Brent Anderson's life with superheroes

  • Artist Brent Anderson begins work on the storyboard of a new Astro City comic book as he reads the script at his home in Windsor on Monday, February 17, 2014.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Inside a two-story house, in a deceptively quiet residential neighborhood in Windsor, there's a battle of heroic proportions raging between the forces of good and evil.

Fortunately, aside from a little eye strain for professional comic-book artist Brent Anderson, no one so far has gotten hurt.

Over the past 20 years, Anderson has drawn more than 60 issues of the comic-book series "Astro City," named for the hometown of its heroes — The Samaritan, The Confessor, Winged Victory and many others.

"Astro City has a unique point of view for a superhero series. It's a human look at superheroes," Anderson said.

The series imagines what it would be like for ordinary people to live in a city crowded with colorfully clad men and women who possess powers far beyond those of mortal humans.

"I want to make that seem as real as possible," Anderson said.

"When I first went to New York City, I kept looking up between the tall buildings to see if Spider-Man was swinging around, even though I knew he wasn't there. That's the feeling I want for 'Astro City.'"

Born and raised in San Jose, Anderson, 58, made his first foray to New York to break into the comics business when he was 21, but soon returned to California to study art.

He made his breakthrough at Marvel a few years later, drawing the series "Kazar" and "Strikeforce Morituri."

"Kazar was a Tarzan knock-off with a sabre-toothed tiger as a pet," Anderson said.

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