Via the Comics Journal’s excerpt of the book everyone is talking about, Sean Howe’s MARVEL: THE UNTOLD STORY.
On February 17, 1992, the day the article [about the departure of the Image founders from Marvel] ran, Marvel’s stock dropped more than eleven dollars a share. The Los Angeles Times, CNN, and USA Today all chimed in about Liefeld, Lee, McFarlane, and the other renegade artists who were standing up to big business. In response, Marvel president Terry Stewart made a statement that “the importance of the creative people is still secondary to the (comic book) characters,” a stance that hardly discouraged Marvel’s new image as a corporate overlord.
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