From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Sergio Aragonés and his team have been making hilarious Groo comic books since the early ’80s. This video gives some of Sergio’s history breaking into comics, the creation and evolution of Groo and the type of humor it uses.
Released: 1991 Created by: Stan Lee Directed by: Rick Stawinski Music by: Rick Stawinski, Rob Stawinski Cast: Stan Lee (host), Sergio Aragonés
Excelsior Productions, Stabur Home Video, 51 Minutes
This is one of The Comic Book Greats videos that I didn’t own. When I was twelve, I didn’t know much about Sergio Aragonés. However, as I got older and learned who he was, I found out that I had enjoyed his work from Mad Magazine and his long running Marvel comic book series, Groo the Wanderer.
So this was the first time that I checked out this episode. I’m glad I did, though, as Aragonés was very personable and you could see that he and Stan lee were very fond of each other.
Aragonés is more of a cartoonist than the typical comic book artist of the time. He talks about his style and how life led him down the path that saw him eventually work for Mad and Marvel.
He also talked about growing up and moving from Spain to France to Mexico and then the United States. Stan joked around about how many languages Aragonés knew and how he can be difficult to understand in all of them. They exchanged some fun old school ribbing.
The highlight of the Aragonés interview is when Sergio went to the drawing table and created several pieces with almost lightning fast speed.
This was a fun installment and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Aragonés is a unique talent, skilled in his style and it was cool seeing someone outside of the more popular Marvel creators or better known legends get his own episode in this series.
But as Stan Lee said in the beginning, Sergio Aragonés is the guy he really wanted to interview for this series.
Rating: 7.5/10 Pairs well with: other episodes in The Comic Book Greats video series.