Thursday, January 05, 2012

Some Passing Thawtz

So, I got myself a 41st birthday gift, which arrived just the other day (a bit early, but that's okay)...

46 of the finest issues of 1990's Image comics to grace the planet. Let the Rob Liefeld adoration begin!

I would like to share with you a quotation from the letters page of Youngblood issue # 2, the issue cover-dated July of 1992. This letter was written by Mike Leonard of Cherry Time, PA, and the quotation reads thusly...

"In closing, I'd like to say that i think single-creator comics will be the wave of the future. With John Byrne handling everything on Next Men, Todd McFarlane on Spawn, as well as Rob (Liefeld) doing his thing here on Youngblood, I think these new formats will give the industry's best and brightest their chance to shine, without having to worry about excessive continuity and "economic constraint". Let's face it, ultra-popular characters like Wolverine and Batman are never going to die. I hope Rob takes full advantage of the "no-holds-barred" concept that Youngblood gives him to do some really fantastic storytelling. I think it's high time we got away from sales gimmicks and the so-called "bottom-line" and went back to the old standards that the comic industry seems to have forgotten. And that is that entertaining the readers is more important than seeing how much money can be drained from their wallets."

What a shame, that the very industry that gave us new life in the 90's through the vision of Liefeld and others in Image Comics, STILL hasn't gotten the message through their thick skulls. Now, more than ever, we the readers of comics have become nothing more than an open wallet to the fat-cats who run companies like Marvel Comics. rather than giving the readers what THEY want, Marvel enjoys TELLING the readers what they want, then ramming it down their throats. They are dinosaurs, usually only surviving due to sales gimmicks like the yearly or twice-yearly massive company-wide events.

Image had it right back in the 90's. It's a shame that the lessons that should have been learned back then, were swept under the rug and forgotten so quickly. We, the consumers, are the ones who are left to suffer.


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