I was Twittered a question with an answer too long for Twitter, so here we are.
@UltimasMalice: Can I ask a question? Is Atomic Robo a love letter to the silver age of comics?
Not specifically. We tend to approach each volume as a love letter to a particular pop cultural thing from a specific era, whether or not the story we’re telling takes place in that era. This often, hell probably always, becomes as much about our modern ideas about these old pop cultural items as the items themselves.
Comics are definitely a part of that, because comics have always been the pathfinders the rest of entertainment media follows.
The Silver Age is a pretty loaded term these days. It’s often thrown around in online discussions as an insult, i.e.: “those goofy Silver Age comics.”
And, yeah, they can be goofy. But, hey, so are modern superhero comics! Efforts to disguise that inherent goofiness with rape, gore, murder, or whatever just look like a small child cursing because he knows the words have some kind of forbidden power, but not why or what they mean.
But part of that Silver Age “goofiness” is the complete lack of irony and pretention. These are stories that are utterly sincere about their ridiculous ideas. The rules were being made up every day and discarded wherever they got in the way of the next crazy idea. It makes the telling of the story itself an adventure.
And, while there’s no specific effort on our part to focus on or to emulate the comics of any age, that Silver Age zest for the adventure of telling adventure stories is certainly something that informs what we’re trying to do with any Atomic Robo comic.