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Quote of the day #2 | George Perez on writing Superman

Panel From Superman #2, script/breakdowns by George Perez, pencils/inks by Jesus Merino

“Things are being second guessed left and right, a case of too many chiefs, not enough Indians now. Whether it will work? Who am I to say. They want it to be like Hollywood, and it’s becoming like Hollywood, in producing comics, and what you have is a corporate room deciding where things are going to go. And part of the reason for me leaving Superman is that I had certain ideas I wanted to do unfortunately, stuff that they okay one day, they would change their mind the next day, and it was becoming way too difficult, slowing us down. That was unfortunate. I hope they succeed for the industry’s sake. In the case of Superman they didn’t want a writer, they wanted a typewriter. They have to deal with people producing the movie, who also had a say in what’s going on in the comic as well. My one fear, I’m not producing a comic, I’m producing a storyboard for a movie, that’s not what I wanted to do.”

George Perez on his decision to quit writing Superman and the current editorial structure at DC Entertainment, from a Q&A Panel at the 2012 Toronto Comic-Con. Perez also spoke more recently about his experience at the annual Superman Celebration.

(Thanks to Jamie Coville for the recording!)

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13 Comments

CaptainObvious

July 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

Glad someone is speaking out about this

We hear you George. And we have also noticed this (the shift toward “producing” comics Hollywood style) from the outside based on the product the big 2 are putting out

You can tell that this is exactly what happened in his Superman story.

It started out strong, but felt very padded towards the end.

I didn’t like Perez on Superman either way, but I’m sure 10 people standing over his shoulder didn’t help.

This is exactly the WRONG way to produce a comic.

“Hey Joe, you think Superman minds us standing here and narrating everything he’s doing?”

“Well, he is turning around and warming up his heat vision, one of the super powers he received when he was sent to Earth after his home planet of Krypton was destr-”

KA-ZAPP!!

Hopefully Marvel will snatch him up and put him something. Maybe he could rework his ideas to work for the Sentry

Sad. George Perez is the sort of guy any comic company with any sense should bend over backwards to get to work for them and do anything to keep him happy. He’s one of the all-time greats, and it’s beyond unfortunate to see his talent second-guessed this way.

Those last two sentences are just impossibly depressing.

Simon DelMonte

July 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

And yet Action Comics is really good. Even the disconnect has a disconnect.

“And yet Action Comics is really good.”

Says you.

Simon DelMonte: “And yet Action Comics is really good. Even the disconnect has a disconnect.”

While I disagree that Action Comics is really good (heh), I don’t think your saying that solves that disconnect, as it’s been pointed out in a few places that Grant Morrison gets little if any editorial oversight. Action being good would actually prove that was George Perez is saying is right: that comics written by committee really are inferior to comics where they let the creators actually, y’know, create.

I hear ya, George.

If any of you are like-minded, I think it’s time to “de-Hollywood” the comics–for good.
‘Cause lately, modern comics are giving a lot of people (me included) something sung by Johnny Hates Jazz:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctwqa3QCwMw

Andrew Collins

July 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

And this is exactly why my buying list includes only 4 DC books (WW, Batwoman, Animal Man, Swamp Thing) but has an ever increasing number of books from Dark Horse, IDW, Image and indie and manga publishers. I just don’t like the way DC is being run right now and find some of their recent decisions distasteful and their output lackluster at best…

Francis Dawson

July 6, 2012 at 1:07 am

Ugh, sausage-factory comics. No need to put up with ‘em folks. Lots of good, ethically made comics out there. Walk away.

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