Wendell Vaughn Interview
With reader response to our first issue still wending its way through
the U.S. postal system (you have written, haven't you?), we thought
we'd fill the top portion of "Stellargrams" this month with a special
in-depth look at the star of this magazine - in his own words, no
less. Assistant Editor David Wohl contacted Edwin Jarvis, the
Avengers' public liaison, and arranged for the East Coast Avengers'
newest recruit to be interviewed by his magazine's editor, Howard
Mackie. Quasar arrived at the scheduled time at the window of
Howard and David's office, was let in, and sat for a fifteen minute
interview. The following is a transcription.
Howard Mackie: When you learned that Marvel Comics wanted to
give you your own feature, what was your reaction?
Quasar: I was flabbergasted. I read Marvel Comics voraciously
when I was a kid, and I always kind'a figured that only the real
heavyweight heroes got their own books - you know, guys like
Cap, Thor, and Iron Man. I just never dreamed it would happen to
David Wohl: Ah, it's not such a big deal. Don't forget Nova and
Speedball had their own books, too.
HM: I'm sure he's aware of that, David. Anyway, Quasar, this has
really been some year for you. Not only did you get your own
comic book - which I must say is a pleasure to be working on,
despite an occasional run-in with the writer --
Q: Mark Gruenwald?
HM: Yeah, that's him. Uh, not only did you get your own comic,
but you were also appointed Protector of the Universe and made an
Avenger! You've really become this season's hot ticket, huh?
Q: I guess.
HM: I have a pretty good idea of what it must be like being an
Avenger, seeing as how I edit both AVENGERS titles, but what's it
like being Protector of the Universe? What's the job entail?
Q: I'm still too new at it to say, Howard. The universe is one ah,
heck of a big place, and me - I've never even been to the end of our
solar system yet. It's not like I have to spend my time patrolling
space like some cosmic policeman or anything. According to Eon,
I've been specially appointed for one particular universe-class
menace which he knows will originate in space, will come to earth,
and will try to kill him. Assuming I manage to save Eon and the
universe from whatever this one threat is, I have no idea what my
mission will be after that. Maybe Eon will take the Protector of the
Universe job away from me then, I don't know.
HM: Tell us about Eon. How can a guy - for lack of a better term
- be cosmically aware and not be able to identify the being that
wants to kill him? Doesn't cosmically aware mean "omniscient"?
Q: I don't think so. I think "cosmically aware" means you have
access to all the knowledge in and of the whole universe. Think of
it as like having a computer with every single bit of data there is
stored inside it. Just because it's in there, doesn't mean you can
instantly sift through and find the particular datum you're looking
for. It takes time to wade through the sum total of all knowledge in
the universe even at the speed of thought! And it's not like you can
call up an infinite amount of information and concentrate on it all at
once. I'm sure Eon spends all his spare time sifting through the vast
storehouse of his personal database trying to piece together clues to
his would-be killer.
HM: The artist of your magazine --
Q: Paul Ryan.
HM: Right. He draws Eon at various sizes. What size is Eon
Q: He can alter his size. I've seen him anywhere from 25 inches to
25 feet. I think it depends on his mood or something.
DW: I have a question about Eon - What's he smell like?
Q: Smell? Um, let's see . . . I guess a musty organic sort of smell,
something like potatoes kept in a cool cellar.
HM: Ahem. Let me ask you a few questions about your
HM: It says in your MARVEL UNIVERSE bio that you were born
in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, yet the information you gave us for
your first issue placed your mother in Oshkosh, Wisconsin?
Q: That's right. Both my folks lived in Oshkosh at the time I was
born - my dad was teaching at the university there, but because my
mother was visiting friends in Fond du Lac - which is 20 miles
south of Oshkosh - I happened to be born there.
DW: Yeah, we know where Oshkosh is. Gruenwald once tricked
me and Howard into visiting his home town and driving back to
New York with him.
Q: I was wondering about that. Was Mark given my book to write
because he and I both happen to be from Oshkosh, or is that just a
HM: Gruenwald did use that as one of the 101 reasons why he
should be given the assignment. But enough about your
background. Your parents - ?
Q: My dad's a former physics teacher who took a job in research at
Stark International when I was a senior in high school. He's been
transferred all over the country, but now lives in Connecticut. My
mom's a librarian at the Oshkosh Public Library. She and Dad uh,
divorced around the time Dad got his job at Stark. I've got one
sister, who's five years younger than me, named Gayle. She's a
student at UW-Oshkosh.
DW: Is she cute?
HM: David! So where did you go to school?
Q: Two years at UW-O, then I enrolled in SHIELD for its four
year agent training program.
HM: That's where you got your quantum-bands according to our
first issue. So how do you feel about SHIELD having gone out of
Q: When I read about it in Now Magazine, I couldn't believe it.
Still, I'm sure Colonel Fury had good reasons. I hear from a few
ex-agents that he's been great about helping guys in the
organization find new jobs. Whatever the story is, I can't believe
that the Colonel's going to stay in retirement for long.
HM: After SHIELD, you went to Project: Pegasus, right? Did
you see the trade paperback we did of your adventures there?
Q: Uh, no.
HM: David, call Ralph Macchio and ask him if he has a spare copy
of Quasar could have.
DW: Yessir, massuh.
HM: Do you have any hankering to go back to the Project?
Q: Sure. I hope to drop in for a visit - see who's still around from
my tenure there as security chief - soon as I get settled down in my
new office, find an apartment, things like that.
DW: I think you should get it out of the way by issue #7.
Q: I'll (ha) bear that in mind.
HM: Where are you living right now?
Q: I'm staying at my father's house in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Being able to fly makes the commute into New York a breeze. I
hope to find an apartment in the city once I can afford it. Right
now scraping up the cash to start my own business isn't leaving me
a penny to spare on such frivolities as a place of my own to live!
DW: I have a question. Your name is Wendell Vaughn, right?
Q: Yes, though I hope to keep that from becoming public
knowledge, so I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't print it.
HM: No problem.
Q: You want to know how I keep my identity a secret without a
mask, huh? Well, for one thing I wear a pair of glasses and comb
my hair different in my civvies. For another, I try to keep my
energy-aura up when I make public appearances as Quasar so no
one gets a clear look at me.
DW: That's not what I was gonna ask, Quaze. I was gonna ask
what people call a guy named Wendell for short. You've got kind
of an unusual name, no offense.
Q: Oh. Ha. Well, my parents call me by my full name or "Sonner,"
my sister calls me "Wendy" to get my goat, my friends at SHIELD
called me "Wen," and for a while in high school, when I really hated
my name, my buddies called me by my middle name, "Elvis."
HM: David, time is limited. Let's only ask him questions our
readers will be interested in. Quasar, how about telling us who
some of your favorite heroes are.
Q: First and foremost, Captain America. He's incredible, the very
definition of a hero. Even with all my cosmic power, I have serious
doubts I could beat him at anything. Then there's the Thing. He's
great, too. He acts gruff but he's the world's biggest softie. I've
got great respect for Colonel Fury, too. I guess those would be my
HM: Have you met any other cosmic heroes?
Q: Well, I had a run-in with Firelord - I don't know if you'd
consider an ex-herald of Galactus a hero - sure, why not? He did
help us against Super-Nova. Um, that's all I can think of offhand.
HM: Are you curious at all about Captain Mar-Vell, your
predecessor as Protector of the Universe?
Q: I'll say. One of the first things I did after being made a
provisional Avenger was tap the Avengers files for all they had on
Mar-Vell. He seemed like an incredible guy. I wish I'd been able to
HM: One last question and we'll let you go. If your quantum-
bands don't come off, how come no one notices them when you're
in you civvies?
Q: I bend light around them so they look invisible.
DW: Wait, I have one last question, too.
HM: It'd better be good.
DW: Quaze, what color should we make that funky headband of
Q: Doesn't really matter. I got a drawer full of them - red, blue,
black. I put on whichever one seems the least sweaty.