CBR TV: Greg Weisman Talks Comics Background, Leaving His Mark on "Watchmen"

From Disney's critically-acclaimed "Gargoyles" to DC Entertainment's beloved but short-lived "Young Justice," creator Greg Weisman certainly left one heck of a mark in the animation industry. Even along with co-creating those two series, he's written for series such as "Jem," "Kim Possible," "Ben 10" and more. However, despite his work in animation, Weisman actually began his career in comics -- a little known fact that people often reverse.

The creator spoke with CBR TV's Albert Ching from the world famous CBR Tiki Room at WonderCon 2015 in Anaheim, CA to discuss his early days in comics and leaving a literal mark in "Watchmen."

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"I started working in comics as a sophomore in college way back in the dark ages of 1983. When I graduated college I went to work [for DC Comics] as an editorial assistant, which is a very fancy title for Xerox boy," Weisman said. While at DC Comics, as Weisman put it, "before the internet," it was his job to handle the shipping of assets between the company and creators and the printers. But it wasn't long before Weisman moved from assistant to writer.

"The great Cary Bates and I began writing a book called 'Captain Atom' together. I wrote 'Captain Atom' for three or four years. Even after I left DC as an editor and moved back to Los Angeles -- I was going to graduate school at USC and then I got the job at Disney TV Animation. And I was still doing 'Captain Atom' for some overlap there for a couple years."

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Of course, the period that Weisman worked in the industry was a very influential time for comic books, with seminal works such as "The Dark Knight Returns," "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and "Watchmen" making their debut. In fact, Weisman himself left a bit of a mark on "Watchmen."

"If people knew about this, it would literally be my biggest claim to fame," he admitted. "If you buy the original 'Watchmen' books, they have these text features at the end of every issue. One of them was Rorschach's criminal file. In there, they have Rorschach's thumbprints. Those are my thumbprints. Rorschach's thumbprints are my thumbprints!"

As Weisman himself said, "That's pretty cool."

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