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'When I was first pitching ASTRO CITY, Lou Bank at Dark Horse described it as "Like WATCHMEN...but cheerful!" I don't think cheerful was the right word, but I appreciated the sentiment.' -- Kurt Busiek

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"Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe are different characters. Tim Hunter and Harry Potter are different characters. Derek Shepherd and Doug Ross, yeah, you got it, different characters. If you’ve got a cool new take on some preexisting character, you may be most of the way toward having a whole new character instead. You don’t need to ask permission to refurbish some company-owned character, but only to the point they’ll let you, and give away all rights. Take those cool new ideas further. Make them into your own character. You wind up with control and ownership. No one can tell you what you can and can’t do with it, and you get to reap the benefits." -- Kurt Busiek

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"It was more because we don’t see that sort of thing in stories of the Skrulls or the Kree or the Khunds or whatever that spurred the story, so the inspiration was in the absence of material more than anything else, I think." -- Kurt Busiek

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'I don’t try to use anyone in ASTRO CITY as an analogue. There are people in the audience who see every character we introduce as a stand-in for someone else, but that’s not really how we approach it. I wanted archetypes, character who it’s easy to understand from a distance, because we’d see the heroes in the background a lot. But I didn’t so much want “a Superman character” or a “Batman character,” so much as I wanted “a noble savior type” or “a nighttime vigilante type.” Batman’s the primo example of that kind of character in comics, but there are lots of them, even pulp characters that predate Batman and influenced him, like The Shadow.' -- Kurt Busiek

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"We're dealing with something that many comic book universes haven't ever dealt with before, which is that all the characters they started out with are 20 years older. Exploring the changes in these characters and the changes in the world around them and how they cope with it is a way of exploring larger issues about humanity and how we age and what we think about and how we respond to crisis, from a position of, is this generation becoming irrelevant as the next generation's taking over? What's going on?

"It's a bunch of new questions to wrestle with that a superhero universe rarely gets to wrestle with at all."
-- Kurt Busiek

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"I’m not sure I’d be able to tell a story like his in AVENGERS. Well, maybe I could, but it would (a) take a lot longer, and (b) involve a lot more superhero action and fighting, as I wove the plot in and out of traditional action-focused superhero storytelling. And we’d get lots of mail from readers wondering why I couldn’t just use the Beast instead, as if we could tell a story like this with the Beast. And readers unhappy that someone so goofy was showing up at all, much less for an extended period." -- Kurt Busiek

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"I’ve always said that a superhero universe that doesn’t have talking gorillas in it simply isn’t done yet, so it’s good to get such an essential element established here, after almost twenty years." -- Kurt Busiek

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"I want the mainstream to stop being company-owned and shift to creator-owned stuff with a vision." -- Kurt Busiek

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"Back when we started, there was nothing like Astro City on the stands, but since then there’ve been a lot of books that take an internal, reflective approach, or explore what it’s like to live in this kind of world. I like to think we’ve had some influence on the industry (though certainly it ain’t all us!), but it means we’re telling stories now in a different world, where Astro City isn’t as different as it once was. So we’re eager to see what else we can do, how we can make it all different still, and surprise people again the way we did in the early days." -- Kurt Busiek

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'One of [my earliest sample scripts], “The 24-Hour Truce of Lex Luthor,” was an 8-page script for the “Superman: The In-Between Years” backup feature that ran then in SUPERMAN, detailing his early college days. Like I said, it didn’t sell—Associate Editor E. Nelson Bridwell told me it was “perfectly publishable,” but that they’d ended that particular backup feature, and so there was no place to put it. . . . So that’s how this issue is simultaneously my latest release and one of my first-ever scripts.' -- Kurt Busiek

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"For some reason, I didn't think, 'Wouldn't it be cool to be Spider-Man?' I thought, 'What if you saw Spider-Man? What would it be like to be there?' "That 15-year-old self is still alive in me in doing stories in Astro City." -- Kurt Busiek

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"Today I wrote 8 pages of the strangest ASTRO CITY script yet. How strange? I'm not yet sure what order the pages will go in." -- Kurt Busiek

Pay close to the time captions if you read this. The story's in non-chronological order, but you can piece together how everything connects if you pay attention.

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