Kevin Maguire speaks out on his replacement as artist on Justice League 3000
As you may have heard, artist Kevin Maguire has been replaced on the upcoming Justice League 3000 title by former JLA artist Howard Porter.
Series co-writer Keith Giffen told Newsarama:
“The guy who nailed the character designs on the interior of the book? The guy who teamed with Grant Morrison to make JLA a hit? This is what they call a no-brainer,” series co-writer Keith Giffen said in a exclusive statement to Newsarama. “Welcome aboard Howard. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful collaboration.”
Kevin in turn said the following, via BleedingCool:
“Well, I don’t want to make any big deal about it but I suppose I should say something. This is, as I tweeted, very humiliating. Obviously, I was looking forward to working on a fairly high profile book. I haven’t had a top ten book since the 80s and I thought this would finally be my shot at doing one. But it’s DC‘s book, it’s their property, they can do whatever they want with it. They don’t owe me anything. I’ve been told they wanted a book that was “dark and gritty”, so I’m perplexed as to why they chose us for that. We did exactly the kind of book you would expect from us. Lots of action and humor. AND I turned down a Bendis X-Men project to do JL3K.
As for my doing other projects with DC, they offered me a four page story and a 10 page digital first story. They’re paychecks, so I’m grateful for that, but they’re no Justice League #1. I really don’t want to do back ups and fill-ins for my career. So, right now, I’ll do the four pager and then I think that’ll be it for me and DC for a while. I’ve received some interesting offers from other companies. Marvel generously offered me an issue of a cool book, so I’m going to do that for now, then see what happens.
I was supposed to do Baltimore Comic Con next month with Giffen and DeMatteis, but I’ll be canceling that for obvious reason. Apart from the fact that I no longer have a project to promote with them, Giffen’s Newsarama quote, which I’m certain had no intended malice, still kinda stung.
That’s it. That covers all I have to say about this. It’ll be forgotten news by next week and we all move on with our lives.”
Sounds like a pretty tough situation for him, and you can certainly understand his being a little raw after Giffen’s statements, but this seems to be a bit of a recurring trend for DC in the way they handle artist/writer changes. There certainly doesn’t seem to be much in the way of empathy for the guy who’s on the losing end of the change.
But what do you guys think?
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