This was taken place pretty much at January 9, 1999.
So read on with Young Justice: The Wild Ride's
very first interview, we hope to have more soon! And
thank you to Craig Young of Young
Justice: The Hangout for all the help in this! You're
the coolest man!
On with the interview!
NOTE: Even now, three years after this
interview, this single interview with Todd has been
the highlight of my fanboy life. I was very honored
to be able to talk to the man, and become friends with
him over a duration of time. He is by far one the most
talented writers in the industry. I highly recommend
anything that was written by Todd Dezago... his way
with characters and feelings is unparalleled.
Stephen: Ok, first question, what has been your
favourite work to date?
Todd Dezago: That's tough--all have been such
different experiences...I've really loved working with
Mike Wieringo and Rich Case on our run on Sensational
Spider-man. If we're talking favourite to work on, that
would be it...We had lots of fun!! (Which is why Mike
and I will be publishing our own book, TELLOS, through
Image this summer!!) If you mean the work I'm most proud
of, the that would probably be JLA: World Without Grown-Ups!
Although, IMPULSE # 50 will probably usurp that very
Can you mountain bike?
I have one and do--but not as often as I'd like! I live
in a really rural area and really have no one to bike
Any older books that you have done that you think
Hmmm...That's tough, too! I work as hard as I can to
try to make every book better than the last; but that
doesn't always work. Sometimes I feel that I do it and
sometimes I don't...I'm actually very happy with some
stuff I did that will never see print, but I feel that
they're some of my best work--(the outline and plots
for the intended first year and a half of Young Justice...)
What, or who, has been your greatest influence?
There are so many...! Can I just say "Anyone who's
ever told me a story"...? Writers, Actors, Directors,
Singers, Comedians...I'm so fascinated by stories; the
way they're built, the way they're presented to us,
the way we each perceive them...We're all so different
in what we take away from a story, be it a movie, a
book, or a song...That's kinda dodging though, isn't
it? You want some names...Stephen King, Stephen Spielberg,
Alfred Hitchcock, Denny O'Neil, Martin Scorsese, Groucho
Marx, Alan Moore, Lynda Barry, Bill Cosby, Frank Miller.
Who's your favourite artist, or writer?
I'm friends with so many people whose work I love, so
I'll disqualify them right away, 'cause I know 'em!
So let's make this favourite Artist and Writer that
I'd like to work with, okay? I would love to do a BATMAN
story with Kevin Nowlan! And I think it would be a thrill
to Co-write a story with either Denny O'Neil or Alan
What's your favourite colour?
Who's has been your favourite person to work with?
No question. Mike Wieringo. His Art is so...clean and
clear! He is a master Storyteller and we are ALWAYS
on the same page! The artwork that he does for whatever
we're working on is always far and away beyond what
I was originally envisioning! He makes my job easy.
Who is your favourite character(s) to write?
I really enjoyed my run with SPIDER-MAN, although I'd
have to say that I had much more fun with ROBIN, SUPERBOY,
and IMPULSE! What a great gang! They were a lot more
fun to hang out with! I'm sorry that I didn't get to
take them where we were planning to go!
The 'JLA: World Without Grown-Ups' story has been
one of my personal favourite stories that I have read
so far. Any plans for us to see any of the long-term
effects of the story? Such as Bedlam trying to take
his revenge, or something along those lines?
That's really a question for Joey and Peter at this
point...it's all in their hands. When I left Young Justice,
I regretted leaving those things unresolved; there were
quite a few elements planted in both that and The Secret
that were intended to come back to haunt our heroes.
What was going to happen to Bedlam? To Red Tornado?
How would the Secret (and any other candidates) eventually
be brought into the team? How come the JLA Watchtower
didn't remain on the KidWorld moon? What would chairs
look like if our knees bent the other way?
With you taking over Impulse as of Issue #50, what
are your immediate plans?
To write the book...?
Long term plans?
To keep writing the book...? Sorry for the vagueness...I
can't really answer those without giving away what's
to come! I'm one of those people who thinks that we're
just being given too much information anymore about
what's to come...The solicitations and previews of upcoming
comics has taken the spirit out of storytelling! If
I'm going to put my heart into hours of hard work to
craft what I hope will be, for you, a fun and surprising
story, the last thing I want is for someone in Marketing
to come along and spill the whole thing in two brief
paragraphs! Why do we need to read the comic if we already
know the whole story?! I don't mean to sound like Grampa
Simpson here, but when I was a kid, the only way you
knew what was coming next month was in the "Next
Issue:" box on the last page! Next Issue: The RHINO!!
I think the solicits spoil the fun...And personally,
I myself LOVE to be surprised!! ...am I in the minority
here...? Lemme know...(sorry to get off on that rant,
Recent news has it that Impulse will lose touch
with the speed force, and that he'll have a new power.
Any chance of you spilling the beans, so to speak, or
at least a hint of what it'll be?
See above. (...although, I think that's more of a rumour,
'cause I haven't heard anything about it...)
Do you have any new major villains in mind to tangle
Yes, both new and old! (As well as some borrowed Villains
from some other DC books!)
Will Bart get a girlfriend? Such as say... Carol?
But don'tcha wanna be surprised...?!
Who would you say Impulse's best friend in the
hero category would be?
I had originally planned to have some real bonding going
on in Young Justice--putting the Boys into situations
that would bring them closer together emotionally, stories
that would let them see the world through each other's
eyes (and, yes, at the speed he's always going, this
would be tough for Bart...but he'd get a glimpse...).
I wanted to show them growing together and learning
to trust one another, so that they would have close,
yet different, relationships with one another. That
said, I think that he has a great friendship (that I
hope to explore around issue 56 or 7...) with Arrowette!!
I've read that in issue #50 Batman show up. Is
If it is, how is Batman gonna keep from... smacking
some sense into Impulse? Not even the dark knight is
Maybe he doesn't...: )
Will any of the many other Speedsters of the DCU
show up in upcoming Impulse issues?
Well, sure! Max will of course be around...and I want
to talk to Mark about a crossover between just Bart
and Wally, do some work with their relationship...
Any of the Young Justice cast?
Hey, ya never know... : ) I'd imagine they'd come around
at some point, huh?
What was your favourite movie in 1998?
A Tie between Saving Private Ryan and There's Something
About Mary!! I also liked What Dreams May Come, Wild
Things, Blade, Out Of Sight...(I'm sure I'm forgetting
some of the other good ones...)
I loved your Impulse in "JLA: WW/O GU",
and in "YJ: The Secret", you've gotten Impulse
nailed to a T, but do you have any plans on making Impulse
more mature, or think a little before he acts?
Then he wouldn't be Impulse, would he...? No, if anything
I wanna take some time and play with those aspects of
Bart in my own way, see how he'll react to some of the
things I can come up with...
Any crossovers planned for 1999 year? I know an
Impulse/Spider-Man crossover would be top on my list.
None planned yet. I would be really excited to do some
though!! How about Bone/Impulse? Leave It to Chance/Impulse?
Hellboy/Impulse? Marv from Sin City/Impulse?! : ) (sorry,
just some of my favourite non-DC books...!)
Any other books of yours that we should be aware
of for the next little while, for us, the fans, to get
our 'Todd Dezago Fixes'?
Mike Wieringo and I will be launching our own book through
Image in May! It's called TELLOS and is a high-adventure,
fantasy that will hopefully be full of fun, thrills
and surprises every issue! If you don't usually pick
up Image books, we're hopin' you'll check this out,
because we're havin' a lot of fun doing it!!! : ) (kinda
turned into a plug--sorry...)
If you were hired to pen an upcoming 'The Secret'
series, what would be your plans?
I don't want to tell you the whole story, but it would
be about her looking for her past...and finding a lot
of stuff she didn't want to...! Truth to tell, it's
already written...I had it in mind when Todd Nauck and
I created her...
Any artists that you would specifically want to
Oh, definitely Todd! He designed her and would be the
only choice! She's our "little girl"--We had
fun on that story and I can only picture it with his
Crossover plans with other DCU characters? Non-DCU
Oh, I've got a list a mile long--and Ethan's is even
longer!!! We talk about team-ups constatly, but I want
to make sure that we get Impulse and his own supporting
cast right first! (top of our list though is Plastic
Ok Todd, last, very last question, if you had complete
and total control over the DCU for one month, what would
Prob'ly something stupid and irresponsible...like let
it stay up late eating frozen pizza and watching bad
movies on the USA Network...! Seriously, though, probably
something light and fun! Maybe something that centered
around Impulse, grew out of our book--or Mxyzptlk!!!
Dinosaurs for everybody!!! ...and Monkeys!!! Really,
I dunno... Maybe someday