Frank Quitely Draws GRANT MORRISON For Playboy. It’s Neat.

There’s a Grant Morrison interview in the May issue of Playboy, and it is accompanied by some artwork by Frank Quitely. It’s a pretty piece of artwork, throwing together Morrison with the various characters he has used as proxies for his mind-melting comic book technique. Most importantly: Jean Grey.

Hit the jump for the full artwork and some excerpts.

Comics Alliance:

Entitled “The Super Psyche,” the Gavin Edwards feature revisits material that is familiar to longtime Morrison fans — such as his estimation of superheroes as models for humanity and the future, and his reported encounter with aliens from another dimension — but includes a section where Morrison offers commentary and trivia about his work, characters and ideas, some of which are quite interesting and provocative.

On Batman:

Gayness is built into Batman. I’m not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There’s just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he’s intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay. I think that’s why people like it. All these women fancy him and they all wear fetish clothes and jump around rooftops to get to him. He doesn’t care — he’s more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid.

On Wonder Woman:

The article indicates that Morrison is presently at work on “a stand-alone Wonder Woman graphic novel” for DC Comics. Presumably this is the material Morrison  spoke about last year, a Wonder Woman story that deals with the character’s feminist and fetishistic origins.

On Magneto:

The X-Men fans hated me because I made him into a stupid old drug-addicted idiot. He had started out as this sneering, grim terrorist character, so I thought, Well, that’s who he really is. [Writer] Chris Claremont had done a lot of good work over the years to redeem the character: He made him a survivor of the death camps and this noble antihero. And I went in and sh*t on all of it. It was right after 9/11, and I said there’s nothing f**king noble about this at all.

Rock on, Grant Morrison. That Batman quote is one of the best I’ve heard him drop in a while. For more of this swanky peering into Morrison’s dome-piece, you can read the entire portion online.