Blah Blah Blog – Secret Invasion

An old post from my Marvel blog of the 00s in which I relate the story of how I annexed an office in DC’s editorial offices.

Secret Invasion!

August 1, 2008 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General

I attempted to annex part of the DC offices last week.

Here’s how it happened.

At the top of the week, we were visited by a creator who’s working for both companies. In the course of the conversation, he happened to mention that the DC office formerly occupied by Jeanine Schaefer was now empty, since her officemate Tom Palmer had left staff.

I smelled an opportunity for a coup. But I’d need an inside man to carry out the job. So I sent the following e-mail to Mike Marts, former X-MEN and current BATMAN editor:


I’ve just been told that the DC office once occupied by Jeanine and Tom Palmer is now vacant.

I am therefore annexing it as part of my massive publishing empire by right of eminent domain.

If you would be so kind as to print out and post the attached flag within the office, it would go a long way to cementing relations between our two great nations.

E Pluribus Unum,

Tom B

Sensing my determination, and reading the winds of fate, Mike shortly thereafter responded with the following:


It’s been well documented that you have many strengths…but diplomatic relations is obviously not one of them.

I can only consider this hostile action as an act of war.

The former Schaefer/Palmer office was recently converted to a small-arms arsenal. Guess I have to go unlock the door…

Have at Thee!

-The Darque Nite

Undaunted, I turned to others, such as Mike Carlin, but was again denied satisfaction. Would our banner ever fly free in the heart of enemy territory, a shining beacon of hope to the masses?

As a last resort, I printed out a large copy of the Marvel North banner, and sent it over to Mike Marts along with the Declaration to the left.

I’ve no way of knowing if Duke Marts flew our colors in the unoccupied office or not just yet, but if we can get some taxation without representation going, I for one will be satisfied.

More info as it becomes available.

Tom B

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  1. Reminds me of Jo Q’s “Cup’a Joe” good-by to DC, leaving NY for CA. Something like the Manhattan lights would be less bright. Not doing it justice. It was a kind tribute.


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