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Subj: Re: So What!
Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 12:41:11 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: So What!
Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 11:55:54 am EDT
> > Because, if you remember that way, then everyone else must too? I know this is hard to believe, but there are actually people that like Hudlin's BLACK PANTHER. And believe it or not, there are actually people that didn't care for Priest's BP. I happen to like them both, but don't assume that just because you like or dislike a series that somehow, the majority of people feel the same way.
> Who cares. The consensus is that Priest's run is incredible and well recommended while Hudlin's run is horrible beyond belief. It is not my opinion, I found out about Priest's incredible run through several big websites including IGN and Silver Bullet Comic Books that recommend >Priest's run. Neither of these sites like Hudlin's abysmal run.
What consensus? Are you claiming that you personally know the opinions of everyone who has read both versions? Based on what? The opinions you've read here? Your friends? Both Priest's and Hudlin's versions of the Panther have been read by tens of thousands of readers. And you personally know what most of them think? I'd like to see your evidence.
> Do not assume that because you like trash that it is actually good.
And don't assume that just because you don't like something, that makes it trash.
During Priest's run on BLACK PANTHER, the owner of the comics store I frequented was a big fan of the series, as was I. However, sales of the series were lackluster at his store. In order to increase sales, he took the unprecedented step of putting up a sign at his cash register encouraging his customers to buy the Panther series, and made an offer that if anyone purchased an issue and didn't like it, they could bring it back in and get a full refund. Very few people picked up a copy.
He and I theorized that maybe if people would just read a copy of the book, they'd get hooked and want to read more. Since we both wanted the book to succeed, I agreed to buy 10 extra copies and asked him to give one copy -- free -- to 10 of his regular customers who he thought might enjoy the book. The issue was the first part of the "Enemy of the State" II storyline, which guest-starred Wolverine and Iron Man.
It was a five part story, and we figured that if we gave them part one as a freebie, they'd be enticed to come back for more.
So out of ten, how many of the customers decided to keep buying the series? Only one -- and even he bailed out after the storyline was complete.
Whe the store owner asked them why they weren't interested in buying the series, almost all of them said the same thing. The said the book was confusing to read and hard to follow -- and while all of them were very complimentary of the art, it was the writing they had a problem with.
The fact is, no matter how good or bad I or anyone may personally feel a title is, that doesn't all or most other people feel the same way.
I read Priest and find it interesting and compelling, but others read him and find it confusing and boring. The point is, there's no guarantee that Priest's Panther would've been a success -- or more successful -- if Marvel had marketed it more. How many movies flop despite a huge marketing push? Sometimes we what we like -- or hate -- isn't shared by the majority of other comics fans.
DC Comics used to publish a title starring a character I hated named LOBO. I didn't care for the character or the comic. But LOBO's series enjoyed a nice run and even though I didn't care for it personally, there were many people that did. I didn't see it as trash or garbage, just something that didn't appeal to me.
> > > Dwayne Turner will be recalled as the highlight of Black Panther's adventures during the Hudlin years, which makes Hudlin pretty much >insignificant.
> > Let's hope they recall that Dwayne's last name is McDuffie, not Turner.
> Sorry, I got them confused. They are both great comic book artists. I >meant Dwayne McDuffie.
Actually, Dwayne McDuffie is a writer, not an artist.
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