EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Marvel Colorist Morry Hollowell!

Check out this fascinating interview with the Civil War colorist to learn more about his work and hear his thoughts on his favourite characters to work on, upcoming Marvel movies and a lot more!

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By Josh Wilding - 6/23/2010
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For those of you who might not know, Morry Hollowell is one of Marvel’s most prominent colorists and is best known for his work alongside Steve McNiven on titles like Civil War, Old Man Logan and New Avengers along with a variety of other artists and characters. I was recently able to get in touch with Morry who was kind enough to take the time out of his hectic schedule to answer my questions. Below you can read all about how he got into the profession, his favourite characters to color, what he thinks about the upcoming Marvel movies and a lot more! So, have a read of this fascinating interview and be sure to share your thoughts in the usual place!




JOSHW: How did you get into working in comic books and with Marvel in particular?

MORRY HOLLOWELL: I have always been interested in comics since I was little. So I pursued a career after high-school by attending the Joe Kubert School of art in New Jersey. With some persistence I was able to land a job assisting a local colorist (Mark McNabb) after school. That was my first break. After graduating Kuberts school I became a Mac Technician to continue living in New Jersey. I still pursued art jobs that I could do after work each day and attended conventions whenever I could. Which paid off in Chicago when I showed my portfolio to Cross-gen comics. They later hired me and flew me down to Florida. When Cross-gen ended I was quickly gobbled up by the excellent people at Marvel comics. I've been working for them ever since.

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JOSHW: How long does each page in a normal comic book usually take to colour?

MORRY HOLLOWELL: The typical comic page takes me about 6-10 hours now. It really depends on the content. If it's a splash page with a single figure on it and a sky background I'd say 2 hours. If it's a page with 8 panels and 8 good-guys fighting 8 bad-guys in the city I'd say 2 days. :P

JOSHW: Many people will know you best for your work alongside Steve McNiven on Civil War. How was it to work on such an iconic series which featured so many historic moments in the Marvel Universe?

MORRY HOLLOWELL: Funtastic! I'm a huge comic fan so being able to play with almost every Marvel character was a joygasm.

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JOSHW: Are there any characters in particular that you enjoy working on?

MORRY HOLLOWELL: I was familiar with most the Marvel U even before I started working for Marvel. So I enjoy everything that comes across my desk. If I had to pick a favorite I'd say Spider-man and Wolverine are tied.

Batman is my all time favorite character though. I can't wait to get my hands on him.

JOSHW: Do you have a favourite issue or panel that you've coloured?

MORRY HOLLOWELL: There's a 6 page story at the end of ASM #601 I colored recently over Joe Q. I'd have to say that's my favorite. I've been a fan of his since X-Factor. Had his artwork hanging up all over my room growing up.

JOSHW: What do you think about the upcoming Marvel movies? Any specific ones that you're looking forward to?

MORRY HOLLOWELL: Looking forward to seeing Captain America. WW2 with super heroics will be awesome. Thor should be awesome as well. I honestly was sold as soon as they announced Natalie Portman. Looking forward to The Avengers movie the most though. If they actually pull that one off I'll be really impressed.

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Overall it's really nice to see these stories told on the big screen.

JOSHW: Have you been, or would you like to be, involved in the design process of any of those movies?

MORRY HOLLOWELL: Art from Civil War was used as reference to help put together the first Iron Man movie. That was exciting to hear. Other than that I've never had any involvement with the movies. I'd certainly enjoy being involved. I love comics so working on a comic movie would be great.

JOSHW: What can your fans expect to see from you next?

MORRY HOLLOWELL: I just finished working with Ed McGuiness on Hulk #22 and #23. X-Men Origins : Emma Frost should be out now as well. I've been coloring a lot of covers. I'm currently working on a one-shot Punisher Max story with Juan Jose Ryp. Not sure what's after that. I'm sure it's something Marvelous though!

Also trying to do my own work with my spare time. I've recently acquired a Cintiq and it's a blast to draw on. Check out my website for updates. Mocolors.com.




I’d like to of course say a big thank you to Morry for taking the time to share his thoughts with me to post here on CBM and if you’d like to know more about him and his work just click HERE to take a look at his website!




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LEEE777 - 6/23/2010, 10:41 AM
Whoaaaa great stuff @ JOSH, kudos to you both!

Yeah looking forward to THE AVENGERS most too... especially if we get HANK & JAN in it!!! : P

Wicked stuff man, thumbs up! :)
Destroyer14 - 6/23/2010, 10:41 AM
Interesting interview.
MatchesMalone - 6/23/2010, 10:51 AM
Cool interview, Josh! This guy definitely does amazing work.
RorMachine - 6/23/2010, 11:00 AM
Great stuff Josh, I love this guy's work.
JoshWilding - 6/23/2010, 11:06 AM
Thanks guys, I appreciate the kind words! :) I'm a huge fan of Hollowell's work (as can be seen from some of the images I've posted above, the stuff he does with McNiven is truly stunning) and so it was a real pleasure to be able to get this interview with him...I'm glad I could share it with you lot!
Conaan - 6/23/2010, 11:12 AM
woah! Six hours per page! Yeah he's pretty good.
jman1977 - 6/23/2010, 12:33 PM
nice interview, keep em coming!!
Ranger14 - 6/23/2010, 12:49 PM
Nice job, Josh! Good Stuff!
JoshWilding - 6/23/2010, 1:31 PM
Cheers guys - hopefully I have a few more on the way! It's just a waiting game between sending the questions and recieving the answers as these guys are all so busy!

ANIL: Whoa, hold up a second...McNiven might be going to DC!? Marvel should have given him a high profile monthly title ages ago to keep him there! As you know, I dont read any DC titles (although I have just ordered Superman #700 as this new JMS arc sounds like a perfect jumping on point!) so it'll kill me to see that happen! If he's going to be sticking to the style you mention from Nemesis though, I probably wont miss him all that much to be honest! Oh, and I'm pretty sure that's a McNiven! However, as it's the same colorer and inker from Civil War it makes it hard to tell as their artistic style is pretty similar sometimes.
JoshWilding - 6/23/2010, 1:36 PM
ANIL: Careful! Comic books come out here in the UK on a Thursday and I dont get them until Friday! (via post as there are no comic book stores near me) How about "Grim Hunt" though? What did you think of the first part?
Destroyer14 - 6/23/2010, 1:44 PM
@JoshW I thought Grim Hunt was amazing. I wrote a review on it last week.
DogsOfWar - 6/23/2010, 2:08 PM
Nice job Josh. I wish had even a drop of artistic talent that guys like this do. It is actually good to hear that even in this day with all the technology, a good page can take up to 2 days to do.
peterparker420 - 6/23/2010, 2:55 PM
WHOA WHOA WHOA..Brad Meltzer is doing a BATMAN book!!!
Identity Crisis..Is HANDS DOWN my FAVORITE..GRAPHIC NOVEL..I also own all the seperates issue..but The graphic novel is the BEST way to read it!! Also he
breathed NEW life into the JLA..He wrote the first 12 issues! and they were AMAZING!..also my favorite artist drew the covers of those 12 issues (Michael Turner).

JOSH- BRILLIANT my friend! Hearing from a PRO inspires me to color my best! and hearing HOW he broke into the comic industry..GIVES ME HOPE!..His COLORING skills are AMAZING! I can't wait to see what he does NEXT!


JoshWilding - 6/23/2010, 3:52 PM
ANIL: You came up with "Bucky-Cap"? I love that name for him, lol! More details please..!

Destroyer14: Huh, I must have missed that...I'll go hunt it down under "Reviews" now! :) Did you notice that (Spoilers: Highlight To Read!) when Ezekiel died he had a beard yet now in "Grim Hunt" he doesnt? I'm guessing that was because more fans will remember him when he didnt have one which was a lot longer than when he did! (End Spoilers!) It's great to see him back though as I was always a huge fan of his!

DOGS: Thanks mate! I am unbelievably envious of anyone who has the talent these guys do and the fact it takes someone like Hollowell so long to colour a page, as you mention, really does make me respect them even more than I already do. After all, without the colour you still have great art but it sure as hell doesnt look as good!

PETE: Lol, I was literally just about to email you to tell you about this interview as I had a feeling that it might interest you! :) Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview - you should head over to the FAQ part of his site where he goes into even more detail about he got into the industry...it makes for an interesting read! I have a huge respect for people like Hollowell who help make comic books look as good as they do and I hope to see your name on the front of one in the near future bud!
peterparker420 - 6/23/2010, 6:45 PM
JOSH- LMAO! At first I scrolled right past it..and I
thought to myself "did that say COLORIST"..
and scrolled right back! and read every word on
the edge of my chair..I am just about to go to his
site NOW!..I agree HE is what makes comics SO
great..sure the pencils and ink..and writing
helps..but with an amazing colorist like himself..
he makes colors jump off the page..or seem somber,
or beautiful!..without color..TO ME AT LEAST..
todays comics wouldn't be the same!...You're
to kind!..I hope my name is on one in the future
also..HERE'S HOPING!
jacksback - 6/23/2010, 11:03 PM
i would like to draw, color, or ink for a comic. LMAO,hell, I would even settle for doing the lettering... Almost took a job inking years ago, wish I had.

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