The unexpected cancelation of Thanos: Son of Titan casts a shadow of uncertainty over the entire future of the comic book industry!
Source: Bleeding Cool
Thanos has been getting a lot of attention since appearing in a post-credit scene in The Avengers and having his helicopter stolen by The Outhouse Newsroom. Sales of his first appearance shot up on ebay, old stories like Thanos Quest were reprinted
, and most believe that Thanos will play a huge role in the Avengers
sequel and possibly the Guardians of the Galaxy
Or at least, they believed that until today.
Back in May, Starlin had this to say about The Avengers:
"It's nice to see my work recognized as being worth something beyond the printed page, and it was very cool seeing Thanos up on the big screen. But this is the second film that had something I created for Marvel in it - the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor being the other - and both films I had to pay for my own ticket to see them. Financial compensation to the creators of these characters doesn't appear to be part of the equation."
Comic book creators have long been given the proverbial shaft when it comes to movie ticket compensation. The Outhouse can shockingly reveal that Jack Kirby, who co-created most of the Marvel Universe, was not given a free pass to a single Marvel movie made after 1994.
This is the first time, however, that a publisher has shown any signs of backing down in a creator challenge. In fact, the reaction of major comics publishers to creator complaints is usually to publicly humiliate and dishonor the creator, as DC Comics has done to the venerable Alan Moore with its Before Watchmen series of comic prequels, toasters, and black magic hexes.
Marvel has not given any reason for the cancelation, only sending out the following message to retailers:
THANOS SON OF TITAN #1 (OF 5) & VAR (AUG120580-1, $2.99, FOC 09/24/12) has been canceled.
What this means for the future of Thanos in Marvel is uncertain. It could be that Marvel is looking to remove focus from Thanos to avoid a potential legal struggle with Starlin, in which case they will probably replace him with another galactic supervillain, like Galactus, Cyclops, or Mitt Romney. Or it could be that Marvel is simply preparing to launch an all out assault on Starlin by exploiting his character more than it ever has been before, in which case we can expect Gaynos, the newly revealed homosexual alien supervillain, to be featured in a same-sex space-marriage issue very soon.
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