Fred van Lente talks about the origin of Peter Cannon

clerk Fred van Lente (Dies! namite, archer and armstrong) and the artist Jonathan Lau (Vampirella hits) getting ready with dynamite To bring back the Lightning of the Awakened ship this fall with Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt: Destroyer of Death. This new installment of the character will focus on his origin and how he becomes the living Thunderbolt.

The character was created by the writer, artist, and NYC police officer Peter Morrissey It was originally posted by Charlton Comics in 1966. A thoughtful supernatural comedian with some of the first respectable invocations of oriental mysticism to appear in American pop culture, Dynamite began publishing the character a decade earlier with a series he co-written. Steve Darnall And the Alex Ross Drawn by Lau.

Van Lente spoke with Beat about taking on the legendary character and revamping his original story.

Diana Destito: How did you deal with retelling the origin of Peter Cannon?

Fred van Lente: I wanted to get Peter out of that milky environment of the 20th century characterized by the abilities of men who go to a monastery that are many of the back stories of other heroes, going back to the time of the amazing man (“Prince of the Orphans” you fan of an immortal iron fist). Thanks to the MCU, I think Dr. Strange has pretty much trapped this asset. My wife was working on a musical about cults (yes, really) and so I was doing a lot of reading with her and it occurred to me that I could take Peter in a different direction if his powers and background came from a more local source. Making sensation (or sifu, if you prefer) in an evil cult leader seemed an interesting direction to take Peter.

Peter Cannon

Destito: Do ​​you treat mythical characters differently or in the same way when you write them as original creations?

Fred van Lente: Somewhat. Legendary characters are a little easier to do because they’re more famous – even to me – so the way to get to their core is a little clearer. With completely new characters to create by yourself, you still think about all these things and if you are lucky, you will get it right the first time.

DISTITO: How was it working with Jonathan Lau on this series?

Fred van Lente: It is so wonderful. Working on the kung fu sequences is amazing – it’s a kung fu book so kind of gotta be – and some of the best I’ve seen him do.

Destito: Why is this edition a good place for both old and new readers to get into character?

Fred van Lente: It is an adaptation of the first issue of the original Charlton series, recast in a modern setting with a heavy element of mysticism and romance. Can’t you love him?

Disteto: What surprises can you tease about the book?

Fred van Lente: The title, “Destroyer of Death,” refers to a specific forbidden movement that Hooded taught at the compound where Peter was raised. No one has mastered it but Peter’s archenemy, the masked one, and when you see what it is – well, that’s probably not what you think, that’s all I’m saying.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1 is available for pre-order this month and is due out in November. Check out a peek at some of the inside pages below!

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