Kevin Maguire is an artist who had several defining runs on comics over the years. Back in the late 80s he helped relaunch JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA with Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, a popular run that people still reference. I don’t mean to say his great work was all in the past…he’s continued to turn out excellent artwork, including recent runs on WORLDS’ FINEST, and before that his own creation, Tanga.

Recently he was announced as the artist on JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000which was to reunite him with Giffen and DeMatteis to offer some good times in the classic style, only set in the year 3000. Giffen was all excited, as he told CBR:

You don’t have to have read “Legion of Super Heroes.” You don’t have to be familiar with the 31st Century. You don’t have to read “Justice League” or any other books. We’re putting it down here as if it’s — it is a new book. You know what? I know it’s a radical thought, but we’re going to treat it like a brand new book. We’re going to introduce the characters, and maybe in the first issue we’ll ask a few more questions than we do in the second or third. We’ll start answering them, and hopefully tell an entertaining enough story that when you’ve read the book, you walk out of it feeling good for having read it and you don’t feel like you got screwed out of your money.


But that all came crashing down today. I’ll direct you to the Outhouse’s own inimitable writeup. Short version, Maguire tweeted that he was fired, then that he was confused and looking for work and then, a few hours later he wrote on Facebook:

After a few confusing hours, I kind of know where things stand and why. Though I’m still a bit perplexed as to how it got to this point. As for work, I’ve been offered some fun interesting stuff, many of which came from DC, who were very eager to keep me working there, so I’ll be fine on that score, but it would have been great to do another Justice League with Giffen and DeMatteis. Oh, well… onward and upward…

Indeed. The Outhouse was regrettably forced to set their “Has DC Done Something Stupid Today?” counter back to zero because….

…well, how do you not know what Kevin Maguire’s work is like? How do you hire a well defined creator like Maguire for a project and then decide, oops, this isn’t what I wanted. Rich says the whole JL 3000 concept—already solicited—is being reworked, so I guess the problem was the concept and not the execution.

Anyway, it all ends happily because Maguire has work now and he’s a pro and a trooper, and the new concept that everyone put lots of time and development into will probably be dynamite beans.

Read more about DC’s PR goofs at The Outhouse.


  1. Sad to hear this, was looking forward to seeing his art again and this book.

    The way DC keeps tossing quality creative people off their books – and with no warning (Kot, Jordan, Diggle, amongst others) – Bob Harras and Bobbie Chase should be ashamed of themselves.

  2. I wonder if the whole creative team is changing. I’m surprised they didn’t let Geoff Johns write the first few issues just so he can have another #1 title before jumping off. I’m going to buy it no matter what cause I’m a Legion fan and always follow them, but it would have been nice to have Maguire on this book.

  3. Maybe it should be “Hours” instead of “days”.

    So sad. Maguire is one of my tops, and his name gets an immediate buy from me.

  4. I just read Newsarama. There are some quotes from Keith Giffen welcoming Howard Porter as the new penciller on Justice League 3000. Kevin Maguire is quoted elsewhere as not being entirely happy about this interview.

    Oh my!

  5. That’s too bad. This sounds like an interesting concept for a story line. It can be similar to Spider-man 2099. It does make me think about it though Superman I suppose can live to the year 3000 as well as Wonder Woman, but who will be the other heroes. Well I guess we can only use our imagination now.

  6. Sad news. I’ve consistently removed titles from my pull list for months now … down to just 4 now (3 once Legion is done). This was actually a title I was excited about BECAUSE of the artist. Probably won’t add it now as I’m not a fan of the guy replacing him.

    I always wondered how Marvel could outsell DC (the Marvel universe is a mess) but it’s decisions like this that kind of sum it up.

    One more nail in my personal comic book coffin DC (2 if you consider I’m still mad for you guys effin’ up the Legion in the first place).

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