Mike Deodata had a really great quote the other day that I wanted to share with everyone.

I got an email from a young comic artist wanabee who wanted to know how old I was when I started working at Marvel, so that he could have an idea how long it would take for him to break in, as well. He was feeling already too old. He’s nineteen.

I told him that age doesn’t matter.

One of the worst artists I know of started at Marvel when he was 20.

One of the best artists I know of — Hal Foster — started his immortal creation, Prince Valiant, when he was 40.

You can start at Marvel at 20 and be a zero. You can start at 40, never work for Marvel and yet be a genius.

Age doesn’t matter. Talent does.

Now watch as Mike cranks out a Wolverine sketch.

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. July 14, 2009 at 10:08 am — Reply

    Bless his heart.

  2. Dboy Mugg
    July 14, 2009 at 10:45 am — Reply

    I’d love to know who he thinks that ‘worst’ one is. Great vid…paired with a great tune.

  3. Gaumer
    July 14, 2009 at 11:21 am — Reply

    Old people rock…I knew it.. what was I talking about?

  4. July 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    Is he talking about Liefeld?

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