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Subj: Re: gruenwald run - what happened?
Posted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 05:01:16 pm EDT (Viewed 14 times)
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Posted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 12:18:25 pm EDT (Viewed 18 times)

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    I think Gru's health did weigh on him. He didn't die years after he left Cap, it was months.

Gruenwald's last issue was cover-dated September 1995. He passed away on August 12, 1996. So it was about a year.
It's worth noting that Gruenwald made some questionable decisions as an editor as well as a writer before he passed away- he approved the Crossing, with Teen Tony, Bug Jan and a plot nobody understood. However, it's worth noting that Gruenwald also made questionable decisions as an editor long before he passed away- for example, he approved the "Spider-Woman's existence was erased from everyone's memories" plot in Spider-Woman 50. This was an bad idea since Jessica saved Carol after Rogue's attack, and it had to be undone after Gruenwald realized that it would complicate every future explanation of why everyone resents Rogue for what she did to Carol. So you can't use Gruenwald's heath as a complete excuse for his mistakes as an editor, and I don't think you can use it as a complete excuse for his mistakes as a writer.

I won't defend those plots. One I'm not familiar with them, Two. there's a big difference between being an editor and a writer. There's a school of thought that good editors let writers write. They don't get in the way and mandate what must be. I would argue a lot of what is wrong with Marvel and DC today is that a bunch of guys get in a room and decide what the plots will be and make writers write according to editorial mandate. Those stories always suck.

But being a "good" editor might mean letting a writer write himself into a corner. It's a fine line being an editor who encourages writers to be creative and put new life into stagnant books and letting someone run amuck with bad ideas.

Or I could be wrong.

But, still his Cap stuff in the last couple of years, not good.

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