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As one of the most popular comic book writers today, it's no surprise that a lot of fans turned out to see Jeph's Loeb at his WonderCon panel. CBR News was on hand and we've got a full report.
Loeb said that for once he seemed to be at a loss for words. "I've never done a spotlight panel and I've certainly never done a spotlight panel were there wasn't somebody over there going this is Jeph Loeb and this is what he does." He added, "I don't know what to do, I'm happy to talk and I'll talk endlessly." After humbly thanking the audience for attending his panel Loeb opened up the floor for questions.
The first fan wanted to know why he decided to go exclusive with Marvel. "Don't you have enough security in your life?" said the reader. Loeb explained that its not the security as much as that the landscape in comics these days demands exclusivity. He said he told a lot of great stories at DC and "Superman/Batman" #26 was the last story he wanted to write there for awhile, similar to starting over and leaving the TV show "Smallville." The loss of his son was the major factor in that decision, taking into consideration that "Superman/Batman" 26 was written with his son.
"What a lot of people don't remember is that I've been doing this back and forth thing for longer than anyone wants to admit." said Loeb.
It felt right for him to go on to something new. The fun of writing "Wolverine," "The Ultimates" and the upcoming "Fallen Son" have really invigorated Loeb. Marvel's Joe Quesada and Dan Buckley have allowed him freedom he felt he has not had with past publishers. "I kind of go my own way."
The next fan thanked Loeb for his current "Wolverine" run. Loeb spoke about "Wolverine" artist Simone Bianchi and how amazing he is to work with. He joked about the Italian's way of speaking and his enthusiasm to work together and really connect. "It's impossible to not enjoy working with him!" He said the artist's speed and level of immediate professionalism have also vastly impressed Loeb.
One of the things Loeb likes about Marvel is how EIC Joe Quesda understands the creative aspects of putting out a book, the coloring and the lettering and how that shapes the final product.
A fan asked about Loeb's desire to work on any particular Marvel character and reclaim him as his own. He said he is doing what he wants at Marvel. He is touching on almost every character in the Marvel universe in the upcoming "Fallen Son." "The short answer is I'm kinda working on everyone I like," he said.
Loeb mentioned the upcoming Hulk tentatively titled "The Strongest There Is" with Ed McGuiness and how it would make World War Hulk seem like "A picnic with your Grandmother." One concept McGuiness shared with Loeb was a scene where Hulk is fighting with somebody and then he looks over and sees the Watcher. Hulk asks the Watcher what he is doing. The Watcher responds that he is the Watcher and he is watching him. The Hulk then punches him out and says, "I don't want anybody watching me!" The crowd roared with laughter.