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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Playing with the Big Boys/Diversionary Tactic
Tim speaks wisdom. As does Steven. And Heidi. I suppose if there really is any larger lesson to be learned from any of these things is that Marvel and DC, despite all their protestations to the contrary, really aren't ready to grow up and act like a serious business. If they were, someone would have realized that the money they make by pandering to the lowest common denominator isn't as much as they lose by alienating existing and potential customers and creating a negative view of their product in the wider culture. The lesson the non comics buying public took away from the Mary Jane statue situation wasn't that fangirls are hysterical and prone to over-reaction, or that Marvel licenses their characters out to specialty manufacturers for the creation of high-end collectibles. No, it was that comic book fans are sad perpetual adolescents who buy over-priced wank material. And that's not a good way to build brand recognition.
But that's old news, and frankly I'm in the mood for something lighter. Mainly, a completely innocent image which could never possibly be misconstrued...
My, but Kurt Schaffenberger draws a nice taint...
But the image by itself is a bit lacking, since we can't see what Superboy is flying into. So I did a little editing:
Hmmm...could Superboy be joining the Doctor on a new adventure?
Or maybe he's involved in an inter-company cross-over?
What else could Superboy be flying into, I wonder?