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Okay, how many of you remember this little gem?  This is the special cheap publicity stunt alternate gimmick cover to Sound Waves #4, done as a gag for me by Dwayne Biddix, who penciled my script for The Supremacy and is just an all-around swell guy.  Click the image to bring up the picture page, then click it again to read the text in the red burst circle.  It's part of the joke.

The inspiration, I think, is obvious -- all the death being done as a cheap publicity stunt.  Indeed, I've sometimes wondered if this is now required in comics (no, no one in Sound Waves is going to buy the farm).  I've goofed on it and everything.  After all, it fools no one.  No one hears a character is gone and really believes it.

Marvel recently decided to kill off Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four comic.  They caught a wave of mainstream media interest and made a killing * grin * with it.  Right now, the ComicsPro retailer summit is going on, and the VP of Sales at Marvel, David Gabriel, had two things to say:

1)  They are going to kill a main character every quarter.

2)  "This is not a joke."

No, but the motivation is.  Eventually, the public will catch on and no one will reward the attention whoring anymore.  You sure you want to go down that road?

You know, maybe this would be a good thing for comics.  If killing characters off loses its ability to goose sales and draw attention, then maybe creatively bankrupt series will have to actually do other things to bring and keep readers.  Like maybe, oh, off the top of my head, good storytelling?

So get ready for beloved characters to drop like flies in the coming year.  I got $5 says Mary Jane Watson gets offed, just because Joe Quesada seems to like pissing off the Spider fans.  Any takers?


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Feb. 12th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Why does he like to piss of the Spider fans?
Feb. 12th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure why. See, Quesada has never liked the idea of a married Peter Parker. His solution was to have Peter Parker make a deal with the devil.

No, that's not a joke.

Aunt May was dying (again) and Peter made a deal with Mephisto, the Marvel Universe version of the devil. In exchange for Aunt May living, he and Mary Jane would lose all memory of their time together, save for some unconscious spot that would be crying out in agony for Mephisto's delight.

Quesada, when asked why he didn't just have Peter and MJ divorce, said the kids would never accept a divorced Spider-Man. So instead, he makes a deal with the devil. Yeah, that's MUCH better.

Since then, there have been at least two times when stories have hinted to fans that Peter and MJ would reconnect, only to have the rug pulled out from under them. Then there was the One Moment In Time, which attempted to explain why they never got married in this new continuity. Each time, Quesada takes particular delight in explaining this is the way it is and it ain't going to change. So these little things seem more like playing with the fans who aren't happy with the current direction of the series than anything else.

So it's Quesada's behavior that seems to indicate he has no problem pissing off the fans. The story was handled so poorly, you could almost hear the editorial fiat dictating the events. Now, he's EIC, he's free to do what he wants. It's just the juvenile nature of his defiance that gets me.
Feb. 13th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, you are right making a deal with the devil..is oh so much better. *rolls eyes*

It sounds like Quesada is just an idiot. I won't be going back to Spidey anytime soon. If that is how it is...
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