Comic Book Resources is halfway through a week-long, epic length interview with Marvel E-i-C Joe Quesada, in which he explains all about “One More Day” — and we do mean all. Interviewer Jonah Weiland covers every facet of the controversy, and Quesada has his usual knack for sounding candid. The interview is huge so we’ll pick out some of the more controversial topics he addresses below.
On missing the deadlines for “One More Day” (which Quesada also drew):
I’m a pretty positive guy, my wife sometimes looks at me like I’m an idiot because I really do see the glass as half full almost all the time. So, I always go into these things with the best of intentions, but the last two times I’ve attempted this, the job always catches up with me. With “One More Day,” the job was causing me to go slower than I would have liked, but in the end, the unexpected twists and turns we had with the third and fourth issue were the final tipping points. But that’s the risks you run when you’re cutting it so close to the bone. So, I think looking ahead, the prudent thing for me to do would just to not do any time sensitive projects again, at least while I have the day job.
On J Michael Straczynski’s objections to the story which Quesada says were due to the mechanics of the ending, not the ending itself.
…[T]here are two sides to all of these things and as EIC, I’m stuck with the tough task of having to make tough calls, sometimes calls that effect even my dearest friends. In the end, we either accept it professionally, or we don’t. Joe was a pro about it — he wasn’t happy about it, but he was a pro and did the best he could.
What had unfortunately happened with Joe’s original scripts is that we didn’t receive the story and methodology to the resolution that we were all expecting. What made that very problematic is that we had four writers and artists well underway on “Brand New Day” that were expecting and needed “One More Day” to end in the way that we had all agreed it would. Joe’s original scripts, especially the fourth, didn’t provide that.
Once and for all, why Spidey shouldn’t be married:
Here is the question that I have posed over and over again and no one has given me a logical answer to: outside of having kids (which I never would have done with Peter and MJ in the first place) or divorce/annulment (which is another thing I never would have done) is there a story that I can tell with a married Peter and MJ that I can’t tell with a Peter Parker who is just dating and deeply in love with MJ? There isn’t a single one. Every story you can tell works just as well if they’re married of just dating and in love.
Now, let me ask the reverse: Are there any stories that I can tell with a single Peter Parker that I can’t tell with a married one? You betcha! And therein lies the problem and the irrefutable logic. While the marriage is absolutely the logical progression for a character like Peter Parker, so is having kids, having grandkids, growing old and dying. Would we — better yet, should we — go that far? Of course not. So why isn’t getting married too far? Simple: Because a lot of people have grown accustomed to it, indeed, attached to it — and that is understandable. But it wasn’t the healthiest long-term scenario for the character. Each one of those life progressions (marriage, child, grandkids, etc.) cuts Peter Parker and the Spider-Man books off from the story-trappings that have been the bedrock of great Spider-Man stories.
Quesada says the original marriage of Spidey was a media stunt, which is true as far as we can remember. Parts four and five of the interview go up today and tomorrow.
[Above, a panel from the original art by Quesada, as inked by Danny Miki.]