Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger has made a splash. It’s the Little Kickstarter That Could and it’s an all-ages book about a young girl superhero. He’s been getting a ton of praise on both countsIgle, 40, is a born-and-raised Brooklynite. He grew up in Flatbush and lives in Park Slope, with his wife and daughter. He’s been in the business for more than 20 years, doing heavy work for both DC and Marvel.
But Molly Danger, about the world’s most powerful 10-year-old girl, has been a long-time pet project. He finally funded it last year, as many creators do these days, through Kickstarter and Book One is now out.
It is, he said, the work of which he is most proud, and that’s saying something given he’s worked on tons of Big Two titles, such as Action Comics, 52, Iron Man, Iron Fist/ Wolverine, New Warriors, Nightwing, Spider-Man, Supergirl, Superman and Zatanna.
“It’s my first foray as a writer as well as artist and it’s just a fun story,” he said simply. You can find out more about Igle and Molly Danger here.
Here, he withstands our Mighty Q&A:
How did you get into the business?
I did a six-month internship at DC Comics during my senior year at the High School of Art and Design (in Manhattan). A few years later, I attended a few conventions at the Jacob Javits Center and started getting work from several companies, including DC.
What are you reading these days?
There’s a lot. I’m loving what Brian Bendis is doing on All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men. I’m also really enjoying Superior Spider-man and Captain America. As far as the rest of my pull list it varies: Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples, East of West, Invincible. Batman by Snyder and Capullo is always a good read. Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, Fables, Hawkeye, The Flash are all good.
What’s the first comic you bought? Do you still have it?
The first comic I think I ever bought with my own money was the last issue of Legends, a DC Comics miniseries drawn by John Byrne back in the 1980s. I replaced it a few years ago along with the rest of the issues. It’s a fun series and beautifully drawn.
What creator influenced you the most? Why?
That’s a hard question, but I think my biggest influence is probably the late Dave Stevens, creator of the Rocketeer series. His work was beyond gorgeous. His eye for detail, the lushness of his figures, just beautiful work.
Tell us about your craft, how you approach your work, what your routine is.
I’m fairly diligent and self-motivated since I usually have multiple projects going on at the same time. I wake up around 9 a.m. because I tend to work late, work until about 7p.m., when my daughter and wife come home, then work again from 10 p.m. to 2-3 a.m. I tend to be very structured in my work. I know what I have to do each day. I try to draw a page to two pages of art a day.
If you had to pick five comics (not by you) to rescue from a fire or a flood, what would they be?
“Batman: The Killing Joke,” by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. “I Kill Giants,” by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura. “Blacksad” by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guardino. “Nexus” by Mike Baron and Steve Rude. “The Rocketeer,” by Dave Stevens.
A version of this story first ran at Parallel Worlds.