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Pengi

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entzauberung

Subj: Re: SLIGHTLY OT - SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 03:23:15 pm EDT (Viewed 5 times)
Reply Subj: Re: SLIGHTLY OT - SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 10:39:27 pm EDT (Viewed 8 times)



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    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.



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    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.


Obviously a fill-in was not the desirable solution there. It was a limited series, so they could have waited until they had enough issues "in the can" before shipping #1 if they had enough foresight.

Let's not forget that Kraven's Last Hunt had art by Mike Zeck and that shipped 6 issues over a 2 month period.

The difference? Kraven's Last Hunt had proper scheduling. More impressive since it timed up with events in three ongoing series, rather than just being a self-contained mini-series (although frankly it would have been better served as one, but that's an entirely different subject).


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    (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).


The "commuter" fill-in by Peter David is considered a classic. People aren't going to object to fill-ins so much if they're damn good fill-ins.