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The departure of Dan DiDio as DC Co-Publisher on Friday was both long expected and shocking. His exit was rumored many many times over the years, and every contract renewal was a will he or won’t he suspense movie.

Before I get around to explaining the title of this story, I’m going to unroll some history. If you are impatient. just scroll down to the section called The Dirt. But then come back and read this. 

How did Dan DiDio last so long when he was wildly controversial? My understanding is that, abrasive and mercurial as he could be, in the past he was seen as an irreplaceable figure, manning the steering wheel of the good ship DCU with a knowledge of the seas that no one else had.  

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While he and Publisher Jim Lee were the two captains, in recent years, Lee was often working on supplemental projects like DC Universe and video games. In their final ICv2 chat, or DC publisher panels, you could see a bit of where their different interests lay.

But it was always clear that the DCU, and the periodical market, was DiDio’s passion. If I could go back in time, one of the things that I would do (besides buy real estate in the 90s) is get a recording of a panel I did at the first or second NYCC called “Is The Periodical Doomed?” which featured me, DiDio, retailer Brian Hibbs and Nickelodeon editor Dave Roman. I can always hear DiDio’s words echoing in my head: “I’m a pamphlet man.” He may have said “I’m a periodical guy” – that’s why I wish I had a recording – but the meaning was clear.

DiDio loved the comic book format and specifically DC comic books. And over the year he oversaw DC, he was the singular driving force behind what you picked up on the stands, for better or worse. Call it passion…call it micro-managing.

It was a tumultuous, drama filled journey – but one that forged the kind of relationships that only drama can create. If the outpouring of emotion of DiDio’s departure on twitter showed anything, it was that he truly had forged a bond of friendship with a lot of creators, and championed a lot of today’s biggest stars – and not always the ones you would have expected.

But there was also the knowledge that it was the end of an era. As I called it here many time, “The Crisis Era” – and to see the label “Age of Crisis” applied to one of the “generation” one shots that was to launch in May was pretty hilarious.

The histories of DC and Marvel from the Silver Age to today show two different and opposite strategies. Stan and Jack’s Marvel Universe launched with a few pieces of the old Timely world (frozen Cap, a new Human Torch) but it was pretty much full speed ahead – any problems could be fixed in an editor’s note. Marvel has generally taken up what could be called the “Jane Fonda” approach. A nip here, a tuck there, and man it’s hard to believe they’re 80 years old! Peter Parker is still Peter Parker, one publicity driven marriage aside. Updating just which historical war someone was a veteran of is awkward, but quickly moved past.

The exception, of course, was the entire Ultimate line, spearheaded up by a Marvel non-purist, Bill Jemas, and now mostly set aside. But it was a singular approach to a time of horrible sales.

At DC, however, the very birth of their superhero line was a direct reference to somehow making the timeline fit: Flash of Two Worlds! Earth One and Earth Two! Editor Julius Schwartz’s need for tying things up would set off an ongoing editorial crisis that lasts to this day. And to think this was before fandom was even a real thing.

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DC was so worried about all these timelines and parallels that they introduced the most seminal event in superhero history to solve it: Crisis on Infinite Earths, a superstar maxi series that saw twelve issues of collapsing realities and tragic deaths. Marv Wolfman and George Pérez fired up the imaginations of continuity buffs everywhere with this epic “relaunch/retcon” and nothing would ever be the same – in fact “Pre-Crisis” and “Post-Crisis” would become words as important to DC editors as “theme” and “plot.”

(Notably, when Marvel made their big event in the same period, it was just a bunch of heroes going off to fight a bunch of villains, Secret Wars.)

But anyway, as time went on, the relaunch/retcon would become a cure for reader malaise as well as a way to lessen the hours of reading that editors and writers needed to do in order to write a 22 page comics story.  (Aside: it also inspired the entire career of Grant Morrison for a few decades.)

And no one rode the crisis wave like Dan DiDio.

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1994’s Zero Hour: Crisis in Time was a relatively benign crisis by today’s standards. But then in the Aughts, under DiDio’s watch, the crises came thick and fast.  It started with 2004’s Identity Crisis, a grim tale that found our heroes dealing with a gory rape/murder in an “adult” way. Although it didn’t set off any collapsing universes, a tone was set. Then came the aptly named Infinite Crisis, which touched off 52, the weekly comics series that was hell to produce but drove people into stores like crazy. Then came Countdown, aka Countdown to Final Crisis, another weekly series that led to…well, if you guessed a mini series called Final Crisis, you were correct. And it was only 2008.

But it was not to be the actual final crisis. All of these events on steroids — mostly masterminded by DiDio – had kept sales up but at the end of the decade things were floundering again. It was time for a NEW reboot, this one even more startling than the last few. Thus came Flashpoint and the big bang of The New 52, the most complete reboot of the DC line yet, with new #1s for 52 titles, and radically altered continuity.

But that was still not enough, so we had Convergence (which was actually an event created to allow DC’s staff to move cross country) and then….Rebirth!

Rebirth, unlike the other crises, was the baby of a different DC executive, Geoff Johns, who had been feuding with DiDio over the details of all of these revamps and retcons for years. Supposedly ushering in a more “optimistic” DCU, Rebirth pleased some old timer fans, but it also ushered in the eventual departure from DC of Johns.

BTW, I know I’m glossing over lots and lots of details here, but you want to know why Dan DiDio was fired, and I’m getting to that.

In the post-Johns DC, DiDio was back to crisis mode. Dark Nights: Metal was originally to be called Dark Crisis and frankly, it’s too bad it wasn’t because that would make the thread clear. (Heroes in Crisis wasn’t a continuity reboot, but it was another crisis…and a chance to make Wally West, long a DiDio target, a psychopathic killer.)

To be honest I didn’t really cover the DC beat as closely in the last two years – The Beat has a wonderful staff of writers who are huge DC fans and readers to do that; so I may be missing a nuance here or there. But The next few DC events all sounded rather dire: The Year of the Villain, DCeased.

It should be mentioned here that all of these crises were accompanied by a full helping of maiming, dismemberment, and death, usually of characters that Dan DiDio was not fond of, like Nightwing, Wally West and so on. He made his feeling clear about why he didn’t like them publicly: they aged the heroes they had once sidekicked to. Female characters were regularly fridged and sidelined along the way.

Anyway, all of this leads to the present moment and DiDio’s crisis too far: Generation Five, or whatever this spring’s retcon reboot was to be called.

Zack Quaintance did a fine job of laying out the known history of 5G here.  The basic idea has been floating around since the middle of last year, and is seemingly yet another response to flagging sales. The idea was sort of to Ultimatize DC: all of the main heroes would be replaced by new younger versions, a tried and true comic book procedure which ends up giving you a great wave of cheers when the originals return AND new refreshing characters with youthful appeal.

Just what was going to happen with 5G – or Generation Five, as it was beginning to be called – isn’t all that clear. Although I’ve been hearing bits and pieces about it for months, the plans seemed to keep morphing and changing. With the announcement of the Generation Zero one shot for Free Comic Book Day in May, the rocket seemed to be about to be launched. As reported by Quaintance:

For nearly a year, DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio has been hinting at a new official timeline for the shared superhero universe, one that includes the entirety of the publisher’s 80-plus years of superhero continuity. DiDio first mentioned this timeline at SDCC in July, before giving a quick glimpse of it to the audience at NYCC in October. In that timeline, there are five generations. Wonder Woman is the first superhero to reveal herself to the world, kicking off the first generation in World War I (see the Snyder/Hitch short that will also be in the FCBD issue). A second generation starts with the appearance of Superman, and a third spans from Crisis on Infinite Earths (1986) to Flashpoint (2011). The fourth generation is the one we’re in now, and a fifth generation is yet to come.

The rumor is this will all be made possible by a mix of Hypertime and Crisis, explaining how characters like Batman, for example, could have been active for so many years. We learned today that we’re getting a one-shot that takes place within each of those generations, and the subtitles for these books seem to imply that the above chronological demarcations were correct (yay!).

I think the key phrase above is “mix of Hypertime and Crisis.”

Although I haven’t mentioned it until now, Hypertime was yet another method for a different generation of DC editorial to deal with continuity headaches: all stories were true. It all happened somehow, and no need to worry about what was real. Hypertime wasn’t an actual story, it was a policy, as opposed to the shocking stories of an actual Crisis.

I was told that 5G would be an ultimate Hypertime, to coin a phrase, where all those continuities wiped out by this or that crisis would somehow be real again.

And that brings us to what you wanted to read:

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The Dirt

No matter how many times DiDio was promoted, he continued to micro-manage the DCU. I don’t think you’re going to be too shocked to learn that behind the scenes, planning for the 5G reboot/retcon/ultimate hypertime was incredibly stressful. DiDio started his own teaser roll outlast year with sneak peeks at wall charts, and hints on panels and leaks, familiar methods DiDio had used to tease previous crises. For the editorial staff, however, this was a series of constantly changing ideas, reassignments, and what turned into a hostile work environment. Although retailers may have fingered Scott Snyder as part of the coup, I’m told this was formal internal complaints that had reached a boiling point.

In recent months, morale had plummeted even more amid frequent shake ups in responsibilites. were the increasingly frequent departures. Editor Pat McCallum, who had just been made head of the whole DCU, quit in a rather sudden fashion. (I’m told he went away for Thanksgiving and then just gave notice.) Most recently, Alex Antone quit, taking a job at Skybound. 

It appears that the 5G chaos was finally enough to seal DiDio’s fate. The idea of swapping out new heroes for the older ones got a lot of pushback – especially as DC’s movie slate is gearing back up with Wonder Woman 84 and a new Batman. In addition, the whole Bat Penis Crisis left DiDIo with a black mark with Warner/AT&T’s new executive structure.

No one appears to know why the move was so sudden. As of earlier this week, Dan DiDio and Jim Lee were offered to press outlets as interview subjects at next week’s C2E2 and were slated to spear on a Meet the Publishers Panel there (now it will just be Lee.)

The timing during the ComicsPRO meeting was also awkward. Unlike last year’s dramatic presentation by DiDio, there were only two DC folks at the show, Vince Letterio and Adam Philips. DC’s planned hour presentation was cancelled, and Letterio and Phillips learned of DiDio’s departure by reading it online at the event. The reaction among retailers, I’m told, was “shock and awe.”

However, one also gets the feeling that this was a desperate, last minute surgical strike: the rollout to retailers of the complete 5G plan would have made these plans much more solid, and much more difficult to alter.

Will there even be a 5G now? And what will it be? No one I’ve talked to knows yet.

Will DiDio be replaced? No one at DC has any idea. For now, Jim Lee remains the sole Publisher. Bob Harras also remains as Editor in Chief, a position most people forget about since he keeps such a low public profile. That may change in the days ahead.

This shock is still fresh. The narrative of the last few months at DC will emerge to the public in some fashion in the days to come. For now, its safe to say that aside from the big bang of Ultimates, no one had as much effect on the course of periodical comics over the last two decades as Dan DiDio. He was an innovator and a trailblazer – one whose decisions often upset many people, both colleagues and readers. But he had a vision. The vision included harboring known sexual harassers and thinking it was fine if an entire gender was barred from working with certain editors, and a lot of other troubling things that will be assessed in the years to come. But he was the difference maker.

Since his removal, DiDio has been posting new cover photos on his FB page, photos that suggest he’s getting some time off with loved ones in a relaxed environment.

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He also broke silence to post a video, ironically, of DC’s last day in the New York Office:

Overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of love and support and it leaves me at a loss for words (first time for everything). So, instead, I’ll turn to what was said nearly five years ago on April 10, 2015 to best sum up how I feel. Love to you all

A sharp ding of a parting shot, it must be admitted. It won’t escape anyone with knowledge of the situation that of the executive team that oversaw DC’s move to Burbank – Diane Nelson, Geoff Johns, DiDio and Lee – only Lee remains. All the planning and scheming came to naught in the end.

I’ve written more than 2000 words about this, and I’ve only scratched the surface of a period in comics that will be written about and analyzed for years to come. The stories, the dramas, the fights, the triumphs.

Dan DiDio may be gone from DC, but it is safe to say that he will never be forgotten. To paraphrase Marlene Dietrich at the end of A Touch of Evil, he was some kind of co-publisher.

 

 

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Heidi, great work and a comprehensive look at a period and body of work that will be as controversial as the man himself. For those rejoicing, remember we have a person and family that just lost their livelihood. Having said that, as I posted in a chat over the weekend, I think we all just found for whom the real Doomsday Clock was ticking. The whole situation just had that feel of a flagging sports team and, just like the head coach or manager, you pay the price when the team performance and morale is low and you have no plan other than to just keep doing the same thing with no clear vision of a better tomorrow. There’s an extensive list of the Good, Bad and Ugly given the amount of time he was there. It all counts, but let’s not forget to say thanks for the good stuff and wish him well.

  2. That title should be “Age of Crises”…

    The multiverse Elseworlds tradition is part of DC’s corporate DNA. To try to unify it is like filling a ballroom with flour lamps and miles of red yarn. (Or building a Merzbau in your apartment.)

    I work in a comics shop. I have no idea how No Justice fits with Dark Metal fits with Doomsday Clock. Or with Legion. There are some nice corners in that universe being ignored…Shazam, Dial H, Wonder Twins…plus the original characters due soon from DC Kids. We’ll see where this all leads…but DC’s silver FCBD issues have always been better than the gold “event” comics.

  3. “It should be mentioned here that all of these crises were accompanied by a full helping of maiming, dismemberment, and death, usually of characters that Dan DiDio was not fond of, like Nightwing, Wally West and so on.”

    This killed my interest in Marvel comics a few years ago. Also what Torsten said. As a DC reader, I wholeheartedly embrace the multiverse/out-of-continuity story approach. BUT, since the Rebirth narrative imploded in 2018, the DC Universe has become tribalistic. King ignored Johns who ignored Snyder who ignored Bendis who ignored everyone else. I’ve steadily been dropping DC titles over the last year when it became apparent whole storylines and series runs were being ignored by the next initiative. I was sold on Rebirth by DC, and they sold me Doomsday Clock as the next step. Then they let every writer and editor abandon every concept from both. Sorry, but that makes them liars and swindlers when they continue to push the dead narrative to keep getting my money. Until/if it all straightens out, I will continue to drop DC titles. Just cut another 6 this month. Hopefully Didio’s departure will at least break the downward spiral like when Axel Alonso got cut from Marvel.

  4. Nice overview of the man’s legacy of pluses and minus over the past 18 years, but I am reading elsewhere that 5G is moving full speed ahead as previously planned. Now, I don’t expect the legacy changes to stick for more than a few months, but would they have even if DiDio had not been fired? The fanboys don’t seem to be down with change of that nature.

    And if it is true that AT&T’s stated reason to fire DiDio was “for cause” accusing him of fomenting a poor workplace environment, they are saying he breached the terms of his contract, which cannot be claimed legally unless DiDio had received documented warnings from HR in the past, and if not, this for cause dismissal will not hold up in court should he decide to go that route.

  5. We don’t need any more Crises, reboots or relaunches of entire lines, or gimmicky replacements of longtime heroes (we know they’ll be back). Sad that this is what drives fans into comic shops. I used to go to comic shops to buy good comics (Miller’s Daredevil, Claremont/Cockrum’s X-Men, Byrne’s Fantastic Four, Perez/Wolfman’s New Teen Titans, etc.) But I’m dating myself with these early ’80s references.

    Judging from what I read online, even the fans are sick of reboots. Maybe DC — and Marvel, which is just as lame — might consider good writing and good art for a change? And less emphasis on company-wide crossovers designed to empty the bank accounts of hopelessly addicted fans?

    There’s a reason why comic books have been compared to crack cocaine.

  6. Didio has destroyed DC through the years. Ok he loved comics, but his view of comics was outdated. Since Johns left, he was on destruction mode, first he dismantled the positivity Rebirth brought. Than he embarked on a much about do about nothing, Year of the Villain. Lately he planned this most stupid of all stupid ideas a DC publisher could have, 5G.

    Not to mention that lately some of his choices for writers have been a disaster from Bendis to Deconnick. How could Dan even think that with these kind of writers he could increase sales?

    Deconnick alone, has plunged Aquaman below 18k monthly sales, lowest registered sales in some 25years. Worst of all he did not intervene, to stop the damage she inflicted. Same goes with other titles. Its ok to support your people but there is a limit.

    In the current state of DC, I believe that only a Geoff Johns can save it and steer it on the right path. Johns is loved and respected by fans. His name can unite fans once again behind DC. Even those who have dropped DC titles will comeback if he’s at the helm of DC.

  7. Who could be foolish enough to think that the removal of one man would be enough to solve anything…
    As far as I’m concerned, the Fanboy Crisis killed my DC comics. By the early 90s, I was buying hundreds of dollars of DC books every month, and even more in back issues, then someone let in hack fanfic writers like Johns, Waid and Morrison run wild inside the house, editors just gave up entirely. I blame mostly Frank Miller’s DKR and Alan Moore’s Watchmen, both satire of what mainstream comic books should never become. Those hack writers took those concepts literally and turned kid-friendly IP into stories about murders and rapes all around. Some idiot started fridging, another one broke Batman’s back, another one killed Superman, too much death and grim made it lose meaning entirely, Hal Jordan became a mass murderer.
    The complexity of previous continuity was what made my beloved silver/bronze age books worth reading for me, not the other way around. Writers then had to be smart. Longtime Legion fan here, I gave up soon after the Magic Wars.
    After Kirby died, I almost stopped new comic books entirely, Marvel’s X-men & Spider-Man clone craze had lost me already, Image was run by greedy artists with zero storytelling abilities (Jim Lee is still in charge here, not for long I hope). So there was only DC left and now they were abandoning us too. Superman’s code of no killing used to be a beacon of moral high ground worth teaching our kids, Batman does not use weapons was a victory over childhood trauma, Flash rogues were thiefs with crazy outlandish devices but never harmed anyone because heroes were heroes and knew better. But after some moron made the Killing Joke into continuity, they became lame and had to transform into insane killers to stay cool.
    Heidi, this description of all those Crises you just made is clear enough to show how publishers like DiDio were just walking closer to the abyss every few years, and doubling down on it.
    You say that he was a lover and defender of the periodical? So why did he do everything to push people away from it? By allowing those constant reshufflings he made it that nothing really matters anymore.
    I used to say that Batman Adventures was the last good DC book. I stand by it more than ever today. This is what movies are trying to do now, to save the house, simple self-standing good stories made Wonder Woman and Aquaman successes. Shazam and Sucide Squad and Birds of Prey are terrible movies with no soul. This is what periodicals should become again if thy hope to survive somehow. No more events, no more continuity. For the longest time, DC used to be led by good serious SF writers Edmond Hamilton, Jerry Siegel, Gardner Fox and their contemporaries. Bring back good writers of self-contained one-issue books, Use the European model as reference, Astérix or Tintin are good examples. Bring back strong editors with some long-term vision and basic literacy. Superman should be ageless, Batman should not be an armored lunatic driving a tank.
    Be done with the Fanboy age and there might actually be a Rebirth. Maybe.

  8. I heard that a lot of longtime readers gave up on DC during the “New 52” era. The revival of that hideous ’90s style (which basically meant an imitation of that decade’s Image style) was the last straw for them. I had given up on DC, aside from special projects like “Kingdom Come” and “New Frontier,” in the real ’90s.

    I applauded DC for trying to revive dead genres like Western and war, but forcing them into the same look and style was not wise.

  9. “5G” sounds like the “Big Bang” that Jim Shooter supposedly wanted to do at Marvel in the ’80s, which would have replaced Steve Rogers, Peter Parker etc. with new people in the costumes. The plan caused anger and rebellion at Marvel. History repeats itself?

  10. “I believe that only a Geoff Johns can save it and steer it on the right path. Johns is loved and respected by fans. His name can unite fans once again behind DC. Even those who have dropped DC titles will comeback if he’s at the helm of DC.”

    I don’t think you understand how deeply despised Johns is by a significant faction of the DC audience. The man is a no-talent hack.

    I’ve always contended that Diane Nelson’s original sin was elevating Johns and Didio to her leadership team (I have no opinion on way or another about Lee). I distinctly remember the day that I read the announcement about her new leadership team and specifically thinking that this will not end well for DC. Johns and Didio were incompetent, and she shot herself in the foot by putting them in charge. (Had it been me, I would have made a bold move at the time and hired Bruce Timm to her number two, with Mark Chiarello as Chief Creative Officer.)

  11. @ Bill — Shooter’s plan came to fruition, too. That’s where we got USAgent, War Machine, Scarlet Spider, Thunderstrike and however many other clones of existing characters you care to name. A great short term way to boost sales by making people buy double the titles of their favorite characters, obviously disastrous for comics, as much as I adore Ben Reilly.

  12. There were a lot of good comics during Dan DiDio’s but I hope the they get Dick Grason and Wally West to replace him, because I’m sick of comic books characters not letting younger team members have a go. Dick Grayson replacing Bruce Waybe was the best thing to ever happen to that character and they botched it due to Crisis Policies.

  13. Just a correction on HEROES IN CRISIS — Wally isn’t a psychopathic murderer; he accidentally kills a small group of people when his grief over his lost life and family results in him losing control of the Speed Force for a second. He then loses his mind, frames Harley and Booster, resurrects Poison Ivy as a plant person, and sets up his own death.

    It’s the story that pretty much finished taking the bloom off the rose of Tom King — this was supposed to be about PTSD, but was a thorough clusterfuck. FLASH FORWARD only adds to the mess by bringing back Wally’s kids and resetting Linda while stripping Wally of his personality and turning him into Metron mixed with Doctor Manhattan.

  14. What a terrific article! I hope you send this to the Eisners. My comics class is getting this assigned to them tomorrow.

    Of course, I’ll have to explain “Bat Penis Crisis” now, but it’s still worth it.

  15. Geoff Johns character additions to Shazaam influenced the movie which was a hit for WB. And his revival of Aquaman and Mera inspired the Aquaman movie which was a much bigger hit than anyone thought it would be.

    But Daniel can claim Johns is despised by some people who still read the current DiDio comics as if that matters.

    Event after event and they’re all just so lame and tiring. That’s what ruined it for DiDio’s tenure. That and refusing to allow Superman and Batman to “age” slightly by allowing Nightwing and Wally to exist as 20-somethings.

  16. Alan: Shooter was gone by the time USAgent, Scarlet Spider, etc., appeared. Thanks, Tom De Falco! You convinced me to stop reading Marvel Comics.

    “Marvels,” in 1994, was the last satisfying Marvel publication I read before dropping them all and moving on to graphic novels, indie comics and reprint volumes.

  17. Get someone completely new, or at least someone not in the limelight for past 20-some years like, I dunno, Jamie S Rich or Marie Javins. Not Johns. He’s had his time.

  18. “This description of all those Crises you just made is clear enough to show how publishers like DiDio were just walking closer to the abyss every few years“. This is why Marvel was spiraling a few years ago – endless crisis-level events every 12 months setting up new publishing initiatives, with no time to breathe. Habitual readers don’t want a new status quo every 6 months or every year.

    The funny thing is I got into seriously reading comics with the New 52 at a friend’s insistence. The New 52 was a prefect jumping on point for me (and a newer generation of 20-somethings with expendable income and superhero movie fandom). The real problem was that it didn’t spin back to “mainline” DC continuity fast enough. But looking at sales numbers now vs. then, it was a shot in the arm for DC and the industry and was a unified direction for their line at least for a while. I wouldn’t be reading comics without it, and numbers don’t really support the idea that droves of fans left the company. The recent troubles seem to be the abandoning of Rebirth, but that’s just my opinion.

  19. Actually Bleeding Cool has reported 5G/G5 is still in the works and WAS approved by the higher ups at WarnerMedia – make what you will of that – but I have a feeling 5G/G5 is not going to be Dan’s version.

  20. I’m not sure Johns’ return would solve anything. He is a talented guy, and I like a lot of his stories. However, it really looks like he burned himself out, if the constant delays on his titles are anything to go by. Let him do graphic novels, but no more ongoing series.

    Surely there are quality people at the company who could be promoted to DiDio’s job. Perhaps what DC really needs is someone who is not a micro-manager. Mark Waid cut his teeth as an editor under Dick Giordano and he said that Giordano’s rule was this: Editors should set schedules and offer guidelines and feedback. However, they should also know when to step back and let creative teams do their thing. A return to this would be a good thing.

  21. For everyone telling me what another site is reporting: good for you!

    However, this story is based on my own original reporting. I have talked to several highly placed industry sources who are in a position to know, and they are all telling me THEY DO DO NOT KNOW what will happen with 5G.

    You can read some thoughts on it from the retailer perspective here.

    https://www.comicsbeat.com/comicspro-2020-award-winners-and-gossip/

    It’s nice that you think another site – which is wrong about as much of the time as it is correct, but is great as framing itself as infallible – is the be all and end all of truth, but I stand by my reporting here.

    My phone number is on record with comics publishers and believe me, I hear from them when I report an inaccuracy. After making some updates from new information, I stand by my reporting.

  22. “Thats right, Dan DiDio! Billionare, real-estate tycoon, and de-stroyer of cherished childhood dreams! Like yours!”

    “You realize of course the dimma-deal is dimma-done.”

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