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Subj: Re: Gerry Conway has words about DC comics and creator credit regarding the FLASH TV show
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 at 11:23:30 pm BST (Viewed 293 times)
Reply Subj: Gerry Conway has words about DC comics and creator credit regarding the FLASH TV show
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 at 10:24:10 pm BST (Viewed 13 times)

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In these days of creator hype and self-promotion Gerry Conway's contributions to the medium over the years are very easy to forget and underestimate. What was always impressive about him and set him apart from most of his contemporaries was his ability and desire to constantly create all-new characters and villains - his work on Spider-Man is as fine an exaample as any of a host of villains who would go on to varying degrees of popularity but for me his Firestorm work is an deal case in point as in the course of around 60 issues he created over a dozen characters who went on to be successful and many still appear, if only sporadically - Plastique, Killer Frost, Firehawk, Cliff Carmichael, Multiplex, Felicity Smoak, Black Bison, Typhoon...
It does say something about how DC Comics has shifted in its sense of creator rights and responsibility since Jeanette Khan and Paul Levitz departed, and begs the question: If these characters Conway cites were created by Scott Snyder or Gail Simone, would they too receive the treatment that the long gone Conway is receiving?
Creators rarely create anything new today of course so the point may be moot, but Gerry Conway is notable here because of the simple fact he hails from an era where creators had no options for profitable independent publishing and no real incentive to keep their character concepts to themselves rather than use them up in service to the publisher. It is a concern in particular because Conway was one of the great ideas men of the 70s and early 80s, churning out memorable characters who went on to have a healthy degree of popularity and retained a -life.

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