Q&A with John Tyler Christopher
How did you first connect with Hasbro?
One of the first gigs I had was working with Wizards of the Coast. Over the years I developed a relationship with that team. I also did a Star Wars miniatures project in 2005. These were variant covers based on the old Kenner line of figures. The first Marvel Legends character I worked on was Spider-Gwen. It’s actually funny how it worked out. I created a variant cover of that character for Marvel (Spider-Gwen #1, 2015). Because of my love for the Marvel Legends line, I decided to do my own spin on that character for a comic book cover. Soon after that, Hasbro contacted me to work on Spider-Gwen for the actual Legends line, and it just grew from there.
So it’s kind of come full circle?
Yeah, it’s a circular relationship which is pretty cool. There are times when the team is going for a particular look and they’ll send me images of comic covers I’ve done as inspiration to then do the packaging art. After all these years I’m still honored to be a part of the Hasbro process. These are such iconic characters. I still remember seeing them on the packaging from when I was a kid.