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I’ve long hoped that DC Comics should collect and repackage, or relaunch, its early ’80s fantasy-adventure miniseries Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld. But after reading this interview at Tangonat with co-creators Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin, I’m having second thoughts.
“I don’t know that Amethyst could come out fresh today,” Cohn says. “It was a product of its time. Still, I think it’s a product DC has mismanaged from the start. It should have been huge. There was a toy line planned early on, but it was dithered with forever, and by the time anyone was ready to move on it, Mattel had introduced She-Ra, and that was the end of that. I do think that Amethyst should be collected, digitally recolored, and packaged for the Manga market. But given the many bad things DC has done with Amethyst, I doubt they’d be able to manage that or do anything with her that I’d approve of.”
It’s a nice Q&A, with Cohn and Mishkin admitting to their own missteps, and discussing how the concept developed.
Their comments about the inappropriateness of a romance between Amethyst and Prince Topaz are rather timely, given this revelation from the Raiders of the Lost Ark story-conference transcripts.