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Subj: Re: Is it true that Rob Liefeld embezzled money from Image Comics?
Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 06:29:23 pm EDT (Viewed 102 times)
Reply Subj: Is it true that Rob Liefeld embezzled money from Image Comics?
Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 09:19:18 am EDT (Viewed 118 times)

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I can't think of anyone else who embodies the 90's more than Rob Liefeld so I'll ask it here. Is it true he was fired from Image Comics for embezzlement? I saw someone make that accusation on Reddit but I can't verify it.

https://www.reddit.com/r/comicbooks/comments/2e31kz/why_does_everyone_hate_rob_liefeld_so_much/#bottom-comments

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I've never heard that, but since you guys have links, I suppose it's possible.

There may have been ill will early on when it seemed like Liefeld was getting more press than any of the Image Seven even though he was usually regarded as the worst artist, at least by professionals; the fans seemed to love his stuff. I'm talking when they were still at Marvel. He was also accused of being a swiper, which kind of makes him the Carlos Mencia of comic books.

A couple of the big problems at Image were the frequent lateness of the books. All of the Image guys were guilty of that. Remember, all of these guys started out as artists before they became writers so they placed more importance on the art. They didn't want fill-in issues by other artists which is what Marvel and DC used to do to stay on schedule. They knew the fans came for the art and would wait for it. But while all the guys were late, Liefeld was the worst.

That was probably because instead of sticking to a single title or two, he was launching a new book every other month: Youngblood, Brigade, Supreme, Badrock, Team Youngblood, Bloodstrike, Glory, etc. He put together a studio of artists and assigned them to all the chores and often after Liefeld would write and draw the first issue or two of a title, he would hand it off. I think there was some worry that he might tarnish the brand by flooding the shelves with supbar product.

I think Larsen said there was a bone of contention over Liefeld putting "Extreme Studios" on the front of his books. Every artist had their own studio and stable of guys but they were all advertised under the Image banner. Liefeld wanted more focus on his studio.

Then he was licensing properties under his own side company Maximum Press, which was one more commitment keeping his books shipping late. Valentino probably didn't like it because you have to schedule these books with Comic Buyer's Guide and Wizard and such and when they're late or cancelled you have to pull solicits, cancel orders, and redo them all later.

It's like when Liefeld and Lee went back to Marvel for Heroes Reborn. Didn't Rob promise to write and draw 12 issues of Captain America but only delivered about 3 before handing it off to other talent? Lee did the same for FF after 5 or 6.

He just seemed all-around unprofessional. He seemed like a guy who didn't care about learning his craft, he only wanted to be good enough to make money. I always got the impression he left Image because he was tired of getting hen-pecked by the other guys about being on time and such.


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