Jim Starlin and Marvel Comics have always had a rocky relationship. The pair have never seen quite eye to eye. Starlin would like to keep writing The Infinity Gauntlet over and over again every couple of years, while Marvel would prefer to have different writers, like Jonathan Hickman, write The Infinity Gauntlet over and over again every couple of years. They're close, and yet so far apart on this issue.
However, the most recent tiff between Marvel and Starlin began back in May of 2012, with the release of The Avengers, which featured Starlin's character, Thanos, in a post-credits scene. Starlin was pissed, you see, because Marvel didn't give him a free ticket to see the movie. We reported on his statements at the time:
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.
And though Starlin has worked for Marvel repeatedly over the last two years, there have been a few bumps in the road. Most recently, tempers flared when Starlin was told he could no longer use Adam Warlock and Thanos in stories. I mean, how the fuck's a Jim Starlin gonna write the god damn Infinity Gauntlet Part 57 if he can't use motherfucking Adam Warlock or Thanos? From our report:
Just finished penciling and scripting my four-issue story arc (#7-10) for the Savage Hulk Series. Not sure what I'm going to do now, seeing as how I can't do any further Thanos/Adam Warlock stories, as was the plan.
This time, after I brought Adam Warlock back from the dead in the Infinity Revelation, someone at Marvel anonymously put a corporation-wide-no-use restriction on the character, effectively putting the brakes on the on-going plans I had for him and the Titan.
This caused portly Marvel Senior Vice President of Twinkies Tom Brevoort to condescendingly blast Starlin and bloggers for talking out of turn:
This is all really about something else, something much smaller that Jim probably shouldn’t even have taken public on his Facebook page. But he did, so there you go. But it’s grown and changed and become so exaggerated as the information passes from one “well-respected comics blogger” to another that it bears no resemblance to the truth.
But in the end, it looks like Starlin and Marvel have worked things out, and Starlin can go back to writing the Infinity Gauntlet over and over. How did they do it? Marvel finally bought him that goddamn movie ticket, that's how. From Starlin's facebook page:
Marvel and I have settled our differences on Adam Warlock and he will be appearing, along with Thanos and other characters, in all three of the graphic novels I am doing with Marvel.
I know I've done a bit of Marvel-bashing on this page in the past. But times change. David Bogart has arranged for Marvel fly Sonny and I out to LA for the premiere of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. How can you stay mad at a company that does that? This is going to be very cool and I will post pics! See you at the movies!
Isn't that nice? Be sure to check back here at The Outhouse in August when Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters and we learn that Marvel refused to buy Starlin a box of Sour Patch Kids at the theater, kicking this whole cycle off all over again.