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Subj: Re: Action Comics 1,000: The Covers Cometh!
Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 at 06:28:36 pm EST (Viewed 84 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Action Comics 1,000: The Covers Cometh!
Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 at 05:04:06 pm EST (Viewed 68 times)


      *Dave Gibbons (1950s),
      Dave Gibbons on the 1950s? Interesting!

    I'm not a big fan of Gibbons, but Superman Annual 11 was well done.

It can hinge on what artstyle he is channelling, and who inks him, but to represent a 1950s theme he is a solid choice I think. It's a shame his output in recent years is so scarce, it makes him a little difficult to gauge in terms of what he might offer for this piece, but he is a fine choice I feel. \(yes\)


      *Joshua Middleton (1980s)
      I'm sure I must have seen some of this artists work, but I'm drawing a blank(!) Did he draw one of the 'Retrospective' specials a few years back? I suspect I'm right.
      The 1980s... what an extraordinary challenge this must be for DC. After all the difference in style and visual presentation between 1980 - 1985 Superman books and what comes with 1986 - 1989 Superman books is so dramatically different I don't think you can possibly do the decade proper justice. But for me - Jerry Ordway would be the man to do it. \(yes\)

    Middleton did a bunch of Supergirl covers and Superman/Shazam. I guess the cold war with John Byrne continues. Not that I mind, as there is plenty of solid JB work.

I feel it a serious and deeply regrettable oversight barring John Byrne from a place in the books contributions, but even as a lifetime great fan of his work I can understand why a consensus decision might have been quietly arrived at to do so. The list of people in the industry he has needlessly offended is a long one, and his reputation for being difficult and disrespectful has probobly become almost toxic by now, though I was under the impression that DC were relatively well disposed towards him. Perhaps the Marv Wolfman schism he initiated, and ruptured in the late 90s court-case, has by now percolated through the company management...? I certainly cannot blame Wolfman if he objected to sharing any book with him. Not after that.

It is still a great shame though. A cover or a slash/pin-up would have been fitting and most welcome.


      *Dan Jurgens (1990s),
      Of course. To be frank I wouldn't choose anyone else. Though if Dan was unexpectedly brought down with sprained wrists it would be nice to see Tom Grummett make a pass...

    Grummett, Bogdanove, and others may be fan favourites, but I don't believe they have the heft needed for this moment.

Perhaps so. I was merely floating the hypothetical that if Dan, at the last minute, couldn't so it then Grummett would be most acceptable as a substitute. In a way though this is early 1990s being talked about, who else in the 90s other than Grummett carries the necessary recognition and impact to deserve equal consideration...? \(euh\)

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