Do you recall your first meeting with one another? First impressions?
Brigman: I met Weezie on my first visit to Marvel in 1983. I was going around from office to office, showing my portfolio, trying to land a job.
Simonson: [June] came into my office to show me her portfolio, looking for work, like people could do back in the olden days. I liked her work, but didn’t have any openings on any of the books I was editing. But I had nearly finished putting together what I thought would maybe, if I was lucky, be a mini-series. So I asked if she could draw kids. She said sure, she’d sketched them at Six Flags for an earlier job. I handed her character description of the Power Pack kids, a first plot, and outlines for the next three stories. Said draw them and, if I like what I see, I’ll propose us for the book as a team.
She came back with wonderful drawings that perfectly caught their personalities—even made them more themselves than they were in words alone. So I included her drawing in my proposal to Shooter.
And he hired us both and told us we had a regular series.
So where did the idea for Power Pack emerge from?
Brigman: It was Weezie's idea. I think my drawings helped the characters evolve, but it was really her concept. I think Weezie was influenced by her own childhood, as well as [science fiction] writers like Robert Heinlein.
Simonson: I’d seen a little kid in Central Park learning to ride a bike and I thought—even a kid with super powers would have so much real life stuff to learn. Maybe that was the seed crystal?
I had three siblings—all sisters—but there were four of us, as there were in some of my favorite kids books: Edward Eager’s Half Magic; Louise May Alcott’s Little Women; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; A Wrinkle in Time. And I liked writing group books. I loved shifting group dynamics.
Also I loved Robert Heinlein’s [Sci-Fi] juveniles, so the SF component may have come from there. Also was blown away by the first Star Wars movie. And Close Encounters. I think Power Pack was part and parcel of things I loved.
But I wasn’t trying to copy any of them, just give my readers the same feeling I had when reading my favorite stories. And, maybe, partly, what it was like to be a kid.