It's been 28 days since we had occasion to reset the Has DC Done Something Stupid Today counter, and we just published an article yesterday ranking the Top Five Reasons DC Hasn't Done Something Stupid Lately. Right on cue, Eric Powell just posted an image on his Facebook page from the April issue of Diamond Previews, showing the solicitation for Batman: Arkham Asylum - Living Hell Deluxe Hardcover Edition, and crediting the cover to series artist Ryan Sook. The problem? The cover was drawn by Powell, not Sook.
The error is also present in the DC April Solicitations sent to comic book sites that are not The Outhouse:
BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM – LIVING HELL DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by RYAN SOOK, WADE VON GRAWBADGER and JIM ROYAL
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 4 • 160 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $22.99 US
ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL examines the dark underbelly of Gotham City’s notorious “House of Madness!” Warren White, one of Gotham’s most successful financiers, thought he could beat his jail rap by pleading insanity. Now he’s finding out why you don’t cop an insanity plea in Gotham! Expect appearances by Batman, The Joker, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, and the rest of Arkham’s regulars — plus the debut of several new Rogues! Collecting the edgy 6-issue miniseries in hardcover for the first time!
Powell (jokingly?) commented in a post that's gotten almost 500 likes, 15 shares, and a ton of comments so far:
Hey #DCcomics I know you're sore at me for poking fun at you, but you could at least credit me for my cover. [winking emoticon]
Personally, we think Powell may be being too hard on poor DC. After all, what were they supposed to do? Look at the image itself and notice Powell's signature, right there on the cover in plain view? That's asking too much from a company that couldn't even be bothered to credit the creative teams on the gimmick covers during its epic 3Dnado clutsterfuck.
Perhaps the problem is that DC has already driven off too many of their creators, so they need to start offending creators that don't even work for them. Another, probably more reasonable, theory is that Sook is in the process of drawing a new cover now, and DC just needed to throw Powell's up as a placeholder, because why wouldn't they not be ready with a cover for a collection of a book that's ten years old? Still, it's not without precedent, and the printed Previews catalog page does say "not final cover" off to the lower left, but the solicits that DC sent to Newsarama, CBR, and ComicsAlliance do not say anything about the cover being temporary.
In any case, for failing to credit an artist for work being used to sell your product despite his fucking signature being right there on the cover, after we just ran an article yesterday about the Top Five Artists Ironically Snubbed by the GLAAD Awards, you know what we have to do, right?
RESET THE COUNTER!
Ahhhhhh. God, that felt good. It's been too long.
And hey, if you think we're being too rough on them, all you have to is remember that Warner Bros. also cast the dude from The Social Network as Lex Luthor in the Superman vs. Batman movie, this morning, so a counter reset is justified today no matter what. :)
UPDATE: Ace Reporter GHERU points out that DC did the same thing in December with the cover for Hellblazer Vol. 7: Tainted Love, in which Francesco Fracavilla was listed as the cover artist in the solicitation while the image clearly showed the signature of Glenn Fabry. In that case, at least on the Vertigo website listing (which is still up), there was no notice about the cover not being final. Even worse, they did the same thing with Hellblazer Vol. 5: Dangerous Habits New Edition, where Dave Johnson was listed as the cover artist but Glenn Fabry's signature was again on the image. Poor Glenn Fabry!
In at least the Vol. 7 incident, a Facebook commenter on the Vertigo Website confirmed that the book did indeed come with a Francesco Francavilla cover when printed, which just goes to prove our theory that
Germans love David Hasselhoff the new Sook cover just isn't done yet, and DC needs to give all their typo-prone interns a bare bottom spanking.