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Unheard Of In Modern Comics, Tom King Wants To Be On Batman For 100 Issues

Written by Tim Midura on Friday, September 08 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Unheard Of In Modern Comics, Tom King Wants To Be On Batman For 100 Issues

He'll still probably go through 46 different artists.

Source: Slate

Tom King is DC's new wunderkind, using his CIA background to weasel his way onto writing Batman, taking over for former DC wunderkind Scott Snyder. King did an in depth interview with Slate about his transition from CIA operative to comic book writer. He wants to stay on the book for 100 issues, roughly double the time Snyder was.

King also touched on the ever changing nature of working on a character such as Batman.

Describing how he thinks about writing, King observes, "All stories are just stories of a character changing." And yet, where Batman is concerned, you can only ever change so much, partly because the assignment of writing his adventures is surprisingly intimidating. As a more established writer told King early on, virtually every Batman story imaginable has been told at some point in the character's history, and more will be told down the line. "The best lesson to learn in comics, and probably any serialized medium," King says he eventually realized, "is that the next guy who gets it is going to erase everything you did."

After mentioning how he completely erased Snyder's run, King then went into his beef with Editor Mark Doyle and why Batman #24 had two editors.

"Batman #24, there are two editors listed for that book, we switched editors half way though... it's not normal, it's very weird.

I got in a big fight with my editor about it, an editor I love, Mark Doyle, he wanted to bring in an artist on it who had not worked on the book before, I knew it was this big moment, Batman proposing to Catwoman, you're going to turn on Twitter there it's going to be that stupid image, I want this to be an image with David, I want him to draw this issue. 'No, no, David's too busy going on vacation', just call him, We got in a big fight over it, and in the end we switched editors and got David and that's how we brought Jamie Rich on the book.

That's something I could not do earlier in my career, say I'm putting my foot down, that's something you can only say when you've had a lot of success.... When you first come in you have no power at all, you are at the whim of your editors who are in control of whether you eat this day."

With the amount of power King currently has, DC has to do something soon or he'll be an unstoppable force, steamrolling over everything and everyone in his path.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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