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Scott

In Reply To
Hawkeye7

Subj: Writers, editors
Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 10:42:18 am EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Current JLA - No Spoilers, Just Speculation,,,,,,,
Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 09:58:23 am EDT

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> I don't think the "original" league was that big. At most you had Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman along with Snapper Carr. Now my favorite league was indeed a big group during the Satellite years, so I'm comfortable with a large group personally.
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> I'm a bit surprised if not startled that DC is moving away from Metzler's League, but I didn't expect it to be so startling and so quick. Metzler seems to have picked out his Leaguers purely because these were the toys he always wanted on the team. That's cool, but I don't expect the next guy to keep all of the toys. But that the change is so brisk is a bit surprising.
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> Rip Off \:\-\)

See, that's where the editor is supposed to step in--to say to the next writer, "Okay, look, we want to hire you for a team book. Here is the team--these ten or eleven characters. That's the team you have to work with, at least for now. Do you want the job?" We don't have to stay static forever, the next guy can work a character or two in or out over time, but what's wrong with the company's rep. saying "Write the stories that you want, but at least for now use these particular characters to do it"?

> See, that's where the editor is supposed to step in--to say to the next writer, "Okay, look, we want to hire you for a team book. Here is the team--these ten or eleven characters. That's the team you have to work with, at least for now. Do you want the job?"

The problem is that editors and publishers have let writers' egos get in the way. If someone like Kevin Smith is set to replace Brad Meltzer, he will be given carte blanche by DC because they know his issues will sell and if DC doesn't give in, Smith would walk away from the series. His team could be Green Arrow, Brother Power the Geek, Mas y Menos, Big Sir, Zan, Jayna, Gleek, Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog and fans will buy the series because it's Kevin Smith. But if some rookie writer or forgotten veteran like Len Wein got the nod for replacing Meltzer, they would be told to take it or leave it.

Scott
Super Rubbery Bung: "When did the Marvel Family magic die, really?"
Scott: "1953."


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