First let me say that obviously with the news of this impending move, there will be many DC employees who will have to contemplate some life-impacting changes, and I wish them all the best.
While I can’t comment as to the business side of Warner Bros. decision to move DC publishing to Burbank, from a strictly historical point of view and as a born and bred, dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, I have to honestly say that it breaks my heart. I know most people probably wouldn’t expect that kind of a response from me, as I’ve never shied away from poking at our distinguished competition—or, as we like to say in New York, bustin’ their chops. But that’s because at the end of the day we are competitors and lets face it…it’s kind of a Marvel tradition. But at the very core of it, we’re also partners in this industry that I love with every ounce of my being, and we fight in the same trenches.
To me, comics are New York City and New York City is comics. We all know that the first character to put his underwear on over his pants was created in Cleveland, but it was New York City that gave him his start. It was New York City that provided the spotlight and it was here that he and all those that followed in his footsteps became famous. So to see a piece of that publishing tradition shift to the West coast saddens me, because it’s the end of an era and yes, while I’ve always loved to tweak our crosstown pals, New York City will admittedly be a little diminished by DC’s absence.
Joe Quesada (summing up my feelings beautifully)
WHAT THE FUCK.
Oh god, what are they doing?
NEVER LEAVE NYC, MARVEL.
Yeah, you know, Joe’s right.
Here’s Joe Quesada’s redesign of Angela.
I like that she has boots to protect her legs, Psylocke’s leg straps to protect her thighs, and plates to protect her shoulders and such, but yeah this isn’t 1993 where showing some belly-button is still a thing. Oh and is she crying blood? That’s just awesome. That’s her mask? Classy.
This is all really a cover for not being able to bring back Gaiman and Moore’s take on Marvelman right?
Ben Morse at The Cool Kids Table on “Should Have Beens: The Ray.” Ray Terrill is one of my favorite characters growing up, and the character that first introduced me to the work of Joe Quesada. Ben is totally right, the character was ahead of his time. Unfortunately.
Joe Quesada’s cover to AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #1. I don’t know, I should probably just rename my blog the Joe Quesada Art Blog, considering I feel like I post just about every piece of art of his that shows up on the Internet.
Photo of Joe Quesada from that great Sunday article in the New York Times. I love stories like these. Especially the bit about his daughter and what kind of Dad he tries to be for her. I’m embarrassed but I am getting older so the nesting thing is beginning to get stronger and stronger with each passing year.
Marvel CCO Joe Quesada’s variant to ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #160 kills me. Digging “Death of Spider-Man,” but Ultimate Peter Parker is so great. I don’t want him to die. BENDIS!
I saw this last week, or what felt like last week but was probably a few days ago, and pretty much lost it. A blubbering mess, this guy.
Invincible Iron Man #500 Joe Quesada variant cover. I very rarely post covers because there are so many other blogs you can see that kind of thing, but, wow. This one I just couldn’t resist because if there is one thing I took away from this year that would be the fact that I’ve gone absolutely drunk with Joe Q work, devouring as much as I can.
Amazing Spider-Man #641. This page right here is why One Moment In Time is one of the best comic book stories of the year.
I can’t really think of anyone I admire more in comics. Mark Waid is probably on a similar level. The raw creative talent Joe has in his writing about personal relationships and genre-defining artwork just blows me away. He’s easily my favorite artist in the industry especially with how realistic he makes characters look. I’ve been obsessing over the recent issues of “One Moment In Time” especially the pages Joe draws detailing the uncomfortable reactions of Peter and Mary Jane commiserating about the loss of their marriage. The facial reactions are so, well…true that the characters on the page are better actors than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst could ever hope to be.
When I think about his contribution to comics I think about the risks Marvel takes in terms of artwork with their characters. I mean Paul Azaceta drawing Spider-Man is kind of an eyebrow-raising thought. David Aja, Adrian Alphona, Paolo Rivera, I look at all of those artists and think about how wonderful they are and also how unorthodox they are. They’re fresh and I can only construct their being brought in to mainstream superhero books because of Joe’s eye for talent. (Also, C.B.’s).
Most of all, what I admire about Joe is his passion for comics storytelling and how to go about doing it. Working at Marvel last semester was a dream come true for me and just being so close to a lot of the people that share his passion was a learning experience that I doubt I’ll ever be able to duplicate. Having that experience just reinvigorated what I want to do with my life and how I’d just love to be able to call him my boss.
Congrats to Joe, here’s to many more anniversaries.
"Spider-Man: One Moment In Time" preview at CBR.
I love these pages, everything seems so lived in and natural. One thing is for sure: the art for this sequel to “One More Day” will be wonderful. Can’t wait to read it.