Whenever Denys Cowan is mentioned within comic book circles, most people immediately start talking about Milestone Media, the groundbreaking company that Cowan and his childhood friend Derek Dingle would co-found along with Michael Davis and the legendary Dwayne McDuffie.
But Cowan was contributing to comics long before his Milestone days. He began his career at the tender age of 14 as an intern at Marvel Comics for the late great artist Rich Buckler. (Ths was when you could apprentice under someone, learn the ropes and eventually get work.) Cowan has drawn classic characters for books like Black Panther, Powerman and Iron Fist, and his first big DC Comics project with Denny O’Neal when they collaborated on the first run of The Question in 1987.
Over 30 years later, Cowan’s career has come full circle. In 2018, he collaborated with Bill Sienkiewitcz and Chris Sotomayor on a collecter’s edition poster for the Black Panther movie. Then he worked with the team again when Jeff Lemire asked them to return to The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage (2019).
A portion of this interview is up now at SYFYWire, but our conversation was so much fun, I thought I would share it almost in its entirety here. In this longer discussion, he answers many of the questions you asked on social media, he talks about what it’s like coming back to Vic after all this time and he answers that one burning Milestone questions that we ALL have!. Now, I will caveat this and say that conversation happened well before the planet shut down from the COVID 19 pandemic, but I still think most of it holds true.
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