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Comic book writer to have book published about his own life

Comic book writer to have book published about his own life

by Tom Martin (October 2021)

A COMIC book writer from Crosby has turned the storyline on himself with a new illustrated publication about his life.

Tim Quinn worked as a writer and illustrator for Marvel Comics on storylines for the likes of The X-Men, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk and Thor.

Tim, 68, has now collaborated with Cumbrian author and artist Iman Kakai-Lazell on a custom-made book called Tim Quinn - Confessions of a Superhero.

It uncovers Tim’s inner-most thoughts and memories after Iman staged a series of interviews with Tim and gathered images from his life.

She then manipulated and reinterpreted words and photographs to create a stunning visual journey which spotlights Tim’s life and career.

Tim said: “Iman has created a beautiful piece of work. I wish my grandparents and parents were alive to see it as they feature in its pages.

“I’d describe it like a ‘life-flashes before me book’ which has moments from the ups and downs of my life. She has taken my life and turned it into a work of art. Which is quite extraordinary.”

Inman added: “Tim has had a remarkable life and I wanted to shine a light on the man behind some of Marvel Comics most-loved superheroes.

“Tim has been able to express himself in a completely different way. And then I’ve been able to add my interpretation to each page.

“This work pushes the boundaries of what we consider as a book. I hope people will love reading it as much as I have loved creating it.”

Starting his career as a clown at Blackpool Tower Circus, Tim worked on BBC’s Good Old Days music hall series writing scripts before leaping into the world of superheroes. 

He was scriptwriter, illustrator or editor on iconic titles The Beano, The Dandy, Sparky, The Topper, Buster, Whoopee!, Bunty, Jackie, Dr Who Magazine, and Whizzer & Chips before heading Stateside to work for the mighty Marvel Comics alongside the iconic Stan Lee.

He has also worked as a writer for The Guardian, acted as an editor for America’s oldest publication The Saturday Evening Post and produced LWT’s South Bank Show.

Tim and Inman will be at this year’s Comic-Con in Liverpool on November 13 and 14 where they will be signing copies.

Tim Quinn – Confessions of a Superhero, is priced at £25 and will be released on website ‘Moochin’ About’ on November 16.

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