Triple Threat: The George Pérez Interview
[From Amazing Heroes #156, January 1, 1989] by Andy Mangels
This interview, George talked about Titans, Wonder Woman and Action Comics. Below is the New Titans section.
George Pérez is one of the most popular comics artists on the market. He co-created and drew the New Teen Titans, making DC’s thrice-cancelled dog book their top-selling regular series of the decade. He went on to draw the massive and paradoxical Crisis on Infinite Earths, after which he illustrated the lush History of the DC Universe (which tried to explain Crisis). In the midst of Miller’s Batman and Byrne’s Superman, Pérez took on the job of revitalizing and revamping Wonder Woman, a thankless task second only to reviving the Titans.
Two years later, Wonder Woman’s sales are some of the best the Amazing Amazon has ever experienced, and the book is a critical and popular success with its weaving of Greek mythology into a feminist and humanistic atmosphere. But now, George Pérez, the artist, is only writing the series, having taken off on art chores to go back to the New Titans (no Teen here). But wait, there’s more. This June, Pérez will be writing and co-pencilling Action Comics as well, putting him under a massive workload as writer, co-plotter, penciller, copenciller, inker, and cover artist on three different series and an upcoming New Titans Graphic Novel!
It’s no wonder George gets interviewed so much.
The New Titans
AMAZING HEROES: Well, George, it’s time for another interview.
GEORGE Pérez: Next in a series. Collect them all! (laughs)
AH: Right. (laughs) The biggest turn of events lately has been your return to the New Titans. You ‘re returning to the book after how many years absence?
Pérez: Well, the last issue I did was #5 of the Baxter series, and I came back with #50, so it will be a little under four years.
AH: How do you find returning to a series you helped create?
Pérez: Well, to tell you the truth, when I first got back on the Titans, it was strictly for the cash. The book has an incredible royalty system, whereby even if the sales didn’t go up, I could earn a lot of money for doing less work than I was doing on Wonder Woman. Even though Wonder Woman earns me good cash, it wasn’t profitable enough to maintain as my only source of income. The Titans still made me a lot of money, so when I first came back on it was strictly for the cash.
When I started drawing it however, it was like going to a family reunion with a lot of dear family members you hadn’t seen for a long time. Absence made the heart grow fonder, and when I got back on.. drawing Kory, drawing Raven. . . although Eduardo Barretto drew a very pretty girl dressed in the Raven costume, she still wasn’t Raven. It was nice realizing that some things don’t change. The body Ianguage for the Titans was so second-nature; I knew how to handle them. The reaction from everyone else is that they are seeing the Titans again, after what many considered an absence from the Titans style. Although that is unfortunately restrictive for other Titans artists, it is unfortunately the way it is.
I fell in love immediately with the book, upon returning to it. I got heavily into the plotting, much more so now-now that I’ve got the confidence of a writer-than I was when I first was on the Titans. I challenge Marv (Wolfman) more on plot points, and Marv becomes a better writer because he’s got somebody who really will butt heads with him. I’ve got more creative say. I am a better storyteller as well, because now I am a writer-better than I was before. I can hear them talking in my head more clearly; they are articulated a lot more now. With the exception of Jericho of course. (both laugh)
One thing that makes my return to the Titans different now is that unlike last time, it is not the only book I’m doing. Even in the case of Wonder Woman, which I dearly love doing, in trying to do one series, I’m trying to do too much on one book. I get tired because it is the only series I’m doing. I was doing too much on Wonder Woman. It was gratifying, but it was becoming a straitjacket. I couldn’t do anything else. I was tied down to Wonder Woman. I had to diversify, and in order to do so, I had to give up something. In the case of Wonder Woman, it meant I had to give up drawing the series so I could stay on as the writer. I realize that there are some compromises in my career if I want to do a large variety of work.
AH: How does Marv feel about your. . . aggressive co-plotting of the book?
Pérez: Marv is very professional about it. At first, I was very concerned that he was going to be very offended by it, and at first, that he might have reservations that I was trying too hard and taking over the book. 1 didn’t want it to be a clash of egos. I didn’t want it to become one of those situations where an artist/writer tries to work with another writer and it doesn’t work because they’re so used to handling their own material. But Marv is incredibly giving. He was very giving when I first was on the book. In fact, he was the one who recommended that I write a Titans story someday. but I didn’t have enough confidence in my own ability to do so.
When I suggest a change-sometimes a major change-Marv will call up to discuss it or tell me what changes he’s made to see if they correspond with the changes I had in mind. Unlike working with someone else on the book, he knows I have as much creative stake in the characters as he does-I love them as much as he does. He’s been very professional. I must say I was surprised, because I have a certain amount of ambivalence in doing some things. I didn’t want poor Barbara Kesel to become a referee between two warring egos, but Marv is very professional about it, which in turn made me more professional about it. I was starting to get to the point where maybe I was trying to supersede a lot of Marv’s decisions, just because I thought things should be done a certain way. Barbara is very good at making sure that if 1 have a well-taken point about something in the story that is wrong, that’s one thing. But if it is a question of style, Marv is the scripter and he should have the final say in that. He has the last word. If it is a question of content, we both have equal say.
AH: How are you approaching the characters now, given the things that have happened while you’ve been gone from the book?
Pérez: Well, the first thing I had to do was to ask somebody to give me a total synopsis of everything that had gone on in the book, since I had not read any of the issues since I left. That’s no affront to Marv, because haven’t read any comics for the most part of the last few years. There were some things Marv had done in the Titans that I didn’t agree with, some things I did agree with, and some things that Marv acknowledges occurred during his own writer’s block and overload that I did not agree with at all. He and I have discussed that. In some cases, it pivots us to a different story. If I thought something didn’t work quite right and I got him to agree on that, then we would use certain bits of that story to springboard to another story which would rectify but not nullify the first story. It’s basically retroactive plotting.
There are some things I don’t agree with but Marv made his own creative choice that that’s the way the book is. I’ve said, “Okay, let’s springboard from that and see if we can come up with something different with it now that I’m back on the book.” We can take what Marv has done and put a different spin on it since there are now two heads thinking.
In the Titans now, there are going to be some stories that are uniquely Pérez stories, there will be some stories that are very Wolfman-like, and there will be some that are a hybrid of the Wolfman/Pérez collaboration. The very first storyline, “Who is Wonder Girl?” is a very Pérez story, and the next few are going to be much closer to the old Wolfman/ Pérez style. There are some stories Marv has in mind that I’ll say “Yes, let’s do them.” But we will always be co-plotters on the book, so that no matter how much input one has over the other, the fact cannot be taken away that we are working as a team.
AH: What are some examples of things that didn’t work, that you’re going to retroactively change?
Pérez: Well, the main thing that bothered me was the ease of which Kory has been defeated of late. She seems to be pretty wimpy for a woman who is supposed to be a top gladiator. I want to explain why she’s going through that. There are a lot of what I felt were loose ends with her marriage to Karras as well. Marv and I have discussed that and had agreements and disagreements, but we came up with a storyline that he’s really looking forward to. It’s based on little bits of information that I thought were flaws, enough so that those flaws make a very interesting story twist. Marv never turns down an interesting story twist. I’ve caught his attention by taking what he’s done and giving it that extra spin. It’s something he himself didn’t see because someone else interpreted his story.
The way Kory’s been handled bothers me, but I want to explain that there is a reason for that to be happening. The reason goes back to what makes Kory’s character unique, including a flaw in logic in how Marv described Kory in the past. If a change I make is logical, Marv will accept it. If I’m changing it just to change it, then I can understand Marv or anyone being upset. You know, “I don’t like these stories so they don’t exist?” That’s not the point. The only stories that don’t exist are those that we ourselves agree don’t exist because of Crisis on infinite Earths.
I didn’t particularly like the Danny Chase character at all, but working with Marv on him, there’s a lot of promise there. Once I got an idea of what Marv wanted to do with him and we talked about what could be done with him, I said “Okay, he’s not a likable character. He’s not meant to be-at least not yes.” But I understand Marv’s point of view with him, and I think we can work with him. That’s a character that Marv created, so Marv has a particular affection for him.
Jericho, on she other hand, is a character I created, and Marv was having a hard time handling the character when I wasn’t there. He was an artist’s character, designed for one specific artist: me.
Jericho was initially being considered as an ouster from the Titans, but now that I’ve come back and have some ideas for Jericho, Marv is in love with the character again. I take the burden of Joey, since it is an artist’s character. He doesn’t have to do as much explaining because I take care of that visually.
Things like that are some of the stuff we’ve had differences over. Sometimes it’s a disagreement of storylines-everyone has that-but sometimes it’s just a question of style differences.
AH: Okay, let’s do a rundown on each of the Titans and talk about what’s going to happen in their future and where they’re going. Starting from the new Donna Troy What’s she going to be called and what’s she going to do?
Pérez: Her name is going to be Troia, which is another way of saying Troy in Greek. Her powers have yet to be decided. In fact, I’m working on that story now, and I’ve yet to figure them out too. Her powers may be nebulous and get introduced on a gradual basis.
AH: Are they going to be that much different from what she already has?
Pérez: They’re going to be enough different that she will not be another Wonder Woman. She also does not become just a character whose powers are duplicated by every other character. For super-strength, we have Victor, except that we always have to play down his strength to play up Donna’s strength. She’ll be strong; that just won’t be the focus. It might be that her powers are enhanced, or it might be that they are altered.
She’s not wearing the Amazon bracelets she used to wear. Chances are we II never use she bullets-and-bracelets again, although I do establish in her origin that there is a logical reason why she used the bracelets as well. She will also no longer have the lasso, because of the Wonder Woman tie-in, even though it wasn’t mystic.
But her powers have not quite been worked out yet. We will try to differentiate her at least from Wonder Woman. If some of her powers are the same, at least her fighting style will not be quite the same. And since two of the weapons she had are different, the immediate connection to Diana will not be visually evident, even though based on the character’s origins, there is a connection there. Her costume will be totally different from any of their previous costumes.
AH: Where is she going as a character?
Pérez: Basically, we’re trying to re-establish her relationship with her husband. We’re playing that up, as well as the business end of her life. She co-owns a photo studio; she’s a businesswoman. Although she’s not the only Titan who has a job, she is the only one who owns a business. She’s got a feeling of responsibility to her two partners at Aurora Studios. One thing that Barbara Kesel had mentioned is that whenever she’s on a photo shoot, she could also be shooting men. She’s always photographing women. Let’s get some beefcake in this book!
AH: Let’s switch to Nightwing. What’s in his future?
Pérez: His is probably the most immediate storyline to happen after Wonder Girl’s. We’ll show his reaction to the death of Jason Todd and certain things that I thought were interesting to point out in his character. One of those being that he’s the only Titan who-by necessity and by his connection with another hero- has so be masked as all times. If the Titans are invited to a social function, they can all be dressed in gowns and tuxedos, but no master what he wears, he still has to wear his mask. He’s the only one who has to do so. Even Donna doesn’t keep a secret identity.
We’ll examine things like that, of not being able to be free to be who he is, plus a loss of the connections to the Batman and what he has so do with all of that. It’s a real crimp in his social life. There may be a bit of guilt that he’s feeling because of the death of Jason Todd. What if he had stayed wish Batman? What if he had put his foot down and said not to start using another Robin? Also, there but for she grace of God goes he. We’ll be doing a lot with his character, going back so his roots.
We’re planning a story which will sake him back to the circus which he performed in as a child. Although this will not be the first Dick-Grayson-goes-to-the-circus story, is will be the first time he’s done it after he’s developed the Nightwing persona.
We’ll also examine his relationship with Kory, and reevaluate it. The idea that if he wants to date her in public, he has to do so as a different man almost every time, so that they don’t make the connection that he and Nightwing are the same person. Even socially he has so wear a mask, albeit a different kind of mask! Things like this can be very traumatic for a man who’s trying to get out on his own. I mean, if he wants to start his own detective agency (which is what fans suggested), what does he list as credentials? He can’t list that he’s been trained by the Batman!
Even if he were offered a job at Wayne Industries or the Wayne Foundation, he’s still the leader of the Titans. Bruce Wayne is a figurehead. He doesn’t really participate in this kind of stuff. He’s a playboy. But Dick, if he takes a job, will compromise his being leader of the Titans. That, technically, will probably end up being his full-time job.
A lot of personality stuff is being handled with Dick. We have not decided on this yet, but we don’t write off the chance that he may resign as leader of the Titans for a while instead. He’d still be an active member of the book, but maybe for a while, he can’t be leader of the Titans until he gets his act together. I’ve suggested we put him in therapy for a bit. If nothing else is would give him someone else he could take his mask off with other than another super-hero. We’re playing with that.
Dick’s is probably the most clearly defined path we’re taking, because he has a lot of stuff to deal with. Also, as Marv pointed out to me, in the entire Titans history there has never been a Nightwing storyline. It’s always been Nightwing in relation to the Titans. There just hasn’t been one. Almost every other Than has had their storyline, but Nightwing has yet so have one. So this is it.
AH: What about his girlfriend, Starfire?
Pérez: Kory, as I mentioned earlier, we’re going to deal with what is happening to her. Obviously she is not the same person she was when she first joined the Titans. There is a reason why she’s changed. It isn’t just because of writing styles changing. There is a reason why she’s gotten clumsier, angrier, almost schizophrenic in her behavior.
Pérez: No, not menopause, although I describe it as maybe an alien version of menopause. It is a little more complex than that. A lot of that will affect her relationship with the Titans. I don’t want to go too much into that, but her Tamaranean roots have a lot to do with her behavior, and of what makes her unique among Tamaraneans.
AH: Will we see a return to Tamaran?
Pérez: Eventually we will, but is probably won’t be for quite a while. There are so many other storylines involved. It’s something I definitely want to do, but Marv and I have to discuss how and when. I have certain ideas, but there are so many other characters in there that it will probably be a subplot for quite a while.
AH: What about Cyborg?
Pérez: Victor I want to play with a little more, as far as what his function in society is. At this point, I consider that Victor is, by occupation, a human guinea pig. He’s there for STAR. Labs to keep experimenting on his body. Technically, STAR. Labs is keeping him alive while the funds that Silas Stone left is keeping Titan’s Tower active. In a way, Victor is supporting Titan’s Tower.
There are certain things we want so spin off from, such as his hold on humanity. There’s a possibility that with science progressing, his cyborg body will be modified. Who knows, Victor may look totally different in a couple of years. One thing STAR. may suggest so him is that they’d like to replace more of his human flesh wish robotic parts. Victor starts dealing with a problem that he’s never had so deal with before; not just she loss of his humanity, but the loss of his being Black! Because writers don’t want to deal with race, Black characters are sometimes not dealt with appropriately. But Victor is Black, there’s no getting around is. He wants so hold onto his Blackness; he’s proud of it, he was born with it, and he’s not going so run away from is.
Part of this also will explain why he lives in Hell’s Kitchen, in a predominately Black neighborhood, despite the fact he could afford to live someplace else. I want to establish that he’s like the “Shane” of his neighborhood. He’s the local hero here. I’m also establishing little things he does to hold onto his humanity, like wearing an eyepatch sometimes over his cybernetic eye so that his human eye does not get weak because there’s a better eye he can rely on. He’s holding onto his humanity and his Blackness.
A lot of the edge that Marv and I felt Victor had has been missing from him lately, and we’ll go hack to honing down on what makes him unique and on the elements of his personality that were always from what I knew of the character rather than what Marv knew of him. Marv was never raised in that type of neighborhood, and I was. I understand his personality better. We’re using that so bring back the edge to Victor Stone.
AH: How about Changeling?
Pérez: We’re going so kind of yank the rug out from under him when Steve Dayton gets tired of Gar’s lackadaisical attitude towards his education. We’ve played up Danny’s education in that he goes to school, but we have to remember that Gar does too. The difference is that Gar takes tutoring. Unfortunately for him, the gravy train stops. He’s going so have to go to school like everyone else because Steve Dayton is sired not just of underwriting his education, but of underwriting his education when Gar’s not taking it seriously.
We’ve decided that Gar’s best subject is zoology, because he studies animals so that he can change into them. He can’t change into an animal just by thinking about is. He has so know what it looks like. Beyond that though, his education is shot to Hell. This will give him a greaser opportunity so be with Jillian, since they’re going so the same school, but is will also make him deal with peer pressure. He’s also turning seventeen.
The funny thing about all of this is that it leads into Danny Chase’s storyline, at least as far as little bits of characterization. One of the things Gar has always done so Danny is lord over him she fact that Danny sometimes can’t go on an adventure because he has to go so school. The thing is, though, that Danny is a better student than Gar, and he has more reason to be when Gar fails and has so go to summer school! Danny passes, which means he is free to be a Titan all summer, while Gar has to go so school. The tables are reversed, and Danny is going so have the time of his life.
We’re also going to have Danny grow up a bit. Who knows, he may be taller than Gar, and that would be all Gar needs is so have Danny now taller than he is as well! Those two characters and storylines will tie in together. There will also be stuff dealing with Danny’s parents, but that’s Marv’s territory because Marv knows more stuff about his parents than I do.
AH: How about Raven?
Pérez: I’d like so deal with she religious aspects of her. She was a high priestess, so she has a certain feeling toward religion. She probably even disagrees with a lot of it. I guess after doing Wonder Woman for so long, religion is something I’ve come to understand more. I was dealing with somebody who I had to infuse with a religious belief based on some things I did not know about. I’ve never been a Pagan.
I’d like so deal more with Raven’s mother. What was her mother’s real name? I figure it’s not Arella, as that was the name she took. Does Raven have any other relatives? Where is her mother now? One thing we’d like so deal with in the Titans-and Raven is a part of it as is Joey, although most of the others have shown is already-is sex. To her, sex is rape. She grew up with that, constantly reminded her entire life that she was a child of a rape. A thing like that can scar someone. I’d like so work a little more on investigating her rationale. It’s not unusual. There have been lots of children who have had to go through that, but in this case we have Raven, who was not only the child of a rape, but was the daughter of a demon who tried to destroy everybody and corrupted her!
Now that she doesn’t have that influence, maybe she’d like to have a relationship, but it will always stop when sex becomes involved. It’s something she cannot handle. Realize that a woman like that, to give up her virginity, is would have to be someone she could trust so implicitly that that memory of a rape could be eradicated, or at least ignored. Bus having seen so many other people, including Titans, go through relationships that were more frivolous or hurt when the break-up occurred, it’s not going so be easy for Raven to open up so someone that way.
Things like that, and other investigations into Raven’s personality, will be fascinating. Having done so many female characters from Wonder Woman and the Titans, that type of delving into the female psyche I find fascinating, particularly when there are certain things that no man can really identify with. Even if a man was the child of a rape, he would not have so worry about himself being caught pregnant, even if he were raped. Raven’s is a totally different point of view, and I look forward to delving into that.
If more men would try to understand that, that would be the only way to truly understand why a woman would take such pride in the things that make her unique. It would explain what happens when we as a male species corrupt that, violate that. It’s like someone coming in and cutting off our penises. We don’t know what we’ve lost until we’ve lost it. Virginity is something that a woman either treasures or abandons as quickly as she wants to, but it should always be her choice to do so. When a man takes away that choice I can imagine that it is an incredible violation of one of the things that makes women feel unique.
AH: Let’s go into the final Titan then, Jericho.
Pérez: We’re going so begin dealing with Joey as an artist. We’re taking him beyond the Arts that we’ve shown him doing already. He also takes ballet training and is a dancer. He also has a very, very healthy libido. Let’s face is, if he’s as a ballet practice or an art evens or a Renaissance Faire, when he makes eye contact with a girl, he really makes eye contact. (Laughs) For that one brief instant, they’ve shared an existence. What a turn-on! This guy s got it made.
He’s not a nasty person, nor a love’em-and-leave’em type. He makes it the girls’ choice, but he’s always straight ahead with them. He enjoys sex. He enjoys loving women. If they want that type of lifestyle, he’s willing so give is so them, and if not, he won’t desert them. He’ll still be their friend, and a good friend as that.
He does have a very healthy sexual appetite though. The one thing I would like so show, if we go in that direction with him, is that I’d like to do one scene in which he’s carrying a condom in his wallet. I don’t want so call attention to is, just establish it. If people object to it, to hell with them, because this is being responsible. If he’s going so be promiscuous, he’d better have the responsibilities involved with that. I don’t believe that a super-hero’s sexual desires make them any more or less a hero, bus Joey’s feeling of responsibility to those he’s involved with does make him a hero. To me, if he’s going to do that, then he had better be responsible.
AH: We know where all of the individual characters in the Titans are going, but what do you have planned for the future of the book?
Pérez: One thing, still somewhat nebulous, is to establish why she hell the Titans exist. They always seem to be a group of characters sitting around a table waiting for a safe so fall on them. There has to be an actual reason as so why the Titans actually exist. We’ve come up with one so define clearly who she Titans are. Is this a job? Why do they exist? Are they answerable to anyone besides the law? Exactly what function do the Titans have?
That’s something Marv wanted to do when I came back on the book. He said that we have to establish who the Titans are as a group, and then the individuals in that group will continue to make it unique.
AH: What about Titans West?
Pérez: Titans West has been indefinitely shelved, but we are reconsidering the concept. I’m writing a Secret Origins Annual of the Titans, while Marv writes the Titans Annual. My origin will establish the post-Crisis origin of the middle Titans; the one with Golden Eagle and Bumblebee. I’ll establish who existed and who didn’t, what powers they had, and how visually they might be different.
Once a year on the regular Titans series, there will be an “Untold Tale” of the middle Titans period to be drawn by someone else. This will give me a respite once a year on Titans. Since those stories deal with the past, is won’t affect our current continuity. If the Secret Origins story is well-received, it could lead so a mini-series dealing with these characters currently.
What happened so these characters and what are they doing currently? That could in turn lead to a regular Titans West series, or wherever they decide to place the book. But is would not be just a spin-off from a book that until now was doing fine but not enough so warrant a spin-off. Instead it would be a book that fan interest necessitated. If the fans say “We want to know more about these characters. Where are they?” then is will be a book that we can actually say “Because you demanded it!” Then there will be a Titans West.
I myself felt a little uneasy about spinning off a book from Titans, when the main book did, by many people’s reckoning, need to get itself firmly entrenched back to the hit that is was. It’s a decent-selling book, bus is used so be a monster-selling book. We’re trying so get at least somewhere near that.
AH: What have the sales been like since your return?
Pérez: Issue #50 is a tough one to judge by, because of the fact that it is #50. The sales figures between issues #49 and #50 were almost double. Is has gone up, and I know that issue has sold out in many stores. Bus we’ve got so look at she long haul. After 1 finish the Wonder Girl storyline and do a few more issues beyond that we’ll start so find out. One of she issues I will deliberately miss because it is the “Untold Tale.” When the distributors and dealers and fans realize that I’m not here just for the short haul and that I intend so stay on the book for an indefinite period of time, then I think sales will be reflected. They’re not worried about “We don’t want to order too many issues because the back issue values might drop once George leaves she book:’ This way they can say “Well, George is on for a while, so I can afford so order more books.”
AH: What’s “a while?”
Pérez: Well, I intend so stay at least two years, but because of DC’s uncertainty and wanting to hedge all bets, they didn’t make any definite statements of what I was going so be doing beyond the Wonder Girl story. A lot of people think that after that story I’m gone. That initially was the idea, but I fell in love wish the Titans again. I couldn’t stay on for just a short amount of stories. Particularly, I didn’t want to do with Donna what I did with Jericho, by creating this character and then leaving is.
By creasing a new character, you create a whole new set of possibilities. I did that once. I don’t want so do that again-leaving those possibilities flat.
AH: You had mentioned to me earlier that the price might change on the book?
Pérez: That was me. I’d like to make a suggestion to DC. Whether they can or not I don’t know because there are a lot of actors involved. But after a few years of it, I myself am not pleased with what a normal super-hero book looks like on Baxter paper, particularly with normal coloring. Full-process coloring is a completely different subject. The colors tend so look too bright. There’s no absorption into the paper, so everything is a little garish.
When I saw issue #50 printed that way, I thought maybe she inking was what did it, or the coloring, but then I remembered that I felt the same way about the first issue of she Baxter series, which linked myself. I knew that there was something off. After seeing the books in DC’s New Format which have offset printing but Mando paper-which has a certain absorption -I can see that she colors look better there. I would like them to go so New Format on the Titans.
If DC makes that decision, I think it has to be something that doesn’t single out the Titans. The Legion of Super-Heroes is the only other standard super-hero title that is also done on Baxter. If they can put both the Titans and the Legion into the New Format, it will make DC look like a company that will give you more for your money.
Since Keith Giffen is back on the Legion and I’m back on the Titans, now she books have gone back up in sales. What will DC do? Drop the price on you. I can’t see that as anything bus a positive way of selling a book. For a drop of 50 cents for three pages off, I don’t think anyone will complain. I think it would be a great publicity move. Is would, however, have so be done with everyone’s agreement, especially the artists. Marv had reservations about the idea, but his is not the bulk of the work that gets affected by it. When it comes so his scripting being touched, he has a say. I think any income that would get lessened by lower royalties on a lower-priced book would be greatly offset by sales jumping up because people can afford it more.
Other books like The Question or The Shadow which appear in Baxter format, I don’t think apply in this argument because of their totally non-super-hero nature. They are justified so appear in whatever way they want because they are so unique in their content that they shouldn’t be lumped together. In the case of the Legion though, since it started with the Titans in the aborted hardcover/softcover format, I feel that is should change too. Again, that’s my opinion. I don’t know if DC has been approached about the idea in any official capacity, but from a personal and professional point of view, I think is would do wonders for DC’s reputation. They’d have two books that have gone up in sales, and as a time when they can easily milk that, they’d give fans a break.
AH: Good idea. Any fans reading this interview might let DC know your opinion as well. You talked about the inking a few minutes ago, George How do you like working with Bob McLeod as inker?
Pérez: I enjoy is immensely. The thing that I enjoy in working with anyone is if they have the professionalism to admit that not everything we do in a churn-’em-out assembly-line business is our best work. I know the Titans better than Bob does, and because he and I are two different artists I might have a different approach than he does. He adds certain things that I think are beautiful, and there are certain things I suggested he should work on.
I’m very pleased with Bob. His first issue was good, and his second issue was better, although his third issue was not as good as the second. But I forgive him. He had so rush through is because his wife had a baby. I was so happy for him that I was more than willing so do some touch-ups on the inking myself because I could tell he was rushing through that one.
I admire his professionalism. I also admire his love for putting a little more work into she work. He doesn’t like tracing. He likes to put a little Bob McLeod into the book. I enjoy working with anyone with that type of integrity in their work.
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