Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
He was loved.

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      I was recently reading something on comicartfans.com about a commission piece by Jim Lee, notorious for being late. The commissioner said - I paraphrase - something to the effect that Lee had only done a couple of books throughout the entire past year but it was okay because he's such a good artist and he's worth the wait. My first reaction was "huh?". In what kind of world do we live in where "worth the wait" is the main argument to not get angry with an artist who is late?

      Coincidently, on another website - I apologize for not remembering which one it was - a poster mentioned that Lee went to form Image with those other guys because they weren't concerned with deadlines and allowed their creative teams to take as much time as possible to publish issues (paraphrasing once again here). The poster in question mentioned that he liked that approach. I had one of those WTF moments. What kind of mentality is that? Is the prospect of making lots of money from the sale of a book, by allowing it to be published sporadically and late, more important than meeting deadlines and delivering a product to fans, as promised months before.

      Regardless if you agree with JB's comments that a lot of artists today treat making comics as a hobby, the bottom line is that books should not be allowed to be late as they are in this day and age. As many of you have mentioned in previous posts, if this happened 20, 30, 40 years ago, they would have hired somebody else to finish the job, regardless of sales or how good the stories were. Too bad, the powers-that-be don't see it that way.

I really don't agree with that last bit, and I don't wish the old days to come back. An example: in 1986, Steven Grant and Mike Zeck did the first Punisher mini, now considered a minor classic. Zeck was never a fast artist though, so when he fell behind the editor made Mike Vosburg do a last minute hack job on the final issue.

The result? Marvel now has a piece of comic that has been in continuous print in some form or another for, I dunno, fifteen years forever marred by a huge drop in art quality in the final chapter - just so it wouldn't miss a month in 1986.

(And yeah, back in the day a lot of lateness was covered up with fill-ins. See the DeFalco/Frenz run in the mid 80's).

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