Pulp Literature: This is a scary story, JJ. We’re kinda hesitant to ask this question, but what inspired this tale?
JJ Lee: Neil Gaiman. I know I’m supposed to be all mysterious and disguise my influences but I read his Sherlock Holmes /Cthulhu mashup ‘A Study in Emerald’ and I wanted in on the game. Then there was Michael Moorcock’s idea in The Eternal Champion. His characters Elric and Graf Ulrich Von Bek are heroes from different dimensions and realities who overlap and interact and I guess I wanted in on that action too. I really like the idea of the hero who echoes through time the way Matt Wagner’s Kevin Matchstick does in Mage. Matchstick is a manifestation of Arthur. Just love that stuff. Who is to say Santa Claus is not one of them? So, yeah, I’m a pastiche-meister and a thief.
PL: Why do you think readers and viewers have such an abiding affinity for WWII stories?
JJ: Nazis make an easy bad guy. Perhaps, it was the West’s last good war. Then again, when you look at the Cold War that arose from its ashes, it makes you wonder.