For years, Bleeding Cool lead rumormonger Rich Johnston has been an outspoken critic of insane 1%er and Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter. Johnston has reported on Ike's follies with corporate harassment lawsuits, as well as his personal vendetta against the 20th Century Fox corporation over movie rights that has forced Marvel Comics to scale back focus on the X-Men and Fantastic Four in comics and refuse to allow the characters to appear on any merchandising, even going as far as digitally editing old comic book covers for use on t-shirts. So when Johnston published an article today defending Perlmutter and blaming Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige for the dispute between the two today, many readers were confused. Why would Johnston suddenly take Perlmutter's side?
Johnston once claimed to have a secret about a high level Big Two executive, "worse than Jimmy Saville" (a British TV star who molested hundreds of children), that would force a major publisher to shut down if revealed. The Outhouse has long theorized that Perlmutter, a notoriously private and controversial individual, and about as high level an executive at Marvel as one can get, is the subject of Johnston's big secret. And with Johnston now acting as Perlmutter's biggest fan, there's only one logical conclusion we can come to: Perlmutter learned of Johnston's secret and has found a secret of his own that would force Bleeding Cool to shut down if revealed, gaining the upper hand and forcing Johnston into servitude with some of his own medicine.
Now, the tables are turned, and Johnston must write articles sucking up to Perlmutter and attacking his enemies, such as Feige. We feel for you, Uncle Rich. This is a shitty situation to be in, and no way for a respected journalist to be forced to behave. Let us know if we can help you out in any way.
For instance, you could tell *us* the secret that would shut down a major comic book publisher, and we could go post it anonymously on Reddit so that it would instantly become a top story on CBR. Then, Perlmutter would be ruined, Marvel shut down, and you'd be free to go back to writing articles about all the money DC is losing while simultaneously reminding readers that you knew about the story before anyone else.
Everybody wins, Rich. Hit us up on Twitter if you want to make a deal.