Blah Blah Blog – Throw an Elbow

A post from my Marvel blog of yore in which I talk about the Marvel/DC rivalry.

Friday, 4:53

April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General

The other day, while writing the blog on scheduling, I took a couple quick, cheap jabs at DC during the course of it–not mentioned by name, but clear enough that people got the message. Some people were kind of surprised that I went this route, and wondered what the deal was.

The thing of it is, I don’t actually have an issue with DC, other than the fact that they’re our number one competitor. I like the DC characters, for the most part, and I have friends that work over at DC. All during the times we worked jointly on the numerous inter-company crossovers that I was involved in, most everybody over at DC was reasonably pleasant and easy to deal with.

And I like the fact that DC has been stepping up its game in the last 18 months or so. It means we have to work harder as well–but that’s all right. You get soft if you don’t have anybody pushing you to keep your edge.

I’m told that May was the best month in terms of sales for the Direct Market in ten years, due to CIVIL WAR and INFINITE CRISIS and 52 and everything else. And that’s great for comics as a whole.

But they are my competitors, and so that means that every once in a while, I’m going to throw an elbow. And I expect that they’ll do the same–they certainly have in the past. But hopefully, it’ll all remain on the level of good fun, rather than becoming mean-spirited and ugly.

More in a few days–I’ll be away for the July 4th weekend, so blogging will resume around the middle of next week.

Tom B

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