Joe Keatinge 
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Re: “Con vs. Con

Blaming the "debilitating stroke [comics] suffered in the '90s" on Rob Liefeld of all people is outright lazy reporting, blatantly untrue and a cheap, tired jab. (And yes, full disclosure, I've been employed by Rob in a freelance capacity, albeit years after the time period discussed.)

Said "stroke" was in actuality a perfect storm, with Rob of all people playing an especially minor part. Did it help he solicited titles which came out at, at best, an unreliable schedule, if at all? Of course, absolutely not. Yet it's so minor compared to, say, the 'Distributor Wars' with Marvel purchasing HeroesWorld, using them as their sole distributor and the fall out which followed. This alone put a lot of people -- retailers, distributors and publishers alike -- out of business. Then there was Marvel's staggered release schedule of X-Men #1 covers, then there was the even greater issue with DC promising retailers their Return Of Superman would be even a greater deal than his Death, which subsequently flopped. Both of those examples are merely the largest in a series of poor decisions made by virtually every single publisher working at the time -- cash-ins and collector's items, enhanced covers and variants sold with the promise to make speculators a lot of money, instead of the promise of storytelling. Of course, these ended up largely worthless, causing stores to shutter their doors and speculators turn away from an industry -- publisher, retailer, distributor and, yes, sometime creator -- that lied to them.

On that note, you know how many variant and enhanced covers Youngblood #1 had?

Zero, save the second printing after the first sold so extraordinarily well.

It was a time of immense greed, to be sure -- one Neil Gaiman smartly compared during a 1993 retailer summit to the 17th century Dutch Tulip boom/bust. Rob's certainly guilty of taking part, but giving him the blame is just ridiculous.

I get what you were going for. A lot of people go for the ground-level low hanging fruit of taking a stab at Rob. It'd be nice if they went for something new, perhaps even factual.

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Posted by Joe Keatinge on 02/21/2013 at 4:26 PM

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