It occurs to me that the problem with CRISIS was the same problem DC always had. (And, really, when I say "the problem with CRISIS," I really mean the problem with the post-CRISIS confused and disjointed aftermath.) Fiefdoms.
|Posted: 11 October 2019 at 4:53am | IP Logged | 6
As I've learned through the years (here and elsewhere), DC was a grouping of sometimes competing editorial fiefdoms. (Or often not caring what the other editorial offices were doing.) Julius Schwartz had all my favorites (SUPERMAN, BATMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, FLASH) when I started reading and those were great, but I know it was not always so. And it seems it was not so when CRISIS hit.
Every office treated post-CRISIS different. WONDER WOMAN rebooted with a fresh start, SUPERMAN had a soft reboot/continuation mix, FLASH continued as if everybody had been around for fifteen years (making many of of our favorites heroes middle-aged), and BATMAN almost ignored CRISIS completely (as it did with INFINITE CRISIS and FLASHPOINT too). Nobody cared what eliminating SUPERBOY would do to the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (JB voiced his concern but it was not listened to) or what eliminating WONDER WOMAN's history would do to Donna Troy and THE NEW TEEN TITANS, or JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA for that matter.
Meanwhile, Marvel had its foundation on--and was held together by--the vision of one man, Stan Lee. (Yes, much credit to Kirby, Ditko, and all the rest who built on that foundation.) And Roy Thomas held that vision together through his time, and I would say it continued at least up to Jim Shooter--one guy in charge. I never (as a reader) noticed any in-house editorial feuding or mass world confusion at Marvel. Even now, when they're producing hardly anything I like, I feel that (when a favorite writer or artist touches down on a series) I can jump in and collect a run and not feel like I'm visiting an alien world held together by spit and gum.
Even now, the main presentation of Marvel--the Cinematic Universe--seems to be well in control by one man, Kevin Feige. But DC is literally giving us a dozen different Supermans or Batman universes at one time: Frank Miller's YEAR ONE version; Neal Adams' version; the Earth One hardcovers; the main comics; reprints of the New 52, Golden Age, Silver Age, and CRISIS eras; the WB versions; the new Pay Service TITANS and related; animated shows and movies; the Extended Universe movies; and now wherever the JOKER movie fits.
DC is still separated by fiefdoms, but now there are more than ever.
Edited by Eric Jansen on 11 October 2019 at 4:57am