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Alan Davis sides with career of superheroes, prepares for Wizard World Ohio Comic Con

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“POW!” Thor just pummeled a bad guy and saved the earth. With his almighty power and his hammer, Mjolnir, Thor seems as though he can easily rule the world. But without the superpowers of comic book artist and writer Alan Davis, Thor wouldn’t even grace the pages of some comic books.

With a pen and ink, Davis gave life to countless superheroes including Thor, the X-Men, Captain America and Batman.

“I’ve never counted, but I’ve done a lot of works,” Davis said in an email.

This weekend, Davis is scheduled to bring his talents to Columbus as a special guest for Wizard World Ohio Comic Con.

Like many other fans of Ohio Comic Con, Davis said when he was a kid, he read lots of comics. Being from the U.K., he mainly read British comics; however, he said he can’t discuss comic books without talking about American comics.

“When I was a kid, the first U.S. comics I read were actually black and white U.K. reprints of the early issues of ‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Thor,’ etc.,” Davis said.

As a young kid, drawing was his hobby and his anticipated future.

“I can’t recall a time I didn’t draw,” Davis said. “My parents encouraged me and my siblings to be creative, so we explored a variety of creative pursuits.”

Like his parents hoped, Davis channelled his creativity as an adult and started drawing “Captain Britain” as his first professional work for Marvel U.K. in 1980. After five years, DC Comics hired Davis to draw “Batman and the Outsiders,” which gave him chances to work with American companies.

After snagging the position at DC Comics, Davis decided to stay working in the U.S., which he said houses one of the biggest comic book fanbases in the world.

Davis said there is a reason why people, including him, love superheroes.

“The ideas of being powerful and heroic have always had an appeal, as we can see from countless mythological creations that have survived from ancient history to the modern day,” Davis said. “I suppose at some core level we all want to be unique and special.”

Christina Gillis, a fourth-year in marketing, said she loves the superheroes that David draws.

“My favorite superhero is Storm from X-Men,” Gillis said. “I don’t read comic books, but still love superheroes … Not just because they’re fun to read or watch, but they remind me of my childhood. I grew up watching the cartoons that the characters were in.”

Ryan Collier, a second-year in political science and criminology, said even though he never really got into comic books, he appreciates them.  

“It usually has a really good story, even though you know it’s not real. But it’s still something to fight to be like one day,” Collier said. “Because the story is already interesting enough, directors like Christopher Nolan could build up something amazing through their movies.”

Davis said he hopes people will eventually come to like comic books as much as they like the superheroes that are in them.

Wizard World Ohio Comic Con is scheduled to be held Friday through Sunday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, located at 400 N. High St.

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