We know George R. R. Martin as the legend who has added a new chapter to fantasy, with work that will remain long after he is gone. While George is a legend now, he started off not much different that us : as a fanboy. George recently talked about how his first ever published writing was a fan letter to Marvel comics, praising an issue of Fantastic Four. Read on!
George was only 15 when the letter he wrote to Marvel was published in one of the comics. The letter was about him praising the comic makers for Fantastic Four #17, an issue that George seemed to have really enjoyed at the time. Watch GRRM talk about the letter in the video, below :
George recalls :
“I started writing letters to all the comics I loved. The Thing was my favorite character… I wrote a letter about Fantastic Four #17 which was the first time anything of mine had appeared in print.”
Check out the full letter, below :
It’s a notable fact that even at the age of 15, George seemed to be able to write in a manner that made him sound like someone with a mastery on the English language, using words like ‘ergo’ and ‘gumbo’. You must have also noticed that George used only one R in his name. George has explained before about having added the second R at a later point in his life, to stand out, considering how George Martin is a very common name.
Another thing to be noted that George R. R. Martin really appreciated the hero falling down a manhole. Throughout George’s work, we have seen heroes literally lose their heads because of their lack of foresight. Now all we can hope for, is to see George make a cameo in Game of Thrones like his hero, Marvel’s Stan Lee does. George has hinted previously that that might not be totally impossible.
What did you think about the letter? Talk to us in the comments, below!