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SDCC: Is DC Trying to Steal John Romita Jr. From Marvel?!

Postby LOLtron » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:50 pm

 


Source: Bleeding Cool

Like, OMG, have you heard what Rich Johnston is saying about John Romita Jr.?! In totes scandalous news, Bleeding Cool is reporting that DC has offered JR Jr. the opportunity to write and draw Superman in an attempt to lure the lifelong Marvel artist over to their camp. DC has shown that it has absolutely no problem producing a really crappy book about a top tier character simply to bribe popular artists. Just look at David Finch's Batman: The Dark Knight, the worst Batman book in living memory, or anything Tony Daniel writes. Or Rob Liefeld. Jesus.

If Johnston is correct, and let's face it, he probably is, then they could be in for the coup of the decade... if that decade were the 1990s. What DC doesn't understand is that people don't buy comics for artists anymore. They buy them for the writers, which DC seems to drive away in droves. Maybe DC thinks that artists who apparently have no business writing in the first place will be less likely to walk off a book when assaulted with neverending editorial interference.

It's an interesting strategy, and we'll have to see how it plays out. If Romita really is willing to jump ship from Marvel, I'd be interested in learning what they did to make Romita so willing to jump ship. I mean, it's not like we're talking about Superman from 30 years ago here, when it might have actually meant something to write and draw him. Superman and Batman are like the town bicycle at this point.



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Re: SDCC: Is DC Trying to Steal John Romita Jr. From Marvel?

Postby Punchy » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:43 pm

I really can't imagine JRjr at DC, it would blow my mind.

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Re: SDCC: Is DC Trying to Steal John Romita Jr. From Marvel?

Postby MikeinLA » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:01 pm

JRjr wrote some creator owned title, didn't he? The Grey Zone or something like that? Anyone read it?

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Re: SDCC: Is DC Trying to Steal John Romita Jr. From Marvel?

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:04 pm

MikeinLA wrote:JRjr wrote some creator owned title, didn't he? The Grey Zone or something like that? Anyone read it?


The Grey Area was the name of the series, and yeah he did both the writing and the art for it. It was released by Image and I recall it being good.
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Re: SDCC: Is DC Trying to Steal John Romita Jr. From Marvel?

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:12 pm

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If Johnston is correct, and let's face it, he probably is, then they could be in for the coup of the decade... if that decade were the 1990s. What DC doesn't understand is that people don't buy comics for artists anymore. They buy them for the writers, which DC seems to drive away in droves. Maybe DC thinks that artists who apparently have no business writing in the first place will be less likely to walk off a book when assaulted with neverending editorial interference.


This would be part of the problem that DC has right now. There seems to be a certain segment of their management that don't realize that the 90s, while financially a success for the comics industry, was in a lot of ways, a failure artistically. I can't say it was a total failure artistically, because that would dismiss things like Sandman. They seem to have completely forgotten that a lot of the things that happened in that decade lead to the financial collapse of the industry and they seem to want to go right back down the same road.
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Postby Herald » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:37 pm

Stephen Day wrote:
This would be part of the problem that DC has right now. There seems to be a certain segment of their management that don't realize that the 90s, while financially a success for the comics industry, was in a lot of ways, a failure artistically. I can't say it was a total failure artistically, because that would dismiss things like Sandman. They seem to have completely forgotten that a lot of the things that happened in that decade lead to the financial collapse of the industry and they seem to want to go right back down the same road.


See also: Bob Harras.

And, if you remember a certain podcast interview, Bobby's old pal, Scott Lobdell, also subscribes to this "Let's try to resurrect the '90s!!" theory.

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Re: SDCC: Is DC Trying to Steal John Romita Jr. From Marvel?

Postby achilles » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:00 pm

I wonder if they have naked pictures of Romita Jr. killing a midget Thai prostitute to persuade him to work for them? That'd be about the only way they'd get someone sane to work for them.
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Postby superfictious » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:02 pm

Fans of the Big 2 buy for the character these days, then they look at the creative team in order to cheer or bitch about it online.

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Postby Stephen Day » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:09 pm

superfictious wrote:Fans of the Big 2 buy for the character these days, then they look at the creative team in order to cheer or bitch about it online.


In some ways I'd agree, but then again, look at the success of Guardians of the Galaxy with Bendis as the writer. Big name writers can still add a lot to the bottom line.
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Postby Herald » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:20 pm

superfictious wrote:Fans of the Big 2 buy for the character these days


I take it you've never heard of Geoff Johns, then? His Aquaman is not any better written than, say, when Peter David was writing him, but the book's numbers shot up in part because Johns was writing him. Geoff's early Justice League completely sucked, but it sold well in part because "Written by Geoff Johns!" was stamped on it.

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Re: SDCC: Is DC Trying to Steal John Romita Jr. From Marvel?

Postby superfictious » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:24 pm

But for the most part, characters sell. A JL, Spider-Man, Avengers, or Wolverine book (as long as it dosn't completely blow) written by a nobody will still outsell books of less popular characters done by name creators. There's a reason seemingly everything at the Big 2 is now under the Avengers, Batman, JL, and Wolverine umbrella.

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Re: SDCC: Is DC Trying to Steal John Romita Jr. From Marvel?

Postby GLX » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:32 pm

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Re: SDCC: Is DC Trying to Steal John Romita Jr. From Marvel?

Postby holtom2000 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:48 am

GLX wrote:

i'm totally saying that at Disney World this September lol .. and very apro for this thread!

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