Creator Spotlight: Andrea DiVito
THE THING artist Andrea DiVito is a pretty happy guy. "It's been my lifelong dream, to be an exclusive Marvel penciller!" says the Italian-born artist, also quickly pointing out the artistic inspirations that brought him to this joyful day. "I can say that my life (professional and not) has been changed deeply the day I got to spend some time with John Buscema, his example is what drives me, even today."
After seven long years of sending his portfolios throughout the industry, DiVito got his big break thanks to CrossGen Comics, with whom he was enrolled in their "Associate Program". This allowed him to follow in the footsteps of his good friend and fellow comics professional Steve McNiven. DiVito's output with CG included title such as Scion, The First, and Brath.
"But in truth," admits DiVito, "my first published US work was for Marvel! An X-Men pinup on the now defunct magazine called MARVEL SHADOW & LIGHT . So I guess I've come full circle now that I'm back at the House of Ideas!"
The artist's goals of accomplishment for the next few years are very clear. "To establish myself as a good storyteller and hopefully, to grow into a very good artist. I have no doubt that I'm gonna get the chance to improve by working on some of the greatest comic book characters ever created. But most of all, I'd like to prove myself as a reliable and steady source for good ol' Marvel comic books!"
When asked what one Marvel project he'd most like to tackle, sky's the limit, DiVito smoothly pulls things down to the here-and-now. "I'm doing it right now! THE THING is a blast to work on, thanks to the genius of (writer) Dan Slott. I don't think I've ever been happier to spend 12-14 hours a day on a book in my entire career. And since we're having all kinds of 'guest stars' in this book, I don't even have the itch to go and draw some other book just to see how it would be to draw that specific character. Sooner or later they're gonna appear in THE THING!!"
Feet planted firmly in the present and also looking to the future, DiVito will always acknowledge his past and the beginnings of his career in comics. "One of my projects I am most proud of is Brath, because of the amazing team we had going on that book. I'll never be thankful enough for the chance to be working with great professionals and human beings, like Rob Schwager (yo Rob!!!) and Chuck Dixon. Also, my THOR run with Mike Oeming, it was an amazing six issues!"
Further news of artist Andrea DiVito's creative marathon with Marvel Comics will always be found on one of the web's most popular sites, Marvel.com.