Both Dan DiDio and Joe Quesada answered readers’ questions this week, at Newsarama and Myspace, respectively. A key difference between DC and Marvel emerged:
“I don’t want to timestamp something, say, having an issue of Superman where we show the Phillies wining the World Series.”
“Obama will be no different than prior presidents. If a given Marvel story calls for us to see the President of the United States, then Barack Obama will be the guy you see.”
DC’s approach will likely result in more “timeless” comics, but there is something to be said for Marvel’s gleeful embrace of current affairs. We like to imagine a young comics fan twenty years from now, stumbling upon an Obama appearance in SECRET INVASION and rushing to whatever they will call blogs in the future to post about how weird and wacky comics were “back in the day.”
After the break: DiDio and Quesada discuss the difficulties in orchestrating all the pieces of an interconnected superhero universe.
We’re being much more cautious about where we launch books because we don’t [want to] launch and then have it disappear off the stands for a period of time. So in that case, we’re trying to get a couple of issues in the can. We’re stockpiling some stories. The problem then is, as other stories progress, things change in regards to continuity beats. So occasionally, the stories that we start early sometimes need to be re-adjusted or reconfigured in order to make that it works in the current continuity as it is developing. It’s a push/pull that goes on – we want to give people lead time to get the story correct and get enough material in the can, but sometimes things change on the road as we’re getting there, as they would in any creative situation. As much as we live to say and think that things are etched in stone, this is evolving fiction that we’re creating, and we always want to follow the best path for our characters, and tell the best story, and hoping that everything comes together.
We went in with was an idea for something we wanted to happen in later 2009, leading in to 2010. But again, very much in the 11th hour, we determined that we were going to wind up going in a very different direction, so we had to re-shape the original idea for another place and time. It’s really similar to what happened with “Civil War.” At a previous summit, when we were going to make “Planet Hulk” into a big summer event, but then we came across the notion for what became Civil War in our conversations, and away we went. This year, we wound up with our original idea not really being the right fit. We found something in conversation that was a better fit, so it was a real “Ah ha! Eureka!” moment to just take that original idea and shift it in behind the new idea.
Posted by Aaron Humphrey