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HNutz

Rain Partier

Postby HNutz » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:46 pm

According to Jim Shooter, Marvel had the chance to grab ALL the DC characters back in the '80's!

Sometime in February, 1984, my secretary (it was okay to say “secretary” in those days) the wonderful Lynn Cohen told me that Bill Sarnoff was on the phone. Not his secretary, Bill Sarnoff himself, holding for me. Great Scott! Bill Sarnoff was the Big Cheese, I forget his exact title, of the publishing arm of Warner Communications. Among the operations under his purview was DC Comics. Bill introduced himself, as if that was necessary. What he wanted to talk about was licensing the publishing rights for all DC characters to Marvel Comics. 


More at the link, of course.

So.. what are your thoughts on that?

What do you think the Marvel Universe would look like with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and all the rest in it?
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Lord Ice

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby Lord Ice » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:44 pm

The Marvel of then would have been good owners with great stories. The Marvel of now would be as more neglectful as they were with Malibu and the Ultraverse. But somehow, they'd still be better with DC than the current regime. :lol:
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:41 am

And two years later DC just exploded with innovation and excellent story telling (Crisis, Watchmen, Swamp Thing, Byrne's Superman, Perez's Wonder Woman, Dark Knight, etc).

I'll take what happened over what might have any day.
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SuperginraiX

Outhouse Editor

Postby SuperginraiX » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:45 am

Ah, Jim Shooter's blog. That thing was fascinating. I miss his regular updates. :(

The Old Doctor

Postby The Old Doctor » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:44 am

It sounds like bullshit. First DC was still having great sales at that point and even surpassing Marvel with it's top titles at the time. 1984 was the year DC had the baxter series come out and those were money makers. Prior to that, each of the baxter titles as well as several others such as All-Star Squadron were selling in the top ten and often in the top five. Hell NTT topped the list more then once. :roll:

Amoebas wrote:And two years later DC just exploded with innovation and excellent story telling (Crisis, Watchmen, Swamp Thing, Byrne's Superman, Perez's Wonder Woman, Dark Knight, etc).

I'll take what happened over what might have any day.


Yeah, the Great Darkness Saga, the formative New Teen Titans stories had occurred and stuff like Chamelot 3000 had also happened. All prior to 1984.

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