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DeMatteis shows off Ploog’s artwork from third Abadazad book

from Abadazad: The Puppet, The Professor and the Prophet

With CrossGen titles and Disney/Pixar comics now on Marvel’s slate, isn’t it time we saw the return of J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog’s Abadazad?

Sorry, just had to get that out of the way. After starting as a comic from the now defunct CrossGen, Abadazad found another life as a short-lived series of books when Disney bought CrossGen’s assets. Only two books were released in the United States, while a third found it’s way to England … and over on his blog, DeMatteis has posted some of Ploog and colorist Nick Bell’s artwork that appeared in it.

Really great stuff, and it’s a shame it didn’t have a wider audience. But maybe one day DeMatteis and Ploog will have a chance to return to the world they created.

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The Abadazad comic was wonderful, and should have lived a longer life. The books…sad to say that the premise didn’t make the transition as well as I would have wished. It was clear that JM, his other skills aside, is not a novelist.

But had the third book been released in the US, I would have bought it. I don’t get why Disney pulled the plug on the series so abruptly that they couldn’t be bothered to sell the book here.

I ordered the third book from Amazon.uk when it came out and thought it was great, The best of the series. And I have to respectfully disagree with Simon: I thought DeMatteis did a great job adapting to the new format.

>With CrossGen titles and Disney/Pixar comics now on Marvel’s slate, isn’t it time we saw the return of J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog’s Abadazad?

Since Ploog has stated he won’t work for Marvel again and has kept his word for 30 years…I wouldn’t think this possible.

If Ploog boycotted Marvel in the 70s, where did the Ploog cover for Man-Thing #2 in 1997 come from? It wasn’t an old pin-up, that I know of.

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