Below is an interview from Wizard Brazil #5 (late
interview was translated from Portuguese, and then paraphrased
to make it more easily readable. We will be happy to add
more information to this section as we go along. Just
tell us what you'd like to know, and we'll pass your questions
along to Ed!
1 - First of all, the basics: what's your age, name,
birthplace and birth date?
I'm 31 years old (as of November). I was born on November20th,
1972, in a little area called Alto Santo, in Ceará, Brazil, but
I've lived in
Limoeiro since I was 14 years old, so I consider that my home.
2 - How did you learn how to draw comics? Did you take
courses, or teach yourself? And when?
II taught myself. My brother had so many comics and I
just started copying everything I considered cool! This was in 1989.
I also began a course through the mail, but did not finish it.
3 - Have you done fanzines? Do you think that is
Yes, I've participated on one, called Profecia. That's the way
it is called. I think it is important! Fanzines show your work, they
give you strength to continue, and criticism when it is necessary.
They try to help your progress, which is good!
4 - Many people have compared you to other great Brazilian
pencillers, like Deodato and Roger Cruz. What do you say about
I'm very happy. No doubt, they are big names in the world of
comics. I'm a fan of their work. I like Roger's work a lot.
I'd like to see more
of his work today in comics. I always felt stimulated when
work, and I hope he's back soon. I think that he's retired for a
5 - Who are your greatest influences in comics?
John Buscema. I started with him. Other influences
Byrne, Jim Lee, Joe Madureira, Campbell, Adam Hughes, Roger, etc.
6 – What about your debut in comics? What was
it, and when?
What a great feeling!! I didn't know for sure where I was going, I
didn't understand the comics market. I was out of my mind,
eat, didn't sleep. It was on Samuree in 1993.
7 – And how did Neal Adams `discover'
you for Continuity? Tell us about this.
Well, I was making samples for many enterprises, but it was so
difficult. I had no money, and there was a test where I had to do a
sequence of "Die Hard". It was very hard.
I didn't have a tape of the
movie, and I had to watch and memorize it. After this, Hélcio
asked me to do some pin-ups of some women and some separated drawings with
gruesome scenarios, etc. And then Neal Adams appeared, and
asked me to do Samuree, and I've been drawing ever since.
8 - Please, list all the comics you've worked on for the US
market. How did you enter the North American market?
Samuree, Deathstroke, Gunfire, Captain Marvel, Artemis, Glory,
Iron Man (Heroes Reborn), Captain America (Heroes Reborn), X-men,
Wildcats, Sci tech, Darkchylde, Gen¹³, Lady Death, Chastity,
Thundercats, Codename: Knockout, Super girl, and some
others...and, of course, my current job: Birds of Prey.
9 – What did you feel when they asked you to change your
name? (NOTE: Ed's real name is Jose Edilbenes
Bezerra de Moura) Who
suggested Ed Benes?
Hélcio came to me and said that it would be better to change the name a
bit, and that was fine with me. It sounds good.
10 – Tell us about your work on Samuree.
It was fast, but very good. Unfortunately I can't see the
second volume finalized. I really like the character.
11 – Your first work on a title with a large circulation was
Gen 13. Was this baptism by fire difficult?
A bit. At that time, I felt that I needed to do something
different from what I'd already been doing. I felt that it
would need a lot more from me.
12 – After this, you totally landed in the superheroes
universe with Birds of Prey and Supergirl. What do you think
of the superheroes
genre? Were you a regular reader of this type of comic?
I've always liked all types of comics, but in my early years I
read a lot of Conan, but I have a great interest in characters like
Superman, Spider-Man, X-men, Batman, etc.
13 – Working for a large company like DC Comics is a great responsibility.
Have they tried to do any "artistic control" on your
work with their characters?
No, I've always had a great freedom to create.
14 – And what about the exclusivity contract with DC? The
contract pays for the fact that you can't do other jobs outside
After jobs like Supergirl and Thundercats, I agreed with Lisa Hawkins to do Birds of Prey. In a short time they
offered me an exclusive contract. It's not only about the money!
I like the comic and the
team that manages it.
15 – Before the contract, were you receiving offers from
Right after I finished Supergirl, I committed to Birds of
Prey. So even if I had received another proposal, I couldn't
have accepted it. It all happened very quickly.
16 – You're best-known for the fact that you draw the most
beautiful girls in comics. Does this vision of your work
No! I like to draw female characters.
17 - Ed, you can't speak English. How do you interact with the
writer? Who translates for you? Are your deadlines
tighter because of this (need for translation)?
The studio translates for me. Really, if I could
translate myself I would only gain one or two days.
18 – Do you have much of a cushion between the current issue
on the stands, and the current issue you are working on?
It really depends on the situation. Normally we try to work with three or four
issues between the one that I'm working on and
the one currently on the stands.
19 – Which one of the Birds of Prey do you like most? Why?
I like them all, but the fact that the Huntress isn't a
full-time character makes all of the pages featuring her a bit
20 – What do North Americans think about your work?
Have you participated in any (North American) conventions, to interact with the readers
I don't know exactly, but I think they like it. I
haven't gone to any conventions yet, but I'm thinking of doing
21 – Do you have any personal projects that you would like
to publish one day?
Yes, I do. It's something that has all the things I like to
draw: Women, big guys, creatures, animals, beasts.
I will publish it when the time is right.
22 – Now, tell us, which comic characters would you most
like to work on one day?
Wonder Woman, Batman and Wolverine. Oh, and
Spider-Man. I've been a Spider-Man fan since I was a child.
I'd like to draw Conan too.
23 – Have you published anything in Brazil? Do you feel sad about the fact that you are most known outside your
own country? Do you ever think about doing more work in
Yes, X-men, Heroes Reborn, and now Supergirl and Thundercats
have all been published in Brazil.
This really upsets me a bit, that I'm not as well-known in
Brazil. I'm Brazilian and I like it here a lot. I
would like Brazilians to have more access to my material,
and because of this,
soon I will publish one magazine, made with Brazilians for
24 – Tell a funny story, or a horror story, from your career.
In my first job (Samuree), I made a big mistake with the
page size. The fact is that Continuity doesn't have a
and they asked me for some papers and sizes that I didn't
understand right away. When I had finished 14 pages, Hélcio called me saying
that everything was wrong! He said, "You'll need to redo
everything!". I felt desperate, and started the job again.
After redoing two
pages, Hélcio called me again and said that the guys in
Continuity would solve the problem. A funny story... well, I was working all night to finish a job,
then, without sleep I took a bus to deliver the pages to the studio
(I was living in São José dos Campos), but... you know, I
fell asleep on the bus, and I ended up at the last stop!
I was very, very
late, but it ended fine.
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