George R. R. Martin Reads a Childhood Fan Letter He Wrote to Marvel

Saturday, 29 April 2017 - 10:11AM
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Saturday, 29 April 2017 - 10:11AM
George R. R. Martin Reads a Childhood Fan Letter He Wrote to Marvel
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George R. R. Martin's most famous books are without a doubt in his Song of Ice and Fire series. But A Game of Thrones was published in 1996, and by that time he was well into his 40s and well into his writing career. So what was his first published piece of writing?

According to Martin, it was excited fan letter he wrote to Marvel Comics when he was a child, which was then published in a 1960s issue of Fantastic Four. More specifically, it was a response to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four #17, which was later published in the back of Fantastic Four #20 with a response from Lee himself. 

While die-hard Game of Thrones fans may already be aware of this letter (since they've had over 50 years to learn about it), here's Martin reading that very letter himself, as part of a History Channel documentary Superheroes Decoded:



And here's the actual letter:
Opening quote
"Dear Stan and Jack, FF#17 was greater than great! It will live forever as one of the greatest FF comics ever printed. Ergo, as one of the greatest of all comics. In what other comic mag could you see things like a hero [The Thing] falling down a manhole, and a president of the USA [John F. Kennedy] leaving a conference that may determine the fate of the world to put his daughter to bed?"
Closing quote


It was signed "George R. Martin," because he would later add a second R (his Catholic name "Richard") to make his name stand out better. It's a reassuring reminder that folks with some of the biggest fanbases in modern fiction were once excitable super-fans themselves. It's also an insane reminder that as old as George R. R. Martin is now, Stan Lee is even older than that, to the point where he a childhood hero of Martin's.

And to anyone writing fan letters (or just tweets) to Martin nowadays, the next season of Game of Thrones comes out July 16, 2017. We can't help you with when The Winds of Winter will come out.

Via: EW
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