Mark’s Remarks – West Coast Avengers #18 (March 1987)

Last time I promised to coax my new assistant editor, Gregory Wright, into saying a few words about himself so you can get to know him at least as well as you knew the mysterious Howard Mackie, my ex-assistant. So here, in Greg’s own words, is his account of himself:

Arf! Woof! Yap! No, Mark has not hired a dog to assist him – it’s only me, Gregory Wright. Okay, so I bark sometimes – it’s not really my fault. It has something to do with a full moon. Anyway, if Mark wants me to dash off a short bio telling you who I am and what I’m doing here, he’s got it. 

Before residing in New York, I lived in a small town in western Pennsylvania named New Castle. While there, I kept myself busy doing such things as being a lighting designer for local rock bands that tended to break up as soon as they got a gig, lugging 200 pound slabs of frozen meat around in a 20 degree below zero freezer, annoying my parents, writing, directing, shooting, editing, and distributing video tapes aimed at teaching employees of a department store chain how to do their jobs (naturally someone else took credit for my work), and being a distributor/salesman of portioned food (you know, that slop you get in school cafeterias or hospitals). All this being more fun that I deserved, I came to college in New York to learn to be a film-maker.

After putting my parents into debt learning to make films. I went into comics. Whoa! Rewind. That explains nothing. I have not given up filmmaking – in fact, I am still editing two films and attempting four separate screenplays. So what am I doing here? Well, I do need to pay rent, and since I always liked comic books (comic being a visual medium like film), I thought it might be fun to work here for a short time. Well, I was hired by Marvel’s Epic department, and found myself really getting into the process of putting a book together and found it to be much more interesting that I would have thought. And after working with the folks at Epic for six months, the assistant editor’s slot came open in Mark’s office, and I was fortunate enough to get picked. So until you see my name on the big screen, you’ll be able to see it at the bottom of the letters pages of some of your favorite Marvel Comics. Rowf!

Thank you, Greg, and a Rowf to you, too. Now quit your barking and get back to work!

–Mark Gruenwald­­