Comic book writer Kurt Busiek, whose impressive career includes runs on many familiar titles from Marvel and DC, has recently opened up on Twitter about a video game-related project he was involved with back in the early 1990s — a Final Fantasy comic.
As Busiek points out, the project — based on the then in-development Final Fantasy IV (originally known as Final Fantasy II in the West) — is no big secret, although the writer wanted to clear up some incorrect details doing the rounds online.
As you can see from his tweet (below), Busiek clarifies that only around one and a half of the four issues outlined were drawn and lettered (by Dell Barras and John Costanza respectively), although Mike Mignola completed work on four covers — one of which he includes a shot of later in the thread.
Busiek also speaks of getting permission to rename characters for the American audience, and even being sought out for a potential job with Squaresoft as a localiser for the series, a position he turned down.
Tantalisingly, the writer says he has "Xeroxes of [the completed comic], somewhere", although he doesn't think Final Fantasy fans would enjoy the liberties he took with canon which has since become 'revered'.
We don't know about you, but we'd jump at the chance to see more of those Xeroxes. Come on, Kurt — give us all a treat this Halloween!
[source twitter.com, via gonintendo.com]
May as well show us, now I'm curious.
While I love Mike Mignola and his artwork (especially for Hellboy), I feel like the writer hit the nail on the head that this comic would have taken WAY too many liberties from the original game just by looking at the covers. Though I am curious to see more if it surfaces; abandoned projects like this facinate me.
That art actually looks really sick. I always thought FF could lend itself well to a solid comic series given how distinct its art direction and individual character art is, especially looking at games like Dissidia and FF Tactics
I also do love Hellboy and Mike Mignola's writing for that series
You had me at "Kurt Busiek". The man's writing is a pleasure to read. You owe yourself to read Marvels, which combines it with art by none other than Alex Ross.
Yes. That Alex Ross.
@AlexSora89 I've read up on the premise of the Marvels series. It sounds incredibly interesting and something I have to check out. I believe it's supposed to be about how a world populated with superheroes and metahumans looks from the perspective of a regular journalist, which is intriguing to me.
Imagine Cid being called Lord Blast 😂😂😂
Interesting! I wonder if any of them were involved with the art used for the FFII feature in Nintendo Power issue 30...
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