Here we go with the final week of the 2007 24 Hour Comic I did that I first appeared in MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #0…
This is the first time I ever even hinted at the idea that Fleming has some kind of sexual past. I guess I don’t think about it much. He seems like with his adventuring lifestyle he should have a James Kirk ‘devil-may-care attitude’ when it comes to the ladies, but he really doesn’t. I guess in my mind he’s always been a shy, weird-o loser, possibly only attracting shy, weird-o losers. Brian Bastain would a few months later set the groundwork to upgrade Fleming into becoming the obsessive, stalker weird-o type instead (in the crossover special that starts posting here in a couple weeks). I think that fits him like a glove.
Also: Today’s Daily Goal Sketch is of “Venom”. I liked Venom for about eight seconds back in 1990 or so when I was young and stupid, but he got real old, real fast. By the time I was working in a comic store called SHINDERS (go to minute 6:56 for more on that) Venom was HUGE, and I couldn’t have hated a character more. Anti-heroes were comics bread and butter then, and Venom was the king of shit mountain. This was back when SpiderMan was a clone, and Carnage was Maximum (more on him tomorrow). Marvel was pandering its brains out to brain-dead speculators, and the classless, inelegant style of product coming out then was sickening. It was a dark time then…unlike now…when the nights are darkest. Anyway, I think SAM RAIMI felt the same way when forced to put Venom in the already flimsy and god-awful SPIDER-MAN 3–as best seen when he had Eddie Brock go “POOF!” The. End.
Oh well…he was still fun to draw.