For actor Bill Mumy, comic book is another creative outlet
To make a career of entertaining others it takes a creative mind and a tenacious spirit.
Fueled by an early love for comic periodicals and paired with a working life filled with science fiction and fantastic characters, Bill Mumy dives head-first into his latest project.
"It's great to be a part of the Bluewater team," Mumy said in an interview before his "The Curse of the Mumy" comic book published by Bluewater Productions hit the news stand last week.
"When they approached me for this, I think they got more than what they had thought," Mumy said.
The actor, with the likes of "Lost in Space," "Twilight Zone" and "Babylon 5" on his resume, is also a musician and writer. He is taking the characters of his past and his knowledge of writing comic books and is spinning a tale where he and his wife have to deal with the "curse" that the series' title eludes to.
"I have the first eight scripts written," Mumy said. "I've always been a fan of comic books."
Mumy said that this project's storyline mirrors those that were told in the early Silver Age of comics in the '50s and '60s, and that the art is done in style greatly used in the Golden Age in the 1930s and 1940s. In his character-driven tale, readers can get a sense of the past while experiencing the political sensibilities of the present.
Bluewater Productions, known for its line of biography comics, has found a niche working with actors and actresses and tapping into the genres they are well known for. The publisher's "Misadventures of the Adam West" series was popular with pop culture fans of the TV "Batman" program that West stared in.
While targeting a different audience, Bluewater is often a first exposure for some into the greater world of comic books and graphic novels.
"Working with icons such as Adam West, Julie Newmar, Dirk Benedict and now Bill Mumy is an exciting ride for me personally and professionally," Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis said. "We have created a brand-new universe that will all come to a head in the upcoming 'Misadventures of Adam West' #10. We will also be introducing even more people to this new universe."
Mumy explained that in this medium, he gets to write himself as a character versus having to play a character himself. Without giving too much of the storyline away, the character of Bill Mumy loses a little bit of himself when he has to take on one of the characters he's played in the past. That's the curse of the Mumy.
I find the idea intriguing, especially coming from a creative artist such as Mumy, who has had to give up a little bit of himself with every project he's taken on, whether it was being the young astronaut, an alien, a narrator for a program on Biography or a music composer. Throw in a little bit of the mystic world, and a comic book story it makes.
In semi-retirement, Mumy said he enjoys being able to work on projects that interest him, including a new album he's releasing and some voice work on a couple of animated series. He also had kind words to share about Milwaukee-based producers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein who create the "Pioneers of Television" series on PBS. Mumy was featured in a couple of episodes.
"I'm always working on something," he said.
To order the comic, visit Comic Flea Market.
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