Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Writer Will Take Your Questions Now (#194) -- Licensed Properties, Part 1

If you were given the chance to write something authorized by a big license what would it be -- i.e. an episode of Doctor Who, a graphic novel of Superman, Star Wars Episode 22 1/2, etc.? 

I know lots of writers would jump at the opportunity to write Star Wars, and as much fun as writing Doctor Who would be, neither of those would be my primary answer. 

For comics, the licensed property I'd most like to write is no secret. I've posted about it here before. It's DC's The Metal Men. I just love those goofy robots with their responsometers and Platinum's schoolgirl crush on the Doc. I could have a field day writing them. 

As for TV properties, I'd give my eye teeth to write the adventures of Steed and Mrs. Peel. I've loved the BBC's Avengers since I was a kid, and there's enough sexual tension between those two repressed agents to give the adults all kind of fun too. 

So there you have it. The Metal Men and The Avengers (the funny-speaking ones). 


  1. Lemme see...lemme see...

    Comics: The Challengers of The Unknown. These guys I've loved ever since I was a kid and they're probably the most "pulpy" comic book characters I can think of. I actually did write a fan fiction series about then but I'd kill to get an authorized shot at them.

    TV: M.A.N.T.I.S. this is a nearly forgotten superhero series that had an extremely short run on Fox (big surprise there) about an African-American technologist who used his advanced technology to fight crime.

    Movies: I'd dearly love to write a series of Lando Calrissian adventures. There was a trilogy done back in the 80's, I believe. But it's high time Lando got back into the spotlight.

  2. Kolchak the Nightstalker tops my list. And I'd love to play 'Carl Dreadstone' and write new adventures for the Universal (or Hammer!) monsters. Heck, I'd sell Derrick's kidney to write a sequel to Captain Kronos, Vampire-Hunter. Or Solomon Kane. Or lots of other things, frankly. I love playing with other people's toys.