On October 12, DC Universe premiered Titans and shortly after, Gerry Conway, co-creator of such characters as Jason Todd, The Punisher, and Power Girl, had some strong words for DC regarding giving comic creators credit on the TV show.
F**king disgusting that @DCComics did not give screen credit to @marvwolfman and @perezartist for creating half the characters in Titans, only "based on characters from DC" as if DC created them. Yet lots of space for SIX Executive Producer credits.— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) October 13, 2018
Would it have cost you anything to give credit where credit is due, @DCComics? "Based on characters from DC," that's just pathetic. Fix this. Do the right thing. Stop being jerks. Because this is jerk behavior.— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) October 13, 2018
Jerry Ordway, artist on many DC titles including Superman, Crisis On Infinite Earths, and All-Star Squadron, weighed in on the situation as well.
Those movie / tv credits came in with Geoff Johns when he was in charge of DC filmed entertainment. Maybe they left with him when Warner moved him out? Especially sucky on a DC streaming site that was laser targeted at comic book fans.— Jerry Ordway (@JerryOrdway) October 13, 2018
The characters and stories are created by magical elves, in a room in Burbank:)— Jerry Ordway (@JerryOrdway) October 13, 2018
Conway also called out Geoff Johns and is waiting on him to speak out.
He's also an Executive Producer on the show, which in TV could mean anything; at the least he should be a loud voice for creator credit. Waiting to hear him speak up. https://t.co/wFUKkqGNlv— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) October 13, 2018
Conway says that most pros agree with him but are afraid to lose work over speaking out. Luckily, he's retired.
Sad commentary on the fear based restraint publishers exercise over creators: most pros agree with me about the behavior of @DCComics regarding creator credit but won't say so for fear of losing work. Since I'm retired I can say what they can't. Spread the word. https://t.co/fydMNuQH27— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) October 13, 2018
Meanwhile, if you want a good Titans show that credits the creators, might we suggest Teen Titans Go! To the Movies?