The Larry Hama: Early Years Interview by Alex Grand

Comic Book Historians

Jul 1 2022 • 55 mins

CBH's Alex Grand interviews comic book writer, penciler and entertainment property creator, Larry Hama discussing his early years including his childhood comics, his time at Manhattan's High School of Art and Design, learning how to draw from Bernard Krigstein, working with Larry Ivie and Bhob Stewart on Castle of Frankenstein, working with Ralph Reese as Wally Wood's assistance for the Overseas Weekly, illustrating for Esquire and Rolling Stone, underground comics like Drool #1 and Gothic Blimp works, training under Neal Adams at Continuity Associates, penciling Iron First, working at Atlas/Seaboard, Big Apple Comix with Flo Steinberg, getting hired by Jenette Kahn at DC Comics, joining Marvel in 1978, creating Bucky O'Hare with Michael Golden, bringing Underground cartoonists into Marvel's Crazy magazine, creating the characters for GI Joe: A Real American Hero, creating Spider-Ham, editing Savage Tales,  Reading Kurtzman's Two-Fisted Tales and editing The 'NAM, overseeing antiheroes like Nth Man and Wolverine, and his advice on creating properties for the entertainment industry.

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