-- and all of the talented artists I got to work with. And I am so happy to be where I WANT to be, writing Spidey and the Silver Surfer and playing around in the Marvel Universe. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that every now and then I get that licensed-comic-itch.

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