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Investigative Report: DC Replacing Letterers With Child Slaves?

Written by Jude Terror on Saturday, February 08 2014 and posted in News with Benefits

Investigative Report: DC Replacing Letterers With Child Slaves?

We investigated accusations that DC was not properly crediting its letterers, but what we found was far, far worse.

Ah, the credits page. The way that we know whose work went into producing the comic we're enjoying. It's where we find out who wrote and penciled the book. Sometimes there's an inker. Cover and variant cover artists. A colorist. Usually a few different levels of editors. Oh yeah, and the letterer. Can't forget about the letterer.


Here's a page from Action Comics #28, which came out last Wednesday:

Well, that looks pretty good, right? It even has a credit for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. But who's that that did the lettering? Let's take a closer look:

Seems you can forget about the letterer. You know, if DC were going to take any aspect of their comic book production and attribute it to a generic group of faceless, soulless automatons, we really figured it would be their editors.

We sent Ace Reporter ThanosCopter to DC Comics headquarters to find out more about this story. Copter soon found himself enjoying a dinner of Snake Surprise in DC's executive dining room.

On the surface, nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary. Dan Didio (left) and Geoff Johns (right) assured ThanosCopter (middle, bowtie, handsome) that DC's letterers were being treated with the highest respect, and that this little lettering snafu must be some kind of a mixup at the printers.

Editor in Chief Bob Harras seemed completely unconcerned. But still, something wasn't right.

ThanosCopter decided to take a look around after dinner was over. It wasn't long before he located a secret passageway and followed it into the dark bowels of DC's corporate headquarters.

What he found will shock you.

That's right. DC's in house lettering is being done by an army of child slaves. JUST AS WE SUSPECTED!

We told ThanosCopter to get out of there so we could publish our report and contact the proper authorities. He hasn't arrived back here at the Outhouse Newsroom yet. We're sure he's just running late.

In any case, shame on you, DC. Lettering is an important part of making comic books, and letterers deserve credit. If Scott Lobdell isn't going to be credited as DC Writing, and your entire editorial isn't going to be credited as The Usual Gang of Idiots, then the letterers should be credited by name as well.

For instance...

Thanks to Simon Bowland, letterer for comics from Dynamite, 2000AD, Image, and Monkeybrain who called our attention to this situation with his tweet:



Prompting some others to chime in:







Read the ongoing conversation here.

Hopefully, DC rectifies this situation, letterers are credited by name on future books, and the children are returned to their village along with their magical stone.

But then again, this is DC, so, yeah... we're not hanging on to that hope too tightly.

Speak for yourself, Jude Terror!


Thanks to for the images.


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About the Author - Jude Terror

Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.

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