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S.F. Jude Terror wrote:
Well, it's an incestuous relationship that has been built up over decades. There was a time when people who were just writers got jobs in comics and told comic book stories, but for a long time now, most of the creators in comics were comic book fans. So if you wonder why Rob Liefeld would engage in countless e-battles with fans back on Newsarama's message boards, why creators fight with each other on message boards and twitter, why Dan Slott, the writer of Amazing Spider-Man, would show up here to good-naturedly tease Zechs and tell Rockman he banged his mom, why Mark Waid would tell the posters on Newsarama that they'd be eating from straws if they continued to call Stephen Wacker unprofessional for leaving DC in the middle of 52, or why Dan Didio would put Herald in a comic and goof on him, the answer is simple: they are us. If they weren't working in comics, they'd be on a message board bitching about them.
You don't need to understand the relationship between comics creators and fanboys. Comic creators ARE fanboys. Comic books themselves are pretty much corporate sponsored official fanfic. In the case of anything involving Wolverine, slashfic.
You definitely came to the right place.
Too true or the fact they enjoy poking the fanbase and teasing when they know full well the end result was going to be. Slott knew and enjoyed the fact of laying those clues and hints. It really is a symbiotic relationship fan boys and certain creators have with one another. I think honestly think Slott feeds and relishes fanboys such as myself. Because it makes him realize how good a writer he is to make me act out like I did. However, in DC's case they've always taken the hostel approach (Didio, Johns, Harras) in bullying or dodging the fanbase (save Gail, Scott Snyder, and Kyle Higgins who instead embrace it). Here we have a battle between the old and new guards of comics. Someone is going to give.
And if you need the ultimate example of a fanboy creator living out his dream there's Geoff Johns writing in Superboy about what if Lex Luthor was Superboy's other father and the editor of those letter columns remarks on how it's not possible. Cue five years later and Johns makes it possible. That's the greatest documented example of a fanboy creator doing what he always wanted to do and did.