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Subj: I wouldn't blame Mark for it...
Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 02:38:58 pm EDT (Viewed 13 times)
Reply Subj: Re: gruenwald run - what happened?
Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 06:20:33 am EDT (Viewed 318 times)

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I too recall that Gru was believed to be in excellent health, died very suddenly and gave no indications of any ill health leading upto his death.

I recall stories that appeared in the Bullpen after his death confirming that he ran marathons for charity and would do ridiculous things at marvel get togethers like handstands and backflips, all of which would indicate he was in great shape.

Whilst I dont think his health could be used as an excuse for his later work on Cap I also think many fans are overly critical of that work. Had it occurred in the middle of his run rather than at the end I dont believe people would have cared or remembered. As it is 'Fighting Chance' simply became know as a poor story that occurred immediately before Waids excellent first run on the book. In my opinion it wasnt that bad overall.

You really have to view Gruenwalds run as a whole to appreciate why he was such a great Cap scribe and its a shame that things like Fighting Chance have been recently reprinted where as the Bloodstone Hunt and Streets of Poison have been out of print for years and to my knowledge the Replacement Cap arc has never been reprinted.

From all accounts, Marvel was a pretty toxic environment to work in during and after Mark Gruenwald's final years on Cap's monthly. Poor Mark Waid and Ron Garney barely got a chance to show what they could do before their book was handed to one of the most unimaginative non-creators in the business.

Because of this, I'd rather operate with the view that Gruenwald should be presumed innocent until guilty -- and not blame him for the low quality of the comic during the last few years. Just because he's credited as the writer doesn't mean the book reflected his creative wishes.

Until someone comes forward with behind the scenes info, I'd reserve my criticism for "The Gruenwald Run" as opposed to "Mark Gruenwald's writing."

- Ib

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