Dave Galanter
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Pablo D.

In Reply To
Doc Shallot

Subj: Re: If it was needed for a long time, why didn't anyone tell JMS?
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 06:55:37 pm EST
Reply Subj: If it was needed for a long time, why didn't anyone tell JMS?
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 06:46:12 pm EST

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> He makes some really good points.
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> "I've said this to a bunch of fans at this point, so I'll repeat it again... I don't care how they get there, the Brand New Day Spider-man is something that's been needed for a long long time. Marrying Peter and MJ was a huge mistake and not even the people who wrote the books back then thought it was a good idea, they were just forced to do it by Shooter.

Hey, Bru's entitled to his point of view. He's a great writer and some of what he says I agree with. But if everyone at Marvel knew that the marriage had to go and the EIC was the main advocate of that point of view, then why in the world did JMS, if anything, strengthen the marriage and the family theme? Why didn't Quesada yell "Stop Joe! Your killing Spider-man". But he didn't. Well, maybe on Newsarama and conventions he whined and complained about how he was trapped in a no-win situation. Sales increased though. Quesada ranted and raved about how JMS's run will go down in history. Then on JMS's way out Quesada states "Thanks Joe, great run and all but we really think we need a complete change in philosophy and, by the way, we're changing your script". Talk about being forced to do something by your EIC...

I say all of this as someone who was never a fan of JMS's work.

So Bru may not care how it happened, but I think maybe he should. Make sure your ideas and scripts are in line with what the Q-Man wants because there are larger issues than whether or not Peter is married. How they got there does matter, and lets hope some future EIC doesn't think that bringing Bucky back ruined Cap. Maybe Cap, Sharon and their bastard child will make a deal with a cosmic cube-wielding Red Skull to fix it all.


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> Hey, Bru's entitled to his point of view. He's a great writer and some of what he says I agree with. But if everyone at Marvel knew that the marriage had to go and the EIC was the main advocate of that point of view, then why in the world did JMS, if anything, strengthen the marriage and the family theme? Why didn't Quesada yell "Stop Joe! Your killing Spider-man".

As I understand it, JMS "brought the marriage back", that is to say, he wrote Peter and MJ as a nice, loving married couple, at Joe Quesada's request. This was stated in, I think, the special Wizard did on the marriage before OMD hit.

> But he didn't. Well, maybe on Newsarama and conventions he whined and complained about how he was trapped in a no-win situation. Sales increased though.

Actually, they didn't. They actually started going down soon as MJ returned. I'm sure many people here will have a hard time believing that, but it's true. You can see it in the sales charts estimates from that period.


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