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Subj: Re: Dan DiDio has left DC Comics.
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 at 06:46:07 pm EST (Viewed 128 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Dan DiDio has left DC Comics.
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 at 05:45:07 pm EST (Viewed 143 times)

    I don't quite agree. Barry/Flash was a book that had not sold well for DC in many years, the problem became so worrying it led to editorial and Cary Bates deciding to dispose of Iris in order to free Barry and perhaps inject a new energy into the series. Clearly that didn't work, and for me a large part of the problem was perhaps that Cary Bates had been allowed to stay for far too long by this point and that he was joined somewhere in the issue #290's by Carmine Infantino, an artist who's work by this time was marmite and only appealed when others (like Frank McLaughlin) finished it. When Infantino began finishing his own work the result was atrocious to look at... and this went on for some years.

This is a myth that desperately needs busting.

Flash outsold Green Lantern throughout the 1960's and 70's, to the point where Green Lantern was cancelled and spent several years in the wilderness.

Even into the early 80's both books had comparable sales. In 1981 for example they both sold around 260,000 copies. It's only in the year or two before Crisis that Flash's sales had dipped, and even then not by a great amount - only 30,000 copies less than GL. Still strong for the standards of 1985.

Post Crisis there were titles that sold less than Flash and survived, and titles that sold considerably more (JLA) that were cancelled and rebooted.

Barry Allen's demise had nothing to do with sales.

As Marv Wolfman has pointed out more than a few times over the years the decision to kill Barry came from editorial (Kahn and/or Giordano), singling him out because 'Flash of Two Worlds' had created the DC multiverse and his death would provide a symmetry to the beginning and end of the Silver/Bronze ages.

    We can point to the fact Barry/Flash never had the chance that Green Lantern had had with fresh new talent, and that is true. But I think on balance The Flash was always a very difficult character to write for.

    And let's be honest here, Wally West worked amazingly well. \(yes\)

Yes, he did. After a change to his powers (cutting his speed to the speed of sound) and a completely fresh creative team who also brought in an almost entirely new supporting cast. But Wally had been even LESS of a character than Barry right up until he takes over as Flash.

So ask yourself... What did they do that was so wonderful with Wally, that they couldn't have done for Barry?

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