The Interview Series: Stan Goldberg
As promised, I'll be porting over all the interviews from the now defunct Adelaide Comics and Books web-site, and I thought there's no better place to start than with this lovely chat with Stan Goldberg.
To quote Stan's own web-site: "Stan Goldberg's 65 year career in comics began in 1949 when he joined Timely Comics at the age of 16 as a staff colorist. In a few short years Stan was promoted to color department manager, where he colored interiors and almost every Marvel cover throughout the 1950s and early 1960s.
"Known to comic book fans as “Stan G”, he was also the color designer for all the classic Marvel super heroes and villains of the 1960’s, including Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and The Hulk. Stan soon became more than a colorist. A gifted artist, he also became the “”go to guy for illustrating Marvels very successful romance comics such as Patsy Walker, My Girl Patsy, and Millie the Model.
"Stan worked very closely with Stan Lee in co-plotting Millie adventure stories and quite often writing entire plots. In 1968, Stan left Marvel to peruse new opportunities and for the next three years he drew the teen titles Debbie, Scooter, and Binky for DC Comics. It was also in the late 1960's that Stan began his more-than-40-year career with Archie Comics.
"Over the course of his 40-plus years at Archie, Stan drew every title Archie published, and became a master storyteller through his beautifully illustrated pages. Never one to rest on his laurels, Stan always felt that his work could and should improve and prided himself on staying current and always learning from the artists he admired and befriended during his career. Stan was never afraid to let the editors know when a story was not quite up to standards and prided himself in keeping the reader in mind at all times."
And, let's not forget, Stan co-drew, with John Buscema, what remains the most unusual, and frankly improbable, comic book ever produced, Archie Meets The Punisher. The sheer mention of that book made him chuckle.
With the interview finished I packaged up a copy of Bonzer by Annette Shiel and Mick Stone and sent it off to Stan, hoping that he'd enjoy seeing the Australian side of the comic book world. About a week after this interview originally appeared I got a lovely letter from Stan in the mail, along with two signed comic books and a pile of photocopied pencil art.
As an aside, Stan was more than just a great artist, he was an amazing friend to Mike Esposito. When Mike was dumped from Marvel Comics in the early 1990s, Stan arranged for him to get work at Archie. During those times when Mike's depression got so bad that he couldn't work, Stan would finish the jobs and submit them under Mike's name, ensuring that Mike got paid.
If that's not going above and beyond the call of duty then I don't know what is. Mike truly loved Stan, Stan was there for him in his times of need, and Mike needed that.
I know Stan said he could talk a lot, but then I could have sat and listened to him for hours.