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'William Shatner's TekWorld' was a very enjoyable comic to work on.
It's very rare that you get to design a future world from scratch whilst being
overseen by a childhood hero and icon.
'RoboCop' had been cancelled
(because circulation had dropped to something like 40,000 per month - read it
and weep, O Ye Mighty!) but Evan Skolnick, a colleague of mine from the earlier
days of that comic had become assistant editor of the proposed Marvel/Epic
Comics 'TekWorld' title and put my name forward to editor (and X-Men writer)
I wasn't the first choice - I sometimes think of myself
as the 'Roger Moore of comics' (though obviously not as tall, handsome and rich)
as I have often stepped into someone else's shoes . . . the artist already
assigned decided to go for something else, I believe, and Fabian asked me to
submit samples. I did so and slightly revamped versions of these became covers 1
& 2; I also finally got to ink my own work - which had been a source of
frustration with most of my run on 'RoboCop'. I like to ink my own work as I
tend to pencil very loosely and this can be a problem for other
The samples had to be approved by the owner of the copyright, Big
Bill Shatner of Captain Kirk/Star Trek fame, and I clearly remember the
delicious feeling of unreality, knowing that one of my screen heroes was
scrutinising my work (I was always a Kirk fan).
The first episodes of
the comic book were adapted by Ron Goulart from the first novel featuring the -
as I drew him - rather 'Shatneresque' Jake Cardigan, 'Tek War', and were
subsequently published as a graphic novel.
A set of four TV movies was
mooted and I received telephone calls from Bill to encourage me to bring the
setting of the comic closer in time to the present day to tie in with the show's
format. He also invited me out to Canada to see the filming of the pilot episode
which he was directing. Which of course I did!
Shatner was a friendly,
slightly reserved and thoughtful character; not at all overbearing or
'difficult' - an opinion that everyone Evan and I met on the production seemed to
Two snapshot moments - walking to a restaurant with some
production crew members and Bill and watching the double-takes of passers-by;
sitting in the back of a vaguely shuttlecraft-shaped people-carrier, turning to
the guy I was chatting with on my right and the shock of being reminded by his
profile that he was . . . Captain Kirk!
'Cardz' commissioned me to
produce a series of 100 trading cards forming an original story by Goulart which
I produced in line and full colour.
Mariano Nicieza (Fabian's brother and
the man who initially approached Shatner about the property) took over as
editor; Evan took over the scripting and I revamped both the characters and my
style to reflect the TV movies and upcoming TV series format.
this point (after two years and before the series aired) the book was dropped by
Marvel because 'licensed product' was out of favour with the management of the
time and also due to reduced sales figures - see above!
ending to a project, but nevertheless a job I'm still very pleased to have been
a part of and stories of which I'm still occasionally able to dine out
have much of the comic and trading card artwork from my run on 'TekWorld'
- contact me for details: LeeSullivanArt@aol.com
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