JLA/AVENGERS #1 (ARCHIVED NEWS)

 September 30, 2003 | Isabella's JLA/A Review
From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1560 (10 Oct 2003)

TONY'S TIP: A COMIC BOOK A DAY
By Tony Isabella
published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1560 (10 Oct 2003)
www.comicsbuyersguide.com
transcribed by Vu

Tuesday was named for Tyr, a Norse god of battle. Since battle between powerful super-teams to be inevitable in JLA/Avengers#1 (Marvel/DC, $5.95), I decided the first of this four-issue series should be the comic du jour.

An epic gathering like this demands, not just a great writer and great artist, but a great writer and a great artist who will obsess about continuity almost as much as their readers undoubtedly will.

Kurt Busiek and George Pérez certainly fulfilled that requirement - and better than almost anyone else I could name.

It's a given that Busiek and Pérez are going to get the heroes and villains right. Captain America and Superman seem a little out of sorts, but I expect that will turn out to be more than initially meets the eye. Besides, they earn the benefit of a doubt with me for a brilliant scene, even though it's not actually shown, between Batman and The Punisher.

I'm disappointed the teams are being manipulating into duking it out with each other - we've seen that so many times before - but there are so many spiffy bits of business in the issue, especially for us "baby boomer" comics fans, that I can extend the bnefit of doubt to cover this. (I don't know whether to be alarmed or proud that I can identify 11 of 12 items of power being sought by the heroes before those items were named. I can't remember my cell phone number most days.)

I sense the fine editorial hand of Tom Brevoort in this issue, and he, as well as colorists-separator Tom Smith, deserve kudos for their roles in this thoroughly entertaining extravaganza. Resist as I might, JLA/Avengers #1 brings out the superhero-loving kid in me.it picks up the full five Tonys. FIVE TONIES.

 September 29, 2003 | Five Questions with Busiek
From Wizard

I'M WITH BUSI
written by RICHARD HO

5 Questions With...Kurt Busiek

‘JLA/Avengers’ writer Kurt Busiek dishes on scripting the ultimate summer blockbuster. How does he juggle all those characters, what's the main story going to be about, and just how long has been attached to this project?

JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
DC Comics/Marvel Comics
1. How long have you been involved with this project, in all of its incarnations?
Well, I can sneak in on a technicality. When the original series was announced 21 years ago, I was working as an assistant editor for Comics Feature magazine, and I edited the news piece that announced it! So that’s how long I’ve been involved! [Laughs] So yeah, I’m working on this book that I reported on as a fan. But to give you the non-technicality, in September 2000, [Avengers Editor] Tom Brevoort made the first call to me to ask if I would be interested in working on this. At that point I said, “Yeah, sure, what do I look like, an idiot?”

2. Can you describe the premise of the story in one sentence?
[Quickly] No! Honestly, I don’t wanna tell people what the premise of the story is. In the case of something like Arrowsmith, I think we have to tell people what the idea is so that they’ll say, “Oh, that sounds interesting, I’ll pick it up.” In the case of JLA/Avengers, it’s got the JLA and the Avengers in it, you’ve been waiting for it for years and George Pérez is drawing it…you don’t need to know anything more to go pick it up! So why not be surprised?

3.What’s the biggest challenge of writing the most anticipated crossover of all time?
The biggest challenge is fitting it all into 200 pages. There were things we would have loved to get in there that there just wasn’t room for. But that’s what happens when you build a story that’s got so much good stuff in it, with bits and pieces that’ll make fans of any era go, “Ha ha, that one’s in there for me!” Hopefully there’s enough so that we won’t end up 50 years from now going, “Oh, if only I could have gotten in that one Red Tornado bit!”

4.Writing hundreds of characters between the two rosters: fanboy fun or completely confusing?
Mixture of both. But it’s not a matter of everybody getting an equal spotlight. It’s a matter of telling a story and bringing in characters who make sense to bring in at a particular point in time. Luckily, I’ve read so much JLA, and I’ve read all of the Avengers, that getting the characters right is not all that difficult. I know what Blue Beetle’s like. I may have never written Vixen before, but if I have to, it’s not really a problem.

5.As the fan who first reported on JLA/Avengers all those years ago, is this like the Holy Grail?
On one level, yeah! It’s nice to be working on this project that was going to be so cool back when I was a fan. On the other hand, it’s also a matter of luck. I was writing Avengers at the time, the guy who was writing JLA at the time [Mark Waid] had just signed an exclusive deal with CrossGen, which kind of limited the field! But nonetheless, it feels good to be the guy who got asked. This is the biggest damn roller coaster ride in comics, and our job is to make it enormously fun. We may be coming out in September, but we’re trying to make a really good summer blockbuster, as opposed to trying to make an Oscar winner.

 September 29, 2003 | The Answerman (Sep 29)
From Silver Bullet Comics

It's BobRo The Answerman: Still More Q&A
Monday, September 29
By Bob Rozakis

(excerpt)

FEEDBACK DEPARTMENT:

Actually, the Crime Syndicate (and all of Earth-3) was destroyed in CRISIS, though they were brought back by Grant Morrison in the JLA: EARTH 2 graphic novel. I have yet to receive JLA/AVENGERS #1 (on it's way by snail-mail to Israel), but I have to assume that the story is out of continuity.
-- Harry Tzvi Keusch

A case of "they were dead but they got better."

 September 29, 2003 | JLA/A Review in Cinescape (Oct 03)
From CINESCAPE #73 (Oct/Nov 2003)

JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
DC Comics/Marvel Comics

Excerpt from article:

CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
published in CINESCAPE #73 (Oct/Nov 2003), www.cinescape.com
written by Arnold T Blumberg

Imagine a cosmic threat so powerful that only the premiere super-teams of two Earths could hope to defeat it. Now imagine that fans have been waiting for 20 years to read this epic saga and you're ready for the monumental impact of JLA/Avengers, a four-issue miniseries debuting this month from Marvel and DC Comics. Scripted by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by George Pérez, this is a project that became a legend long before it was published.

"We knew this was going to take a long time, with George penciling and inking 200 pages," says Busiek. "So we didn't work too hard to fit into continuity. Costumes would change, characters would undergo trauma and what not, and if we tried to keep up, we'd go nuts. The main point isn't whether it fits the timeline but weather it's a good read. That's what we concentrate on."

CINESCAPE #73 (Oct/Nov 2003), Page 81
 September 28, 2003 | JLA/A In Knox News
From Knoxville News Sentinel

Superheroes collide in eye-popping epic comic
By TERRY MORROW (email)(email)
September 12, 2003

(excerpt)

Only comic book fans can appreciate the splendor of an event like "JLA/Avengers" (in stores now), but I'll try to translate for the rest of you.

Imagine The Beatles and the Rolling Stones uniting and putting out their best song ever.

Picture a crossover between "Law & Order" and "CSI."

Envision the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox facing off in the World Series.

"JLA/Avengers" is as big as it gets in the comics world. The four-issue miniseries is a huge adventure in which characters of the Justice League, published by DC Comics, and of the Avengers, put out by rival publisher Marvel, meet.

 September 28, 2003 | JLA/A Review in The Star Online
From The Star Online (Malaysia)

A master class crossover
Friday September 26, 2003
written by kaleonrahan@hotmail.com.

(excerpt)

AFTER lying in cold storage in most collectors’ “wish list” for more than two decades, the comic scene’s most-anticipated project has finally materialised. To make sure that we are on the same wavelength, we are (definitely) not talking about a Dark Knight-Catwoman wedding or Franklin Richards sitting for his SATs. Instead what we have here is the ultimate milestone in comic book history – The JLA-Avengers team up!

This tantalising team-up has long fuelled debates in comic forums. Don’t blink; it’s the best of DC and the best of Marvel in one comic. Now that’s a story to tell the grandchildren.

Many thought that it would only materialise if Marvel and DC merged. More so when the “dud” Marvel vs DC project excluded the titanic clash from its score sheet and its “equally dud” sequel Unlimited Access (# 3) made a mockery of the epic encounter.

 September 26, 2003 | 'Endless Nights' More Profitable Than JLA/A?
From Wizard

SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS
WIZARD MARKET REPORT
Friday, September 26
By Karl Cramer

Crossgen strikes gold; Gaimen dreams big

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM
The release of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Endless Nights was a huge boost for retailers. The $25 hardcover book sold in quantities that in some locations equaled sales of JLA/Avengers! This has caused a small resurgence of sales on key Sandman issues from its 1989-1996 run. Sandman #1 has been selling at $35 and Sandman #8, the first appearance of Death, is going for $20. Additionally, a huge amount of Sandman merchandise has been selling online as Goths around the world celebrate the return of their hero.

 September 23, 2003 | Wolvie & TT in JLA/A
From SunWuKong

WOLVERINE (James Howlett, but goes by the name of "Logan") art by George Perez.
My Baltimore Comicon Report
posted 9/22/03 8:28 AM

I just remembered another tidbit regarding JLA/Avengers:

-Wolverine and the Teen Titans will be making an appearance in some shape or form in the later issues.

I should also emphasize that all talks regarding the collected edition are all that, just talk. All members of the team are still busy concentrating on putting out the rest of the series.

That still doesn't stop me from campaigning for an "Absolute" edition for the collected edition. I think that format is perfect for the series. Tom Smith wished fans could see the art in a larger size and George said that DC thinks there is a market for it since the first issue did so well.

 September 23, 2003 | JLA/A In SC's The Herald
From The Herald

CAPTAIN COMICS: Get ready - The superheroes are getting together
By ANDREW A. SMITH, Scripps Howard News Service
(Published September 2‚ 2003)

(excerpt)

(SH) - This month sees the advent of a comic-book miniseries that I can say, without hyperbole, is the most breathlessly awaited superhero book in the history of superhero books! I hope that piques your interest enough that you'll take a little stroll with me down memory lane (don't worry, it'll be painless):

When the Captain was a boy, sometime during the last Ice Age, he would draw his own comic books. Primarily, he would draw comics that would mix the heroes and villains of the two major comic-book companies, who otherwise would never meet.

Those two companies, then as now, are Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Marvel owns characters like Spider-Man, X-Men and Incredible Hulk; DC boasts the likes of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Like competing television networks, the two companies (and their lawyers) have regularly resisted allowing their characters to "cross over" to meet each other. For decades it was as unthinkable for Superman to meet Spider-Man, as it would be today for the cast of "Friends" to show up on "Law & Order."

[ Read more CAPTAIN COMICS: Get ready - The superheroes are getting together ]

 September 23, 2003 | Comic Book Galaxy JLA/A Review
From Comic Book Galaxy

Giant Superhero Team-Up Crossover Crisis Review!
09.10.03
Movie Poop Shoot's Chris Allen and Comic Book Galaxy's Alan David Doane cross the barrier between their two sites to bring you the review event of the year, et cetera.

(excerpt)

ADD: I grew up on George Perez superhero comics, I admit it. I wasn't even in my teens when Perez arrived on Avengers the first time around, bringing with him a slick, dynamic style that even the inking of Vince Colletta (on Perez's first outing) couldn't completely mask. Once a more compatible inker -- Pablo Marcos -- became Perez's regular inker, on both Avengers and Fantastic Four (the only two titles I ever subscribed to), a real era of exciting supergroup comics had dawned for Marvel readers. At least, 12-year old ones like me.

Perez has done a lot between then and now, but the one thing that has always hung over his career like the Sword of Damocles was the aborted, original iteration of this mini-series, which fell victim to disagreement between Marvel and DC after Perez had completed work on nearly two-dozen pages. (Perez discusses the situation in this interview). The original story and those pages of art are not a part of this 2003 incarnation, which is written by Perez's former Avengers colleague Kurt Busiek. Now, I would maintain that Perez mostly fulfills expectations, with plenty of intricate backgrounds and exciting action scenes. The key flaw, and it's a big one, is the paint-by-numbers script by Busiek.

CA: Or, in other words, "the freakin' GRANDMASTER?!"

This first issue, as you say, finds both creators more or less fulfilling expectations, showing the Avengers and Justice League in action, meeting and arguing, showing the differences between the teams, and the general difference in tone between the Marvel and DC Universes. Busiek's worked extensively in both. It's not a bad idea at all for the Flash to arrive on Marvel-Earth (I'm calling it this just for purposes of the review; it's not so designated in the comic) and be horrified by the lynch mob chasing the poor teen mutant. It's a bit of a stretch for Flash to take one mob as representative of the entire population, but okay, we've got a lot to cover and a lot of characters who need face time, so space is limited. There is an amusing joke involving the Justice League reminding the Avengers of the Squadron Supreme, who of course were a Marvel in-joke version of the JLA in the '70s and beyond. I'm ambivalent whether even a lengthy series such as this merits the space given to winks and nods to old fans, since I imagine plenty of newer readers will be drawn in as well. I don't care that much either way, but wish that a better main story was in place.

 September 21, 2003 | Baltimore Con Report (Sellers)
From ES

THE BALTIMORE COMIC-CON 2003 (20-21 Sep 2003) GEORGE PEREZ, ES, TOM SMITH at the Baltimore Con (20-21 Sep 2003)
GEORGE PEREZ (21 Sep 03) at at the Baltimore Con, photo by Sellers BATMAN VS JLA art by Jim Lee and George Pérez, photo by Sellers
Baltimore Comic Con 2003 Report
Sun, 21 Sep 2003 20:26:31 -0400
written by ES

I had a great time at the con. George wasn't sketching due to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (Note: Brace in Photo) but he was signing. I was there both days and had George sign by Crisis TPB on Saturday and on Sunday a copy of the More Fun Comic and two copies of JLA/AVENGERS. Even though George wasn't sketching he was signing up a storm and posing for photos. Everybody Loves George.

I attended the CrossGen Panel on Saturday. Ron Marz and George talked about THE WAR coming out this spring. Sounds Great!!! I was unable to attend the JLA/AVENGERS panel due to them change time slots on Sunday. Sorry No Transcript this time.

I had Tom Smith color some of my previous sketches from George and they turned out beautiful. George had some pieces at the CBLDF auction on Saturday. I was not there the whole time but I did see two of his pieces MORE FUN COMICS cover ($1,000.00) and Original Jim Lee/George Perez Sketch ($1,600.00) sold. George always gives his all when it comes to the CBLDF.

I also met a lot of comic creators, some for the first time and some that I have met before. Tom Brevoort, Frank Cho, Geoff Johns, Karl Kesel, Scott Kollins, Martin Nobel and Family, Howard Porter and Mark Waid. Everybody was great!!!

 September 22, 2003 | Baltimore Con Report (SunWuKong)
From SunWuKong

My Baltimore Comicon Report
posted 9/21/03 7:29 PM

Just got back from the Baltimore Comicon 2003 and, as usual, I had one hell of a time (and hell on my finances). Here's what I can remember from the con regarding Perez:

  • Crossgen's "The War" is going to be 3 issues long and it's going to be written by Ron Marz. The first issue is going to be solicted in May of 2004. It's going to resolve many storylines in many of the Crossgen titles.
  • Perez is jubelent about JLA/Avengers first issue success. He says that he can finally clear out is debts and then some. The selling of the art alone is going to provide his wife with a new car! He also is very glad that this series is totally going to be for the fans.
  • As of today. 1/4 of issue 4 of JLA/Avengers is pen & inked. It looks like it will meet the Dec 31st release date. Perez is very commited to meeting the deadline so that all of the issues will be released before 2004.
  • There is talk of about what format the collected edition is going to be. Perez said that DC is talking to put it into an "absolute" HC format (which I will lobby to no end!). They also said that the prior JLA/Avengers art might be printed in the collected edition as well.
  • Perez needs the cover to issue 3 back because he needs to draw 4 more characters in it! It took 3 weeks for him to draw it. Tom Smith was asking fan at the con to find him color references for some of the characters!
  • I did get one nugget of exclusive info. Hawkeye and Black Canary will meet in issue 3.
That's all I can think of right now. I'll see how much will get back to me later on in the week.
 September 21, 2003 | CBG's JLA/A #1 Review
From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1559 (3 Oct 03)

REVIEW: JLA/AVENGERS #1 (of 4)
by Maggie Thompson
published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1559 (3 Oct 03)
website: www.comicsbuyersguide.com

It's here at last: George Pérez and Kurt Busiek's team-up is a feat paralleling the challenge of teaming the DC and Marvel heroes. Out of the two universes, 12 items must be assembled "or countless billions will die." And Pérez will be there to draw each and every one, if that's the way the story goes. As it is, the reader quickly loses count of just how many costumed characters (each and every one meticulously depicted) are already featured. And it's a spot-the-reference delight, as even such icons as Fin Fang Foom confront heroes from another universe. In a story like this, it's a matter of course that the super-folks will come into conflict - and Busiek sets things up nicely with more complex action to come. And maybe it'll be a little guy who saves the day. Here's rich, exciting story-telling to gladden a true fan's heart.

 September 19, 2003 | Wizard Market Report (9/19)
From Wizard Universe

WIZARD MARKET REPORT
Friday, September 19
By Karl Cramer

New Superman/Batman Variant strikes gold; Marvel sporting big numbers

DREAM TEAM
We warned you it was coming. Comic dealers who attended Diamond Comics Distribution’s Ft. Wayne summit received the retailer exclusive cover of Superman/Batman #1. It didn’t take long for those comics to go up for sale. Trading has been very dynamic for these comics, ranging from $100 to $250! Prices seem to be settling in the $175 range.

BIG NUMBERS
Marvel announced via a press release that two of their recent books have reached sales numbers that haven’t been seen in the comic book market for a long time. Kurt Busiek and George Perez’s JLA/Avengers #1 reached the 200,000 sales mark! Close behind, Marvel: 1602 #1 sold an estimated 150,000 copies! It’s a sign that the comic book market is very healthy when stores order this many books and still manage to sell out.

 September 18, 2003 | DF's Coverage of JLA/A
From Dynamic Forces

JLA/Avengers Breaks 200,000 Mark
September 17, 2003
by Bob Gough

Normally, I stay away from industry inside news but this product is so flippin’ good I'll not hesitate to crow about its success.

JLA/Avengers #1 sales have crossed the 200,000 mark, Marvel said. Issues #2 and #4 are being published by DC with #3 coming out from Marvel.

If you haven't picked up a copy yet, do so! Kurt Busiek and George Perez have made the 20-year wait well worth it. More concentrated and fun than Marvel vs. DC, this mini-series promises to make old school super-hero concepts red hot again. Comic fans get to experience the excitement of discovering the heroes and locations of the competing universes through the eyes of those characters crossing the dimensions. Don't miss it!

 September 18, 2003 | More JLA/A Breaks 200k Coverage
From Vu

More JLA/Avengers breaking 200,000 copies

From Cinescape

Cinescape: JLA/AVENGERS #1 sells 200K+
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
By: PATRICK SAURIOL

(excerpt)

For a business such as the comic book industry, any positive news these days is coveted and appreciated. Sales have been falling for a decade and books that once sold hundreds of thousands of copies now seem to be barely able to break six figures. So when Marvel Comics announces that over 200,000 copies of JLA/AVENGERS #1 have been published for shipment to the direct market, it's cause for celebration.

From Captain Comics

Captain Comics: JLA/AVENGERS BREAKS 200K!

Marvel Comics is both proud and encouraged to announce that unprecedented demand has led to the production of over 200,000 copies of JLA/AVENGERS #1 for shipment to the direct market.

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  •  September 18, 2003 | Pulp Culture's JLA/A #1 Review
    From Pulp Culture

    'JLA/Avengers' is worth the 20-year wait
    September 11, 2003
    By Franklin Harris

    (excerpt)

    It took 20 years of planning and waiting — mostly waiting — but George Perez finally realized his dream project. The cold war between DC Comics and Marvel Comics thawed long enough for him to draw "JLA/Avengers."

    Fans have been waiting, too, ever since Perez's first sample art appeared back in the '80s. But the wait was worthwhile, if only because now Kurt Busiek ("Astro City," "Marvels") is around to write the story for Perez to draw. If Perez is the perfect artist for "JLA/Avengers," having done stints on both "Justice League of America" and "The Avengers," then Busiek is the perfect writer for it. He knows more about superheroes than anyone else writing comics today. Together, they are a fanboy's dream team.

     September 17, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Breaks 200k
    From ICv2

    JLA/Avengers #1 Breaks 200,000
    September 16, 2003

    Marvel announced that 200,000 copies of JLA/Avengers #1 -- a "mega-event 20 years in the making" -- were produced for shipment to the direct market. Following in the wake are JLA/Avengers #2 from DC, which goes on sale October 22nd, and #3 from Marvel, on sale November 26th.

    Marvel says that it has also had success with other recent launches. "Since May, from Wolverine #2 to July's Spectacular Spider-Man #1 to August's 1602 and Supreme Power #1, sales of all our big launches have surpassed our already high expectations," said Marvel Marketing Communications Manager Michael Doran. "And that trend continued into September with JLA/Avengers #1."

     September 16, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Over 200k
    From Newsarama, thanks to Andy Mangels, ES, Joe Wolfe and Orlando Teuta Jr (email)(email)

    JLA/AVENGERS #1 BREAKS 200K
    posted 09-16-2003 04:17 PM by MattBrady

    COVER TO JLA/AVENGERS #3 art by George Pérez
    Marvel Comics is both proud and encouraged to announce that unprecedented demand has led to the production of over 200,000 copies of JLA/AVENGERS #1 for shipment to the direct market. The George Pérez-Kurt Busiek created mega-event 20 years in the making - which initially went on sale 9/4 – has exceeded all sales expectations for this co-publishing initiative by Marvel and DC Comics. Thanks to the strong support and show of faith by comic book retailers and readers, JLA/AVENGERS #1 has joined the ranks of a small group of modern classics that have captured the imagination of our fans and continue to propel the business forward.

    "I knew JLA/AVENGERS was going to do well," said writer Kurt Busiek, "but to have it do THIS well is just amazing. I'm delighted retailers had so much faith in the project, and I'm delighted readers bought 'em all up and sent the retailers back for more. And the reaction we're getting on the series is terrific - it seems like people thought it was well worth the wait, and I'm very glad to have been a part of it."

    The Interest in this special once-in-a-lifetime event is also another strong indicator of a growing overall sales phenomenon that began this past spring.

    "Since May, from Wolverine #1 to July's Spectacular Spider-Man #1 to August's 1602 & Supreme Power #1, sales of all our big launches have surpassed our already high expectations," said Marvel Marketing Communications Manager Michael Doran. "And that trend continued into September with JLA/AVENGERS #1 and ULTIMATE SIX #1. We're also seeing very positive growth in our other top titles like Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men and New X-Men, and we expect the trend to continue into the fall then straight into the holiday season and into next year. So to the fans and retailers fueling this remarkable run, Marvel would like to say thank you."

    "This is great news for everyone in our industry," added Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, "...from readers and creators to retailers and publishers. And the even better news is projects like JLA/AVENGERS won't be just the occasional random spike we've seen on the sales charts over the last few years. Marvel has been working tirelessly to raise the bar for the industry and today we can finally see the seeds of those labors bearing fruit. It seems like almost every month the sales ceiling on top-selling titles is being raised and with ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR and MARC SILVESTRI's return to the X-MEN upcoming, we're sure to see more of the same. I fully expect that in the near future the 300K mark is just around the corner."

    AVENGERS/JLA #2 goes on sale October 22nd from DC Comics. JLA/AVENGERS #3 goes on sale from Marvel on 11/26 and retailers are reminded its Final Order Cut-off (FOC) date is 10/30. The four-issue prestige format limited series concludes in December with AVENGERS/JLA #4, published by DC.

     September 15, 2003 | JLA/A Review in AICN
    From Ain't It Cool News, thanks to Rev. O.J. Flow

    AICN COMICS! @$$Holes Round Table Review On JLA/AVENGERS!!
    Monday, September 15, 2003
    Moderated by Moriarty

    (excerpt)

    Greetings, Faithful TalkBackers. Welcome to the TalkBack League of @$$holes Roundtable Review. I am the Moderator, the omniscient and lonely voice of reason haunting the hallowed halls of @$$hole HQ. Every now and again, a comic book comes along that deserves special attention. At these times, the @$$holes gather from the four corners of the globe to discuss, deliberate, and debate about it ad nauseum. JLA/AVENGERS is such a book. Two titans of comic book creation, George Perez and Kurt Busiek, have joined forces to bring together two of the most powerful super teams.

    ...

    MODERATOR: What about the art? Did Perez do a good job handling this plethora of characters? Is there anyone you would've chosen that you think would've handled this book better?

    VI: The art was absolutely amazing. The way Perez managed to const-- wait a minute, did you just use the word "plethora"?

    VROOM: A plethora of bliss, maybe.

    COMEDIAN: Christ, someone get Vroom a bib, he's starting to drool.

    BUZZ: No. Busiek is an excellent writer, but the art is the first draw on this one! This is George muther-grabbin’ Perez, one of the greats to emerge from the Bronze Age! George was the young star when I was deep in my Marvel Zombie days and he instantly became king of the team book. AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR, INHUMANS. Later TEEN TITANS.

    CORM: I'll tell ya, if we could raise the late, great John Buscema from the grave, I think he'd give Perez a run for his money. Gene Colan (with Tom Palmer inks) would be pretty slick, too. Only problem is that I don't think either of those gents had a great love of the genre, and for a project like JLA/AVENGERS, you need someone who loves superheroes so much *he'd marry them*. And that's Perez. Also, Perez's storytelling strikes a particularly nice blend between classic American "snapshot" storytelling and the more cinematic traditions of the East. He's absolutely the best man for the job.

    SUPES: Perez is a great storyteller. No doubting that. I like that he gives each character individual features, but... The main reason I'm not a Perez fan is that Thor has a pig's snout on the cover, and Wonder Woman goes from beautiful to plain in the same issue. Perez doesn't render the character's features consistently. Whatever, it's really unimportant and I'm being superficial. The opening with Eternity holding the Milky Way Galaxy in his hands was absolutely beautiful and cinematic.

    BUG: No one. And I mean no one. Draws like Perez. Okay Phil Jimenez does, but he always makes his women characters look mean and witchy. For me, George Perez is THE super hero artist.

    SUPES: Can we have a comic book fashion moment? My one irk about this project is Wanda having the Cher "Gypsy, Tramps and Thieves" outfit. I know Perez designed it (horrible), but Busiek is going for classic here. Wanda looks like she would win a prize for the worst perm of the 80's. As a chick reading comics, I've never understood why artists don't peek at Vogue mag once in awhile.

    SLEAZY: Call me picky, but I think Perez should draw Emma Peel as Uma. And he should give Connery’s balls more hair and oldness.

    [ Read more AICN COMICS! @$$Holes Round Table Review On JLA/AVENGERS!! ]

     September 10, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Annotations in German
    From Torsten B. Abel

    We've updated our JLA/Avengers section, including a review of the first issue (cover scan taken from my copy, pastejob of front, back & side done by me) and huge annotations.

    If I find the time, I'll probably do an English version as well. :-)

     September 10, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Reviews
    From Vu

    The majority of the reviews I've read on JLA/A #1 have been positive, but there are some that did not like it. You can't really trust critics, you, as a reader, is the best judge of what is good and what is bad.

    Anyway, here are some links and excerpts, feel free to email me (email)(email) additional links and/or comments:

    >>>
    Bureau42.com
    posted September 3, 3:05 pm by fiziko

    The artwork by George Perez is very much on target. He's got great story-telling skills, and can pack a lot of detail into some very character-filled pages. He's got a huge task to accomplish here, and he's pulled it off. I give it 6 out of 6.

    The story is well crafted so far, even if it does use some stock elements. Still, it's hard to avoid some of these given the nature of the material. I give it 5 out of 6, again expecting more from later issues.

    JLA/Avengers #1 receives 35 out of 42.

    Gamepro.com
    Friday, September 05, 2003 3:07:07 PM
    Review by: Dr. Zombie

    This is George Pérez at his finest. He's been quoted in the fan press to say that he wants this to be his defining piece of work and there's no doubt that it will be. There is so much detail, action, characters and elements on every page that it simply boggles the mind. You can't just breeze through this book like you can with most comics or you'll miss the incredible amount of visual details such as Plastic Man's fingers forming the word "Halt", or the cult-favorite monsters of the Marvel's Silver Age such as Fin Fang Foom threatening the JLA. The sheer amount of Marvel and DC characters portrayed is staggering and this is only the tip of the artistic iceberg for Pérez is quoted to say that by the end of this maxi-series, he wants to have portrayed every single JLA and Avengers member ever. That's a LOT of characters, but he's able to render each one individually in both face, shape, and form. No template bodies for this master artist! In an age of computer graphics and enhancements, it’s awesome to see hand-drawn special effects such as people disintegrating, cosmic power blasts, and intricate computer screens and effects as only Pérez can. Of course, all his art would be flat no matter how detailed if not for the incredible colors by longtime collaborator Tom Smith. Just as Pérez needs to draw every little detail of every costume, he's got to break the color palette wide open to render all the costumes encompassing the entire spectrum of colors.

    Final Score: 5 (of 5)

    [ Read more JLA/A #1 Reviews ]

     September 10, 2003 | Suite101 Asks
    From Suite 101

    JLA/Avengers! Comic Book Idol Contest???
    Author: Robert Smithers
    Published on: September 9, 2003

    (excerpt)

    Did anyone have a chance to pick up JLA/Avengers #1 from Busiek and Perez? I have not seen this one yet, so if you have, please start a discussion below to let me know what you think.

     September 10, 2003 | Television (NBC) Covers JLA/A
    From Channel 3000, Wesh.com, and WNBC.com

    Marvel, DC Combine Powers For Cosmic Comic Event
    POSTED: 10:50 a.m. EDT September 5, 2003
    written by Doug Frattallone

    JLA/Avengers 20 Years In Making

    It's a treat for the superhero geek in all of us: publishers Marvel and DC are out this week with JLA/Avengers, a four-issue miniseries 20 years in the making.

    Writer Kurt Busiek and artist George Perez are at the controls, as The World's Greatest Superheroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc.) share the same panels with Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, etc.)

    Perez, who has tried to get this project completed for the past two decades, turns in what some are saying is his best artwork of his legendary career. Early reviews are generally positive for the series.

    A few years back, the comic companies published DC vs. Marvel, but the storyline was more broad and didn't focus on the specific super-teams.

    JLA/Avengers is a so-called Prestige Format book. Here's a preview, courtesy Marvel online.

     September 9, 2003 | JLA/A #1 to be Rank #1?
    From Newsarama

    NEWSARAMA ASKS: JLA/AVENGERS #1 SALES?
    posted 09-09-2003 02:39 PM by MattBrady

    (excerpt)

    With an estimated 186,000 copies ordered by retailers, JLA/Avengers #1 will certainly be one of 2004’s biggest sellers. Newsarama asked retailers to give some data about how many they ordered, and how the issue is moving. By and large, the answers were “a lot” and “quickly,” respectively.

    With a $5.95 cover price, the estimated copies ordered by retailers represent $1,106,700 in retail sales. While the sales of the issue were a given to be very good, many retailers found themselves with a queasy feeling at the amount of money they had to put out to pay their Diamond bill for the week’s shipment. For example, if a retailer ordered 245 copies of issue #1, and even at a 50% discount, they had to pay roughly $728.88 for their copies from Diamond – before they saw a dime of the full retail price from customers. As W. Alan Davis of Silver Bullet Comics said, it all “was a bit scary. I mean, you know they will sell, it's a no-brainer, but until the money started hitting the register, I still kept thinking ‘I paid how much for one book?’”

    While the responses from both retailers and customers was overwhelmingly positive, a few retailers pointed out one possible problem in potential sales momentum as well as their own record-keeping: due to the Labor Day holiday in the United States, the first issue hit stores on a Thursday (September 4th) rather than a Wednesday. As many retailers report, one-day shifts in shipping due to a holiday shipping schedule by Diamond often result in slightly altered customer traffic and buying patterns for the week. Or, as Chris Shorb of Third Planet in Torrence, CA said, “Coming out on a holiday, which forces the books to be sold on Thursday is going to fubar any normal sales notes for ‘Wednesday’ sales.”

     September 9, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Review at CBR
    From Comic Book Resources

    Pipeline, Issue #326
    Tuesday September 9, 2003
    written by Augie De Blieck Jr.

    20 YEARS LATER...

    (excerpt)

    Perez's artwork is professional and, at times, exciting. He doesn't take the easy ways out. That's the mark of the professional. When faced with two double-page spreads to introduce the two title teams, Perez chooses a dramatic upshot on the Avengers and a lower perspective on the JLA to help emphasize the villains they're both fighting.

    I do have some problems with a scattered few figure drawings. Superman's nose on the cover, for starters, looks like it's bent to the right. Thor's nose, just above, is pointed to the right and bent back at the tip. There's a lumpy Flash head that I lost track of already. Superman's head on the second panel three pages from the end looks no better proportioned than what most people would lance into Rob Liefeld for. (Or maybe the problem is Superman's right arm being too bulky?) I can forgive the few minor transgressions, however, on a project of this scale. It features hundreds of characters and has taken nearly two years to finish, as it is. Every now and then someone is going to look askew, and it's a credit to the artist that the occasional quirk sticks out so much.

     September 7, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Annotations from Comixfan
    From Comixfan

    JLA/AVENGERS #1 ANNOTATIONS
    Posted by Eric J. Moreels on Sept 7, 2003 @ 02:47 pm

    With the recent release of the long, long, long awaited JLA/Avengers #1, some fans may not be aware of the vast number of references to characters, places, and events in both the Marvel and DC Universes. To help everyone keep abreast on what's happening in the epic story, the ComiX-Fan staff have taken on the task of compiling an exhaustive and complete list of annotated references to characters, places, and events in both the Marvel and DC Universes. To help everyone keep abreast on what's happening in the epic story, the ComiX-Fan staff have taken on the task of compiling an exhaustive and complete list of annotated references.

    read more

     September 7, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Character Guide
    From Skullogeist, via Avengers Comicboard

    JLA / AVENGERS Unofficial Web-Guide [SPOILERS]
    Posted by Skullogeist on Saturday, September 06 2003 at 19:35:11 GMT

    Hopefully, this'll be of some help to Marvel fans who don't know the DC Universe and DC fans who don't know the Marvel Universe. It's still a work in progress so bear with me!!

    ~Skullogeist

    >>>
    JLA / AVENGERS #1

    Page 1-2:
    Arkon [MARVEL]
    Thundra [MARVEL]
    Polemachus [MARVEL]

    Page 3-4:
    The Crime Syndicate of Amerika [DC]
    Ultraman [DC]
    Superwoman [DC]
    Owlman [DC]
    Johnny Quick [DC]
    Power Ring [DC]
    Thunderers of Qward [DC]

    Page 5:
    Eternity [MARVEL]

    Page 6:
    Grandmaster [MARVEL]

    Page 7:
    Krona [DC]

    [ Read more JLA/A #1 Character Guide ]

     September 7, 2003 | Kirk Philbrick in JLA/A #1
    From Vu

    Kirk Philbrick at the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2003 (16-20 July 2003) Kirk getting an autograph from Hawkeye
     September 7, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Review in "Listen to This"
    From DC Comics

    THE 9/5 ISSUE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S "LISTEN TO THIS" SECTION FEATURES THREE DC TITLES!

    September 2nd, 2003 - The 9/5 issue of Entertainment Weekly's "Listen to This" section features three DC titles!

    (excerpt)

    An A- For JLA/AVENGERS!

    The lead review is on the penultimate DC-Marvel cross-over JLA/AVENGERS. Comparing the cross-over to Freddy vs. Jason, writer Tom Russo gives the landmark miniseries an A- and states "writer Kurt Busiek offers some deft contrasts between the turmoil-filled Marvel universe....and the comparatively rosier world of DC. Perez supplies the art, and his fantastically detailed old-school line work has only grown finer over time."

     September 7, 2003 | Answerman (9/1)
    From Silver Bullet Comics

    It's Bob Rozakis: The Answer Man: Print Quality and Lots More Answers
    Monday, September 1
    written by Bob Rozakis

    (excerpt)

    Why did the Avengers-Justice League of America crossover event of the 1980s fail to appear? -- Dean Webb

    Because it never was finished…until now! The first of the four-issue series should be on sale soon.

     September 7, 2003 | Wayne Interview at ICv2
    From ICv2

    Interview with DC's Bob Wayne, Part 2
    August 27, 2003

    On Sell-outs and Weekly Ordering

    What happened this month? We went back and tracked the number of titles that were sold out, and August just went crazy. I counted 12 DC books that sold out, and the largest number we found for any other month in the last year was three. What happened in August?
    I think August is when a lot of changes we've done editorially in the DC Universe hit critical mass. I also think that we've continued to have some other successes, in particular the return of Planetary from WildStorm, the launch of Arrowsmith, Y, and Fables from Vertigo, the build-up to Sandman: Endless Nights. I also think we had a lot of momentum we picked up just from talking to consumers at Comicon International in San Diego with our booth there, and with the same type of interaction with fans at Wizard World Chicago. I think everything that's changed as far as the quality of the books, and the retailers' expectations of the books, and the fans' expectations of the books has all kind of come to a critical point here at the end of the summer and going into the fall. And with Sandman: Endless Nights coming up and with at least two issues of JLA Avengers coming up that we're in charge of, we're very enthusiastic looking into September and October and beyond.
     September 6, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Original Art For Sale
    From The Artist's Choice

    Information on Ordering JLA/A Pages:

    1. So everyone from around the world will have an opportunity to see the issue prior to the pages being made available (and as per George's wishes), the Pages from Issue 1 will not be available for order until Sometime on Wednesday September 10. The information will be placed online sometime that day, though at no specific time. Any orders received prior to the prices being posted will not be accepted. Please note that all pages are unlettered (no lettering is on the board).
    2. All orders will be taken on a first come/first serve basis. Orders will be accepted via e-mail only. The time stamp on the e-mails is the best most accurate way to ensure whose e-mail came first. This is the fairest way to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity.
    3. The pages are for sale immediately. These are not pre-orders.
    4. No covers will be offered at this time. The covers will be sold in the near future. Watch this space for future details.
    5. All orders related to JLA-Avengers will have confirmation e-mails sent out as soon as possible.
    6. Payment is required to be received by The Artist's Choice within 7 business days of the confirmation request going out. No exceptions to this policy. If after 7 days the payment is not received, the page will go back up for sale. Accepted forms of payment are personal & business checks (which must clear the bank before artwork will be shipped), certified checks, cashier's checks, money orders and Western Union. For International Orders, payment methods accepted are Money Orders in American Funds, Checks drawn from American Banks or Western Union. Shipping and Handling are in addition to the cost of the art. No Credit Cards or Paypal accepted.
    7. Each subsequent issue will be offered approximately 1 week after the book comes out on the stands in the USA.
    8. There are a few exceptions to note for future issues:
      • For those who may be interested in complete issues, this will not be possible. One person who did a tremendous personal favor for George and his family has been afforded the opportunity to purchase either Issue # 2 or Issue # 4 complete with the corresponding cover. If that person chooses not to, than those pages will be made available for sale in the same fashion as Issue # 1.
      • Issue # 3 contains several people George knows or whom he chose to draw into the story as he saw fit. For the specific pages in question, those people will have first opportunity to buy those pages. If they pass, then they will be available for sale as well through the website in the same manner as all other pages.
    If questions about any of these policies, please e-mail me at SpencerBck@aol.com (email)(email) with any questions
     September 5, 2003 | Expert Opinion on JLA/A
    From Wizard Universe

    EXPERT OPINION
    Friday, September 5
    written by The Wizard Staff
    published in WIZARD #144

    Comic creators weigh in on the JLA/Avengers fights they can’t wait to see

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    JLA/Avengers is a miniseries 20 years in the making. So with the first issue finally hitting stands this week, even the buzz amongst the comic community was at an all-time high. Everyone from Greg Rucka to Judd Winick to Geoff Johns and more had a matchup they'd love to see, so Wizard gave these guys a call to find out just what they are.

    BATMAN vs. CAPTAIN AMERICA
    “When [former Green Arrow writer] Brad Meltzer and I were attending the University of Michigan, he sat with me one night while I was inking a pile of comic strips for our school newspaper. We planned the JLA/Avengers battle and who would win. We agreed on most, disagreed on Hulk and Superman, but felt that of course Batman would beat Captain America, because Batman would cheat. Education at its finest.” - Outsiders and Green Arrow writer Judd Winick

    SUPERMAN vs. THOR
    “You’re not going to beat the Man of Steel. Thor’s got a bigger family, he can get anybody down from Asgard to come down and lend him a hand, but Superman can move the world. Did you see in DC Comics Presents, he’s up there on a mountain, [artist José] Garcia Lopez’s got that drawing of him pushing the world back into orbit? Please! [Laughs]” - Hawkman artist Rags Morales

    RED TORNADO vs. VISION
    “Red Tornado and Vision should prove really interesting. Of course, even though I like Tornado, Vision is gonna trounce on him. Air elemental or whatever, Vision will tear him limb from limb. His density powers, solar beams—phasing alone will make any wind Tornado might whip up useless.” - Avengers and Flash writer Geoff Johns

    GREEN ARROW vs. HAWKEYE
    “They both have bows and arrows, it seems natural. I think Green Arrow would win; he gave up on those trick arrows and he’s got those really sharp ones. He’ll happily put them through anybody who gets in his way. [Laughs]” - Wolverine writer Greg Rucka

    ZATANNA vs. SCARLET WITCH (AND THE ENTIRE AVENGERS)
    “Oh, Zatanna. She can do anything she can think of [as long as she says it] backwards. “Maybe they should define those abilities a little better, but they haven’t. Zatanna vs. the Avengers, that’s it. She says, ‘You’re all a bunch of nice bunnies’ backwards, and they’re all a bunch of nice bunnies! That’s it!” - Fables writer Bill Willingham

    Don't forget, Wizard wants your opinion as well! JLA/Avengers: Does it live up to the hype? Give us your thoughts on the most anticipated comic book crossover of all-time. Just click here or on theimage to the right to drop us a line.

     September 5, 2003 | JLA/A Status
    From Avengers Comicboard

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics

    Re: Kurt/Tom? - Avengers/JLA progress?
    Posted by Kurt Busiek on Friday, September 05 2003 at 21:33:50 GMT

    > Just curious what stages of production are:
    > Issue #2
    > Issue #3
    > Issue #4
    > at?

    I've never been much for sharing the trafficking schedule with the readers -- I'd rather have you focus as much as possible on the story and the characters and as little as possible on the mechanics of putting lines on paper.

    #3's being lettered, inked and colored, #4's being scripted and penciled.

    kdb

     September 5, 2003 | SBC Reviews JLA/A #1
    From Silver Bullet Comics

    LINE OF FIRE: JLA/Avengers #1
    Posted: Friday, September 5
    By: Jason Cornwell

    (excerpt)

    George Pérez was born to draw this series, and while the wait between the announcement of this crossover, and the actual arrival of this first issue was certainly a lengthy one, I'm pleased to learn that most of the issues are already in the can, so to speak, as now that this train is moving, I don't want it to have to endure any waiting along the way. George Pérez offers up some of his most detail intensive work since Crisis, and you can clearly see he's invested his heart and soul into this project, as each and every panel offers up something to either discover, or admire. Now of course the big appeal of a book with art by George Pérez is that he's one of the few artist who can deliver an army of characters in a clear, exciting manner, and he certainly doesn't disappoint, as this issue offers up two large scale battles, and in addition to the truly magnificent double-page spread that open these sequences, there's also some wonderful little moments as well, from the Flash's rock barrage, to the wonderfully ominous shot of the rain of Starros reflected in Iron Man's face-plate. The double-page shot where the two teams finally meet face to face is also well worth the wait, as not only is it a poster worthy image, but the background cityscape is a truly wonderful display of how much care & attention to detail George Pérez employs. Then there's the money shot of the entire issue, as we see Thor does something that is sure to get fandom buzzing.

     September 5, 2003 | Scoop Reviews JLA/A #1
    From Scoop

    JLA/Avengers #1
    Off the Presses, Scoop, Friday, September 05, 2003

    Marvel Comics; $5.95

    How could this one possibly be worth the wait? Well, it just is.

    Fans (and even other professionals) have been waiting for two decades for this mini-series to happen. Ever since it was squashed editorially twenty years ago - and in truth, even for a long time before that - readers have speculated what would happen if the World's Greatest Super Heroes met Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

    Now the answer is in.

    And it's pretty darn cool.

     September 5, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Arrives in Germany
    From Torsten B. Abel

    I just got a call from my comic shop, JLA/Avengers #1 has finally arrived in Germany. I'm gonna buy it after lunch. :-)

     September 4, 2003 | Busiek Interview on SBC
    From Silver Bullet Comics

    Busiek & JLA/Avengers: SBC Q&A
    Posted: Wednesday, September 3
    By: Tim O'Shea

    Some projects and their creators need no introduction. JLA/Avengers and writer Kurt Busiek (and oh yeah, artist George Perez). The first issue of this 20-years-in-the-making four-part miniseries comes out tomorrow. SBC asked Busiek a few questions and he answered them.

    Tim O’Shea: You're a writer who clearly has a great deal of ideas (the amount of subplots, characters and "little moments" that you jam in a standard 22-page comic assures folks seemingly get their money's worth). With that in mind, did you find yourself wishing you had more pages/issues to work with, so that you could fit in more characters or character interactions?
    Kurt Busiek: Always. We went into this knowing there was no way to fit it into the 48 pages an intercompany crossover usually gets, so we expanded it, making it 4 issues -- 192 pages. But with so many characters, so many opportunities so much of a rich legend to explore in the case of both teams, let's face it -- we could have gone 24 issues and there'd still be more cool stuff to do. Turn it into a regular monthly book, and I doubt I'd have run out of material by #50.

    It's the JLA and the Avengers. There's a lot to work with.

    TO: As a long time fan of these characters, in addition to being a creator of comics, do you think you'll be able to step aside and just enjoy the work itself as a consumer? What I mean is, while you've written the story, there's something unique about seeing those words turned into sequential art drama, particularly when drawn by the likes of Perez. Will you be able to step out of the role as a creator and enjoy the book as a reader yourself?
    KB: It's wonderful to see the pages come in from George, to see the colors from Tom, the lettering come in from Comicraft and see the story come to life on the page, but that's still a different thing from experiencing it as a reader. I can't ever divorce myself fully from the process and come to a book I've written as if I'm just completely a reader. Maybe in ten years, twenty years, I can get some idea of it, but I'm one of the guys that built it -- that just gives us a different perspective.

    [ Read more Busiek & JLA/Avengers: SBC Q&A ]

     September 4, 2003 | Wizard Asks
    From Wizard Universe

    JLA/Avengers: Does it live up to the hype? Give us your thoughts on the most anticipated comic book crossover of all-time (email)(email)

     September 4, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Reports
    From Vu

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics

    It's finally here! I took a quick lunch break to get the comic.

    I received early reports that JLA/AVENGERS #1 is ranked #2 under BATMAN for the month of September in terms of quantity. More details later tonight.

    In the meantime, enjoy:


    MONSTER ISLAND

     September 4, 2003 | Thor Vs Superman
    From Brett Weston (email)(email)

    THOR vs SUPERMAN published in JLA/AVENGERS #1 scan by Brett Weston (email)(email)
     September 3, 2003 | Wizard Picks JLA/A #1
    From Wizard Universe

    DIAMOND SHIP LIST 9/3 -9/9
    Wednesday, September 3

    Wizard's pick of the week: JLA/Avengers 1 (of 4)

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics

    WHY IT'S COOL?
    Two legendary superteams, two superstar creators, 20 pages - after two decades, the most anticipated comic book crossover of all time has finally arrived. Need we say more?

    IN ISSUE 1
    DC and Marvel are pretty tight lipped about the details, but by the end Perez will have penciled every single member from both the JLA and Avengers and the story will have featured hundreds of characters - both hero and villain - from both universes! By Kurt Busiek and George Perez. $5.99

     September 3, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Available in Canada
    From Brett Weston (email)(email)

    Just thought I'd drop you a line. I live in Victoria BC Canada and I just picked up the first issue of JLA/Avengers today from my local comic store.

    I expected comics to not arrive until Thursday, due to the Monday holiday, but I guess we got lucky.

    It truly looks awesome. I'm a huge Perez fan and this is some of his best work. I used to think his New Teen Titans/Wonder Woman work was the best, but this is amazing. It's pretty obvious he put his heart & soul into this project.

     August 30, 2003 | Smith JLA/A Signing at Zapp
    From Avengers Comicboard
    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    Tom Smith A/JLA CAL! Signing at Zapp ! Comics next Saturday !
    Posted by Tom Smith on Saturday, August 30 2003 at 20:25:05 GMT

    Hi guys..

    I just want to give you a heads up that I will doing a Avengers /JLA #1 signing at Zapp Comics in the Freehold Raceway mall in Freehold, NJ next Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM .

    Stop on in if you live in NJ or NY and get your books signed and or just to say Hi.

    Call the store for more info or directions ..(732) 866-6655

    See ya there.

    Best..
    Tom Smith "A/JLA CAL!"

     August 30, 2003 | JLA/A to be Printed in AU #33
    From True Believers UK Forum

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    Avengers/JLA
    Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:33 pm by wrighty47

    Just been rereading the page about the new Batman comic from Panini Comics and noticed that the forthcoming Avengers/JLA crossover is set to appear in AU, starting in issue 33. Now I for one think this is excellent news, to get this series so quickly (issue 1 still isn't out in the Sataes). I don't know how it will effect any continuity, or if the mini-series is indeed set in continuity, but to be honest, I don't really care. To get such a prestigious series released in the UK so quickly is an excellent coup for Panini, and I hope the series is as good as hoped for and brings them the extra sales the move deserves.

    Avengers United #31
    Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 7:39 am by phatdubhed

    (excerpt)

    So, next issue Alan Davis takes over the art, Hulk guest stars, kind of (gee, he's getting everywhere these days!) and it seems that Quicksilver and Silverclaw will be guest starring... for one issue at least. Can't wait!

    And of course, this issue confirms that AU#33 will indeed be reprinting the JLA/Avengers mini-series. I'm very excited about this - don't really have the time and money to pick up any DC stuff, so would have otherwise overlooked it. But, with Busiek and Perez at the helm, you just know it will be great! Counting down....

     August 25, 2003 | JLA/A #1 to Ship
    From Diamond Comics
    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Labor Day holiday, U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and International accounts will receive their product on Thursday, September 4. Canadian delivery of shipments will be made on Wednesday, September 3.

    Shipping Next Week: September 4

    JUL031473 JLA AVENGERS #1 (OF 4) $5.95

     August 17, 2003 | Suite 101 Covers JLA/A
    From Suite 101

    JLA / Avengers Release Date Set! Sojourn for $1.00?
    Author: Robert Smithers
    Published on: August 15, 2003

    (excerpt)

    ======================

    Also from Comics Continuum at Wizard World, is news of the culmination of the cross story of the entire CrossGen comics coming Spring 2004. George Perez will be drawing The War, a mini-series from CrossGen Entertainment next spring that CEO Mark Alessi said will result in characters dying and books being canceled. The War will see the heroes of the CrossGen Universe colliding with the denizens of the twisted Negation Universe in all-out combat.

    ==========================

  • Page 5
  • Speaking of George Perez, the first issue of Avengers/JLA crossover with pencil and ink by George Perez and written by Kurt Busieck is due out soon. Issue #1 will be in the stores September 3rd published by Marvel, 48 pages for $5.59. DC will publish issue #2 October 22nd.

    Here’s a shot from page 5 of the first issue of the series where the Marvel character of Eternity ponders "There Once Was A Universe…" and the "Journey Into Mystery" begins. Catchy title – seems I heard that one somewhere before…

     August 13, 2003 | JLA/A Pages on the Web
    From Vu

    If you haven't been paying attention, all of the major comic book websites are showing off Marvel's official release of the first 7 pages of JLA/AVENGERS #1.

    Some links I've noticed:

  • Comic Book Resources
  • Comics Continuum
  • Newsarama
  • Broken Frontier
  • Comic World News
  • Slush Factory
  • Silver Bullet Comics
  • ComiXtreme
  • Comix Fan
  • Pulse
  • Feel free to send me more links if you don't see them listed here.
     August 12, 2003 | Busiek Interview at Comix Fan
    From Comix Fan, special thanks to Eric J. Moreels

    ROLL CALL: THE JLA/AVENGERS INTERVIEW
    posted by Eric J. Moreels on Aug 5th, 2003 at 03:22 pm

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics

    (excerpt)

    The long wait is over. After more than two decades since the project was first proposed, JLA/Avengers will finally see the light of day this September courtesy of writer Kurt Busiek and artist George Pérez. ComiX-Fan Staff Writer Erwin Rafael recently caught up with Busiek to talk about his experiences writing the most anticipated Marvel/DC crossover event ever.

    "Feels pretty good," Busiek said about being appointed for the coveted job. "In part, I have to figure I was in the right place at the right time - I was the regular writer on Avengers and the regular writer on JLA {Mark Waid} had just signed an exclusive with CrossGen - but if they didn't figure I could handle the job, they wouldn't have given it to me. And George and I have certainly shown that we work well together. But it does feel like quite an accomplishment to be the guy tapped to write a monster assignment like this. When I broke in to comics, I never imagined I'd be doing top books - a run on Iron Man was about the height of my dreams. So I went a little farther than I'd expected..."

    Busiek is well known for his love of the Avengers, and it appears that he's a fan of the JLA as well. "I'm a pretty big fan of the characters and of the concept - I like the traditions of the team. And I've been a big fan of the book at various periods, most notably Len Wein's and Steve Englehart's turns as writer. I also like the Giffen League a lot, though I think it strays from the core concept of the series, but manages to create its own identity and have a lot of fun along the way."

    While a lot of fans are excited about the project, some naysayers believe that JLA/Avengers would turn out to be yet another generic Marvel vs DC crossover. "If they really want to decide what's in the book ahead of time, I really can't stop them," responded Busiek, "but I'd suggest to anyone that instead of making up your mind that it's going to suck - OR that it's going to be the greatest thing since Belgian waffles - take a look, give it a read, see how we do."

    "What's special about this book? It's the Avengers and the Justice League, together after so long, in a big, sprawling cosmic adventure that takes 200 pages to tell. It's got art by George Pérez, and a story by some moron who's managed to do okay in the past. What's not special about that?"

    Read more: ROLL CALL: THE JLA/AVENGERS INTERVIEW

     August 12, 2003 | Marvel/DC Presents JLA/A
    From Comix Fan

    MARVEL/DC PRESENT JLA/AVENGERS #1
    Posted by Eric J. Moreels on

    A seven-page preview of the titanic team-up!

    After 20 years in the making, one of the most long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated events in comic book history is just 3 weeks away, with the release of JLA/Avengers #1, the debut issue of the epic four-issue Prestige Format limited series co-published by Marvel and DC Comics.

    Written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by George Pérez, the series fea ...

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     August 12, 2003 | Marvel Releases JLA/A 7 Pages
    From Pulse

    JLA/AVENGERS #1 PREVIEW!
    updated AUG 11, 4:10 PM EST.

    20 years in the making—oh, you know the drill. Busiek. Perez. Avengers. JLA. September. Marvel has released the first 7 pages as a preview. Enjoy!

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  •  August 9, 2003 | Carlin on JLA
    From Newsarama

    CARLIN ON JLA
    08-08-2003 01:04 PM posted by MattBrady

    The times, they are a changin’ for the Justice League of America. As DC announced in San Diego, a spin-off title is coming, while rotating creative teams will handle the main title. We caught up with JLA editor Mike Carlin for a roadmap.

    Carlin inherited the series as a result of the editorial restructuring that went on at DC earlier this year which saw former JLA editor Dan Raspler fired by the publisher, and Carlin stepping down from VP – Executive Editor to Senior group Editor.

    (excerpt)

    “With a spin-off and double shipping for six months at least, there’s going to be a lot of JLA projects out there, which I think is part of what we’ve been wanting for years on the title – to capitalize on something where clearly, there’s room for more. Obviously, if we put out a bunch of stinkers, it’s not going to help, but I think that if we can put out five Batman books and four Superman books every month with just the one character in them, why can’t we just do two Justice League books a month every now and then.

    “And obviously, I think JLA/Avengers is going to satisfy the world. It will sell, but it will satisfy as well, which is not always the case. People have been waiting a long time for this, and it could have easily been something that was ruined by anticipation, but I really think that Kurt and George have hit the mark. I think it’s going to be great. Hopefully, that will help to whet people’s appetites for a little more JLA than they’ve seen in a while – and we’ve got that covered.”

     August 7, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Color Guide
    From Tom Smith, via Ebay

    Item number 2187016664: Perez AVENGERS / JLA #1 cover color guide
    Starting bid: US $49.99
    seller: tomscolor

    JLA/AVENGERS #1 COLOR GUIDE art by George Pérez, colored by Tom Smith
    From the color artist's own collection.. Attention !! George Pérez /Tom Smith/Avengers /JLA fans, You have loved the comics, Now you can own the color guide. This is the 1 of a kind cover color guide for Avengers / JLA #1. This full size 11" by 17" George Pérez/Tom Smith color guide comes signed by color artist.."me.". Tom Smith.

    Color Guides are the actual hand painted coloring done for the comic/cover by the colorist of the comic. It is only one of a kind and really used in the process of coloring the cover or page of the comic. You can also have it personalized to you. S&H is paid by buyer. US money orders or Paypal preferred.

    Note: This is not the Original B&W art painted but the fully painted XEROX color guide art used in the process of coloring the page/cover. A full description of What color guide art is..... Color guides are used in the process in which comics are colored. The original black & white art is copied and then the copy "color guide" is then painted with dyes, markers, and sometimes watercolor by the colorist and used as a guide /rough idea of what the final computer colored file / page or cover will look like. It is on 11 "by 17" XEROX paper and is only one of a kind original color art and really used in the process of coloring the cover or page of the comic. It is buy one of the creative team of artists of the comic "Colorist Tom Smith" whose name appears on the credits page with the rest of the artists. It is also signed by him.

     August 7, 2003 | Busiek Interview at Comixtreme
    From Comixtreme, thanks to pariscub

    A SIT DOWN WITH KURT BUSIEK
    July 25th 2003 01:28 AM
    interview Jay McKiernan

    (excerpt)

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics

    Jay McKiernan: Now let’s get to the big one: JLA / Avengers. This might just be the most anticipated book of the year, and that’s saying a lot considering 1602 is coming out soon. How did this project come about and how were you approached?
    Kurt Busiek: JLA/AVENGERS was originally slated to come out in 1982 or 1983, but rather famously fell apart over editorial disagreements and communication problems between Marvel and DC. Over the years since, every now and then, either Marvel would approach DC about trying again, or DC would approach Marvel, and each time the other side didn't want to do it for one reason or another. So it kept not happening and it became something of a holy grail for superhero buffs -- a legendary "lost project." A few years ago, shortly after DC had approached Marvel again, Joe Quesada became editor in chief at Marvel, and started looking into why it hadn't been done. To Brevoort outlines for him the various attempts over the years and why they'd fallen apart, and Joe said, "Well, none of that applies now. Let's do it."

    So Tom contacted whoever at DC had made the latest overture, and the project got rolling.

    George Perez was the obvious and only choice as artist, since he'd been the artist on it the first time around, he's considered one of the all-time greats among superhero artists, and he was just coming off an acclaimed run on AVENGERS. At the time, I was writing AVENGERS and Mark Waid was writing JLA, so the easiest thing would be for the two of us to co-write, but Mark had just signed an exclusive deal with CrossGen about a week before JLA/AVENGERS became a go project, so the book got offered to me solo. For which I will always be grateful to both Mark Waid and Mark Alessi.

    JM: Was it difficult to work on this book, feeling the pressure because of all the expectations, or was it very easy to get a handle on this mini-series?
    KB: We knew that there was enormous expectation out there, but we also knew that there was no way we were going to meet it all -- no matter what we do, some readers are going to be disappointed. So we just made sure we'd have enough room to do a big, sprawling project where we could go places that maybe the readers weren't expecting, tried to come up with a storyline worthy of the two teams, and stopped worrying about it. The pressure's there whatever we do, so it's not too much of a factor.

    Beyond that, I'm familiar with both teams, and am working with good editors and a top-notch artist. So some of it was tricky, some was easy, but we came up with what we think is a sweeping and enjoyable adventure with a lot of scope, a lot of action, room for character stuff and a few surprises. With any luck, the readers will have at least as much fun with it as we did.

    JM: Did the presence of George Perez as the artist make this much easier? You had a great working relationship with him on the Avengers and did that continue with this book?
    KB: Absolutely. After three years of working with George, I have enormous faith in his storytelling abilities -- I know that I can give him pages I wouldn't dare give to another penciler, and he'll make them work. I also know a lot about what he most likes to draw and what he doesn't, and he knows that I trust him, that he can take the story and rework it, staging it his way as long as it tells the underlying story. So yeah, that familiarity and experience gave us a very solid grounding. Plus, George is very much the 800-pound gorilla on this book -- polite and considerate, but he's indispensable to the project, and having George saying, "I want to do it this way" made it easier to set it up the way we wanted it.

     July 30, 2003 | JLA/A Diary in Wizard #0
    From WIZARD ZERO

    MY JLA/AVENGERS DIARY
    By George Pérez
    As told to Mike Cotton
    transcribed by Vu (email)(email)

    Comic's ultimate crossover has been 20 years in the making, and with the project debuting in September, the artist details the challenges, the exhilaration and how he almost called it quits.

    WIZARD ZERØ #0 WIZARD ZERØ #0 JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    I've waited my entire life for one day - the day JLA/Avengers became reality.

    Sure, for the last two years, I've been drawing the JLA/Avengers match-up pitting the classic superteams from the rival publishers DC and Marvel Comics. And after pushing for 20 years, a handful of false starts, scuttled plans and missteps, I wasn't sure if JLA/Avengers was ever going to see the light of day.

    Back in 1983 we came close. I actually drew 21 pages of a JLA/Avengers one-shot, but company policies and editorial wrangling torpedoed the project before I ever put pencil to paper on page 22.

    And, of course, there were always rumors. A comic convention ever went by when someone didn't asking me, "When are you going to do JLA/Avengers?" over the years, the project took on mythical proportions with expectations and speculation rising with each passing year. And if it were up to me, I would've done it in a second. But when you're dealing with the two biggest publishers in comics (and some of the biggest egos to boot), nothing's easy.

    But today, June 27, 2003, as I finished off the inks (did I mention, I'm penciling and inking the entire series?) on issue #3, I can hardly believe JLA/Avengers is almost complete.

    This is my diary from the first time I seriously began talking to Marvel and DC about the updated version of the crossover. Everything from the first phone calls in 1999 to today as I review the colors of the Batman/Captain America fight. If you think you know everything there is to know about the new JLA/Avengers, think again.

    >>>

    Martian Manhunter & JLA
    FALSE START

    Jan 10, 1999 - I've been approached on and off over the years about a JLA/Avengers project. But now that both JLA, with Grant Morrison and Howard Porter, is successful, and Avengers is successful under Kurt Busiek and myself, it looks like we might get a shot at actually doing the series. Kurt and Tom Brevoort believe it's a perfect time. Now that these two books are hot, why don't we start negotiating it? Everyone is a little concern that I won't have time to draw the regular Avengers series and the crossover, so we decide it just take place in both regular series and I'll draw the Avengers half with Howard drawing the JLA half. It's a terrible monster to coordinate, though.

    Apr 15, 2000 - Thankfully, Marvel and DC have cased negotiations. No one wants to do this series more than I do, but I don't think Grant really had any enthusiasm to do a crossover book like this. I'd rather draw the entire thing myself. This is my baby and I don't want anyone else breast feeding her.

    Aug 5, 2000 - Now that Mark Waid's been tapped to write JLA, there's been talk of working out another crossover with Mark and Kurt co-writing it. But this time, I'll draw the entire series. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    Aug 28, 2000 - I finish my last issue of Avengers today. I'd hope to be working on JLA/Avengers by now, but who knows when that will happen.

    Sep 3, 2000 - Joe Quesada took over as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics a few days ago. I am a little disappointed when I called to congratulate him and he tells me that he isn't interested in doing any more crossovers with DC. Joe feels that the novelty of inter-company crossovers has been diluted by the recent glut of such projects. I can't really disagree. Even I wrote one, the Silver Surfer/Superman crossover in 1997! Joe doesn't dash all of my hopes though. According to him there's one crossover he'd do - JLA/Avengers. He also says that the project's mine if he can get it approved. He says he'll keep me informed. I won't hold my breath.

    Oct 5, 2000 - I just started doing CrossGen Chronicles and Mark Alessi calls me today to ask if I'd be interested in working for his company full time. I'm seriously considering his offer, but with JLA/Avengers being talked about again, I'm not sure if I want to lock myself down in an exclusive contract with CrossGen even though it's very enticing.

    Oct 18, 2000 - Both DC and Marvel have now expressed interest in having me pencil JLA/Avengers, but no one's even started talking about contracts yet. Also Mark [Waid] just signed an exclusive with CrossGen , so Kurt would have to write it solo. I wonder if this is just going to turn into another debacle.

    Nov 22, 2000 - I've informed Marvel and DC that if I don't receive a written agreement by Dec 15, I'll sign and exclusive contract with CrossGen and won't be able to work on JLA/Avengers for at least two years.

    FIRST THINGS FIRST…
    written by Mike Cotton
    What happened with the 1983 JLA/Avengers crossover?

    In the early 1980s, it looked like nothing could stop a JLA/Avengers crossover- nothing but Marvel and DC Comics.

    Following up on a very successful string of crossovers like 1976's Superman vs Spider-Man and 1982's X-Men/New Teen Titans, Marvel and DC agreed to a JLA/Avengers one-shot crossover.

    Gerry Conway plotted the story and George Pérez was assigned to pencil it, but before long, problems began to surface that would eventually torpedo the project. Conway's initial plot, which reportedly revolved around time travel and set the JLA/Avengers up in a Contest of Champions-style competition, took almost two years to complete.

    By February of 1983, though, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter was finally able to review a plot - he refused it flatly, claiming the story made no sense.

    Everyone agreed that a revised plot was needed. Unfortunately, no one told that to Pérez who began drawing the rejected plot.

    "It was excruciatingly annoy," says Pérez today, the only person to work on both the original one-shot and the current four-issue crossover shipping in September. "I drew 21 pages before I got the call to stop penciling immediately."

    Eventually writer Roy Thomas re-scripted the initial plot but the infighting between Marvel & DC's editorial teams put the project in jeopardy.

    Everyone from Pérez to Thomas to Shooter did interviews about the project's continued delays and by May of 1984 both published officially scuttled the one-shot.

    GO TIME

    Dec 15, 2000 - I finally received the contract for JLA/Avengers and I inform Mark Alessi I will go exclusive with CrossGen as of October 2002.

    Jan 17, 2001 - While Kurt, Tom and Dan [Raspler] work on a plot, I work on the first promo art for a joint announcement at March's Orlando Megacon and Wizard #116 in March. I can hardly believe I'm being paid for an actual piece of artwork for JLA/Avengers. This isn't a fan commission - this is the real deal!

    Mar 2, 2001 - By the time we all get together in Orlando to announce the project, everyone was already talking about it. I guess a project this big can't be kept under wraps for too long. And since Marvel and DC already announced they'd be co-hosting a panel, most fans and pros have already put two and two together.

    It eases my mind a little bit now that everyone knows JLA/Avengers is a go again. Now that DC and Marvel have put their collective reputations on the line, I don't see anything holding this project back anymore.

    Mar 24, 2001 - as expected the plot is taking a long time to be approved. I'm already receiving pieces, but I can't get a real feel for the story without everything. I like what I see so far, though.

    Apr 6, 2001 - Wizard wants to run the first art from JLA/Avengers, so I'm jumping ahead of my work to push through the pencils and inks on the first two double-page spreads. I can't wait for fans to get a look at this stuff. So far, I haven't drawn any pages of the JLA and Avengers interacting, so we picked out pages of the JLA fighting a major Marvel Villain (Terminus) and the Avengers taking on a major DC villain (Starro).

    Apr 8, 2001 - There's so many characters in this series, I'm doing research like crazy. I literally couldn't remember what Terminus looked like today!

    Apr 15, 2001 - Marvel and DC have a very different vision of what the coloring on JLA/Avengers should look from mine and Tom Smith's. I feel bad that Tom's caught in the middle.

    Apr 20, 2001 - I am growing increasingly annoyed with the coloring on the two spreads we're sending Wizard for their "First Look". When I voice my displeasure to Tom and Dan both decide that Tom Smith and myself are more than welcome to make any grievances public. I guess no one wants to be the person who has to go to their bosses and say, "I'm the one responsible for George Pérez quitting this book."

    May 3, 2001 - I just finished page #21 of the first issue. As I wrote "JLA/Avengers issue #1, page #22" on the next art board, I realized this is further than this project has ever gone before. I called Tom Brevoort immediately to celebrate. This is a landmark day!

    May 17, 2001 - The plots are slowing down and I don't think it's Kurt's fault. Dan Raspler doesn't want to approve anything until he gets a complete plot. I'm getting annoyed. He seemed to be very indecisive and that's something we can't allow with a project this big.

    May 21, 2001 - Since a holdup in plot approval doesn't allow me to continue penciling, I start to ink what I've already penciled for issue #1. I want this project to be "all George Pérez", a complete representation of my art.

    Jun 7, 2001 - Now that issue #1 is penciled and I'm halfway through penciling issue #2, DC's business department want to have a firm date when JLA/Avengers will ship, but that's impossible at this point. There's no way this book should have a ship date until we know it can ship. I tell Marvel and DC that I'll walk away from the project if they don't hold to their word when they said, "JLA/Avengers will ship when JLA/Avengers is ready to ship."

    Jun 18, 2001 - I work on the first meeting between the JLA and Avengers today, and Thor cracks Superman with his hammer in a scene that's going to be huge! I would expect no less from Kurt!

    Jul 10, 2001 - As I'm inking the last pages of issue #1, I learn I'm going to have to go back and redraw Green Lantern's costume. DC recently updated his look and it'll need to be reflected. After speaking with everyone involved, we agree that this will be the last costume change we make. If costumes or characters change from now on, they won't be reflected in the crossover.

    Aug 1, 2001 - With the pencils on issue #2 almost complete, I make preparations to take a brief vacation to France with my wife this September. I look forward to taking some time off.

    Sep 11, 2001 - As my wife and I prepare to go to the airport we hear the news about the World Trade Center disaster. I can't believe any of this. We cancel our trip.

    THE NIGHT SHIFT

    Jan 5, 2002 - Looking over my bank records, I realized that I'm losing about 30 percent of my income now that I'm only working on JLA/Avengers. I'm very worried about bankruptcy, I've called my art dealer and he's set me up doing some commissions pieces to help out.

    Jun 3, 2002 - The plans for my new CrossGen book, Solus, haven't been finalized yet, so I've got a one-month reprieve to work on JLA/Avengers. Plot approval remains slow. I'm at a stand still on issue #3 pencils, and I continue inking #2.

    Batman Vs Captain America
    Aug 20, 2002 - I draw the Batman versus Captain America fight today. This one will make the fanboys go crazy!

    Oct 1, 2002 - My CrossGen contract has gone back into effect. From now on, I'll only work on JLA/Avengers at night and on weekends. I'm still penciling and inking issue #3. I'm jazzed to be working on Solus with Barbara Kesel, but I wish I had a little more time to devote to JLA/Avengers.

    Mar 7, 2003 - I can't ever recall working longer days. I work on JLA/Avengers off the clock constantly. Even when I sti down to watch TV with my wife these, I find myself bring a board and pen with me to finish the inks on issue #3.

    Apr 23, 2003 - We're in the home stretch. Although the final plot is still being worked on, I begin penciling the first third of the JLA/Avengers #4. We decide to solicit the project for September - the first issue debuting Sep 3 - and I'm confident we can meet that deadline, but it's still going to be tight. We may have to go to a six-week shipping schedule, but I'm sure each issue will be worth the wait.

    Jun 27, 2003 - Now that we're less than three months away from shipping issue #1, I've finally got some breathing room. Although most of my week is taken up working on Solus, the pencils on JLA/Avengers #4 are coming along nicely and the inks on issue #3 are almost done.

    Looking back, this has been one of the most enjoyable and creative experiences of my 30-year career. People ask me how I feel and I tell them to get back to me Sep 3, I'll feel a lot better then.

     July 25, 2003 | X-Fan Covers SDCC
    From X-Fan, thanks to Comic Book Conventions

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    X-FAN LIVE @ SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2003 DAY 1 REPORT
    posted Jul 17th, 2003 08:27 pm
    written by Tom 2TUM Toner

    (excerpt)

    DC's Director of Sales and Marketing, Patricia Jeres, said that the company could not go into any detail on the JLA/Avengers mini-series. When asked why, she replied, "It's a collaborative project with Marvel. Without a Marvel presence here at the con, we can't say anything because they have to know what's being said." Gather what you can from that, but at least we know that this is a very serious project.

     July 21, 2003 | CBR: JLA/A #1 at Printers
    From Comic Book Resources

    SAN DIEGO, DAY FOUR: CHAYKIN, WILLINGHAM, SIMONE ON JLA
    by Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer
    Posted: July 21, 2003

    In a notable show of restraint, DC Comics managed to have a major panel Sunday at Comic-Con International in San Diego without mentioning yet another Marvel Comics creator that they'd managed to lure over to DC exclusivity with a better offer (presumably including a fat Warner Brothers check).

    (excerpt)

    And while "JLA/Avengers" #4 is still being penciled by George Pérez, the first issue is already at the printers, and the other issues are at stages in between, but "it's really happening this time," writer Kurt Busiek said.

     July 21, 2003 | Newsarama: JLA/A #1 at Printers
    From Newsarama

    SDCC: DC SUPER TEAMS
    posted 07-21-2003 04:32 PM
    by Glenn Ellis

    (excerpt)

    (Mike) Carlin said that issue #1 of Avengers/JLA is at the printers, while issues #2 and #3 are bring lettered and colored. Issues #3 and #4 are being scripted, and issue #4 is currently being penciled by Perez.

    (Vu: I believe it was Kurt Busiek that spoke about JLA/AVENGERS, not Mike Carlin.)

     July 21, 2003 | Continuum: JLA/A #1 at Printers
    From Comics Continuum

    COMIC-CON: DC COMICS' SUPER TEAMS PANEL
    Monday, July 21, 2003

    (excerpt)

    JLA

    * Kurt Busiek said that JLA/Avengers #1 is at the printers. The second and third issues are being lettered and colored.

     July 20, 2003 | No Overprints for JLA/A #1 & 4
    From Newsarama

    WAID, RINGO & LOEB, SALE @ DC
    posted 07-20-2003 01:36 AM by MattBrady

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics

    (excerpt)

    In speaking about Avengers/JLA, moderator Bob Wayne quipped that people should hurry and buy issue #1 (published by Marvel), because he anticipates it will be gone by the end of the day. Wayne then said that, in October, people can take their time in getting their issue, because DC is printing it (hinting that they will be overprinting). Wayne continued, saying that hopefully people won’t have family obligations in November, because they’ll have to get to the comic book store to get their copy of issue #3 (published by Marvel), but in December, people can once again take their time in getting to the shop for issue #4.

    “So, in summary,” Wayne said, “Avengers/JLA, two issues hard to find, two issues very easy to find.”

     July 20, 2003 | SDCC DC, JLA, JSA & More
    From Pulse

    SDCC DC JLA, JSA, & MORE TEAMS
    posted 07-19-2003 09:04 PM
    BY JENNIFER M. CONTINO

    (excerpt)

    One of the biggest upcoming events from DC and Marvel comics is the crossover of their icons in Avengers/JLA. The miniseries begins this September and features tons of heroes, lots of action, and adventure. Written by Kurt Busiek with art by George Perez, this series is sure to thrill mainstream superhero fans. Perez commented this may be his last “mainstream hurrah” here.

     July 18, 2003 | Pulse: Busiek On JLA/A
    From Pulse

    BUSIEK BITS JLA/AVENGERS
    posted 07-18-2003 01:04 PM
    BY JENNIFER M. CONTINO

    JLA/Avengers is nearing its publication date in September and THE PULSE thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with Busiek and ask him a few quick questions about his thoughts on the series. Was this a Holy Grail? If not what is? Why should you spend your hard earned money on this crossover of epic proportions? Busiek offers answers to all this and more ...

    THE PULSE: How does it feel to be so close to finally having an issue in hand of this series?

    KURT BUSIEK: Pretty damn good. It's been a long road, but seeing color proofs of #1's artwork, seeing it all put together as *comics*, was a real treat. Seeing it printed and bound will be even more so -- particularly since that's when we start to find out whether the audience *likes* this monster we've been building for years...

    THE PULSE: Was this like your comics holy grail of projects you always dreamed of doing? How is the reality to what you thought it would be like?

    BUSIEK: No, actually, I never really dreamed of doing JLA/AVENGERS -- I never expected to be the guy they'd tap to do it, when and if it ever happened. I'd come up with a scenario or two, just for fun, but hey, I was bowled over when I got offered AVENGERS in the first place. To be in the right place at the right time, and get offered JLA/AVENGERS too was nothing I ever expected was going to happen.

    Back when I was a wanna-be pro, my holy grail, the book I wanted to write more than any other, was X-MEN. I got over that years ago, though, and have been having fun doing all kindsa stuff.

    THE PULSE: Which characters have been your favorite to have interact from each team?

    BUSIEK: Nice try. I'm looking forward to people coming to this without a whole lot of insider information -- just letting 'em wait and see what happens, rather than giving tidbits away before they read it.

    THE PULSE: If you had to give the pitch of why people should check this out … what would your pitch be?

    BUSIEK: It's the JLA, it's the Avengers, it's George Perez with the pedal to the metal, drawing the book he was born to draw, and it's been twenty years of waiting. That's enough, I think -- if you don't want that, then this ain't the project for you.

    If you like my stuff, hey, that's cool too -- but I think "JLA. Avengers. Perez. Finally." pretty well covers it.

     July 18, 2003 | Busiek Interview on Newsarama
    From Newsarama

    BUSIEK ON THE DARK AGE OF ASTRO CITY
    posted on 07-18-2003 02:33 PM by MattBrady

    (excerpt)

    Newsarama: Well, I was thinking more along the lines of an early 19th century British orphanage with fans saying, “Please, sir, may I have some more?”…

    Kurt Busiek: What I've just outlined will keep me busy on Astro City for quite a while. Beyond that, Carlos Pacheco and I are just now launching Arrowsmith, that fantasy-adventure WWI series I mentioned. I have a TPB of the first ongoing title I ever created, The Liberty Project, which James Fry and I did for Eclipse -- that's just out from About Comics.

    In September, JLA/Avengers starts, with sensational art by George "All of Them" Perez. Sometime after that, I've got Conan, with Cary Nord, for Dark Horse, and Superman: Secret Identity with Stuart Immonen, for DC. And there are at least two other projects after that -- since a couple of those are minis -- but they're not announced yet.

    That's enough to keep me at the keyboard for a good while to come...

     July 9, 2003 | DivaLea Show Transcribed
    From Vu

    The DivaLea Show #7
    transcribed by Vu (email)(email)

    (excerpt)

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics

    Lea Hernandez: So talk to us about JLA/AVENGERS?
    Kurt Busiek: What do you want to know?

    Lea: Well, it comes out in September, I know this. I did my research. And, erm, tell us something that you've haven't told anybody else, just because we're pals.
    Kurt: Well, I haven't told many people much. But let's see. I really have no idea what to say. It's a fun story, we're -- George (Pérez) is working on issue four. It's going to come out in September. It looks fantastic. I don't know. I don't want to tell you. I don't want to tell you any secrets.

    Lea: Oh well, that's what I was sort of rooting around for.
    Kurt: I know that's what you're rooting around for, but I'm not going to do it.

    Lea: Tell me a secret.
    Kurt: Because I know, you know, that you're going to tell the public at large.

    Lea: Of course, we are!
    Kurt: Yes.

    Lea: That's the whole of having--
    Kurt: And I'm not going to do it. You've got to buy the comic!

    Lea: Well you know, this has been in the offering for years and years, it's almost legendary how long it's taken this to happen. So what made it happened this time, as opposed to all the other time it's been talked, and kicked around.
    Kurt: It was me. It was me - I did it!

    No, actually, it was - every-- over the years it occasional started to come together and then fell apart again for one reason or another. And this case, it came together as time... DC had approached Marvel about doing it and Marvel hadn't been interested. And then there was, what we now call, a Regime change. And Joe Quesada was in charge, and Joe said to Tom Brevoort 'Tom, why didn't JLA/AVENGERS ever get done?' And Tom explained to him the various reasons. And Joe said, 'Well, none of those apply anymore. Let's see if we can do it.'

    So Tom contacted DC, this was only a little while when DC tried to contact Marvel, and they put it together. George was the only choice for the artist. And since Mark Waid was writing JLA, at the time, and I was writing AVENGERS, at the time, it made sense that we were going to co-write it together. Except to my eternal joy, to my surprise, Mark had juuust signed an exclusive contract with CrossGen.

    Lea: That's a while ago!
    Kurt: Well that's when it happened. So I got the deal solo. Lucky me, ha ha and you, eh?

     July 8, 2003 | Busiek Talks JLA/A on DivaLea
    From Joey Manley

    The DivaLea Show Topic: online audio: Kurt Busiek (JLA/Avengers) interview
    Posted: 2003-07-08 10:16:51.0 by Joey Manley

    In this installment of the DivaLea Show, Joey talks about his disastrous vacation, Lea and Joey spend a great deal of time critiquing Scott McCloud's "The Right Number," and mainstream comics writer Kurt Busiek (JLA/Avengers, Astro City), wearing his meanie pants, describes the time that Mark Waid fell on his knees in the lobby of the DC building and begged forgiveness. Kurt also talks, cagily, about the upcoming JLA/Avengers book he's working on with George Perez, and his various other projects (Arrowsmith, Astro City, etc.)

    MP3 download available here: www.talkaboutcomics.com/divaleashow


    (Vu: Kurt does not show up until half way into the MP3 file. There is a little profanity in the first half, so if you're not cool with that, just skip the first 13 minutes.)
     July 7, 2003 | JLA/A Original Artwork
    From Spencer R. Beck (email)(email)

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    Since it has been asked many times, here is how orders will be handled for JLA/AVENGERS artwork.

    With respect to complete issues ... a friend of George's did him a MASSIVE favor when he needed it most, and as a result, George has granted him (and only him) first right of refusal for any ONE complete issue of his choice other than issue #3.

    Issue 3 is going to be broken up as George has drawn some of his friends into the issue (no more than one person per page, so there won't be any fights). The rest of the series will be up for grabs.

    The pages will be listed for sale on my website ... http://www.theartistschoice.com as soon as possible after the book ships ... orders will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
    ** NOTE ** I WILL NOT take any orders until the prices are posted publicly and everyone has a chance to see it. So PLEASE, if the prices are not yet up, do not send an order in. Until the prices are posted, any orders that come in beforehand will be discarded. Also, I will NOT accept phone orders ... all orders MUST be placed by email (email)(email).

    As of today (although not set in stone) with rare exception, the prices will be as follows:
    panel pages will be STARTING at about $500 a page
    splash pages will be STARTING at about $1,500 a page
    two page spreads will be STARTING at about $2,500 a spread

    The status of cover sales is still under review as George and I have a couple of different ideas what to do with them. As soon as a final decision is made, I will let everyone know.

    For those who are thinking does Mr. Perez know how high Spencer has set the prices? The answer is YES ... he is well aware of how high I have set the base prices at. It is our feeling that this is a once in a lifetime job for him and once everyone sees the artwork, it will be worth the price. Especially since this is going to be the last time he draws mainstream super heroes for forceable future.

    George has said that even if there is a decision to do a sequel, he will not draw it. When you see how much work he put into the artwork you will understand. Having pushed himself to the limit artistically with this story, NO ONE will ever be able to say he took the easy road.

    Payment methods accepted will be the same as always ... Payment will be due in my hands within 10 days of confirmation. Accepted forms of payment are personal & business checks (which must clear the bank before artwork will be shipped), certified checks, cashier's checks, money orders and Western Union. For International Orders, payment methods accepted will be Money Orders in American Funds, Checks drawn from American Banks or Western Union. Postage will be in addition to the cost of the art as usual as well.

    I hope this answers as many advance questions as possible. More will be spelled out clearer when the artwork is closer to being available for sale.

    Spencer R. Beck
    The Artist's Choice
    http://www.theartistschoice.com

     July 7, 2003 | Avengers Membership
    From Avengers Comicboard, thanks to ES

    Re: Five Trivia Questions that might even stump Omar K
    Posted by Kurt Busiek on Sunday, July 06 2003 at 23:06:19 GMT

    (excerpt)

    Thor - JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY
    Iron Man - TALES OF SUSPENSE
    Hank Pym - TALES TO ASTONISH
    Wasp - TALES TO ASTONISH
    Hulk - INCREDIBLE HULK
    Captain America - CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS
    Hawkeye - TALES OF SUSPENSE
    Quicksilver - X-MEN
    Scarlet Witch - X-MEN
    Swordsman I - AVENGERS
    Hercules - JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY
    Black Panther - FANTASTIC FOUR
    Vision - AVENGERS
    Black Knight - AVENGERS
    Black Widow - TALES OF SUSPENSE
    Mantis - AVENGERS
    Beast - X-MEN
    Moondragon - IRON MAN
    Hellcat - MISS AMERICA MAGAZINE (as Patsy), AVENGERS (as Hellcat)
    Wonder Man - AVENGERS
    Ms. Marvel/Warbird - MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (as Carol), MS. MARVEL (as Ms. Marvel)
    Falcon - CAPTAIN AMERICA
    Tigra - CLAWS OF THE CAT (as Greer/Cat), GIANT-SIZE CREATURES (as Tigra)
    She-Hulk - SAVAGE SHE-HULK
    Captain Marvel II/Photon - AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
    Starfox - IRON MAN
    Mockingbird - ASTONISHING TALES (as Bobbi), MARVEL SUPER ACTION (as Huntress), MARVEL TEAM-UP (as Mockingbird)
    Iron Man II/War Machine - IRON MAN
    Sub-Mariner - MOTION PICTURE FUNNIES WEEKLY
    Thing - FANTASTIC FOUR
    Dr. Druid - AMAZING ADVENTURES (as Dr. Droom), WEIRD WONDER TALES (renamed Dr. Druid in reprints)
    Moon Knight - WEREWOLF BY NIGHT
    D-Man - CAPTAIN AMERICA
    Gilgamesh - ETERNALS (as the Forgotten One), AVENGERS (as Gilgamesh)
    Mr. Fantastic - FANTASTIC FOUR
    Invisible Woman - FANTASTIC FOUR
    Firebird - INCREDIBLE HULK
    USAgent - CAPTAIN AMERICA
    Quasar - CAPTAIN AMERICA (as Marvel Boy/Marvel Man), INCREDIBLE HULK (as Quasar)
    Original Human Torch - MARVEL COMICS
    Sersi - ETERNALS
    Stingray - TALES TO ASTONISH (as Wendell), SUB-MARINER (as Stingray)
    Rage - AVENGERS
    Sandman - AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
    Spider-Man - AMAZING FANTASY
    Living Lightning - AVENGERS WEST COAST
    Spider-Woman II - SECRET WARS
    Crystal - FANTASTIC FOUR
    Thunderstrike - THOR
    Machine Man - 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY (as Mr. Machine), MACHINE MAN (as Machine Man - first MU appearance)
    Darkhawk - DARKHAWK
    Iron Man III (Teen Tony) - AVENGERS TIMESLIDE
    Justice - DEFENDERS (as Vance), MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (as Marvel Boy), NEW WARRIORS (as Justice)
    Firestar - X-MEN (first MU appearance)
    Triathlon - AVENGERS
    Silverclaw - AVENGERS
    Jack of Hearts - DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU
    Ant-Man II (Scott Lang) - MARVEL PREMIERE

    Honorary members:
    Rick Jones - INCREDIBLE HULK
    Vance Astro - MARVEL SUPER-HEROES
    Starhawk - DEFENDERS
    Aleta - DEFENDERS
    Nikki - MARVEL SUPER-HEROES
    Charlie-27 - MARVEL SUPER-HEROES
    Martinex - MARVEL SUPER-HEROES
    Yondu - MARVEL SUPER-HEROES
    Whizzer - USA COMICS
    Two-Gun Kid - TWO-GUN KID
    Jocasta - AVENGERS
    Captain Marvel I (Mar-Vell) - MARVEL SUPER-HEROES
    Marrina - ALPHA FLIGHT
    Yellowjacket II (Rita deMara) - AVENGERS
    Swordsman II - AVENGERS
    Magdalene - AVENGERS
    Deathcry - AVENGERS
    Moira Brandon - AVENGERS WEST COAST
    Masque - AVENGERS

    Great Lakes Avengers:
    Big Bertha - WEST COAST AVENGERS
    Dinah Soar - WEST COAST AVENGERS
    Doorman - WEST COAST AVENGERS
    Flatman - WEST COAST AVENGERS
    Mister Immortal - WEST COAST AVENGERS

     July 4, 2003 | Pipeline For Sep 03
    From Comic Book Resources

    PIPELINE PREVIEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 2003
    Friday July 4, 2003
    Augie De Blieck Jr.

    Pipeline Previews - September 2003

    (excerpt)

    MARVEL COMICS

    16 months after it was originally announced, JLA/AVENGERS #1 sees print. George Perez's preview pages have looked great so far. It ought to be a fun fall with this mini-series.

     July 3, 2003 | JLA/A #1 on Cover of WoW
    From Vu

  • WORLDS OF WESTFIELD vol 23, #8

  • Westfield Comics's latest comic book catalogue features AVENGERS/JLA #1 on their front cover. It is similiar to WORLDS OF WESTFIELD vol 23, #2, which feature SOLUS #1 on the cover. It is not essential to your collection, but if you're a hardcore Pérez collector, this is a must-have in your collection.

    The cover price is $4.25, but I'm sure you can get it for free if you buy something from them.

    Please see bottom for further information on how to contact them. If they ask for a referral, just tell them Vu sent you.

    >>>
    ABOUT OUR COVER - JLA/Avengers, the colossal crossover by Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Avengers) and George Pérez (Avengers, Wonder Woman), was decades in the making, and is sure to be an event remembered in comics for years to come. Boasting an appearance by every JLA and Avengers member, this limited series is gonna be big.


    The Westfield Company
    8608 University Grn * PO Box 620470 * Middleton, WI 53562-0470
    Phone: 608-836-1945 Ext. 10 * Fax: 608-836-6950 * Web: www.westfieldcompany.com
     July 3, 2003 | JLA/A #1 To Ship Early?
    From Vu

    I asked Diamond, if it was possible to overnight JLA/AVENGERS #1 to me. They will not.

    However, according to a source from Diamond, there are "indications that JLA/AVENGERS #1 will ship early."

    Early shipments are not that uncommon with distributors, so I would not be surprise if this happens. I am guessing that if there is enough demand for it (and if they have the product already), that it will ship earlier than expected.

    Special thanks to Outpost 2000.

     June 26, 2003 | DC Spotlights on JLA-Z
    From PREVIEWS vol 13, #7

    JLA-Z

    Everything you need to know about the World's Greatest Super-heroes!

  • JLA-Z #1 (of 3)
  • Get ready for a 3-issue handbook to DC's greatest super-team featuring artwork by some of the biggest names in comics, timed to coincide with JLA/AVENGERS, the biggest inter-company crossover of the decade!

    JLA-Z, written by Mike McAvennie, features a who's who of top comics artists: Jim Lee, Scott McDaniel, Scott Kolins, Rob Haynes, Patrick Gleason, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Parker, Pascual Ferry, Tom Nguyen, Peter Pachoumis, Scott Williams, Christian Alamy, Kevin Maguire, Joe Rubinstein, Howard Porter, Dean Haspiel, Steve Lightle, Chris Batista, and more! Plus, JLA-Z #1 features the first of a triptych of covers spotlighting every member of the JLA family illustrated by Phil Jimenez (originally featured in Wizard magazine)!

    The first stunning issue covers villains and heroes from Amazo to Green Arrow, and subsequent issue will continue with biographical information and stats on every hero every affiliated with the JLA in alphabetical order! Don't miss this essential resource for anyone who plans on picking up JLA/AVENGERS!

    JLA-Z is a 3-issue miniseries co-edited by Ivan Cohen and Stephen Wacker. The 32-page issue #1 arrives in comic book stores September 3 with a cover price of $2.50.


    (Vu: This series does not contain any Pérez material, as far as I know, I just thought it would be a nice companion series for anyone picking up JLA/AVENGERS.)
     June 25, 2003 | 'Hero Worship' in Wizard #143
    From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #143

    HERO WORSHIP
    By Mike Cotton
    published in WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #143

    The greatest heroes in comics, GEORGE Pérez art and a KURT BUSIEK story add up to 'JLA/AVENGERS,' the most anticipated project in comics history!

  • WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #143 (Cover A)
  • WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #143 (Cover B)
  • JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    Twenty years in the making, two iconic superteams and the end of the universe - the hotly anticipated JLA/Avengers mega-project literally has it all.

    "This has been a massive undertaking," admits writer Kurt Busiek (Astro City). "I'd love to make this 300 pages, but that would kill George [Pérez]. And no one will want this guy out of the picture after they see these pages."

    According to Busiek, who's working on the four-issue mini-series (each done in a 48-page Prestige Format) with artist Pérez (Solus) for over two years, this project will give fans everything they want out of a Marvel/DC crossover when it debuts Sept. 3.

    "Remember, this is not DC versus Marvel," warns Busiek to fans that may expect a four-issue slugfest between the two teams. "Yes, the JLA and the Avengers will act independently, will act together and will act against each other. Certainly you'll see various conflicts in ways that no one will be expecting. This isn't the superhero elimination, though. It's about teams - not individuals."

    Pérez, who toiled almost all of the last two years working solely on JLA/Avengers -- even taking a sabbatical from his exclusive CrossGen contract at company president Mark Alessi's behest - explains that the 20-year wait for the mini-series lives up to the hype surrounding the project.

    "I just wish I was faster," chuckles Pérez, who claims to be drawing every JLA and Avengers members in the two teams' huge rosters, totaling over 200. "Just the pressure of doing this much work can get to a person. But I've loved every minute of the actual drawing.

    "I really took a look at what this project meant to my career, as well as the fans base anticipating it," continues Pérez, who's worked on both Avengers and Justice League of America during his career. "I never want to be accused of taking a short cut on this book. For better or worse, you're getting my most dedicated art."

    What? You're still reading the intro? What are you waiting for? Check out the next seven pages for the first sequential look at JLA/Avengers.

    (Vu: New Scans)

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  • JLA/AVENGERS #2 Cover
  •  June 25, 2003 | JLA/A Summary (Pgs 1-7)
    From Vu

  • ARKON
  • VIZER
  • PAGE ONE
    On the planet Polemachus, we see Arkon and Thundra. Vizer appears on a screen and warned the two of panic on the streets on the "Day of the Imperion".

  • THUNDRA
  • PAGE TWO
    An unknown figure seeks an answer to a secret and destroys Polemachus.

  • THUNDERERS
  • ULTRAMAN
  • PAGE THREE
    On another universe, Qward is attacked by The Crime Syndicate. The Thunderers doesn't stand a chance against Ultraman, Superwoman, and Power Ring.

  • SUPERWOMAN
  • POWER RING
  • JOHNNY QUICK
  • OWLMAN
  • PAGE FOUR
    Johnny Quick, Owlman, and the Crime Syndicate looked up at this unknown figure and their world is destroyed. We see the hand at the Origin of the Universe (as seen in CRISIS).

  • ETERNITY
  • PAGE FIVE
    Eternity is holding a birth of a universe.

  • GRANDMASTER
  • PAGE SIX
    En Dwi Gast, the Grandmaster is observing a new universe. He is knocked down by an unknown force.

  • KRONA
  • PAGE SEVEN
    It is revealed that the unseen enemy is Krona.
     June 24, 2003 | JLA/A Preview
    From Kirk

    AVENGERS/JLA #1 Preview, from WIZARD #143

    All scans from Kirk

  • Page 1
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  • Page 7
  • JLA/AVENGERS #2 (?)
  •  June 24, 2003 | JLA/A Preview, from Wizard #143
    From Kirk

  • AVENGERS/JLA #1 Preview Art, from WIZARD #143. Thanks to Kirk
  •  June 23, 2003 | 5 Questions With Pérez
    From Wizard

    DREAM PROJECT
    Monday, June 23

    5 Questions With...George Pérez

  • WIZARD #143
  • JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    George Pérez has always had one dream in comics—a JLA/Avengers crossover. This September, the artist’s dream comes true as he and writer Kurt Busiek’s four-issue JLA/Avengers mini-series hits shelves after almost two years of work. Of course, Pérez, who worked on an eventually scuttled JLA/Avengers project as far back as 1983, feels like he’s been working on the series even longer.

    1. How did JLA/Avenger get back on track after almost 20 years?
    When Joe Quesada became editor-in-chief at Marvel, he wanted to find out what type of bureaucracy, what type of politics and what was slowing it down, and what can Marvel do to assuage it—assuage any concerns that DC might have and remove any stumbling blocks. Joe, in addition to being a fan, he’s also a friend, and he felt like it was a book that was owed me and owed the fans. Everyone was excited about it nearly 20 years ago and its had so many stops and starts, he wanted to see what he could do to rekindle the project. It was a nice little feather in his cap to have it done on his watch, as it were.

    2. How did DC respond?
    I knew for a while how much Joe wanted to promote this project and [Marvel editor] Tom Brevoort had been championing it, Kurt [Busiek] had been, even [colorist] Tom Smith was adding his two cents and was trying to talk to people he knew who might get this project going. And Wizard did its share when it did ‘The Last Team Standing’ with the JLA and The Avengers. All this to show that there was a genuine feeling of the fact that this project should be done. Then it seemed like all the people at DC were all gung-ho for it.

    3. How has your work been different on this JLA/Avengers than on the first try?
    One of the things that I learned from the first time around on JLA/Avengers is to watch over my artwork. It took 10 years before I got the artwork back from the cancelled JLA/Avengers project. The artwork on JLA/Avengers, the current version, never leaves my office. I have a tabloid scanner. I scan the files, I clean the files and then, I send those over to Marvel and DC and they make the final version for colorist Tom Smith. So then, not a single piece of JLA/Avengers artwork has left my studio. That’s modern times, and that probably would not have been a possibility in 1983.

    4. At one time, there was talk of Mark Waid co-writing JLA/Avengers, right?
    Yeah, it would’ve been wonderful to have had Mark in there too because I really enjoy Mark’s knowledge of DC’s history. He would’ve played to both strengths, but at the time, Mark wasn’t available and at the time that this project was announced, this creative team was set. Then, one of the things that I did tell Kurt, and I have no reason to regret it, is that I did not want to get involved in the plotting sessions. They know what I want, they know that I want to draw everyone. I trust that Kurt, who has a great regard for the Golden and Silver Aged characters, to come up with a story that worked,

    5. Mike Carlin eventually took over as DC’s editor for JLA/Avengers. What was it like to work with him?
    Mike is the smooth gear. I’m very, very happy to have Mike Carlin there. Mike and I have had our disagreements in the past, but I’ve always had a great respect for him as an editor even if he voted against me on something or sided on something that I didn’t like. I had great respect for him. I had great respect for him because he acts like an editor. Mike is top drawer for me.

    ***BONUS QUESTION***It’s taken you almost two years to complete four issues. Is that the time you thought it would take?
    There are times that the book is taking longer only because I totally, totally underestimate how fast I can keep working at a regular pace and that by the seventh day in a row, I realize, ‘You know, I’m getting tired and I’m having a hard time focusing on the page.’ So, I mean, for some of the pages, a detail that I do in pencil, it’s even more detailed in ink because I can ink a lot crisper. So, I say, ‘Okay, I’ve got to not rush it.’ I can make it come out on time. It won’t be the best that I can do, and I think that everyone pretty much agrees that this book needs the best you can do.

    For an exclusive preview of JLA/Avengers, pick up Wizard #143, available this Wednesday, June 25th!

    To check out Wizard's "Last Man Standing - JLA/Avengers" click here.

     June 20, 2003 | JLA/A #1 Dynamic Forces Editions
    From Dynamic Forces

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    AVENGERS/JLA #1! - MARKED COPY WITH SKETCHES OF SUPERMAN
    PRICE: $69.99
    SKU: C97928
    Shipping: September, 2003

    20 years in the making THE MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND GREATEST CROSSOVER EVENT OF ALL TIME has finally arrived!

    Dynamic Forces is celebrating the event by having both artists sign this limited edition-- George Pezez and Tom Smith!

    Each Signed copy is hand-numbered features a certificate of authenticity and is sealed with a DF Holo-Foil sticker!

    AVENGERS/JLA #1! - MARKED COPY WITH SKETCHES OF BATMAN
    PRICE: $69.99
    SKU: C97929
    Shipping: September, 2003

    20 years in the making THE MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND GREATEST CROSSOVER EVENT OF ALL TIME has finally arrived!

    Dynamic Forces is celebrating the event by having both artists sign this limited edition-- George Pezez and Tom Smith!

    Each Signed copy is hand-numbered features a certificate of authenticity and is sealed with a DF Holo-Foil sticker!

    AVENGERS/JLA #1! - CGC GRADED EDITION OF 9.6 UNSIGNED
    PRICE: $69.99
    SKU: C97930
    Shipping: September, 2003

    20 years in the making THE MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND GREATEST CROSSOVER EVENT OF ALL TIME has finally arrived!

    Dynamic Forces is celebrating the event by having both artists sign this limited edition-- George Pezez and Tom Smith!

    AVENGERS/JLA #1! - SIGNED VERSION
    PRICE: $29.99
    SKU: C97927
    Shipping: September, 2003

    Signed By George Perez and Tom Smith. 20 years in the making THE MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND GREATEST CROSSOVER EVENT OF ALL TIME has finally arrived!

    Dynamic Forces is celebrating the event by having both artists sign this limited edition-- George Pezez and Tom Smith!

    Each Signed copy is hand-numbered features a certificate of authenticity and is sealed with a DF Holo-Foil sticker!

     June 20, 2003 | JLA/A #1 to Ship Sept 3
    From Comic Book Resources and Comics Continuum

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    JLA /AVENGERS #1 (of 4) LS
    Written by KURT BUSIEK
    Wraparound cover & art by GEORGE PÉREZ

    THE WAIT IS OVER! The most eagerly anticipated comic book crossover of all time has finally arrived, with alternating Prestige Format issues by Marvel & DC Comics!

    What cataclysmic threat could endanger two universes - and dwarf the combined power of both Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the World's Greatest Super-Heroes? The world finally learns the answer in September 2003!

    48 PGS./PRESTIGE FORMAT/MARVEL PG...$5.95

    UPC: 5960605369-00111
    · THE EVENT 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING!
    · WITH APPEARANCES BY EVERY AVENGER & JLA MEMBER … EVER!
    * PREVIEWED IN THIS MONTH's WIZARD #143!
    * Look for the AVENGERS LEGENDS V. 3: GEORGE PÉREZ TPB in the Graphic Novel Section

    JLA /AVENGERS #1
    Written by Kurt Busiek, art and wraparound cover by George Perez.

    The most eagerly anticipated comic book crossover of all time has finally arrived, with alternating Prestige Format issues by Marvel & DC Comics. What cataclysmic threat could endanger two universes - and dwarf the combined power of both Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the World's Greatest Super-Heroes? With appearances by every Avenger and JLA member … ever.

    48 pages, $5.95, in stores on Sept. 3.

     June 19, 2003 | JLA/A, Gem of the Month
    From Diamond, thanks to ES
    PREMIER - GEMS OF THE MONTH: JLA /AVENGERS #1
    by Kurt Busiek & George Perez

    The most eagerly anticipated comic book crossover of all time has finally arrived, with alternating Prestige Format issues by Marvel & DC Comics! What cataclysmic threat could endanger two universes, and dwarf the combined power of both Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the World's Greatest Super-Heroes? The world finally learns the answer in September 2003! Prestige Format.

    FC, 48pg..........$5.95

     June 17, 2003 | Previews vol 13, #7, Shipping Jun 25
    From Diamond Comics

    Shipping Next Week: June 25

    The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores next week. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.

    MAY030004 PREVIEWS VOL XIII #7 PI

    (Vu: Previews to solicite and most likely feature AVENGERS/JLA #1 on the cover.)

     June 16, 2003 | JLA/A To Be Solicited
    From Vu
    I won't be home tomorrow (6/17), when this is announced, but check up on Comics Continuum for Marvel Comics's solicitation of AVENGERS/JLA #1 for September 2003.
     June 9, 2003 | Joe Madureira and SF2
    From Comic Book Resources

    Lying In The Gutters
    Monday June 9, 2003
    written by Rich Johnston

    (excerpt)

    Joe Madureira is doing a variant cover for one of the "Street Fighter" comics for Udon, as well as the internal art for the Ryu vs. Sagat fight from the end of "Street Fighter" 1, as a back-up story in the first issue.

    I also hear that one of the first issue covers is going to be a wrap-around featuring over 50 characters, essentially every character from every Street Fighter game, all at once.

    Joe Mad left the comic industry to pursue his video game career. This appears to be a rare chance for fans to get their MAD! Fix. It's also coming out the same month as the "Transformers/GI Joe" crossover and "JLA/Avengers." Looks like a very interesting Top Ten that month.

     June 3, 2003 | Cup O' Joe Transcription
    From ES

    Eric: Ah Yes, Joe (Quesada). Tom (Brevoort) announced yesterday that JLA/AVENGERS is coming out in September and George (Perez) has said you were one of the catalyst to get this project up and running... Was it one of those things that when you started up as Editor-in-Chief that you wanted to get done?

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    Mr. Joe Quesada: Ah Yeah, there were a bunch of little dream projects and things that were just sort of sitting around.. and things just didn't get done because things became a pissing match between MARVEL and DC... you know... Ah... So one of the first things I did was... I just pulled Tom (Brevoort) aside... and I had a list of things I wanted to get done and I pulled Tom aside... who, who... if you don't know Tom Brevoort is... he is one of the greatest comic historians EVER.

    Tom could tell you everything about the history of comics. I said, 'Tom just give me the history of why this project didn't happen' and he just laid it out for me. I was like 'Wow'... So it just like, you know, someone handed in something late to one company so the other company retaliation, handed in their end even later and then someone insulted someone and so on and so on... and the thing never got done.

    So I figured you know what... (jokingly) before I start insulting people at DC, let me get this project going. (jokingly) OK so I got the project going then started insulted people at DC... but It ws just one of those things we just sat down with DC and said "look lets just do this". You know, George is not getting any younger, and no of us are getting any younger, and the fans have been asking for this forever.. Lets just do it!

    We got all the pieces in place and then once these guys started, we just all stepped away and just let them finish it. We worked out a nice little clean deal were it's all happy... and everybody's happy go lucky and we'll have a great book out that will live forever. So George can know... you know... Someday when George leaves this mortal plane it will be on his tombstone: 'JLA/AVENGERS... Finished' (laughs)

     June 3, 2003 | Newsarama's Cup O' Joe Recap
    From Newsarama

    Topic: A CUP O JOE AT WIZARD WORLD PHILLY
    posted June 03, 2003 06:23 AM
    recap by Patrick Storck

    (excerpt)

    When asked, Quesada said that JLA/Avengers had always been a dream project, but had been ruined by inter-company rivalry. When Joe stepped in, he researched the history, which involved one side hitting a delay, so the other side would likewise stall, until it hit a standstill. Joe decided "Let's just do this," developed it in-house, then brought what they had to DC. He joked that someday George Perez can have an epitaph on his tombstone acknowledging that it was completed.

    ...

    As an offshoot of that question, he mentioned how often Bendis wants to kill off a character, usually secondary characters. Joe says "Okay, but next month we're killing off [Alias's] Jessica Jones in Avengers. That shuts him up." When he initially planned on killing White Tiger, he was excited about it. Who cares about some B-level character like that. Joe told him to call George Perez, White Tiger's creator, and ask what he thought of the idea.

     June 2, 2003 | Seller's WWE Highlights
    From ES

    WIZARD WORLD EAST CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS
    photo and text by ES

  • ES and Barbara Kesel
  • Tom Brevoort and ES
  • Joe Quesada, at the Cup O' Joe Panel
  • CrossGen Wizard World Poster
  • ACTOR table
  • CrossGen's Solus Convention Stand
  • Friday Highlights

    Mr. Tom Brevoort (AVENGERS/JLA Co-Editor/Great Guy) announced at the Marvel Universe/Max/Marvel Knight Panel on Friday about AVENGERS/JLA #1 coming out in September 2003.

    ACTOR was selling SOLUS #1 Limited Edition Laser Cels (Limited Edition of 500) Unsigned $20.00 and Signed by the entire creative team (SOLUS) $40.00. I bought a unsigned copy.

    I met Mr. Geoff Johns (AVENGERS, JSA, TEEN TITANS, HAWKMAN) Another great guy.

    Saturday Highlight

    I attended Cup O' Joe Q & A Panel. Where I ask a JLA/AVENGERS to Mr. Joe Quesada (Marvel Editor-in-Chief), I still transcribing the response, so look for that later in the week.

    I attended the DC: Expanding Our Universe Panel. Where the folks at DC announced that JLA/AVENGERS #2 and 4 would be coming out in October and December of 2003.

    I also attended the 1 on 1 panel with Mark Alessi (CROSSGEN) minus Mr. Alessi who couldn't make the con due to last minute commitments. Ron Marz was there along with one of the CROSSGEN heads.

    Sunday Highlights

    I meet Mrs. Barbara Kesel (SOLUS) at the CROSSGEN Booth (Nice Lady) I got a big hug when I ask her if I could get my picture taken with her.

    I attended Mr. Geoff Johns Panel: Juggling Team Books

    There were four or five total limited edition posters (CROSSGEN) that were given away during the con through free raffles. These posters featured original art done exclusively for WIZARD WORLD EAST and signed by everyone at CROSSGEN.

     June 2, 2003 | Quesada Panel
    From Comics Continuum

    WIZARD WORLD EAST: JOE QUESADA PANEL

    (excerpt)

    In other news from the panel:

  • On JLA/Avengers: "Once we started, I just stepped back and let those guys do it."
  •  June 2, 2003 | JLA/A Cover Art
    From Pulse

    Topic: MARVEL ART FROM WIZARD WORLD PHILLY
    posted 06-02-2003 11:46 AM by Steve Conley

    Here is some art we showed this past weekend at Wizardworld.

    (excerpt)

     


    May 31, 2003 |
    Continuum Reports JLA/A From Comics Continuum

    JLA/AVENGERS IN SEPTEMBER
    Saturday, May 31, 2003
    by RobAlls@aol.com

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    The four-issue JLA/Avengers mini-series by Kurt Busiek and George Perez will launch in September, editor Tom Brevoort told The Continuum.

    Each issue of the mini-series will be 48 pages, squarebound and with wraparound covers. The project was first announced at MegaCon in Orlando, Fla., on March 2, 2001.

    "I've not worked on something this long or on something this anticipated," Brevoort told The Continuum. "It's definitely like climbing up a mountain, and we're almost done climbing that mountain. When the book comes out, people will see why they waited for so long."

    During Friday's Wizard World East in Philadelphia, Marvel displayed the cover to the first issue.

    "There will be one issue a month," Brevoort said. "George is on the fourth issue and it's going to be all done and ready to go."

     May 31, 2003 | Newsarama Report From WWE
    From Newsarama

    Topic: WIZARDWORLD EAST: DAY ONE
    posted May 30, 2003 10:19 PM
    by Mike Sangiacomo

    (excerpt)

    Brevoort announced to the delight of all that the first issue of the long-awaited JLA-Avengers crossover series by Kurt Busiek and George Perez would be out ahead of schedule, and ship in September.

     May 30, 2003 | JLA/A in September!
    From ES

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    Topic: BIG NEWS(JLA/AVENGERS)
    posted 5/30/03 11:53 PM

    Tom Brevoort stated today at WIZARD WORLD EAST that JLA/AVENGERS #1 will be released September 2003, with issues following in Oct, Nov, Dec 2003.

    Thanks Mr. Brevoort

     May 30, 2003 | Shooter Interview in Wizard
    From WIZARD #142 (Jul 03)

    STRAIGHT SHOOTER
    Written by Mike Cotton

    Lauded as a comic genius, Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter presided over the most tumultuous - and groundbreaking - tenure in Marvel Comics history

    (excerpt)

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    In 1982, Shooter agreed to a JLA/Avengers one-shot with DC Comics. The project quickly dissolved into a disaster.

    Four months into the project, Shooter received the first plot and found it complete unreadable. The Marvel EIC refused to allow artist George P�rez to even begin penciling the book until a new plot was submitted. However, his edict was allegedly ignored, and P�rez penciled over 20 pages before finally being told to stop drawing. As the plot was revised, both parties became short-tempered and the project was scuttled. Marv Wolfman, the man who hired Shooter (and the third writer to work on the crossover), pointed the finger at his one-time prot�g�.

    "Jim has gone out of his way to put a wedge between Marvel and every other company," Wolfman told a British fanzine in September of 1983. "He doesn't want team-ups."

    But according to Louise Simpson, Shooter wasn't a tyrant - just a man who was so passionate about producing some of the best comics in the world had ever seen, placating egos wasn't a concern.

    "I think people did take his enthusiasm the wrong way," says Simpson. "[Creators and editors] did think he was mean. After a while you just get tired and you want people to shut up and do what they're told - do it right and do it the right the first time. I mean, you say the same things 500 times and you figure you've said it enough that people should just do it."

     May 30, 2003 | JLA/A 6-Page Preview
    From Vu

    It was previously announced that there would be a five-page preview, but according to WIZARD #142 (Jul 03), they say it will be six pages:

    WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #143 is on sale June 25, 2003.

     May 24, 2003 | Busiek Interview at BrokenFrontier
    From Broken Frontier

    20 Questions with Kurt Busiek
    May 23, 2003 12:44:07 AM
    written by Michael Eidson

    (excerpt)

    BF: The release of the grand-daddy of all superhero comic books, JLA/AVENGERS, is coming soon. The fanboys have been drooling over the anticipation of this one for a while. Will our expectations be met?
    KB: I doubt if anyone will have all their expectations met -- there are so many people who want the project to be so many different things, and there's just no way to do it all. Especially since a lot of peoples' "wants" contradict each other -- this guy over here cares only about seeing Superman beat Thor, and that guy over there wants to see Thor beat Superman.

    But ultimately, we're telling a big sprawling epic story, and there ought to be plenty of stuff for people to get into, even if they don't get exactly what they want.

    BF: Now that George Perez is drawing SOLUS, can we assume that he is completely finished penciling and inking all four issues of JLA/AVENGERS? When will the first issue be out?
    KB: George isn't done yet, no -- he had a year off from his CrossGen exclusivity to work on it, and now he's finishing it up while working for CrossGen as well, juggling both assignments. But he's well under way, and it looks great, and it'll be out this fall.

    More than that, I cannot say.

     May 23, 2003 | CBG's JLA/A Report
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1542 (6 Jun 03)

  • COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1542
  • "Worth the Wait?"
    written by George Nelson
    published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1542 (6 Jun 03)
    transcribed by Vu
    related websites: www.comicsbuyersguide.com

    P�rez promises late 2003 release for JLA/Avengers

    Publishers of the long-awaited JLA/Avengers DC-Marvel crossover should be closer to setting a release date within a few weeks, artist George P�rez said at April's Pittsburgh Comicon. "This is going to be a very, very intensive two months," said P�rez, who is penciling and inking the crossover, written by his fromer Avengers collaborator Kurt Busiek. "It will be very nice in 2004 to be able to draw one page a day, five days a week, because that's all that CrossGen ever wants as output from their artists." P�rez draws Solus for CrossGen.

    The first two issues of JLA/Avengers are pencilled and inked, and P�rez has pencilled all but four pages and inked 16 pages of #3. Covers have been colored, as well as all of #1. the plot for the fourth and final issue also has been approved. "The book is definitely coming out the last quarter of this year," he told CBG. "As I've told many people, I refused to have this as the cover feature for Wizard's 2004 preview. It's been the cover feature now for two years. I've got to get that book out."

    The Avengers have 81 members, honorary members, and hangers-on - and the JLA includes more than 100. "As Kurt Busiek put it, when people say the Avengers have pretty low standards for members, the JLA have none," P�rez joked. "And, as was my desire - and they're honoring it - I wanted every single character who's ever been a member of either group to be in this book." There may be another 200 characters who have cameos. In the last issue alone, close to three dozen super-villains appear who had not previously shown up in the story.

    Though he would not disclose plot details, P�rez said the story - which takes place, he quipped, on "Earth-$" - has time - and dimension-spanning aspects that allow him to draw things that he would not have had the opportunity to draw, if he had to stick to literal timeline, such as Wonder Woman with an eagle on her bodice.

  • AVENGERS: HEROES REBORN, art by Rob Liefeld/Jon Sibal
  • WONDER WOMAN (Eagle Bodice), art by P�rez/Giordano
  • "When I was in issue #1, when I got to draw the Spectre, I said, 'OK at least Hal Jordan does appear.' Little did I know what Kurt had in mind. I get to draw the classic Green Lantern in the classic costume - even the one without the shoulder epaulets and the V-shapes: the very, very early version of his costume." Even Heroes Reborn versions of the Avengers might appear. Yes, Kurt is going to try to make this as logical as possible, but there's going to be some stuff you're just going to have to, as Marv Wolfman said, spray the fairy dust on and let your imagination run wild," he observed. "We're going to have fun with this book. It's a lot of work, I hope it's going to be worth the wait for you. For me, I'm just looking forward to not having to answer, 'When is JLA/Avengers coming out?'"

  • AVENGERS MANSION, art by George P�rez/Bob McLeod
  • ASGUARD, art by Ron Frenz/Brett Breeding
  • JLA SATELLITE, art by Chuck Patton/Romeo Tanghal
  • Locations for the story include the Flash Museum, Asgard, Avengers Mansion in its different incarnations, and the various headquarters of the JLA. It also include nods to the original version of JLA/Avengers, started in the early 1980s but never published.

    Announced in 2001, the crossover has been the subject of much speculation regarding its eventual release, and P�rez acknowledged that he had hoped the four-issue mini-series would have been finished sooner, as well.

    "When people ask why this book is taking so long, a lot of them don't know that I'm inking myself - so, when they find that out, suddenly all is forgiven," he said. He added that he has had to take on outside work to be able to afford the project, noting that his income dropped 60% during the year he worked on the series exclusively.

    He acknowledged that fans might be tiring of news regarding the project but said he thinks that will be taken care of, once an official release date is announced. "There have been a lot of false dates. Fans have made assumptions based on the Internet version of 'telephone', where news was actually disseminated incorrectly that there was a release date. No, there was a hoped-for date. I had hoped to get this book done a lot sooner, but it became apparent that, if I wanted to earn a living, doing this book alone without something to supplement my income was going to be a financially disastrous for me."

    He said the project is moving faster with DC Executive Editor Mike Carlin stepping in as DC's editor. He described former Editor Dan Raspler as "a bit of a tehnophobe," which slowed down approval of coloring. "Another great thing about having Mike Carlin involved - having nothing to do with Dan's ability or any disagreements - is that Mike Carlin was the late Mark Gruenwald's assistant editor, when Mark was the editor of the original JLA/Avengers, so Mike, is the only other personal involved other than me from the original. Having worked with Mike, I have a great, great respect for him as an editor: the type of editor who believes that, if you hire good people, let them do their jobs," he continued. "If he has suggestions, he'll be the first to tell you, but in the end he says we all have to be happy with the book."

    P�rez said he is satisfied with the work by colorist Tom Smith and remarked that working with Busiek reminds him of working with Wolfman: "The greatest compliment I can give to any writer."

     May 12, 2003 | JLA/A Last Man Standing Art For Sale
    From Ebay, user smisaacs

  • Art by George P�rez, originally published in WIZARD #105
  • Item # 2174421421: George Perez JLA vs Avengers artwork WIZARD
    Started May-11-03 18:59:30 PDT
    Ends May-18-03 18:59:30 PDT

    George created this amazing piece of art for Wizard: The Guide To Comics for its Last Man Standing feature. Appearing in Wizard #105 it featured these two super-teams squaring off in the ultimate "what if" battle in an issue of Wizard devoted to the Greatest things in Comics.

    This 19-by-19 inch masterpiece, both inked and penciled by George himself, features 25 members of each team about to square, and this is one of the few pieces that will be made available once the series comes out this summer. Also included in this original artwork selection are two concept drawings, one of the original proposal to Wizard, the second the final layout as approved by the Wizard design staff that was used as a template for the final piece you see in its colored form here.

    Notes: The actual piece of art that the winning bid will receive is not colored!

    The art is currently framed and matted with both sketches.

     May 12, 2003 | JLA/A Cast Update
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1540 (23 May 03)

  • BLACK LIGHTNING, art by Mark Bright/Joe Rubinstein. Called RESERVE MEMBER in JLA #27 (Mar 99)
  • CREEPER, art by Rich Heddon/Tom McSweeney. Listed as RESERVE in JLA: SECRET FILES #1 (Sep 97) and again in JLA #27 (Mar 99).
  • GLENN GAMMERON, art by M. Wallace/ Matt Hollingsworth. According to Busiek, Gammeron is JLAer in JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE #31 (Jan 96)
  • DEAR CAPTAIN: THERE WERE MORE... MANY MORE
    written by Andrew Smith
    as published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1540 (23 May 03)
    websites: www.comicsbuyersguide.com and www.eboards4all.com/07422

    (excerpt)

    Kurt's summary comes after much silly knee-bent running about on my part, and I believe he took pity and was trying to set my fragile mind to rest. And the nice thing is, it did - if the writer of JLA/Avengers says it's so, then it's so! Let's look at 'em one at a time:

  • Lionheart: I mentioned in CBG #1535 that I wasn't sure if he was a Reserve or not. Well, Kurt says he isn't, so he isn't.
  • Alan Scott and Jay Garrick: While Alan "Green Lantern" Scott had a guest stint in Justice League Europe #48-50 (be he was Sentinel), it was as a JSA member and didn't confer JLA status. But Jay "Flash" Garrick provided lengthy solo service in Justice League America (beginning with #78, May 93), and it did. "I called Dan Vado, who wrote those issues," Busiek said. "Dan says his intent was that Jay was a member, so that was the clincher."
  • Sarge Steel and his Charton buddies, as mentioned in CBG #1535 aren't members according to anybody.
  • "All the members in JLA #27�": This amount to Black Lightning, The Creeper, and Jade, the three characters in that issue brought in as Reserves who had never been demonstrated to be members before. "They got activated by Oracle," Busiek said. "And that makes 'em official."
  • Glenn Gammeron: I'm flabbergasted by this one, a galactic bounty hunter who hung around for a while in search of Despero, beginning in Justice League Task Force #28 (Oct 95). "It bothers me, too," said Kurt, reacting to my slack-jawed amazement. "But he's more than a guest star and has no reason to be around for as long as he was without being a member."

    So let's review what we covered today: Hourman I, Bronze Tiger, Dolphin, Sarge Steel, Judomaster, Nightshade, Thunderbolt, Impulse, Sea Devils, Lionheart, Alan Scott, The Doom Patrol, Starman and "Jan & Zayna" are NOT members, whereas L-Ron/Despero, Tasmanian Devil, Huntress, Nightwing, Agent Liberty, Black Condor, the Ray, Catherine Cobert, Snapper Carr, Kilowog, Oberon, Dale Gunn, the Yazz, Jay Garrick, Black Lightning, Creeper, Jade, Captain Marvel, Dr Light II, Glen Gammeron, and Zan & Jayna ARE. I hope you're all paying attention, because there will be a test, and that test will be be JLA/Avengers.

    And what about that nigh-legendary book?

    Says Busiek, "It's going fine, it looks great, and it'll be out this fall."

  •  May 11, 2003 | JLA/A Panel Part 9
    From ES

    JLA/AVENGERS PANEL
    transcribed by ES

    Continuing the extensive coverage of THE JLA/AVENGERS PANEL from PITTSBURGH COMICON (April 25-27, 2003). Compiled transcription in: TRANSCRIPT OF THE JLA/AVENGERS PANEL WITH SPEAKER GEORGE PEREZ BY ES.

    >>>
    Fan: Yes. Hi. I just wanted to get your feelings on, ah, you've worked with Kurt for awhile now. I just wanted to get your feeling on your working relationship and how things are working on this project oppose to working on the AVENGERS book monthly.

    George Perez: Well working on the AVENGERS book is obviously different from working on the JLA/AVENGERS for no other reason than, ah, Kurt would do a plot on JLA/AVENGERS and not see artwork for weeks and weeks on end as opposed to the regular AVENGERS book where everything was much more immediate you know I would get a plot a week he's getting artwork and we have to get it done by a certain time.

    The fact that the last plot I received from Kurt Busiek was months ago and I still getting ready to start it. I have to wait for references. That is a very unique situation.

    Working with Kurt is a dream. I compare it to the greatest compliment that I can give to any writer it reminds me of working with Marv Wolfman on the TITANS. Marv spoiled me for many writers as far as a great give and take working relationship the generosity of Marv Wolfman can't be over emphasize he is responsible for my writing for the first time, ah, when I was co-plotting TITANS.

    I felt it was just part of the job Marv felt my contribution were worthy of not only credit, but pay. There was no financial structure for a co-plotter at that time. Marv paid me out of his pocket from his pay for co-plotting and on a creative level Marv and I got to such a symbiotic relationship there was no written plot anymore. We would discuss it I would draw it and the only written plot was the plot I gave Marv telling him what I had just drawn. I had to explain it to Marv who had a lousy memory he couldn't remember what we talked about (laughs).

    But working with Kurt is a dream it has been one of the great relationships and when the choice came to write the JLA/AVENGERS there was no question. At one point we were considering having Kurt and Mark Waid working together, but at the time Mark was still writing the JUSTICE LEAGUE, ah, but when the book was being brought together Mark was no longer on the JUSTICE LEAGUE and the writer of the JUSTICE LEAGUE (Joe Kelly) really didn't want to work on the crossover and, so Kurt ended up having the challenge of studying the history of both teams. And I must say he took his job very, very seriously because he knows he is working with of the most anal retentive artist (laughs)

  • AVENGERS vol 3, #21
  • AVENGERS vol 3, #21, art by George P�rez/Al Vey (page 3)
  • Serious when it comes to detail and wanting to get it right they are still badly burned and scarred from the cover I did to the AVENGERS (AVENGERS Vol#3 #21) that showed the characters in the middle of the ULTRON story line where they are raising their fist in battle, ah, the BLACK PANTHER and, for no apparent reason, FIRESTAR is not there even though she is in that scene inside the book.

    (George fakes a rant) 'I said why didn't you tell me FIRESTAR was going to be in the scene. I left FIRESTAR out I wanted everyone in that scene on that page so they learned their lesson' (laughs) (Note: that story can also be found in the 1999 AVENGERS CASEBOOK behind the scenes case notes)

    We wanted everyone in there. Don't say oh well we'll take it easy on him. Never tell a masochist to take it easy (laughs)

    to be continued...

    Coming up: George talks convention sketches, Wonder Woman, and his love of team books.

     May 11, 2003 | JLA/A Panel Part 8
    From ES

    JLA/AVENGERS PANEL
    10 May 2003 15:06:02 -0400
    transcribed by ES

    Continuing the extensive coverage of THE JLA/AVENGERS PANEL from PITTSBURGH COMICON (April 25-27, 2003). Compiled transcription in: TRANSCRIPT OF THE JLA/AVENGERS PANEL WITH SPEAKER GEORGE PEREZ BY ES.

    >>>

  • GREEN LANTERN II (Hal Jordan), art by Dave Johnson. (scripted to appear in first issue)
  • SPECTRE (Hal Jordan), art by Matt Smith/ Christopher Jones/Steve Mitchell. (scripted to appear in first issue)
  • SPECTRE (Jim Corrigan), art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. (scripted to appear in first issue)
  • Fan: Anything on if the SPECTRE is going to be involved?

    George Perez: "Ah if you like Hal Jordan as the SPECTRE you will like JLA/AVENGERS. If you like Jim Corrigan... is that who was the original SPECTRE? (a few fans echo back yes) You will like JLA/AVENGERS.

    "I get to sneak everyone in. How many Black Canaries are there? How many costumes? Ah because you know in issue one (1) when I did get to draw the SPECTRE, I said, 'Ok at least Hal Jordan does appear,' little did I know what Kurt had in mind and when I realized I get to draw the classic GREEN LANTERN in the classic costume even the one, ah, just you know without the shoulder epaulets and the V shape the very, very early version of his costume, ah, this is what I hoped it would be (background noise)

    "Inking it doesn't make people shutter: 'Oh My God he's inking himself', ah, cause when I draw thirty-six (36) characters in a panel that means I draw thirty-six (36) individual faces in a panel because this means a lot to me. You can tell the difference between SUPERMAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA and THOR even if I shaved their heads bald."

    (a fans cell phone goes off)

    George jokes "Shoot that man".

    to be continued...

    Coming up: George talks about his working relationship with Kurt(It is a dream)and Marv Wolfman plus Kurt's researching the project

     May 10, 2003 | JLA/A Panel Part 7
    From ES

    JLA/AVENGERS PANEL
    10 May 2003 12:46:49 -0400
    transcribed by ES

    Continuing the extensive coverage of THE JLA/AVENGERS PANEL from PITTSBURGH COMICON (April 25-27, 2003).

    >>>

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    Fan: What's the difference this time between working on it, this time around and as it was 20 years ago working with ah you know Roy (Thomas) and all of them?

    George Perez: There are many difference between this version and the last version. You see one of the things we can't recapture with this version is the uniqueness of it. There have been so many Marvel/DC crossovers in the course of the 20 years since the original JLA/AVENGERS was planned, ah, that's one negative we can never be able to get back.

    That by the very nature we are doing Post-Crisis versions of a lot of characters. Hey, the word "Post" and "Pre" Crisis didn't exist when the original JLA/AVENGERS was done. It proceeded the CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTH series which some of the concepts for the original JLA/AVENGERS were used in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTH and we are utilizing some of those same concepts for the current version.

    You see there are just so many comic stories you can do. You are probably going to notice when you see the first five pages a definite little tip of the hat to CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTH you'll be able to tell when you see it, ah, if you can't see it well then you will have to ask what were you talking about?

    Ah, I like to think I have improved as a artist in 20 years. I would not have had the skill to ink myself, ah, 20 years ago on a project that big, which is why Dick Giordano was the inker at the time, ah, and story wise Kurt probably because of the history, ah, of the original project is treating this like the major event that he feels and we all feel that it is.

    I, with all do respect to Gerry Conway, I believe he thought of it a just another job and Kurt is there to say, 'Ok people have two decades, we didn't have 20 years of anticipation then either and we have a lot to ah hopefully live up to.'

    Are we going to make a lot of people happy we hope so are we going to make some people upset or feeling less that fulfilled probably 20 years of anticipations a lot to live up to. All I can say is that we are trying are best there and that no one is taking any short cuts, ah, there was one issue of JLA/AVENGERS I think went through eight rewrites and I might be underestimating, ah, the only redrawing I had to do was that damn GREEN LANTERN costume (laughs).

    After a while (background noise) sorry no one changes their underwear much less their custom during the rest of the story but one thing great advantage of still working on it is there is a possibility that I can sneak in the new version of Aquaman now somewhere in the four issue to keep it current.

    You know so much has changed in the course of the two years that I have been drawing this project so I will do something but the main parts of the story AQUAMAN is, ah, Captain Hook, ah, and that's the interpretation we are using for the bulk of the story because that's how he was when we started.

    I think most people are smart enough to know that this isn't set in any real time. It is set in Earth-$ (Dollar Sign) that I call it (everyone laughs). You are going to see members of the JLA that if you look at them visually and they don't correspond to maybe the AVENGERS in that same Time frame but of course you are going to have to be a little flexible.

    One of the great things also because so much history has changed in the course of MARVEL and DC Universes is this story has a lot more time spanning and time travel aspects to it and inter-dimension type stuff so we get to draw things that if you had to be literal to the time line you wouldn't get a chance to do.

    You couldn't draw Hal Jordan as GREEN LANTERN, you would have to be literal to your time line, ah, certain characters who are dead, ah, or otherwise no longer able to function, you want to be able to use them, the fans want to see them. There are the Hal Jordan fans who are going to be very happy as I said.

    I get to draw the gold eagle on WONDER WOMAN barde again. Despite the fact technically under the continuity it shouldn't exist ever because I rebooted the character, ah, but Kurt said you know if we put it here and we can explain it away because who wouldn't want to see that eagle one last time.

    You know, so, yes, Kurt, Tom and everyone involved with the book are big fan boys as am I so one of the problems we had with the original one was: A) It was shorter so you had little you could expand and, ah, some of the criticisms of the plot were that you couldn't show this character because it didn't follow the literal time line and my whole feeling than and now is this is a fan boy's dream. This is what you have been waiting to see.

    Yes, Kurt is going to try to make it as logical as possible but there is going to be some stuff that, as Marv Wolfman says, you are going to have to spray the fairy dust on and let your imagination run wild. We are going to have fun with this book. It's a lot of work and I hope it's going to be worth the wait for you, ah, for me (laughs)

    I just looking forward to not having to answer when is JLA/AVENGERS coming out, which is the reason you guys are here (laughs)

    to be continued...

    Coming up: George talks about the Spectre, Hal Jordan, and James Corrigan.

     May 10, 2003 | JLA/A Panel Part 6
    From ES, via Forum

    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS PANEL
    posted 5/10/03 3:03 AM

    SEPARATED AT BIRTH?

  • Bob's Big Boy, from Bobs.net
  • Big Belly Burger Boy
  • Kurt Busiek, scan from Sean Chen's Art.com
  • Fanboy AKA Eric: George, can you confirm that yourself or Kurt or Tom are going to appear in the pages?

    George Perez: Oh at this point, ah, I have no real intention of putting Kurt, Tom or Me in the story. I am putting a couple of friends in who have asked. One person wanted to be specifically in a page with BATMAN, ah, appears so I put him in there.

    One person who helps my art agent would like his children to appear there so I'll probably sneak the kids in. I'm not doing as much tuckering, as I found out that's what it's called when you put real people into a fictional setting, ah, because I don't want to slow this book down any further than it has been slowed down and drawing real people takes time.

    There is one person who does appear in issue one (1) getting a autograph from HAWKEYE because, oh, did he badger me to death (laughs). Ok you're in there now luckily I didn't kill you (laughs).

    So there are only a couple of people there but I have no real desire to put myself in there, ah, I probably sneak by name in there but then again I'm already in the credits I guess my name is already snuck in there.

    Kurt, when I did the (pause) for those who have seen the pages in Wizard the scene from Belly Burger I believe the name of the place is from the DC Universe their version of Bob's Big Boy that kind of thing. No, that's not Kurt Busiek I drew there. That is the character as was shown to me in references they sent me. Oh yeah, cubby guy with beard, it is not Kurt. Kurt hair doesn't go that way (George makes a wave thru his hair)

    So I had actually saw this someone had printed a list of people appearing in the JLA/AVENGERS and had listed Kurt Busiek as Big Belly Burger guy. No, Hey Kurt is a friend I wouldn't insult him that way but at this point none of us actually physically appear in the story.

    to be continued...

    Coming up: George talks about inking himself, a tip of the hat to CRISIS, and keeping the series current.

     May 9, 2003 | JLA/A Panel Part 5
    From ES, via Forum

    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS PANEL
    posted 5/9/03 4:32 PM

    I broken the posts down to one question and one answer.

    Fan: How long is it going to be?

    George Perez: It is going to be four (4) prestige books all 48 pages long with wrap around covers which means a grand total of 200 pages of artwork.

    George talked about how happy he is to be working with the creative crew and how they're doing a great job (Kurt Busiek, Tom Smith, Tom Brevoort and Mike Carlin).

    George then talked a little about the coloring of the project and it's approval from the higher ups. George also threw a little trivia at us when he said another great thing about having Mike Carlin involved in the process is that Mike used to be the Late Mark Gruenwald's Assistant editor when Mark was the editor of the original JLA/AVENGERS. It brings a nice sense of closure to the project for him since they are the only two from the original working on this project. Len Wein doesn't work in mainstream comics anymore (Note: George was unaware of Len's Current Batman Mini-series BATMAN: NEVERMORE at DC) and Jim Shooter no longer works for Marvel.

    Fan: Is there going to be a written history of your working on the original or the current version of the project?

    George P�rez: If anything like that is done it would be hopefully for a collected version of the book because this is all in the talk stages so until the book comes out anything regarding a collection is merely speculation by my part but the hope of using the original 21 pages as added material because I'm always a firm believer if you're doing a collected addition of anything particularly the JLA/AVENGERS which is already getting top notch reproduction. You really have to give the fans something extra. I am bound my contract at CrossGen so obvious I can't draw a new cover or anything else for a collection because I only had the wavier for the project.

    One thing that I did as sneaky as I am (everyone laughs) is that for all the ACTOR auctions and other places were I had art work auctioned off that I have done JLA/AVENGERS including the cover of this program well ever single one of those pieces I keep a file so we can use as additional material for any collect works as well so I will have new material, ah, because obviously the only people at Pittsburgh Convention will have seen that cover, ah, granted it will not say "Welcome to the 10th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Comic Con" (everyone laughs) but I will have new material there.

    to be continued....

    Coming soon: George answer about creator cameos, tuckering (drawing real people in a fictional setting) and the rumor of Kurt Busiek as Big Belly Burger.

     May 9, 2003 | SBC's Pittsburgh Con Report
    From Silver Bullet Comics

    Apr. 23-29: Comics in Iron City (sort of)
    Wednesday, May 7, 2003
    By Michael Deeley

    This week, I attended the Pittsburgh Comicon, one of the more popular comic conventions in the country. Since the convention center in Pittsburgh was under construction, it was held at the ExpoMart in nearby Monroeville. Major guests included Terry Moore, George Perez, Frank Cho, Michael Turner, and the cast of �Dawn of the Dead�. Like all major cons, there were dealers selling rare and cheap items, minor celebrities, and nude models.

    (excerpt)

    JLA/Avengers news: George Perez says he�s completed issues 1 and 2 of the mini-series. 16 pages of issue 3 are penciled, with �half of that� inked. Perez wouldn�t reveal any plot points other than these two: In Avengers Mansion, Captain America is puzzled by a picture of the Avengers looking into a crystal ball and seeing the JLA, a la �Justice League of America� #29. Also, Rick Jones, Jarvis, and Snapper Carr are having a barbecue. (Sadly, Sanpper is not the one being roasted over an open flame.) Does this mean the two teams find themselves in a �shared� universe that they must somehow separate? Who cares? The book�s coming out at the end of the year.

    Perez praised writer Kurt Busiek, whom he said was the best writer he�s worked with since Marv Wolfman. He went on to express his gratitude and admiration for Wolfman. Not only did they work well together on the �New Teen Titans�, but Wolfman paid Perez out of his own pocket for his work as a co-plotter. What a nice guy. Perez said he�d be at the Pittsburgh and Baltimore Conventions every year. So if you want to meet him, that�s where you�ll find him.

     May 5, 2003 | JLA/A Panel Part 4
    From ES, via Forum

    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS PANEL
    posted 5/6/03 0:37 AM

    Mr. Perez finished up the next two minutes of his opening comments with how a lot of people didn't know he was inking himself on the project. How his income went down 60% during the year he was exclusively working on JLA/Avengers since he has been working on page rate for the project (if that doesn't show his love for this project I don't know what will).

    He also said next to "When is CRIMSON PLAGUE #3 coming out?" is the question he is asked the most is what is the status Of JLA/AVENGERS.

    Mr. Perez then opened up the floor to questions.

    To be continued...

     May 2, 2003 | JLA/A Coloring
    From George P�rez, via Forum

    Topic: JLA/Avengers coloring
    posted 5/2/03 2:09 PM

    Hi again:

    From your recent update one might mistakenly infer that only the covers of Issues 1 & 2 have been colored.

    At this writing, all of Issue 1 is colored and Tom Smith has already colored 8 pages of Issue 2. I didn't want anyone to think that Mr. Smith was slacking off.

    Take care

     May 2, 2003 | JLA/A Panel Part 2
    From ES, via Forum

    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS PANEL
    posted 5/2/03 0:30 AM

  • LOOPHOLE, art by Tom Grummett/Doug Hazlewood, from ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #505 (Oct 93)
  • George Perez: Moria Brandon, one of the tough calls on the AVENGERS. One of the few honorary AVENGERS that I did not know was a honorary ANENGER, she did not appear in my AVENGERS poster, appears on a picture on the wall. I can't imagine a 80-something year old woman coming into the thick of a battle swinging an axe unless she was Hop Sing. (everyone laughs)

    Let's see now. The characters you will see. Just in the last issue alone we are probably doing close to three dozen super-villains that are popping into the last issue that have not appeared in the issues before.

    We do get to just cameo some heavy hitters, DR. DOOM, MAGNETO, LEX LUTHOR to minor characters like LOOPHOLE (not sure if that's the proper spelling) who I hadn't even heard of until I had to draw it and we will get to see Fing-Fang-Foom, for those who are familiar with the 1950's Marvel Monsters.

    We have scenes in such various places as, of course Avengers Mansion in it's various stages. The various headquarters of the JLA. I mentioned the Flash Museum, Asguard.

    You'll see characters. I mentioned the WATCHER, you can be sure GALACTUS always has to appear in these type of stories. I really don't want to do THANOS but he may pop up. (sigh) I am not going to tell you who the main villains are or if the villains that I just mentioned have any key part, just that I get to draw them.

     May 1, 2003 | JLA/A Panel Part 1
    From ES, via Forum

    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS PANEL
    posted 5/1/03 5:55 AM

    I finally have my audio tape working so I'm going to try and transcribe a little of the panel each night. It's going to take awhile since the panel was almost 60 minutes long. Plus I am triple checking everything I post. As I said before no plot points were given away just some really cool scenes were mentioned. I arrived a few minutes late for the panel. I was at a CBLDF Quick Sketch so I will start in a natural break in Mr. Perez conversion which just happens to be when I walked in. (laughs) So here we go..

    George Perez: Just to give you a little visual and a story bit which of course if you put them together will make absolutely no sense but things like I had to draw to show you Kurt (Busiek) was really, really thinking the idea of showing the WATCHER standing by the JLA Watchtower, having scenes in the Flash Museum where we get to see all the Flashes, JESSE QUICK, and JOHNNY QUICK and the various Flashes and KID FLASH. The TITANS make a cameo appearance.

    In fact in the first seven pages of the JLA/AVENGERS there are over a dozen established characters who appear in those seven pages and not a single one of them is a member of the JLA or the AVENGERS so if we are talking close to a 200 membership just of the group themselves there are probably going to be another 200 characters who are not affiliated with them who will be making cameos or involved in some of the action scenes, who appear in framed pictures.

     April 30, 2003 | JLA/A Page Count
    From ES

    JLA/Avengers Page Count confirmed on auto tape via JLA/Avengers Panel at the PITTSBURGH COMICON 2003 (April 27, 2003).

    (George said he had no problem with me taping the panel when I ask.)

    Using George's exact words:

    Penciled

  • Issues #1 and #2 completely penciled
  • 4 pages shy of finishing pencils of issue #3
  • He is ready to begin issue #4
  • Inked

  • Issues #1 and #2 completely inked
  • 16 pages of issue # 3 have been inked
  • Colored

  • Covers #1 and #2 have been colored
  •  April 29, 2003 | Convention Highlights
    From ES, via Forum

    Topic: Con Highlights
    ES posted 4/29/03 1:19 AM

    There were many highlights for me at the con. Meeting George again and atually able to mutter out more than a few words. Getting two orginial skethes for Mr. Perez to winning a comic book trivia contest. (I guess I am a True Fanboy).

    George wowed over all his fans from the biggest fanboy (me) to the woman who like to take pictures of George's shirts at cons (he made his wife proud) to the gentleman who was explaining to his girlfriend why George is not only one of the top artist in the industry but a great human being for all his charity work and the way he treats his fans. The woman who ask for a Wonder Woman sketch and George produced on right on the spot.

    Also at the JLA/Avengers Panel. George delighted everyone with answers ranging from the projects current page count to creator cameos, homages, certain characters and their costumes appearing, praising the creative crew he is working with Mr. Kurt Busiek, Mr. Tom Smith, Mr. Mike Carlin and Mr. Tom Brevoort (take a bow) and certain panels that he has already drawn.

     April 26, 2003 | Pittsburgh High Res Scan
    From Vu

  • JLA/ AVENGERS(2003), published in PITTSBURGH CON 2003, From Tom Smith
  • Tom Smith recently posted a high-resolution image of the PITTSBURGH COMIC CONVENTION PROGRAM BOOK 2003 on the Avengers Comicboard (see Wonderman & Steel over the left ..High res version attached (nt)).

    JLA/A Characters on the cover:

    1. Superman
    2. Wasp
    3. Vision
    4. Goliath
    5. Elongated Man
    6. Plastic Man
    7. Wonder Man
    8. Steel
    9. Wonder Woman
    10. Captain America
    11. Blue Beetle
    12. Hawkman
    13. Black Panther
    14. Warbird
    15. Flash
    16. Hawkeye
    17. Hulk
    18. Martian Manhunter
    19. Black Canary
    20. Iron Man
    21. Green Lantern
    22. Tigra
    23. Firestorm,
    24. Aquaman
    25. Zatanna
    26. Quicksilver
    27. Red Tornado
    28. Spider-Man
    29. She Hulk
    30. Jack of Hearts
    31. Green Arrow
    32. Thor
    33. Batman
    34. Scarlet Witch
    35. Beast
    36. The Atom

    Chances are likely that these characters will appear in the JLA/AVENGERS series.

     April 25, 2003 | Pittsburgh 2003 Cover
    From Avengers Comicboard

  • PITTSBURGH COMICON PROGRAM BOOK 2003
  • Perez / Smith Avengers /JLA Pittsburgh Comic Con program cover
    Posted by Tom Smith on Friday, April 25 2003 at 19:42:19 GMT

    Hi Guys..

    For those of you who cannot attend the Con this weekend " I'm one of them " here is the Program book cover without logo's and lettering that I did with George for the con.

    Enjoy..

    Tom Smith
    "A/JLA CAL!"
    http://www.theartistschoice.com/tsmith.htm

     April 24, 2003 | Pittsburgh Con Book Cover
    From Paul Leighty (email me), via Forum

    Topic: pittsburgh comicon
    posted 4/24/03 4:34 AM

    I got a sneak peek at the cover to the convention program. It is a beautiful new JLA/Avengers piece. Unfortunately, they only had the art, the book itself is already in Pittsburgh. However, the good people running the show (and my local comics shop) always bring the extra copies into the store to sell after the con. I won't be able to attend the convention this year, but I still will be picking up one of these from them at their store. If I manage to get my hands on one from someone attending, I will be sure to scan the picture to the site.

     April 20, 2003 | Brevoort Answers Questions at AMB
    From Avengers Comicboard

  • AVENGERS: KORVAC SAGA TPB
  • AVENGERS LEGENDS #2: KORVAC SAGA TPB
  • Re: Question for Tom Brevoort: Why was the 4 last pages of the first korvac trade left out of
    Posted by Tom Brevoort on Sunday, April 20 2003 at 04:04:10 GMT

    > was the 4 last pages of the first Avengers: Korvac Saga trade left out of the newest one?

    That epilogue was done years after the fact, written by the otherwise-saintly Mark Gruenwald, and it basically revealed that the story you had just read was fundamentally flawed, that Korvac's plan could never have succeeded based on things Mark had decided about the Marvel Universe after that story had been done. I thought it was terribly unnecessary and disrespectful when it first came out, so given the opportunity to correct it in the current printing, I asked that it be taken out.

    > Are there any other Avengers Legends trades scheduled?

    Yes, there's some other stuff in the pipeline.

    Tom Brevoort


    Re: JLAvengers 5 page preview
    Posted by Tom Brevoort on Sunday, April 20 2003 at 00:41:33 GMT

    >I can't wait to see it (unless it's just the pages we saw month ago.

    Nope. Different stuff. And lettered.

    Tom Brevoort


    Re: question for MrBrevoort about gap in Avengers tpb's
    Posted by Tom Brevoort on Saturday, April 19 2003 at 04:10:58 GMT

    > Between the Collection of the Ultron Story line, and the Kang Dynasty, there are a lot of Avengers issues that have not been collected into a TPB. Are there any plans to add those issues to the tpb library?

    Probably at some point, yes. It seems likely that we'll do the next collection of Kurt & George material to coincide with AVENGERS/JLA.

    Tom Brevoort

     April 19, 2003 | JLA/A Preview in Wizard #143
    From Diamond

  • WIZARD #143
  • PREMIER - GEMS OF THE MONTH
    WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #143

    (excerpt)

    Wizard: The Comics Magazine #143 presents two Earth-shattering comic previews! Behold the first five pages from the crossover event of a lifetime�JLA/Avengers #1 by artist George P�rez and writer Kurt Busiek from DC and Marvel Comics. The second preview is seven-pages from the all-new Supreme Power #1 by writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Gary Frank. Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada creates a dazzling new Supreme Power cover to this issue of Wizard.

    What are the 50 Greatest Comic Movies of All Time? Find out as we rank all of the best comic flicks ever made from obvious superhero hits like Spider-Man to mainstream hits like Men In Black and Road To Perdition along with cult favorites like Akira and The Crow. Get the ultimate list right here!

    Artist Michael Turner (Fathom/Dragonfly/Witchblade) creates a special "Last Man Standing" with Spider-Man versus Batman. Who will win? Find out in this issue!

    Magazine (Supreme Power cover by Joe Quesada)..........$4.99
    Magazine (Spider-Man/X-Men Movies cover)..........$4.99

     April 14, 2003 | No JLA/A Merchandise Yet
    From Avengers Comicboard

    Re: JLA/Avengers question?
    Posted by Tom Brevoort on Monday, April 14 2003 at 01:13:01 GMT

    > have you guys decided on an exact/guestimated date yet>

    Yes. Fall 2003.

    > is an announcement going to be made soon>

    Presumably before fall 2003.

    >if not when an announcement is made will it be made a big deal of (that might sound a bit silly but the hype surrounding this event seems to have died right down since the official announcement of this crossover thats all).>

    I think we'll just make an announcements--it's up to the fans whether it's a big deal or not.

    > have Marvel and DC discussed any related merchandise/companion books to go with this crossover yet to your knowledge>

    No, we've made no such plans as of yet.

    Tom Brevoort

     April 13, 2003 | JLA/A Cast of Characters
    From Vu

    Compiled mostly from: July 22, 2001 | JLA/Avengers #1 Cast Revealed, March 22, 2003 | JLA/A: Avengers Members, March 23, 2003 | JLA/A: JLA Members Part 1 and March 23, 2003 | JLA/A: JLA Members Part 2. The JLA list includes Justice League of America, Justice League International, Justice League, Justice League Task Force, Justice League Europe, Justice League Anartica (yes, there was one...), and various incarnations of the JLA.

    Avengers: Ant-Man (Hank Pym, now Yellowjacket, formerly Giant-Man and Goliath), Ant-Man II, Beast, Black Knight III, Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel II, Crystal, Darkhawk, Deathcry, Demolition Man, Dr Druid, Gilgamesh, Guardians of the Galaxy, Falcon, Firebird, Firstar, Edwin Jarvis. Hawkeye, Hellcat, Hercules, Hulk, Human Torch, Invisible Woman (thanks to Hellst0ne), Iron Man I, Iron Man II (later War Machine), Jack of Hearts, Jocasta, Justice, Living Lightning, Machine Man (also X-51), Magdalene, Mantis, Marrina, Masque, Mockingbird, Moira Brandon, Moon Knight, Moondragon, Ms Marvel (now Warbird, formerly Binary), Mr Fantastic (thanks to Hellst0ne), Quasar, Quicksilver, Rage, Rick Jones, Sandman, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Sersi, Silverclaw, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman II, Stingray, Sub-Mariner, Swordsman I, Swordsman II, Starfox, Thing, Thor, Thor II (later Thunderstrike), Tigra, Triathlon, Two-Gun Kid, USAgent, Vision II, Wasp, Whizzer, Wonder Man, and Yellowjacket II.

    Justice League of America: Adam Strange, Amazing Man II (Will Everett III), Animal Man (Buddy Baker), Antaeus (Mark Antaeus, deceased), Aquaman II, Atom II (Ray Palmer), Aztek (Kurt Falconer) (deceased), Batman II (Bruce Wayne), Big Barda (Barda Free), Big Sir (Dufus P. Ratchet, deceased), Black Canary I (Dinah Drake Lance), Black Canary II (Dinah Laurel Lance), Black Lightning, Bloodwynd (J�onn J�onzz), Blue Beetle II (Ted Kord), Blue Devil (Dan Cassidy), Blue Jay (Jay Abrams), Booster Gold (Michael Jon Carter), Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adam, also Cameron Scott), Captain Comet (Adam Blake), Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Christine Cobert, Claire Montgomery (thanks to Hellst0ne), Clock King (William Tockman, deceased), Cluemaster (Arthur Brown, deceased), Creeper, Crimson Fox (Vivian and Constance d�Aramis), Demon (Jason Blood), Dr. Fate (Kent Nelson, sometimes Nabu), Dr. Fate II (Linda Strauss), Dr. Light (Kimiyo Hoshi) (thanks to Hellst0ne), Echo (thanks to Hellst0ne), Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), Faith, Fire (Beatriz DaCosta, formerly Green Flame), Firestorm (Ron Raymond), Flash I (Jay Garrick), Flash II (Barry Allen), Flash III (Wally West), General Glory (Joseph Jones), G�Nort (as Green Lantern), Green Arrow II (Oliver Queen), Green Arrow III (Connor Hawke), Green Lantern I (Alan Scott, later Sentinel), Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan), Green Lantern III (Guy Gardner, later as Warrior), Green Lantern IV (John Stewart), Green Lantern V (Kyle Rayner), Gypsy (Cynthia Reynolds), Hawkgirl II (Shayera Hol, later Hawkwoman II), Hawkgirl III (Kendra Saunders), Hawkman I (Carter Hall), Hawkman II, Hawkman III (Katar Hol), Hawkwoman II (thanks to Hellst0ne), Hawkwoman III (Shayera Hall), Hourman I (Rex Tyler), Hourman III (Matthew Tyler, from the 853rd century), Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Ice (Tora Olafsdottir, formerly Icemaiden II), Icemaiden (Sigrid Nansen, later Ice II), Jade, Judomaster II, Kilowog, Lightray (Sollis), Lionheart (Richard Plante), Lobo, Lucas "Snapper" Carr, L-Ron (in Despero�s body), Major Disaster (Bennett Brodsky, sometimes Paul Booker), Manitou Raven, Martian Manhunter (J�onn J�onzz), Maxi-Man (thanks to Hellst0ne), Maxima, Maxwell Lord, Maya (Chandi Gupta), Metamorpho (Rex Mason), Mighty Bruce, Moon Maiden (Laura Klein), Multi-Man (Duncan Pramble), Mystek (Jennifer Barclay), Nightshade, Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Nuklon (Albert Rothstein, later Atom-Smasher), Obsidian (Todd Rice), Oracle (previously Batgirl, Barbara Gordon), Orion (sometimes O�Ryan), Phantom Stranger, Plastic Man (Eel O�Brian), Power Girl (Karen Starr), Praxis (thanks to Hellst0ne),Ray II (Ray Terrill), Red Tornado II (John Smith/Tornado Champion), Retro, Reverb (thanks to Hellst0ne), Rocket Red #4 (Dmitri Pushkin), Rocket Red #7 (Vladimir Mikoyan, deceased), Rolf Heimlich (thanks to Hellst0ne), Sandman (Garret Sanford) (thanks to Hellst0ne), Sarge Steel, Sargon the Sorcerer (deceased), Scarlet Skier, Silver Sorceress (Laura Cynthia Nielsen, deceased), Steel II (Hank Heywood), Steel III (John Henry Irons), Sue Dibny, Superman II (Clark Kent), Tasmanian Devil (Hugh Dawkins), Thunderbolt, Tomorrow Woman (deceased), Triumph (William McIntyre), Vapor (thanks to Hellst0ne), Vibe (Paco Ramone), Vixen, Wonder Woman II (Princess Diana of Paradise Island), Wonder Woman I/III (Hippolyta of Themyscira), Yazz, Zan and Jayna, Zatanna (Zatanna Zatara), and Zauriel.

    Villains: Crime Syndicate, Dr. Doom, the Weaponmasters of Qward, The Brood, Magneto (thanks to Todd Nelson), Mongul, the monsters of Monster Island, Terminus, Skrulls (thanks to Todd Nelson), Starro, and two unnamed major villains.

    Miscellaneous: Arkon (thanks to Todd Nelson), Uatu the Watcher (thanks to Todd Nelson), Thundra (thanks to Todd Nelson), Guardian of the Galaxy (thanks to Todd Nelson), The Grandmaster, Eternity, Metron, Punisher, Wolverine, Hawkpolice of Thanagar, Imperial Guard, Loophole, Spectre (Hal Jordan), Squadron Supreme (thanks to Todd Nelson), Kurt Busiek as Big Belly Boy, and George Perez. Lex Luthor's Lexmall.

    Rumored Appearances: Kang, The Lord of Time and "The Egg of Time".

     April 1, 2003 | JLA/A Update
    From Vu

    This is from the PLANET COMICON 2003 convention. Basically, everyone who was waiting for George for autographs or comission was asking one thing: "When is JLA/Avengers coming out?"

    Although, George consistantly replied "Definitely by 2003", at one point he made a note that he's already inked the cover to JLA/AVENGERS #2!

    Other questions was about CrossGen and SOLUS, in which George said that it is the only book (besides JLA/A) that he will be doing for the foreseeable future, until they want him off the book.

     March 23, 2003 | JLA/A: JLA Members Part 2
    From Captain's Comics Message Board

    JLA membership: The Final Chapter!
    Posted by Captain Comics on March 23, 2003 at 05:36:08:

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    As promised, here's the last installment of the JLA membership, beginning in 1987. As usual, I hope you folks will put it through the microscope. It needs to be sent in by early Monday morning, so I'm posting it kinda late -- but it took some work! Here we go:

    Welcome to Part III of my answer to Paul Leighty�s request for a comprehensive listing of Avengers and Justice League membership. In CBG #1533 I listed all of the Assemblers chronologically, and last week I did the same for DC�s premier super-team.

    That is, up to 1987, when Justice League of America was canceled (with issue #261), and I ran out of room. 1987 proved a convenient stopping point, as not only was the original title canceled, but the rippling ramifications of Crisis on Infinite Earths were just making themselves felt that year.

    Oddly, the Crisis didn�t fundamentally change the Justice League, as it did many other teams; the members on the Roll Call prior to 1987 mostly retained (or regained) their status afterward (unless they were dead).

    But there are significant differences. Earth-1 characters who were blended with their Earth-II predecessors in 1986 had to be re-named (�Superman II� became just Superman, for example). And the Big Three � Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman � were no longer charter members. They still ended up being members, but the circumstances under which they joined the League changed ... which we�ll explore as we go:

    -- Batman (Bruce Wayne), Blue Beetle II (Ted Kord), Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Dr. Fate (Kent Nelson, sometimes Nabu), and Guy Gardner (first as Green Lantern, later as Warrior) decide to re-form the Justice League in Legends #6 (Apr 87).

    I list Batman as a new member here, because it�s unclear whether or not he was considered a prior member at the time of this publication. As time passed, Batman�s involvement with the League moved farther and farther back � with the latest word being in JLA: Incarnations #2 (Aug 01), wherein it was established that he was the fifth new member of the original team, after Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman I and Hawkwoman I (Carter Hall and Shiera Hall). For comparison�s sake, Martian Manhunter and Black Canary II sign up Legends #6 as well -- but they weren�t considered new members.

    By the way, Kent Nelson died in Dr. Fate #4 (miniseries, Oct 87). And Ted Kord�s predecessor (Dan Garrett) appeared in the DC Universe for the first time, as far as I can tell, in JLA: Year One #1 (Jan 98), and was never a member.

    -- Mr. Miracle (Scott Free) and Dr. Light II (Kimiyo Hoshi) join the new team in Justice League #1 (May 87). Dr. Light I, of course, was a villain.

    -- Booster Gold (Michael Jon Carter) joins in Justice League #4 (Aug 87).

    -- Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adam, also Cameron Scott) and Rocket Red #7 (Vladimir Mikoyan) are added in Justice League International #7 (Nov 87). Rocket Red #7 is revealed to be a Manhunter robot and is destroyed two issues later.

    [ Read more JLA/A: JLA Members Part 2 ]

     March 23, 2003 | JLA/A: JLA Members Part 1
    From Captain's Comics Message Board

    JLA/Avengers -- this just in!
    Posted by Captain Comics on March 15, 2003 at 00:46:54:

     
    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #220
  • I've been off the Board for a while -- you would NOT believe my work schedule this week -- so I wasn't able to answer a query from Chris Fluit a while back, and rather than bury my response, I'm starting a new thread. Because it's a doozy!

    Chris wrote:

    Hey Cap, first a question then a query.

    I was just wondering how the research is going on the Justice League roster. Did you need any more help from the Legion of Superfluous Heroes?

    Then, I was re-reading your Avengers article, and I noticed that you made mention of various characters that you intentionally left off of the list. Obviously, the "people who didn't quite cut it" is a lengthier list than what you described, but I was curious about Captain Marvel III (Genis) and Songbird. Both were shown as future members of the team and actively worked alongside current members in the Destiny War (Avengers Forever). According to your description, that might have been good enough to get include them.

    I didn't include the Avengers Forever characters, Chris, as I didn't include any alternate future, alternate dimension, alternate Earth, alternate timeline or "What If" type characters (like the '50s Avengers). The reason is twofold: 1) There's too dog-gone many, and 2) they weren't "official" Avengers on "Earth-Marvel."

    On the former point, the Avengers variants in "What If" alone could fill two or three columns. And on the latter point, my one exception should suffice to delineate my "rules" -- I included the alternate-dimension Swordsman because he actually joined "our" team (in some sort of Honorary capacity).

    Of all of them, I admit, the Avengers Forever characters are the closest to being "real" Avengers, as it seems a foregone conclusion that they WILL be Avengers someday ... assuming they didn't come from an alternate future. The last couple of times Genis-Vell has referenced his ordained future in the Avengers, he always uses weasel words like "It APPEARS I MAY become an Avenger someday ..." But even if it is cast in stone, that was a can of worms I didn't want to open for either team. Just think what I'd have to do for Flash alone in JLA, through JLA One Million!

    And speaking of JLA, Part One is finished, which I present here for vetting by the Legionnaires. Here it is:

    Last week I ran a letter from Paul Leighty of Manns Choice, Penn., asking me to compile a comprehensive roster for both The Avengers and the Justice League in anticipation of the Kurt Busiek-George Perez JLA/Avengers. Masochist that I am, I�m obliging him.

    Last week I compiled a chronological listing of who joined Marvel�s Avengers when -- which alone ate up an entire column. So this week we address DC�s super-team.

    Which is a bit more problematic. In the first place, a Grant Morrison JLA story once mentioned that the current Justice League considers every hero on Earth-DC a �back-up� member of sorts. Skipping over that, we run dead on into DC�s elastic timeline � which establishes how many years ago each hero began their career and when the League formed (eight years ago) ... but as �real� time progresses, all these events have begun to overlap. Finally, there is the ongoing headache of DC�s almost capricious urge to retcon, with events both big (Crisis, Zero Hour) and small (the torturous histories of Black Canary and Hawkman).

    All this weary researcher can do is list events in the order they happened, and let the Legion of Superfluous Heroes judge who is and is not a member. Even so, the membership of the League is so enormous that it will take two columns to cover the highlights. This week I�ll cover up to the final issue of Justice League of America in 1987, followed by next week�s coverage of post-Crisis history.

    The Captain�s usual butt-covering caveats apply, wherein I disingenuously deny that my knowledge is comprehensive (while attempting to prove it is), and asking the Legionnaires to write in with addenda, corrections, and differences of opinion. Ready? Here we go:

    -- Aquaman II (Arthur Curry), Batman II (Bruce Wayne), The Flash II (Barry Allen), Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan), Martian Manhunter (J�onn J�onzz/John Jones), Superman II (Clark Kent), and Wonder Woman II (Princess Diana of Paradise Island) of Earth-1 were established as the founding members of the Justice League, as first shown in The Brave and The Bold #28 (Feb-Mar 60). The team�s origin had occurred chronologically earlier but was published later (in Justice League of America #9, Feb 62), an adventure in which they gathered in response to an invasion from Appellax.

    As is probably obvious, I designated characters with a �II� that had previous, Golden Age versions on Earth-2 (established in various JLA/JSA crossovers over the years). Even Aquaman � long thought to be unique to Earth-1 � was finally established as having had an Earth-2 counterpart in All-Star Squadron #59 (Jul 86). Of all the founding members, apparently only Martian Manhunter (who debuted in Detective Comics #225, Nov 55) had no counterpart established on Earth-2 before the concept went away in Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985-6). As usual, it�s the green guy who gets left out.

    [ Read more JLA/A: JLA Members Part 1 ]

     March 22, 2003 | JLA/A: Avengers Members
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1533 (4 Apr 03)

    DEAR CAPTAIN
    written by Andrew Smith
    transcribed by Vu (slightly edited)
    published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1533 (4 Apr 03)
    website: www.comicsbuyersguide.com

    Avengers Assemble!
    (and, if they all did, they'd fill a gymnasium.)

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
  • AVENGERS #183
  • AVENGERS #1 (vol 3)
  • AVENGERS #4 (vol 3)
  • Paul Leighty of Manns Choice, Penn., stunned the Captain with this seemingly innocent question:
    Re: The upcoming JLA/Avengers, I would like to see a list of all members (Probationary, Reserve, Honorary, and those who were members for one issue or a one-shot and then something happened to that character by the end of the book). And I read your column every week in Comics Buyer's Guide. I am sure all these guys will be in JLA/Avengers at some point, simply because I don't think George P�rez would have it any other way!

    The Captain replies:
    You don't ask the easy ones, do you, Paul? But I've never turned down a legitimate question before and I won't now. So, after the requisite hair-pulling, clothes-rending, and teeth-gnashing, I sat down and researched the answer. And, Lord, do I need a vacation.

    The answer is too huge for a single column, so I'll tackle Avengers this week and Justice League next week. As ever, I never assume my own knowledge to be omniscient, and I invite the Legion of Superfluous Heroes to chime in with omissions, inaccuracies, or simple differences of opinion� because I can't imagine that there won't be some.

    That being said, here's the closet I can get to a comprehensive list of Avengers membership, in order of admission:

  • Ant-Man (Hank Pym, now Yellowjacket, formerly Giant-Man and Goliath), Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Wasp formed the team in Avengers #1 (Sep 63). Rick Jones joined as an Honorary Member in the same issue.
  • Captain America was thawed out and signed up in Avengers #4 (Mar 64).
  • Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch replaced all the old guard except Cap in Avengers #16 (May 65).
  • Swordsman I jointed The Assemblers to betray them in Avengers #19 (Aug 65) and was ousted in the next issue. He returned later as a hero, albeit a largely ineffective one. He joined the Choir Invisible in Giant-Size Avengers #2 (Nov 74).
  • Hercules finally joined in Avengers #45 (Oct 67), although he'd been hanging around since #38.
  • Black Panther was recommended by Captain America in Avengers #52 (May 68).
  • The Vision II first appeared in Avengers #57, on a mission from Ultron to kill the team. Instead, he joined in Avengers #58 (Nov 68). He's the second Vision, because there was another one in World War II.
  • Black Knight III first showed up in Avengers #68 but didn't get around to joining until Avengers #71 (Dec 69).
  • Black Widow was inducted in Avengers #111 (May 73)
  • Mantis joined at the end of Steve Englehart's epic Celestial Madonna saga in Giant-Size Avengers #4 (Summer 75).
  • Moondragon and Beast joined in Avengers #137 (Jul 75), the latter the only X-Man to do so. Both started on probation, but Beast made the grade, while Moondragon's Avengers career have been spotty.

    [ Read more March 22, 2003 | JLA/A: Avengers Members ]

  •  March 14, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #19
    From Forum
    Topic: JL Avengers fun rumors

    ES posted 2/19/03 8:36 PM: I heard there will be be a two-page spread in issue #4 of all past and present members (AVENGERS and JLA) appearing together for a photo.

    vu posted 3/2/03 11:27 PM: According to Kurt Busiek's AMB Post, he said that the main bad guys are Thongor and Nightmaster. I'm not sure if he's joking or not, but it's worth a post at the JLA/A rumor mill!

    Todd Nelson posted 3/3/03 0:20 AM: Apparently Marvel and DC offered CrossGen the opportunity to do a crossover using their character Mystic with Doctor Strange and Zatanna so George Perez could extend his work on the JLA/Avengers crossover before returning to CrossGen fulltime, negotiations brokedown, Oooops looks like my Orlando MegaCon prediction fell through now look for Earth shattering news on this crossover at the Pittsburgh Comiccon April 26-28 where George Perez/Tom Smith have an hour long JLA/Avengers panel.

    ES posted 3/10/03 5:38 PM: I heard that DC/Marvel will release never before seen pages of JLA/Avengers exclusively to george-perez.com in May 'O3.

    ES posted 3/10/03 5:49 PM I heard that one of the lasting changes will be Dan Cassidy/BLUE DEVIL will finally become a normal human again.

    ES posted 3/10/03 6:02 PM: I heard CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTH characters LADY QUARK, PARIAH and HARBINGER will all appear in cameos.

    ES posted 3/10/03 6:38 PM: I heard Marvel will reprint What The ..!? #7 to coincide with the release of AVENGERS/JLA #1.

    ES posted 3/10/03 6:53 PM: I heard look for the AVENGERS 30th Anniversary poster that Mr. Perez did to show up on the Avengers Mansion Wall. It was left out of volume 3 #1 because a good enough copy couldn't be found to scan in.

    ES posted 3/11/03 7:06 PM: I heard that there will be a scene in issue #2 that will show GLEEK the Monkey (SUPERFRIENDS) find true love on Marvel earth. The character who he falls in love with is still under tight wraps.

    ES posted 3/12/03 7:24 AM: Two Words: Celebrity Wrestling. I heard Mr. George Perez and Mr. Tom Smith (JLA/AVENGERS) will tag team wrestle King Kong Bundy and Mr. Sala Baker (Lord Sauron from LOTR) at the Pittsburgh Comic Con to help raise money for ACTOR.

    ES posted 3/13/03 5:58 AM: I heard the annual East/West Coast AVENGERS tradition of a softball game will be extended to the JLA. The game will provide some of the lighter moments of the series.

    ES posted 3/13/03 6:14 AM: (Follow-up) I heard The GAMEMASTER plays DESPERO in the Chess Match (Homage) for the fate of the lives of 16 members of the JLA and AVENGERS.

    ES posted 3/13/03 7:03 PM: I heard that Terminus goes on a rampage in the DCU because Big Belly Burger forgot to give him this extra order of fries with his order. Never Use the Drive-Thru.

     March 3, 2003 | JLA/A: Fall 2003
    From Comics Continuum

    MEGACON: DC COMICS PANEL
    Monday, March 3, 2003

    The JLA/Avengers crossover is targeted to start this fall, DC Comics announced at its MegaCon panel on Sunday.

    The four-issue mini-series, by Kurt Busiek and George Perez, was announced at MegaCon two years ago.

     February 22, 2003 | Pittsburgh 2003 Event
    From Pittsburgh Comicon

    Pittsburgh Comicon Schedule of Events - 2003

    SATURDAY - APRIL 26, 2003
    1:00 - 2:00 JLA/AVENGERS UPDATE

    Get the up to date scoop on the upcoming JLA - Avengers Crossover with George Perez and Tom Smith. (Showroom)

     February 18, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #18
    From Forum
    Topic: JL Avengers fun rumors

    ES posted 2/13/03 9:40 PM: I heard thanks to Mr. Brevoort the FANTASTIC FORCE and SECRET DEFENDERS will have cameos.

    ES posted 2/13/03 9:45 PM: I heard look for the last numbers of all the JUSTICE LEAGUE and AVENGERS series to be seen in the book ie WCA 102, JLA 113, EJ 18 etc.. John Nash has nothing on are creative team.

    Todd Nelson posted 2/15/03 2:38 AM: Click here to send email to Todd Nelson Vixen takes an distinct liking to the Black Panther.

    ES posted 2/17/03 1:30 AM: I heard the final showdown for the two teams against their mysterious enemy will take place at the end of time and include the TIME TRAPPER. CAPTAIN AMERICA will give his life to save both teams.

    ES posted 2/18/03 0:51 AM: I heard that issue #4 will have a four-page battle that takes place in the DC and Marvel offices. Stan Lee will halt the attack on the Marvel Offices by saying his magic word "Excelsior".

     February 14, 2003 | JLA/A Color Update
    From Avengers Comicboard

    Re: A new Avengers /JLA color commission from Tom Smith
    Posted by Tom smith on Thursday, February 13 2003 at 18:06:39 GMT in reply to Re: A new Avengers /JLA color commission from Tom Smith, posted by Darkclaw on Thursday, February 13 2003 at 16:49:07 GMT

    > BTW Tom, any chance of a update of how much coloring you've done so far on JLA/Avengers? Its ok if you've been sworn to secrecy but I thought its worth asking anyway.

    39 pages are colored of issue #1 now , I should be done coloring issue #1 by the end of the month.

    It's moving along quite smoothly now.

    Best..
    Tom Smith "A/JLA CAL!"

     February 13, 2003 | New JLA/A Editor
    From Avengers Comicboard

    Re: Avengers JLA question for Kurt Busiek.
    Posted by Kurt Busiek on Thursday, February 13 2003 at 06:34:18 GMT in reply to Avengers JLA question for Kurt Busiek., posted by Merk3 on Thursday, February 13 2003 at 04:36:27 GMT

    > With the announcement that Dan Raspler has been let go by DC, does this now have any impact on the cross-over as Mr. Raspler was the editor for JLA? >

    Mike Carlin is now the DC-side editor.

    > I know it has been stated that the plot for 4 is in George's hands, but does this now mean there may be changes made? >

    No, Mike'll honor any decisions made before his arrival -- DC officially approved the plot, and that means it's approved. I believe Mike has been reading the stuff all along, anyway, so he's familiar with what's being done.

    kdb

     February 6, 2003 | Interview with Cunningham
    From Dynamic Forces
    Brian Cunningham: Off To See The Wizard
    Behind The Curtain with Bill Rosemann

    Posted: 1/30/03

    They mock boozing and barfing. They're superhero junkies. They hatched the "The Ex-Lax Brownie Affair." Sneer at the low-brow antics of the Wizard staff all you want, but the workers behind the monthly glossy magazine do one thing very well: they deliver exactly what their readers want.

    ...

    So who steers the magazine that's sold everywhere from the smallest comics shop to the largest Barnes & Noble? Who decides which characters get on the cover... and which titles make it on the "Picks" list? Let's find out as we go Behind The Curtain and talk to Wizard Editor Brian Cunningham!

    (excerpt)

    BTC: Wizard #137 outlined the biggest projects of 2003. What comics are you personally looking forward to? And is there anything that is flying below the radar that you think will surprise people?

    Brian: Two words: JLA/Avengers. I've seen pages, and they're unbelievable. George P�rez continues to astound me--he's the only comic artist I can think of in the biz for 30 years who hasn't slacked off. I mean, his art just gets stronger and stronger. And I've heard some stuff about what Kurt Busiek has planned--and he clearly has a love of both teams, with some very funny encounters.

    I think people will also be surprised by The Flash, which is a book I can't believe isn't selling better. Particularly after the upcoming issue #200. Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins have been rocking that book for over a year, and has everything you want in a superhero comic.

    Oh, and I can promise that Wizard will have a very big 2003. Fans can expect a huge summer event with... well, I guess that would be telling. (Sorry couldn't resist the plug!)


    During a 10 year run as "Your Man @ Marvel," Bill Rosemann met many of the industry's most talented and cool personalities... including several that have fallen for ye olde Ex-Lax Brownie sting. Now living in Miami -- and keeping his eyes peeled for falling dummies, Bill can be reached at: WilliamRosemann@aol.com (email).
     February 6, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #16
    From Forum
    Topic: JL Avengers fun rumors

    vu posted 2/2/03 6:30 PM: Here's some ideas for Marvel and DC: As soon as George starts pencilling the #4, they are going to list JLA/A ASHCAN (or #0?) which basically includes about 6 pages of pencil, plus interviews with George & Kurt. The cover use will be the special ACTOR Charity piece. The book will will be published by DC Comics, and there will be a EPILOGUE issue published by Marvel, similiar to their "ROUGH CUT" editions. The cover should be a penciled edition of #1.

    ES posted 2/3/03 1:46 AM: I heard that Maxwell Lord is the one that offers Edwin Jarvis a job working for the JLI.

    ES posted 2/3/03 1:52 AM: I heard that in a time travel and universe swap the major players will live out each others origins ie Steve Rogers(CAPTAIN AMERICA)is given a power ring by Abin Sur. Clark Kent(SUPERMAN)is injected with Super Serum etc..

    ES posted 2/3/03 2:25 PM: I heard that each issue will feature a different era of the teams. The enemy they face grows in power as it moves back in time thru the 90's-0?, 80's, 70's and 60's. It happens sorta like Star Trek: All Good Things... episode

    ES posted 2/3/03 2:36 PM: I heard look for TWO-GUN KID to meet Scott Free(MISTER MIRACLE)and METRON in the Old West,ie Dodge City(Jack Kirby's FOURTH WORLD #8)

    ES posted 2/3/03 2:45 PM: I heard that FLASH's Cosmic Treadmill one of the catalyst that breaks down the wall between the two universes. Also look for the SUPERFRIENDS Cartoon Stars The Wonder Twins and Wendy and Marvin to make cameos.

    ES posted 2/3/03 4:47 PM: I heard YAZZ is the breakout star of the series. Check out the latter issues of JLA VoL 2(1987)if you don't remember him.

    ES posted 2/4/03 5:00 PM: I heard the secrets to save the universes are inside L-RON who was accidentally sold to BARON ZEMO at a flea market in South American.

    ES posted 2/5/03 3:01 PM: I heard there will be a JLA/AVENGERS adaptation novel released written by Mr. Busiek with new chapter breaks pencilled by Mr. Perez. The Book on Tape version will have a dramatic reading by James Earl Jones.

    ES posted 2/5/03 3:07 PM: I heard a movie trailer is being put together of the project. It will be shown with The HULK Motion Picture. It will also be shown with JASON Vs FREDDY. Knowing fans of long awaited crossovers will love this project.

    ES posted 2/5/03 8:47 PM: I heard the WONDER TWINS Zan and Jayna(EXTREME JUSTICE, YOUNG JUSTICE) have more than a cameo and that their home planet of Exor is the scene of a major battle. Also ZAURIEL gives a tour of the JLA Trophy Room to SILVERCLAW and RAGE with some interesting results.

     February 1, 2003 | P�rez Talks JLA/A
    From Comics Continuum, thanks to Jason Grey
    GEORGE PEREZ TALKS JLA/AVENGERS
    Saturday, February 1, 2003
    Copyright � 2003, The Comics Continuum
    posted by RobAlls@aol.com

  • Andy Smith, Jeff Johnson, Barbara Kesel, and George Perez, photograph from Comics Continuum
  • George Perez told The Continuum he's about to begin work on the fourth and final issue of the JLA/Avengers crossover mini-series.

    "We finally got our ducks in a row on the fourth issue and I finally got the plot to that," Perez told The Continuum Friday during the Comics & Pop Culture Convention in Pasadena, Calif.

    "I'm a quarter-way inked on issue 3, so it'll be kind of nice to get back to penciling. I think they've worked on all the kinks in issue 4. We're moving ahead."

    Perez said no one is committing to a release date yet for the project, which is written by Kurt Busiek.

    "I wouldn't even hazard a guess at it," he said. "They want to schedule it when I'm working on issue 4. Now I don't know if that means while I'm penciling it or while I'm inking it. With so much anticipation going down, the one thing they don't want is the bad vibes of a book that will not be on schedule."

  • George Perez, photograph from Comics Continuum
  • Perez is back to work at CrossGen Comics, teaming with Barbara Kesel on the new title Solus.

    "I'm almost done with issue 2 now and the first issue premieres on March 26," Perez said. "Solus is a little bit less work just because of the very nature of the project and the fact that I'm not inking. I have a fine, fine inker in Rich Magyar for that.

    "So I try to produce the book a little quicker. On many days, I'll do two pages in one day as opposed to just one. Instead of a 6-7 hour day, I'll have 12-14 hour day in order to get back and finish JLA/Avengers."

    DC Comics and Marvel Comics have been slow in teasing the project, which Perez meets with approval.

    "I think a lot of it is they don't want it to be old news before it comes out," he said. "They don't want to release artwork that people get so used to seeing again and again and again, that sometimes when it comes out a year after they saw it initially, the excitement's gone.

    "I think they've managed to help promote the project to share the mystery now. Anticipation is high and living up to the hype is going to be the biggest challenge."

    That's a challenge Perez said he's up for.

    "As my swansong for mainstream characters, this is putting all my tricks of the trade to the forefront," he said.

     February 1, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #15
    From Forum
    Topic: AVENGERS/JLA Fun Rumors

    Todd Nelson posted 1/31/03 0:45 AM: Wizard Magazine will be releasing an JLA/Avengers special planned to be released two weeks before Avengers/JLA# 1, it will feature character profiles, the history of both teams through the eras, exclusive interviews with the creators Kurt Busiek, George Perez, Tom Breevoort, Dan Raspler, Joe Quesada and Tom Smith plus team posters, it'll also have cover shots of all of Perez' artwork on both titles through the years, the cover will feature an Captain America/Superman piece George completed months ago when he did that Thor/Wonder Woman cover for Wizard last year, Wizard have been withholding this picture for this special.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/31/03 1:38 AM: There's a great scene featuring all of the Nations leaders from both Earth's and a very very tense exchange of words between president Lex Luthor and Latveria's dictator Doctor Victor Von Doom, also featured are Magneto representing Genosha, the Black Panther, GeoForce, Superman, Captain America etc.

    Damon Andrews posted 2/1/03 3:38 AM: I heard there is a secret exchange between Luthor and Carlton Fisk. The Kingpin takes hold of Lexcorp and the former CEO is not pleased.

    Todd Nelson posted 2/1/03 10:58 AM: This series will show why Superman has the word "Super" at the front and why Captain America has the word "Captain" in his name. Despite being the leaders of both teams they will both have very prominate roles in this crossover.

    Todd Nelson posted 2/1/03 11:01 AM: Looks like Marvel/DC will bow to public pressure and release issues 1,2 and 3 in a monthly sequence with issue# 4 delayed a few months till early 2004 release.

     January 30, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #14
    From Forum
    Topic: AVENGERS/JLA Fun Rumors

    ES posted 1/28/03 7:12 AM: I heard that the Wolfman/Perez era TITANS TOWER is a meeting place for both teams when the JLA satellite is destroyed.

    ES posted 1/29/03 0:09 AM: I heard that the cast of NBC's FRIENDS will make a cameo in one of the issues. Mr. Busiek has already made mention of them in his run on IRON MAN and POWER COMPANY. We will finally learn if Ross and Rach get together.

    ES posted 1/29/03 2:46 PM: I heard the Hardcover release will include some great extras such as a DVD (The Ultimate Crossover) where the creative team talks about the project from start to finish. A five page cartoon version of the creative team working on the project. Kurt Busiek appears wearing a home made giant GALACTUS hood from his MARVEL creator profile from a few years ago. Tom Brevoort is 3D man fom the drawing of him in MARVEL VISION #30 etc...

    ES posted 1/29/03 2:46 PM: I heard the Hardcover release will include some great extras such as a DVD(The Ultimate Crossover)where the creative team talks about the project from start to finish. A five page cartoon version of the creative team working on the project. Kurt Busiek appears wearing a home made giant GALACTUS hood from his MARVEL creator profile from a few years ago. Tom Brevoort is 3D man fom the drawing of him in MARVEL VISION #30 etc...

    Todd Nelson posted 1/30/03 8:41 AM: George Perez will be taking a brief sojourn from his CrossGen monthly Solus to quickly finish JLA/Avengers, issues# 4 & 5 of Solus will be drawn by an fill in artist, but don't worry George will be back on the title bigger and better than ever.

    ES posted 1/30/03 12:05 AM: I heard the lastest release date is Wed Dec 31 2003. Let the countdown begin. 335 days and counting....

    ES posted 1/30/03 12:15 AM: I heard Jocasta and Tomorrow Woman have a interesting feud happening on trying to win over Machine Man's affections.

    ES posted 1/30/03 6:23 PM: I heard that the GAMEMASTER will play a large role in the series. Look for 16 members of each team to appear as chess pieces.

    ES posted 1/30/03 7:13 PM: I heard Mr. Busiek and Mr. Perez talk about the project by using the "Cones of Silence" from the Get Smart TV show. Also the original plotting process was done deep inside a bunker at Fort Knox.

    ES posted 1/30/03 9:03 PM: I heard look for Mr. FANTASTIC is reluctantly pulled(get it)into a ELONGATED MAN and PLASTIC MAN stretching contest. Also look for the ATOM to put the moves on the WASP and Dr. Pym(YELLOWJACKET)to become very upset.

     January 29, 2003 | ACTOR Auctions P�rez Art
    From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #138 (Mar 03)
  • JLA Meets the AVENGERS (2002), art by George Perez for ACTOR Auction
  • ACTOR AUCTION ROLLS OUT THE SWAG

    George P�rez will be there. So will 20 members of the JLA and Avengers.

    ACTOR, A Commitment to our Roots, the only federally chartered charity dedicated strictly to helping out old-time comic creators in need, is staging its fourth charity auction at the Orlando MegaCon, Feb 28-March 2, 2003. Over 100 lots from a star-studded cast of artists go up on the block, with all proceeds benefiting the fund.

    P�rez has donated a stunning "re-imagining" of the classic Justice League of America #21 cover, featuring 20 JLA and Avengers members. Also included in the auction are:

    • Alex Ross' painted cover to Earth X #7
    • Joe Quesada's "Sydney Savage" full-page pin-up from Danger Girl Special.
    • A massive Gary Frank X-Men wraparound cover featuring a dozen merry mutants
    • An incredible Jeff Smith sketch featuring the famed Bone creator's take on Superman, Batman and Captain Marvel.
    • Contributions from Sean Chen, Walter Simonson, Bruce Timm, Mark Bagley, Mike Wieringo, Dave Johnson, and many, many more!

    Art updates can be seen right now at the ACTOR website! Check out: www.ACTORComicFund.org

     January 29, 2003 | JLA/A #4 Script Approved
    From Avengers Comicboard
    Re: Kurt, hey Kurt !
    Posted by Kurt Busiek on Wednesday, January 29 2003 at 03:21:10 GMT

    (excerpt)

    > According to George's web-site, he's waiting on the final chapter script from you.>

    I got word today that the fourth plot is finally and fully approved.

     January 28, 2003 | JLA/A in 2004?
    From DC Boards
    Topic: Questions for Bob Greenberger
    posted January 28, 2003 08:44 AM
    posted by Bob Greenberger

    (excerpt)

    George Perez is under contract to CrossGen and every page he does for DC beyond that contract really should be for JLA/Avengers so it finally sees print in 2004 or so. Right now we do not have a title for the first volume of his WW collection.

     January 28, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #13
    From Forum
    Topic: AVENGERS/JLA Fun Rumors

    Todd Nelson posted 1/24/03 0:25 AM: At the same time DC/Marvel release Avengers/JLA# 1 they will also have a book similar to DC's Who's Who and the Encyclopedia to the Marvel Universe whereas it'll profile every character who appears in the JLA/Avengers mini-series so its reader friendly for new readers and those not familiar with one or both Universes, from background history to powers etc, George Perez is said to provide the cover to the book but no interior art, numerous artists such as Phil Jimenez, Alan Davis, Tom Grummett, Jerry Ordway, Jim Lee, John Bryne, Oliver Coipel, Howard porter, Bryan Hitch, Darryl Banks, Ron Garney, Jim Starlin etc are said to provide three character profiles each.

    ES posted 1/24/03 8:23 AM: I heard that there will be one fight between the two teams. It will be the HULK VS SUPERMAN.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/24/03 12:30 AM: There's a great scene where during battle all of the big guns of the JLA and the Avengers are involved, Hawkeye and Green Arrow fire their arrows, Ollie's is fired as an decoy while Hawkeye's has a certain little passenger on it called the Atom, who penetrates the villains defenses thus turning the battle in favour of the heroes.

    ES posted 1/24/03 3:52 PM :Holy Catch Phrases, Batman. I heard all the characters will speak there favorite one-liners like Great Scott, Great Hera, It's Clobberin' Time, Great Guardians, Jehosaphat etc...

    Todd Nelson posted 1/24/03 11:10 PM: There's a great scene where the cosmic heavies from both Universes gather, its a huge two page spread featuring the Living Tribunal, Eternity, Infinity, Uatu the watcher, the Quintessence(Highfather Izaya, Shazam, Ganthet, the Phantom Stranger, Zeus), Galactus, the Stranger, DC's Kismet, the Spectre(Hal Jordan), Mistress Death, Lord Chaos and Master Order, a few Celestials, Love & Hate, Mephisto, Darkseid, Takion, Lord Odin(Marvel), Lord Zeus(Marvel), Thanos, Zauriel, the Silver Surfer & Adam Warlock.

    vu posted 1/25/03 0:39 AM: as posted by montevino via the dc power company messageboard (January 21, 2003)

    Well, there were no word balloons, so I couldn't tell the plot, but suffice to say, it was no cop out. No "Manhunter, I don't like you" one punch from Batman then they team up.

    No, they fight. It is a knock-down, slambang fight, and it looks brutal.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/26/03 0:29 AM: Look for an official announcement regarding this crossover's release at the Orlando MegaCon February 28-March 2 2003, whereas this project was officially announced two years ago from those exact same dates. Then in March's Previews we should see Avengers/JLA# 1 solicitated for a June release date.

    tolsvar posted 1/26/03 5:36 AM: the reason this project has taken so long to release isn't due to KB taking his time with the writing, or George having to go back and re-draw GL, BUT because Marvel and DC really want this mini-series to be talked about for a long time to come.

    Everyone will be shocked by the ending which includes one JLAer joining the Avengers and one of the Avengers joining the JLA. It's been the red-tape that has truly delayed the series, since it was a tough decision on both company's part on who they were willing to give up and who they wanted.

    And I'm not talking rinky-dink, nobody characters either! These are BIG NAME heroes!!

    Todd Nelson posted 1/27/03 6:22 AM: At the end of issue# 4 the DC and Marvel Universes officially merge.

    ES posted 1/27/03 8:23 PM: I heard that there will be a lot of acknowledgments to friends and family in the books in the form of store's names and street signs ie Ann's Jukebox Store, Carol Flynn's Shirt Company, Kesel's Comic Shop, Waid's Memorabilia Flea Market, Ross's Paint Shop etc..

     January 20, 2003 | JLA/A Leads Wizard Polls
    From Vu
    Wizard Universe currently have a poll on the most anticipated 2003 projects. It's no rocket science that JLA/Avengers is leading the poll - by 41% (as of this writing). I am assuming results from this poll will be published in the next issue of Wizard.

    Which upcoming 2003 comic book project are you most looking forward to?
    JLA/Avengers
    Mike Turner's new projects
    Wolverine by Greg Rucka and Darick Robertson
    Superman/Batman by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness
    Hulk Gray by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

    view results

    Interestingly enough, Wizard ran a similiar poll which asked the same question, only including SOLUS as one of the answer (see poll results #4). JLA/Avengers once again was the clear winner in that poll.

     January 20, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #10
    From Forum
    Topic: AVENGERS/JLA Fun Rumors

    Todd Nelson posted 1/19/03 10:17 PM: Sorry, have to fix up an error I mentioned on the other thread that the Infinity Gems and the Worlogog combine into the Reality Jewel I've since been informed it will be regarded as the Nexus of Realiites Crown.

    Cosmic entities like the Living Tribunal, the Celestials, Galactus etc think the threat is an natural occurance and so decide they cannot interfere in the natural order of things as the use of the Nexus Crown is even beyond their comprehension, the mere mention of this artifact makes them shudder, though Hal Jordan (Spectre) plans on using his Spectre powers to help out both Universes no matter what.

    There's a great scene featuring the Spectre (Hal Jordan) questioning Adam Warlock with former members of his Infinity Watch (Drax the Destroyer, Pip the Troll, Gamora and Moon Dragon).

    Thanos actually helps the good guys out in this crossover, surprise, surprise. Hourman from DC 1,000,000 is also featured.

    ES posted 1/20/03 0:53 AM: I heard look for a heart tugging reunion Hawkeye and Mockingbird.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/20/03 1:15 AM: Zauriel after having contact with the Presence fly's off speedily to contact the JLA, it has come to the attention of the Presence that the Nexus of Realities Crown has been reformed, Zauriel informs Superman and crew that the Nexus Crown was an Artifact from the gates of Heaven itself from way before the Big Bang had happended, it was dismantled and spread across the Multiverse because of continuous attempts from Hell's gates by the likes of Mephisto and Neron to gain possession of this supremely powerful artifact.

    Now that this artifact has fallen into the hands of ?, how do the Avengers and JLA stop their former adversaries with this kind of power at their disposal?

    ES posted 1/20/03 4:39 AM: I heard that one of the lighter moments in the series will take place at AVENGERS Mansion when both teams are being briefed on the current threat. The BEAST accidently puts in the wrong tape. It is of Simon Williams on the Uncle Elmer Show as Mr. Muscles. Both teams smile as WONDER MAN tries to hide in a corner.

    ES posted 1/20/03 8:31 AM: I heard look for a lot of character team moments such as the Beast and Wonder Man playing ping-pong. Flash/Barry Allen and Green Lantern/Hal Jordan going fishing, Hawkeye making his five alarm chili for the Scarlet Witch. Blue Bettle and Booster Gold looking for jobs etc..

    Todd Nelson posted 1/20/03 11:58 AM: At the end of this crossover the JLA are offered honoury membership to the Avengers and vice-versa.

    Takion of the New Gods is killed off in this mini-series.

    There's also a great scene of the Quintessence(DC's Zeus, Ganthet, the Phantom Stranger, Shazam and Highfather Izaya) looking down from their Realm at the JLA and the Avengers in action saying "Can they achieve the impossible?, if not all is doomed".

    Uatu the Watcher is also said to be pictured standing next to the JLA Watchtower on the Moon?

    ES posted 1/20/03 12:38 AM: I heard look for the much beloved DEATHCRY to appear in only two panels in the entire series.

     January 19, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #9
    From Forum
    Topic: AVENGERS/JLA Fun Rumors

    Todd Nelson posted 1/19/03 0:14 AM: There's apparently a great scene where the JLA train with the Avengers in the Avengers mansion.

    Jarvis then prepares a huge feast for both teams, Hercules and Aquaman almost come to blows after Herc drinks a little too much mead and says something sexist referring to Wonder Woman, before Dianna can reply Arthur is up and in Herc's face, but everything settles down after some timely invervention from fellow JLA/Avengers members.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/19/03 0:34 AM: This mini-series will also feature the rosters of both teams at the beginning of each book like in the old Justice League of America and Avengers titles, also the JLA and Avengers will split their teams up into about six small groups of four/five characters to go off and face threats.

    ES posted 1/19/03 0:41 AM: I heard look for Western Legends Two-Gun Kid and Jonah Hex to face off against each other.

    ES posted 1/19/03 3:55 AM: I heard look for the Guardians of the Galaxy, The Forever Crystal and The Supreme Intelligence to play a major role in the crossover.

     January 18, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #8
    From Forum
    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS Fun Rumors

    ES posted 1/17/03 6:01 AM: I heard look for a 28 Miles to Astro City sign in one of the panels. It is a reference to Kurt Busiek's creator owned series and the total number of combined issues of AC at the time the JLA/AVENGERS project started.

    ES posted 1/17/03 6:07 AM: I heard that the VISION, HUMAN TORCH and the RED TORNADO have a very interesting discussion on humanity.

    Paradox posted 1/17/03 7:14 AM: ES wrote: "I heard the battle to watch is between Edwin Jarvis and Jarvis Pennyworth(Alfred's Dad)when the fate of the universe rests in making the best cup or tea."

    That's, of course, insane, Eric. Everyone knows the biggest epic event will be the five page throwdown between Snapper Carr and Rick Jones in issue #2. : )

    ES posted 1/17/03 7:41 AM: I heard that a small scene in the book will take place in a Internet Cafe and that georgeperez.com will be on shown to be on one of the computers. Gentleman George Perez is still the master of fine detail.

    ES posted 1/17/03 9:43 AM: I heard that the "Eggs of Time" plot from the 1983 JLA/AVENGERS version will be made a small sub-plot in issue #3.

    ES posted 1/18/03 1:04 AM: I heard look for a scene in issue #2 when NAMOR is in the ocean and looks up to see AQUAMAN riding towards him on a giant seahorse(SUPER FRIENDS Homage)and says "You are the King of Atlantis" than bursts into giant laughter.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/18/03 2:04 AM: This series showcases that the Living Tribunal not only resides in the Marvel Universe but the Multiverse which includes the DC Universe.

    Also the past storyline featured in Avengers/Ultraforce which involved the Infinty Gems is now redudant. In this series the Infinty Gems and the Worlogog were once combined before the Big Bang that created both Universes, they formed an artifact called the Reality Jewel, and the beholder of it had control over the entire Multiverse.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/18/03 2:11 AM: The chemistry between Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Iron Man(Tony Stark) has to be seen to be believed, you'd think the two were long lost brothers.

    And I'll let you guess how Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) reacts around Warbird (Carol Danvers).

    Topic: AVENGERS/JLA Fun Rumors

    ES posted 1/18/03 3:22 AM: I heard in a scene in issue #2 BATMAN stared down Henry Gyrich when he ask for the JLA to present security clearances to be allowed into AVENGERS Mansion

    Todd Nelson posted 1/18/03 5:28 AM: President Lex Luthor and Henry Gyrich enjoy lunch together swapping notes on each team, Lex asks "so the Avengers answer to the President"?

    Todd Nelson posted 1/18/03 5:46 AM: The JLA meets the Squadron Supreme but the two teams don't do battle they help each-other, but the scene is worth purchasing the book in itself.

    ES posted 1/18/03 6:51 AM: I heard look for Hal and Guy to get into a power ring fight(some things never change)

    ES posted 1/18/03 10:39 AM: I heard that issue four will be a "Choose your Own Adventure". That each fan will get to decide who wins all the battles. Hence forth fandom is finally satisfied on who should win.

     January 18, 2003 | JLA/A Art Displayed At Midtown Comics
    From ES
    Word is that JLA/AVENGERS pages were shown at Midtown Comics in NYC yesterday at a signing by Kurt Busiek. No word if this is new art. A few people have made mention of it on DC POWER COMPANY Message Board.
     January 17, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #7
    From Forum
    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS Fun Rumors

    Todd Nelson posted 1/16/03 7:29 AM: Plastic Man takes an distinct liking to She Hulk, Thor and Aquaman have an uneasy alliance as do Batman and Captain America.

    ES posted 1/16/03 9:12 AM: I heard look for one major battle that includes MARVEL's Imperial Guard.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/16/03 9:56 AM: The Imperial Guard sent by Princess Lilandra on behalf of the Shi'ar reprensenting the United Planets go to the site where the warp between realities exists and come face to face with the JLA, knowing they are from the DC Universe and their entering the Marvel Universe will cause more problems within the Warp the Imperial Guard take action, Gladiator vs Superman etc. Also the Kree/Skrull war drifts over into the DC Universe where the Green Lantern Corps led by Hal Jordan try to intervene, the Thanagarians also become involved as does Adam Strange and others from the planet Rann, hey hold on aren't Hal Jordan and Captain Mar-Vel deceased, apparently not in this time bending tale.

    ES posted 1/16/03 8:27 PM: I heard look for a JLA/AVENGERS contest real soon where three lucky winners will be chosen to be drawn into this ultimate fanboy project.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/17/03 0:19 AM : Firestorm and Ray Palmer(the Atom) help cure Jack of Hearts of his containment suit/energy influx burdon.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/17/03 0:29 AM: A battle featuring Green Lantern(Kyle Rayner) and Quasar will be the most creative in comics (in terms of energy projections) putting to shame all past power-ring battles (Sinestro vs Hal Jordan etc). The Beast and Plastic Man interacting gives this project some lighter more fun moments.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/17/03 0:33 AM: Captain America turns to Superman and says "Thats really your President"?, referring to President Lex Luthor.

     January 14, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #5
    From Forum
    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS Fun Rumors

    ES posted 1/14/03 0:56 AM: I heard the JLA/AVENGERS is stated as a trilogy of books. Both companies know what a sales bockbuster the project will be and have already signed on for two more. JLA/AVENGERS 2: The Beginning with Geoff Jones and Alan Davis . The Project currently is using the code names JLA:The Nail 2. It will be a prequel and star the original line-ups from both teams. Mark Waid and either Carlos Pacheco or Phil Jimenez have been task to write and draw JLA/AVENGERS 3: The End. It will be a final meeting of the teams in the future, Sorta like KINGDOM COME. The current code name for this project is Secret Wars 3.

    vu posted 1/14/03 1:56 AM: So what makes both universe crash and meet ? I think speed is going to be it - Quicksilver and Flash running so fast they break the universe barrier and land on each other's world. Hey, at least it's not as weird as Superman punching through time.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/14/03 5:44 AM: One of the reasons this project has taken so long is because both Marvel and DC refused to budge on specific battles featuring the iconic heroes from both teams, after weeks of negotiation between DC's Paul Levitz, Mike Carlin and Dan Raspler and Marvel's Bill Jemas, Joe Quesada and Tom Brevoort, DC finally agreed that one of their iconic heroes Superman/Batman would have to lose to their Marvel counterpart during the battles in which the threat to both the Marvel and DC Universes pits specific members from both teams (JLA/Avengers) against one another, yes Superman will be battling Thor and Captain America will face off against Batman, who has DC sold out on, the decision by DC will indeed shock lots of fans of this caped hero.

    ES posted 1/14/03 6:55 AM: I heard that previous Marvel/DC Amalgamation Characters ie Dark Claw, Spider-Boy, Etc.. will make cameo appearances in the project.

    kevin posted 1/14/03 12:42 AM: I personally would like to see the villians turn out to be both companys no one witches-Circe and Morgan Le Fey!! They both have great powers and in the past have controlled Gods themselves. Teamed up they would be unstopable, except when two teams get together!!

    ES posted 1/15/03 0:27 AM: I heard that there will be a ton of panels drawn in homage of past great moments in MARVEL/DC's history.

     January 13, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors #4
    From Forum
    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS Fun Rumors

    Mitch Ballard posted 1/12/03 8:23 PM: I have heard by the end of #2 that we'll know who wins between Batman and Captain America....

    Todd Nelson posted 1/12/03 10:53 PM: I've been racking my mind thinking who/what the main threat/threats could be, like Vu I believe it has to be someone/something huge especially if it/they can manipulate characters of the magnitude of Starro and Terminus, with both teams, Avengers and JLA together especially near full rosters who/what could possibly threaten the two teams?

    I could imagine devious characters like Loki and Despero involved(I'd love to see the two playing a chessgame using JLA/Avengers pieces similar to the cover on Justice League of America# 1, afterall both characters were the main villains in both debut issues of each title and have been fairly inactive of late), many people keep mentioning both Thanos and Darkseid but keep in mind writer Kurt Busiek has stated he doesn't like writing the Thanos character(is this a curveball)?, Darkseid and other popular choices Kang and Brainiac 13 have both been way overused in other stories lately and I don't think their appearances would add much excitement to the crossover if they turned out to be the main threats.

    Other possible villains mentioned have been Starbreaker, Korvac or the Grandmaster.

    Kurt has also said this will be the very first meeting between both teams, the events that took place during the DC vs Marvel mini-series won't count and the Access character created by both companies won't be appearring.

    Oh well as Kurt would say "for gods sake Todd, wait and see".

    ES posted 1/13/03 0:21 AM: I heard we might hear wedding bells in one of the issues for a long time AVENGERS couple.

    Jazzie B posted 1/13/03 1:49 AM: I heard that the four issues of the crossover will at some point in the future republished in hardcover format with the artwork from the first crossover included.

    Hate Monger posted 1/13/03 5:49 AM: I saw some artwork that had Kree (evolved to look like Predator), Skrull, and Martian worlds all being destroyed. And then George said something about it being the same as the force that destroyed Krypton. (He wouldn't say what, only that it wasn't Galactus.)

    I didn't see anything with the actual heroes, though, except the other page had a guy with a goatee who was probably Tony Stark, meeting a bald guy who was probably Lex Luthor. In civilian suits, so I couldn't know for sure.

    ES posted 1/13/03 6:15 AM: I heard there will be a JLA/AVENGERS Companion Book. It will feature pin-ups by the top artists in the business.

    Paradox posted 1/13/03 9:46 AM: I heard that Hawkman and Triathlon will be switching teams after this crossover. >: )

     January 12, 2003 | Even More JLA/A Rumors
    From Forum
    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS Fun Rumors

    Todd Nelson posted 1/12/03 4:14 AM: This will be the last ever crossover between Marvel and DC according to Bill Jemas and Joe Quesada who is still trying for his dream team-up Daredevil/Green Arrow.

    JLA/Avengers should hopefully blow X-Men# 1 out of the water in terms of sales (heck I'll be getting three copies of it myself plus the TPB and hardcover, sorry I'm a JLA/Avengers junkie) especially with the creative team thats in handling it.

    ES posted 1/12/03 4:50 AM: The true villains are revealed to be... Impossible man and a certain imp from the 5th Dimension

    ES posted 1/12/03 7:03 AM: I heard The Big Belly Burger Sign picture in the Wizard Preview pages looks alot like Mr. Busiek. In the Newstime one-shot 1993 it looked to be more like John Byrne. Interesting....

    Todd Nelson posted 1/12/03 7:05 AM: Many cosmic characters and alien races will appear, Eternity, Infinity, The Living Tribunal, Galactus, the Celestials, Lord Chaos & Master Order, the Spectre (Hal Jordan), Uatu the Watcher, Death (Marvel or DC's)?, Darkseid/Apokolips and the New Gods of New Genesis, the Quintessence (Ganthet, Zeus, Phantom Stranger, Shazam and Highfather Izaya), Odin/Asgard, Mephisto, Zauriel, the Silver Surfer, Thanos, Adam Warlock, Doctor Strange, Dr Doom, the JSA, the Fantastic Four, the Skrulls, the Kree, the Shi'ar, the Dominators, the Khunds, the Hawkpolice of Thanagar, Adam Strange from the planet Rann, Qwardians, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Legion of Superheroes, the Squadron Supreme, the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, the Hulk, Lobo, Spider-Man etc.

    The creators have also added their personal favourites into the crossover the Teen Titans (George Perez) and the Power Company(Kurt Busiek) in cameo panels.

    The Power Company's appearance was made easier with the JLA's Firestorm now also part of their team and is hoped to help their titles popularity.

    Todd Nelson posted 1/12/03 7:14 AM: This just in for you Continuity freaks in relation to the upcoming crossover, speculation has it the Avengers team is from straight after the recent Kang war storyline as Thor is not OdinThor yet, Iron Man and Quicksilver are in their new outfits, Hank Pym is Yellow Jacket and Triathlon's still there.

    Now the JLA is said to be from straight after the just completed Obsidian Age Saga, as Aquaman is back, Kyle Rayner Green Lantern is in his new outfit and Superman has his yellow "S" symbol back.

     January 12, 2003 | More JLA/A Rumors
    From Todd Nelson, via Forum
    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS Fun Rumors
    posted 1/12/03 3:52 AM

    I heard that the Avengers and JLA don't officially meet face to face until the very last page of issue #1 as they both spend most of the issue battling Terminus and Starro respectively.

    I also heard that this crossover will feature more characters than Crisis (516 characters) did.

    I have a feeling that this crossover will be similar to Crisis only with Marvel characters involved also, which sounds awesome only I hope the Avengers and JLA don't get lost in the character shuffle?


    posted 1/12/03 3:55 AM

    I heard Batman punches out Hawkeye with one punch (similar to the Guy Gardner scene) when he steps in to stick up for Captain America and I also that Cap and Wonder Woman take a warming to each other.

     January 11, 2003 | JLA/A Rumors
    From ES, via Forum
    Topic: JLA/AVENGERS Fun Rumors
    posted 1/10/03 10:07 AM

    Rumor- 1. general talk not based on definite knowled 2. an unconfirmed report, story, etc. in general circulation. I thought I would start a thread for all the fans to start guessing what might be seen in the book. We can state what we think might appear in the project or what we want to be in the project for fun ie I heard Rick Jones punches out Snapper Carr. I thought this would be a fun thread to keep going until the actual release of the project. I will post here as often as I can(made up rumors)and I would like to hear what all the other fan's think. Just remember this is all made up and just for fun.


    posted 1/10/03 10:10 AM
    I heard Marv Wolfman and George Perez's New Teen Titans show up in a cameo.


    posted 1/10/03 10:16 AM
    I heard the JLA wanted to hire Edwin Jarvis.


    posted 1/11/03 6:44 PM
    I heard the entire creative crew have been drawn into the project ie Kurt, George, Tom S, Tom B., Dan R


    posted 1/10/03 10:10 AM
    I heard Marv Wolfman and George Perez's New Teen Titans show up in a cameo.


    posted 1/10/03 10:16 AM
    I heard the JLA wanted to hire Edwin Jarvis.


    posted 1/11/03 6:44 PM
    I heard the entire creative crew have been drawn into the project ie Kurt, George, Tom S, Tom B., Dan R


    (Vu: Not really rumors, but here is what I think George should do: he should have his own personal characters appear in the background, like maybe DiNA or Sach, etc. Since this is a major event, I am hoping for some major characters will die. Anyone want to nominate Hawkeye? Perhaps they can kill off Joe Kelly's Faith, as I am not a big fan of Kelly's writing right now. An educated guess since the project was written years ago that she probably won't appear in the series - but maybe added in later in the background.

    Some predictions and safe bets:
    1. Richard Starking and his Comicraft are doing the letters. If you read Marvel letterings, you'll notice that dialogues are written in lower case, but DC still uses the traditional ALL CAPS dialogues.

    2. The book will sell very, very well. It will probably set records. Watch out X-MEN #1!!

    3. Since it is so successful - we can almost expect a sequel JLA/AVENGERS II, done by different artists, but the first one will set the standard. It will almost be like the old JLA/JSA team-ups...)

     January 5, 2003 | 2003 Poll & Pre-Orders
    From Vu
    Judging from WHAT COMICS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2003? there are a few votes for AVENGERS/JLA.

    The following is from Haven's Top 20:

    Here are Haven's top 20 pre-orders. (January 5, 2003)

    1. Spider-Man (Kevin Smith)
    2. Brath (Chuck Dixon & Andrea Di Vito)
    3. JLA/Avengers (George Perez)
    ...
    13. Solus (Barbara Kesel & George Perez)

    No, AVENGERS/JLA have not been solicited, these are requests from subscribers to order for them when it does get listed through Diamonds.
     January 4, 2003 | JLA/A Poll
    From Kirk
    JLA/A Question
    Would you like to see the original JLA/Avengers story finished as well by someone like Phil Jimenez? (since George Perez will be contractually forbidden to do anymore on it)

    Hell Yea! That's a no brainer.
    Yes, but not by Phil.
    I could care less.
    If George can't do it, no one can.
    Have different popular artist each do a chapter of the un finished story.

    Current Results

    Updated 06 Jan 03
    From Kirk: George will finish the current series that will be out later this year, but after the series is finished he won't be allowed to do work for say JLA/Avengers series two. Should they ever decide to do one. I'm not sure, but I don't think he be able to do work for anyone but Crossgen. The Poll is refering to the original story from 1982 that featured the JLA and Avengers from the early 80's of course, of which George had already penciled 21 pages before it was cancelled. The pages looked great, but he'll never finish them. Chapters we could've looked forward to included a big Superman/Thor fight aboard Galactus ship and so on. So if George can't finish it, why not give us a bonus and let Phil Jimenez finish that original story. Who cares about continuity. It can be an else worlds story. The already penciled pages look awesome! Or possibly finish the first story with a different art team doing a different chapter like Alan Davis doing the chapter with Green Lantern and Ironman. Or Bryan Hitch doing the Aquaman and Namor chapter.

     December 18, 2002 | Wizard's 2003 Preview
    From WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #137 (Feb 03)
    2003 PREVIEW
    written by James McDonough
    transcribed by Vu

    1. JLA/AVENGERS
    WHEN: Summer 2003
    MAJOR PLAYERS: Writer Kurt Busiek (Astro City) and artist George P�rez (The Avengers)

  • WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #137 (Feb 03)
  • COMICS' SUPER BOWL. Fans have waited 20 years to see this official, "yes-it's- really- happening" wraparound cover to JLA/Avengers by P�rez.
  • THE LOWDOWN: After 20 long years, it's finally going to happen. The biggest guns in the Marvel and DC Universe will collide when the Justice League of America and the Avengers go toe to toe in the most anticipated comic book crossover of all time.

    "It's the JLA. It's the Avengers," barks Busiek. "The premier superteams of two worlds, together at long last. A threat big enough to menace two realities. Cosmic action. Marvel heroes versus DC villains and vice versa."

    Featuring an amazing set of wraparound covers, the four-issue crossover series can only be described by Busiek as "a full, 200 pages of cross-universe, superteam P�rez-y goodness."

    As for plot details, both Busiek and P�rez remain hush-hush in the hopes the excitement and suspense will snowball even more than their high expectations. However, they insist that one thing fans can bank on is that the story will not focus solely on a handful of stars.

    "Two teams, two groups, two pantheons of heroes," recites Busiek. "More Avengers than you can count. More JLAers than the Avengers can count. There's a reason we need 200 pages."

    While a project of this magnitude - not to mention the high expectations- is daunting enough, it's the two superteams' distinct philosophies on taking on baddies that provided Busiek with one of his toughest challenges.

    "I expect we'll see ways in which the teams are different, as well as some of the similiarties they share," explains the writer. "The first thing we did is pitched a DC villain [Starro] at the Avengers that the JLA usually have to puzzle out a solution to and a Marvel villain [Terminus] at the JLA that the Avengers usually have to smack down big time, and see how each team handles it. But that's just the start. After that, things gets stranger and far more dangerous.

    And that stranger danger may result in the icons from both squads pitted against one another. But which encounter has fanboys salivating the most?

    "Going into it, the one conflict I was asked about the most was Batman and Captain America," relates Busiek. "I think it's a perfect clash and not what people will expect. But Cap's got more to deal with than the Caped Crusader."

    Legion of fanboys worldwide aren't the only ones pinching themselves over this dream event.

    "I never dreamed of tackling a project like this - not for real," laughs Busiek, who heard about the original crossover while working for a fan magazine that initially announced the event nearly 20 years ago.

    "I hadn't broken in as a writer yet, so I figured the crossover would be long-finished and published before I wrote comics professionally," Busiek recalls. "Even when it fell through, I never expected to actually get the assignment to write either book regularly, much less both of them in the same project." Many years and several false starts later, Busiek's career is coming full circle now that his wildest fantasy is coming true as he finds himself in the driver's seat of this massive project.

    And speaking of anticipation, not even the most hardcore fanboy seems as excited about the project as veteran artist George P�rez.

    "I'm so jazzed at some of the stuff that Kurt has come up with," giggles the Florida-based artist. "Believe me, I'm glad this project is causing such a stir. I know realistically that JLA/Avengers has had 20 years of anticipation which I hope I live up to."

    Busiek has no doubts the modern-day master of the superteam has the only choice to take on a project of this visual size and scope.

    "He was born to do the ultimate superteam crossover. He's one of the best artists ever on both series," gushes Busiek. "Plus, he's been champing at the bit to do this book - and do it right - for 20 years. It's hard to compete with that kind of energy. George was there first, and when he's going pedal-to-the-metal, nobody else could keep up."

    P�rez sees the project as a labor of love long in the making. "For a man who's been working in this business now [for 29 years], to be able to work on stuff I really really want to do, to do the ultimate superhero book - I've been very lucky," marvels P�rez, who's quick to admit he's even found a way to work in his beloved Teen Titans, which he co-plotted and illustrated during the early '80s. "Hey, I have certain things I must do."

    PROJECTED SALES: No. 1 at 150,000 copies for each issue. There's no better marketing tool than 20 years of fanboy anticipation. Plus, with Busiek and P�rez taking their time to ensure this book stands out as one of the greatest crossovers of all time, it's an event that will appeal to readers across the board.

     December 7, 2002 | JLA/A Fan Fiction
    From Vu
    I only glanced at number zero, but it got really confusing at the end saying that it will continue in #6 which doesn't make any sense because of two reasons: 1. numberically, it should continue to number one, and 2. number six isn't even listed in the main menu (there are no links to it). Anyway, I have listed the chapter name and number below, and they're missing number three. If you can make sense of it, let me know.

    >>>
    JLA/Avengers Fan Fiction

  • Justice League Assemble #0
    The Deal
    By Michael Sacal

  • Justice League Assemble #1
    By Michael Sacal

  • JLA: O' Deadly Thanoseid #2
    By Michael Sacal

  • Avengers: The Return Of Captain America #4
    By Trevor Lee

  • Avengers:Victory At Last? #5
    By Trevor Lee
  •  December 2, 2002 | JLA/A Wallpaper
    From Vu

    1024 x 768 avengersjla1a.jpg (199 kb)
    My Favorite Comicbook Artists
    Site Last Updated: December 02, 2002

    Wallpaper #3 includes the JLA/AVENGERS cover blowned up to 1024x768 so it can fit on your wallpaper!

     November 29, 2002 | JLA/A Cover - New Scan
    From Avengers Comicboard
    Re: JLA/Avengers Preview image in #60. A Better scan of it
    Posted by Tom smith on Thursday, November 28 2002 at 13:28:00 GMT in reply to JLA/Avengers Preview image in #60., posted by Merk3 on Wednesday, November 27 2002 at 17:54:35 GMT

    Here is a better scan of it.
    Happy Thanksgiving all !
    Best..
    Tom Smith "A/JLACAL!"

    650 � 477 A.jpg (72 kb)
     November 27, 2002 | JLA/A Preview in Avengers #60
    From ES & Merk3, via Avengers Comicboard
    The latest issue of AVENGERS vol 3, #60 comic book contains a a tiny preview of the new JLA/AVENGERS full wraparound cover:
    • Scan from Vu
     November 20, 2002 | Wizard #136: JLA/A Update
    From WIZARD MAGAZINE #136
    WIZARD NEWS & NOTES:
    JLA/AVENGERS UPDATE

    written by Mike Cotton & DM
    transcribed by Vu
    published in WIZARD MAGAZINE #136

    JLA/ AVENGERS #1 JLA/AVENGERS #1 (Sep 2003)
    DC Comics/Marvel Comics
    With artist George P�rez's exclusive CrossGen contract back in effect, some fans may be wondering how his work on the highly anticipated four-issue JLA/Avengers mini-series is going. According to P�rez, it's going just fine.

    "The new schedule means I'll be working twice as much as I used to," chuckles P�rez, who handles his CrossGen workload during business hours and focuses on JLA/Avengers nights and weekends. "I'm not as far ahead on the Avengers/JLA as I had hoped I would be. I'm inking my 31st page of issue #2 and I'm penciling page 36 of issue #3. I've already penciled and inked the cover of issue #1 and penciling the cover of issue #2 and I've designed all of them."

    While no release date has been official set for the joint venture between Marvel and DC, the artist can't wait for fans to get a look at the series - even if the idea of living up to 20 years of anticipation scares him a little.

    "Believe me, I'm glad that this project is causing such a stir," said P�rez. "I know realistically that JLA/Avengers has had 20 years of anticipation, which I hope I live up to."

     November 16, 2002 | CBG #1515: JLA/A News
    From COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1515 (29 Nov 02)
    No date yet for JLA-Avengers crosscover
    written by George Nelson
    transcribed by Vu
    published in COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1515 (29 Nov 02)
    website: www.comicsbuyersguide.com

    Editor Tom Brevoort: "It will be done when it will be done."

  • COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1515
  • The long-anticipated JLA-Avengers crossover project will not be schedule until most of it is done.

    "I'm not putting a date on it," said Avengers Editor Tom Brevoort, who, with George Perez, attended the Baltimore Comic-Con in late October. "The whole point of the way we're doing this is we will not schedule it until it is at least all penciled, until we are all confident that it can come out monthly, the way it's supposed to."

    At the convention, P�rez said that by Oct. 31 he would have finished inking the second issue of the inter-company crossover. He added that he has penciled three-quarters of #3 and expected that writer Kurt Busiek's plot for the fourth issue should be ready by the time he begins inking #3 in late November. He said that, at the pace work is going, the crossover could be scheduled for summer 2003, if Marvel and DC agree.

    P�rez said, "Now that we've gotten past the halfway mark, that looks like an attainable schedule but the one thing we did not want is this book to be scheduled and then ship late. It may not get finalized until they know that I'm inking the fourth issue, just to make sure, and I do appreciate it because I don't want any mishaps on this book."

    Both P�rez and Brevoort are mindful of what happens when issues of high-profile projects are delayed with the recent examples of both Marvel's Wolverine: the Origin and DC's The Dark Knight Strikes Again fresh in their minds.

    "I had to argued from the beginning, and we all agreed, that this book has to have everything going for it and that it should be all finished before it ever got it and that it should be all finished before it ever got scheduled - or at least scheduled when we would know that it would always be on time," P�rez said. The problems with Wolverine: The Origin and DK2 helped make the editorial department's case to management.

  • Avengers Editor Tom Brevoort (left) and JLA/Avengers artist George P�rez (right) discussed the long-anticipated crossover at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Photo by George Nelson.
  • Brevoort said, "We've all seen any number of projects that have been big, anticipated projects that retailers and fans both are very upset about, when later issues of the project don't' come out when they should." Though he said he expect to see JLA/Avengers scheduled for 2003, "I wouldn't want to put it in any particular month, because anything I say right now - if I give a casual date - every fan in the world will seize on that as the truth and then the solicitation catalog will come out and, if it's not there, it's a disaster. It will be done when it will be done."

    So far, Brevoort said, the interface between the two publishers has been smooth. "Ultimately, everybody involved wants the same thing. They want a good, strong, classic crossover, the crossover to end all crossovers, and everybody has sort of been putting their egos at the door and whatnot and focused on the job at hand," he said, adding that he has had more difficulty with much smaller crossovers in the past. He also indicated confidence that fans will be pleased with the result.

    "It's what you'd expect and more. It's certainly George just going to town and working to exceed his reputation for number of characters, complexity of content, and just hitting the page with energy and vibe and character and spirit. George is clearly trying to exceed himself on this project. It's a thing he's waited to do for 20 years, and you see it on every page. Nobody is going to be disappointed with it."

    P�rez said he is having "a grand time" on the project. "Kurt Busiek and Tom Brevoort and JLA Editor Dan Raspler are throwing a lot of fancy curveballs at me, and I'm getting to do a lot of clever visuals, a lot of stuff that will please the new fans and the nostalgists, the people who have been there for a long time. For those who like Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern, they'll be pleased with his involvement. Those who like Hal Jordan, they'll be pleased with his involvement."

    P�rez also said there will be surprise appearances by characters who have absolutely nothing to do with either the JLA or the Avengers.

    "Why? Because I want it," he said. "Kurt Busiek had already publicly said that Wolverine will never make an appearance in this book.

    "Wolverine appears in JLA/Avengers. Never say, 'Never,' to George P�rez."

     November 15, 2002 | JLA/A Covers Unlinkable/More Characters
    From Todd Nelson
    More characters featureded on the cover to issue #1!!!
    Sat, 16 Nov 2002 20:33:52 +1100

    I emailed Tom Smith via the Avengers Message Board and asked him if any-other characters would be appearring on the cover to Avengers/JLA #1? He responded by saying plenty more.

    I also asked Kurt Busiek via the Power Company Messageboard if all the covers would be linkable (heard a rumour that they would be) as the JLA/Teen Titans crossover mini-series covers were from a few years ago, he said "NO".

    Oh well the wait continues, but after seeing this art - God it's going to be worth it.

     November 15, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Cover Altered
    From Avengers Comicboard
    Re: Check this out, JLA/AVENGERS# 1 cover? [SPOILERS]
    Posted by Tom smith on Friday, November 15 2002 at 03:24:12 GMT in reply to Re: Check this out, JLA/AVENGERS# 1 cover? [SPOILERS], posted by JLAvengers on Friday, November 15 2002 at 01:11:52 GMT

    (excerpt)

    Because whoever sent up the ad took heroes from the back cover and added them into the front cover digitally. So where you see Flash's earpiece on the left side of the image that is where he really should be. This is a common practice in advertising to make the ad more appealing and to work better as a teaser image. Sorry you guys will just have to wait to see the true wraparound cover image whenever Marvel & DC finally decided to release the real McCoy.

    I just finished page 33 of issue #1.

    Best..
    Tom Smith "A/JLACAL!"

     November 14, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Preview/Cover
    From SunWuKong, via Forum
    Preview of JLA/Avengers Cover!
    posted 11/14/02 5:31 PM

    Just to let people know, Comics Continuum has a preview of part of the gatefold cover for JLA/Avengers #1 on display. It's the one that I saw from Baltimore Comicon.

    www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0211/14/jlaavengers.htm

     November 14, 2002 | JLA/AVENGERS Sneak Preview
    From The Comics Continuum (thanks to ES, Todd Nelson, and SunWuKong.)
  • JLA/AVENGERS sneak preview, scan from The Comics Continuum
  • Comics Continuum News
    Thursday, November 14, 2002

    Next week's JLA/JSA Secret Files & Origins #1 features sample artwork from George Perez from JLA/Avengers. The crossover remains unscheduled, but writer Kurt Busiek on Wednesday told The Continuum it's "coming along just fine, so far."


    Advertisment reads: "BUSIEK. PEREZ. JLA AVENGERS. The World's Greatest Super-Heroes meet Earth's Mightiest Heroes in an epic 4-issue miniseries decades in the making. It'll be worth the wait."


    From ES: The art shown in the secret files is the same picture shown at the Baltimore comic-con. The preview page is the last page of the secret files issue. It is a advertisement for the project, no release date given though. The Secret Files issue was in the preview stack for next weeks comics.
     November 13, 2002 | Busiek Interview in CBG #1514
    From COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1514 (22 Nov 02)
    FROM OPEN SPACE TO ASTRO CITY
    written by Maggie Thompson
    article appears in COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1514 (22 Nov 02)
    Catching up with Kurt Busiek

    (excerpt)

    Asked where he saw himself going next, he replied, "Oh, geez, how would I know? Right now, from the outside, it feels like I'm on hiatus, since I've wrapped up Avengers and Defenders and have only one regular book, Power Company, coming out. But I'm stille extremely busy, working on JLA/Avengers; on the return of Astro City; on Arrowsmith, a new creator-owned series I'm working on with Carlos Pacheco; on a couple of other projects that haven't been announced yet. Plus, since a number of projects I'm doing are mini-series, I'm talking to editors about what'll be next after those wrap up. I guess, to some degree, I'm moving away from super-heroes - I know it doesn't seem like it, with that list of projects, but the new stuff I'm talking about is largely non-super-hero material. I like super-heroes and wouldn't want to give them up completely, but I like the variety of doing different kinds of projects too.

    "Plus, it'd be nice to finally put aside the time to write that novel�"

    [ Read more COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1514 (22 Nov 02) ]
     November 12, 2002 | JLA/JSA Secret Files: Nov 20
    From Diamond
  • JLA/JSA SECRET FILES #1
  • Shipping Next Week: November 20

    The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores next week. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.

    SEP020198 JLA JSA SECRET FILES #1 $4.95

     November 12, 2002 | 2002 Comic Prediction
    From Crazed Fanboy
    Wake Up and Smell the Comics
    PCR #95. (Vol. 3, No. 3) This edition is for the week of January 14--20, 2002.

    #13. Names & books to watch in 2002.

    Coincidentally, (Kurt) Busiek�s Defender series (which he co-plots) will be relaunching that same month with a new storyline and creative team as The Order. Joining him as co-writer will be veteran Marvel creator Jo Duffy and artist Matt Haley. Departing quite a bit from the standard direction of the series, the four strongest members of the team - Dr. Strange, Hulk, Silver Surfer and Namor - all decide the best way to solve their problems is to save the world from itself. It�s superheroes and their quest for world domination, with the rest of the Marvel universe standing in their way. The new take on Defenders won�t be his last contributions to Marvel, as he has two more major projects in development. The first happens to be what could very well be the most anticipated comic of all time, George Perez�s JLA/Avengers! After a horrible debacle over story control between Marvel (Jim Shooter) and DC Comics, the project was put on the shelf for 20 years. Now all the contracts have been signed and this expansive 4-issue mini-series is on target for a tentative October 2002 release! Cross your fingers folks, now would be an awfully inopportune time for the apocalypse.

    (Vu: I thought this was fun to see his predictions.)

    [ Read more Crazed Fanboy ]
     November 2, 2002 | P�rez Interview at Pulse
    From Pulse, (thanks to Paul Leighty)
    GEORGE PEREZ: "IT'S PROBABLY MY LAST HURRAH ON THE MAINSTREAM CHARACTERS
    posted 11-01-2002 11:44 AM
    BY HEIDI MACDONALD

    When you think "team" and "insane detail" only one comic book artist leaps to mind - George Perez. After becoming the definitive artist on both THE AVENGERS and TEEN TITANS back in the early '80s, and winning fame for the incredible detail in his artwork, in 1983 Perez was tapped to draw the ultimate comics crossover -- JLA/AVENGERS. The project was scrapped by the politics of the time, but the pages he had already drawn have floated around in fan circles ever since.

    Last year, Marvel and DC made pulses pound everywhere when they announced that a NEW JLA/AVANGERS crossover was in the works, and, in a rare example of a real life second chance, Perez was once again tapped to draw it.

    I sat down with George for a chat while he was signing at the recent Baltimore Comic-con. It was another blast from the past - the last time I'd interviewed him was for Fantagraphics' SPOTLIGHT ON GEORGE PEREZ which was published 20 years ago or so. '80s nostalgia - you can't escape it!

    THE PULSE: So how long have you been working on JLA/AVENGERS?

    PEREZ: This current version was announced in March of last year so I didn't start working on it until last October. Even though I was drawing some pages, it didn't become a full time job until October, so only a year! Not quite as long as other people thought it was.

    THE PULSE: When is it coming out?

    PEREZ: I think it can come out in the summer 2003, but DC and Marvel want to play it safe, they want me to be inking issue 4 before they schedule it. This week I'm finishing inking issue 2, I'm three-quarters done penciling issue 3, and I'm waiting on the plot for issue 4. I'm progressing! Considering it's me penciling and inking the book, it's amazing it's going with this alacrity

    [ Read more P�rez Interview at Pulse ]
     November 1, 2002 | Comics Interview Cover
    From George P�rez, via Forum
  • COMICS INTERVIEW #6
  • Another correction
    posted 10/31/02 3:06 PM

    Hi again:

    I mentioned this in my panel at the Baltimore Comicon so I figure I should clarify something here as well since I noticed the same mistake in a recent update by Vu. The JLA/AVENGERS cover that appeared in COMICS INTERVIEW #6 and reprinted in other editions of the magazine was an original done specifically for that magazine. There is no JLA/AVENGERS cover that was drawn specifically for the crossover.

    So, technically. it should be listed in all checklists as the cover of COMICS INTERVIEW #6 and any reprinting of it should refer to it as a reprint of the cover of CI#6, not JLA/AVENGERS #1.

    I hope that's clear. I know how much the fans appreciate accuracy.

    Take care,
    GPz

    From ES
    Original Cover art JLA/AVENGERS
    Thu, 31 Oct 2002 00:21:16 -0500

    I found out from Mr. Perez at the JLA/Avengers panel in Baltimore that the comic cover drawn for the Comics Interview Magazine was never the cover to the actual project. It was just drawn for the magazine. Mr. Perez stated he never got a chance to do a cover before the project was stopped. Just thought that was interesting trivia that I never knew.

    Related
  • October 30, 2002 | Spotlight on Comics Interview
  •  October 28, 2002 | JLA/JSA Secret Files Pushed to Nov 20
    From Vu
  • JLA/JSA SECRET FILES #1
  • Thanks to ES who pointed this out, but the JLA/JSA SECRET FILES #1 has been pushed back to November 20th. (Originally listed as "64 pages, $4.95, in stores on Nov. 6".)

    See DC Comics: JLA/JSA SECRET FILES #1 for more details.

    Also, I think everyone pretty much have guessed that this issue will preview the cover to JLA/AVENGERS (as it was already unveiled at the Baltimore Comic Convention - but also because Tom Smith have mentioned that we are going to see it "Marvel and DC are planning to show off the cover to #1 sometime soon though", via the Avengers Comicboard).

     October 28, 2002 | JLA/A Cover Description
    From SunWuKong, via Avengers Comicboard
    Update of JLA/Avengers From Baltimore Comicon
    Monday, October 28 2002 at 13:24:01 GMT

    Okay, I went to the Baltimore Comicon and saw Mr. Perez there. As always, he was very cheerful and friendly towards everyone. I went to his panel and this is what I can remember regarding JLA/Avengers. Mr. Perez is nearly finished penciling issue three of the series and is almost done inking issue 2. He has yet to get the plotline for issue 4 from Kurt Busiek. From what he and Tom Brevoort can estimate, the mini-series will be avaliable sometime during summer of 2003. They say that they are going to do this right and convinced Marvel and DC to solicit the issues when they are nearly complete. Their argument was "DK2" and "Origin." I was lucky enough to see a fully colored copy of the gatefold cover for issue 1. What can I say? It was spectacular! It had all the head shots of the members of both super groups looking surprised at something in the sky.

     October 28, 2002 | ES' Baltimore Review
    From ES
  • Baltimore 2002
  • ES and George P�rez (26 Oct 02)
  • Tom Brevoort and George P�rez (JLA/A Panel)
  • Meeting the Legend/Name the Magazine contest winner meets his Hero

    The picture with me and George came out nice but the Panel Picture and the Panel Discussions Board were both kind of blurry. Sorry.

    What can I say about Mr. Perez that hasn't been said a thousand times. The nicest man in comics. After being a fan for over seventeen years I finally got to meet the legend. This was my first convention experience ever. My first contact was unforgettable, I was able to listen to Mr. Gentleman George Perez discuss the upcoming JLA/AVENGERS in a hour long panel. The Panel Discussion was listed as Saturday 1:30p.m-2:30 p.m/Listen to George Perez and Marvel editor Tom Brevoort discuss the most anticipated comic of all time, JLA/AVENGERS. Tom and George were kind enough to give us updates and answer all the fans questions. I got up the courage to ask one question, I thought my heart was going to leap out my chest though, and was lucky enough to get the longest response from these two gentleman, now I know why Mr. Brevoort has the reputation of being the best editor in the business. They answered all of questions about the project, that they could with out giving away anything about the plot. They did give us some new info I hadn't read before (THANKS!!) George did state that he would also update the page count when he had the chance. Tom also state that it would not be 200 pages of Giant Starfishes. Ha! Ha! Mr. Perez and Mr. Brevoort enthusiasm for this project was overwhelming. Not only is the fans dream project but it is also their's. After the discussion I went back down stairs to finally meet Mr. Perez at his booth one on one. I had all these wonderful things I wanted to say to Mr. Perez, but when I was finally face to face. The only words that came out were Thank You for picking my choice of the Pacesetter for the George Perez Newsletter. Thank You. George was kind enough to sign my program (George drew the cover). After walking around in a daze for about 30 minutes, I just meet my Hero, I decided to go back and try to talk to him again. I also wanted to get a photo with him. When I got up back up to see him I was only able to mutter out the words. Can I get a picture with you? George smiled and said of course. George got up from the booth and put his arm out. I must not have moved because George said it would probably look like a silly picture if I wasn't in it. I asked the fan in front of me take it. I think he knew I was very nervous meeting him. What a Great guy!! I made it back one more time to see him in the hope that I would be able to speak intelligible to him and tell him how much I enjoyed his work. I was able this time to ask about a sketch and say Thank You again. I had a wonderful time at the convention. Thanks Mr. Perez for making my childhood dream come true.

     October 28, 2002 | SunWuWong's Baltimore Review
    From SunWuKong, via Forum
    What I know From Perez at Baltimore Comicon
    posted 10/28/02 3:22 AM

  • JLA/AVENGERS #1
  • Okay, I went to the Baltimore Comicon and saw Mr. Perez there. As always, he was very cheerful and friendly towards everyone. I went to his panel and this is what I can remember. First, an update on JLA/Avengers. Mr. Perez is nearly finished penciling issue three of the series and is almost done inking issue 2. He has yet to get the plotline for issue 4 from Kurt Busiek. From what he and Tom Brevoort can estimate, the mini-series will be available sometime during summer of 2003. They say that they are going to do this right and convinced Marvel and DC to solicit the issues when they are nearly complete. Their argument was "DK2" and "Origin." I was lucky enough to see a fully colored copy of the gatefold cover for issue 1. What can I say? It was spectacular! It had all the head shots of the members of both super groups looking surprised at something in the sky.

    Now for his upcoming Crossgen project, "Solus." He says that the first issue might be solicted as early as Feb. or March of 2003! It stars a woman named Anya or Anna, who looks like Nicole Kidman and her side kick who is somewhat smaller than her. He was showing a penciled copy of the cover for the first issue and it will knock your socks off if you saw it! I can not even explain it since it's so rich in detail!

    All in all, I had a great time over there. He's coming back next year so hopefully other people can share the same experience as I have.

     October 26, 2002 | JLA/A Details From San Diego
    From Fanboy Planet
    Comic-Con Day 1
    08-01-2002
    written by Derek McCaw

    (excerpt)

    Kurt Busiek let very little slip about the JLA/Avengers crossover, but marveled at how much detail George Perez keeps throwing into the book. "There's a luau on the satellite, and George drew seven pigs on the spit."

    [ Read more Comic-Con Day 1 ]
     October 22, 2002 | JLA/A Color Update
    From Tom Smith, via Avengers Comicboard (thanks to ES)
    Everything is running smoothly guys ! Relax :)
    Posted by Tom smith on Tuesday, October 22 2002 at 12:57:54 GMT in reply to Seriously though lets hope Marvel and DC aren't having troubles with it this time?, posted by JLAvengers on Tuesday, October 22 2002 at 03:22:17 GMT

    > If Marvel/DC are waiting for it to be nearly finished before they solicitate it why not release it weekly then?

    Hmmmm,now that's an idea.
    I just finished colored page 30 and the cover from book #1 and it is AMAZING! No one will be disappointed in the final book "IT'S MAJOR ! "
    I wish Marvel & DC would let me show some tasty art treats from it to show you all some progress.
    Marvel and DC are planning to show off the cover to #1 sometime soon though "I Think" so keep your eyes peeled.

    Best..
    Tom Smith "A/JLACAL!"

     October 22, 2002 | Site Update
    From Vu
    Check out the Avengers Comicboard on a thread (Avengers/JLA -ARRGGGHHHH) that this website unwittingly started.

    Tom Brevoort said:

    Guys, the whole point here is to do things right. That means taking as much time as is necessary to allow for the best final product, and one that will be in stores when it's supposed to. We're actually doing it right for once--and if that means that you have to wait twenty more years for it, then that's what's going to happen.

    The only alternative would be to either rush it out, get other people to jam on pages, or to release the first issue and have you all wait six months for the second. And you'd be complaining just as much or more about any of those eventualities. So, not gonna happen. I know the anticipation is fierce, but all the anticipation in the world doesn't mean squat if the final product isn't any good.

    Tom Smith said:
    It just the three of us working on this. Kurt, George and me are the total creative team except maybe the good folks at ComicCraft.
    And let's not forget our editors Tom B and Dan R and their assistant eds. Movies are made by hundreds of people.
    We want this to be the best it can be so that takes time ,live with it. Trust me , you will not be disappointed.

    For the most part people are fine with the wait.

    I don't really think the book will be released in late 2003 (although it's interesting to point out that no one has refuted this).

    Also, it looks like what George said might turn out to be true, that SOLUS might be released before JLA/AVENGERS. According to Mark Alessi, George started penciling SOLUS on October 1st (see related).

     October 19, 2002 | JLA/A: Late 2003
    From Metropolis Comics
    2002 San Diego Comic-Con International Report: Comic-Con'd Again!
    by John "The Bear" Berry

    (excerpt)

    Here is some other DC news:

    ...

    Late 2003 will finally bring JLA/Avengers by writer Kurt Busiek and artist George Perez.

     October 16, 2002 | CBM #94 Excerpt
    From Vu
    I have already read the side bars last year, so what I remember was that each creator interviewed (Marv Wolfman, Jim Shooter, and Kurt Busiek) all have wonderful things to say about George. Look for the entire side bar to be online at Hypethis.com.

    Also, read an excerpt with Marv Wolfman regarding "Games" at the Titans Messageboard, posted by CEO.

    >>>

  • COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #94

  • CBM: What makes George the perfect artist for the JLA/Avengers project?
    Busiek: Well, first off, George is the quintessential big-team superhero artist, so right there he'd have dibs on it, even if he wasn't one of the top artists to have drawn either team, and had well-remembered runs on both.

    But the enthusiasm, energy and skill he brings to such a big project are what really does it. Everybody looks good, everybody looks right, the teams both feel like they ought to and the storytelling and spectacle are over-the-top great. What more could you ask for?

    CBM: Any final thoughts on George Perez the artist and, perhaps more importantly, the man?
    Busiek: George is one of the most tireless and giving guys I know -- knocking himself out doing con sketches for charity, supporting the CBLDF and more. His good humor is infectious, and wherever he is, he lights up the room -- his personality's as loud and as cheerful as his shirts.

    I've never known him to do anything -- as an artist or as a person -- less than 110%.

     October 12, 2002 | Tom Smith Joins Future Comics
    From Newsarama
    TOM SMITH JOINS FUTURE COMICS
    posted by mattbrady, on October 11, 2002 12:43 PM

    Press Release

    Tom Smith, one of Marvel's premiere colorists, has agreed to take over the regular assignment on Future Comics' flagship title, FREEMIND, beginning with issue #4.

    Smith is best known for his work with comics legend George P�rez, his sixty-issue run as colorist of the Avengers and the upcoming mega Marvel /DC crossover--Avengers /JLA.

    [ Read more Tom Smith Joins Future Comics ]

     October 10, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Story Not Done Yet
    From Avengers Board
    Re: Are we any closer to a possible solicitation date for this project? Posted by Kurt Busiek on Thursday, October 10 2002 at 03:09:19 GMT in reply to Re: Are we any closer to a possible solicitation date for this project?, posted by JLAvengers on Thursday, October 10 2002 at 02:25:59 GMT

    > Well have you finished your work on the project then?, plot, script etc.>

    Nope.

    kdb

     September 27, 2002 | Site Update
    From Vu

    Here is a summary of JLA/Avengers pages, for those still a little confused. according to Wizard (Sep 2002):

    Wizard: "P�rez is nearly finished penciling the project and plans to finish inking it by the end of the year."

    The last time George mentioned anything was on August 9th:

    P�rez: "And to update those wondering how this project is going, I'm now pencilling the second half of the third issue and all of Issue 1 has been inked with 6 pages already inked on Issue 2. I've designed all four wraparound covers and have begun pencilling the first one. I hope that it will be worth the significant wait when it comes out next year."

    I am assuming that George will not announce the (new) page count when he hits a milestone, so be patient! Like, after surpassing 21 pages (the original series never got past 21 pages), or 75 pages (Mar 28th), or 100 pages (Jun 28th). I think it would be safe to assume that George will make an announcement as soon as he's hit 175 or all 200 pages.

    Total pages? (Jul 29th)

    P�rez: "The total page count for JLA/AVENGERS, including covers has always been 200 pages, not 150. That's 4 48-page books (192 pages) and 4 wraparound covers (the equivalent of 8 standard pages)."
     September 22, 2002 | Speaking With Busiek Part 3
    From Silver Bullet Comics
    Speaking With... Kurt Busiek - Part Three
    By Marv Wolfman

    (excerpt)

    Welcome back to the third and final installment of Speaking With Kurt Busiek. I�ve thanked Kurt so many times these past three weeks it may seem redundant, but I really can�t thank him enough for taking the time to truly answer my questions. He�s also making it tough going for those who follow him.

    Kurt is currently working on the long delayed JLA/Avengers with some artist named George Perez, whoever that is. He is also working on new Astro City stories with Brent Anderson, and, as much as I�m interested in seeing his and George�s JLA/Avengers, I really want to see the return of Astro City.

    ...

    MW: How do you define your relationship up front with your editor / story-editor / producer / the writers who work under you?

    KB: I talk a lot. I want them to know what my vision for the project is, so they know what I'm trying to accomplish and can backstop me if I screw up. And I want to know what their vision is, so if we don't agree, we can talk through it and resolve it rather than getting five parts into a six part story and only then discovering that we can't agree on how to end it. If we can't get in sync early on, there's going to be trouble down the road.

    I also make some technical requests -- I prefer to do any rewriting that needs to be done, even if it's just a matter of the editor calling me up and saying, "We need a different line here," and coming up with it on the fly. And I like to proofread the books I work on, so I can catch a missing balloon, or a line that just doesn't work, or whatever. I don't always get everything I want, but I can usually get most of it.

    [ Read more Speaking With... Kurt Busiek - Part Three ]

     September 19, 2002 | JLA/A Color Update
    From Todd Nelson
    Tom Smith has coloured 26 pages (of JLA/AVENGERS) and has some new pages sitting next to him to do but he can't start them till next week when he has completed his latest Avengers issue.
     August 13, 2002 | Smith's Color Progress
    From Todd Nelson
    Just got an E-mail off of Tom Smith, he has coloured 24 pages of issue# 1 thought you might want to add that to your (How many pages completed update) also to correct you, you still have 84 pages to go whereas it should read 67 pages to go (not including covers) which would make it 75 if you did.
     August 12, 2002 | Smith's Coloring JLA/A #1
    From Titans Comicboard
    Re: A new George Perez /Tom Smith color commissioned pin up
    Posted by Tom smith on Saturday, August 10 2002 at 13:44:35 GMT
    in reply to Re: A new George Perez /Tom Smith color commissioned pin up, posted by Maukingbird on Saturday, August 10 2002 at 02:08:24 GMT

    I would not put anything past GPrz on these 4 books. While coloring the first issue I have already seen all kinds of hero & villains I never thought I would see. It's so cool! Nobody will be is disappointed in these books when they come out next year.

    Best..
    Tom Smith "JLA/ACAL!"

     August 11, 2002 | Smith's Coloring JLA/A #1
    From Titans Comicboard
    Re: A new George Perez /Tom Smith color commissioned pin up
    Posted by Tom smith on Saturday, August 10 2002 at 13:44:35 GMT
    in reply to Re: A new George Perez /Tom Smith color commissioned pin up, posted by Maukingbird on Saturday, August 10 2002 at 02:08:24 GMT

    I would not put anything past GPrz on these 4 books. While coloring the first issue I have already seen all kinds of hero & villains I never thought I would see. It's so cool! Nobody will be is disappointed in these books when they come out next year.

    Best..
    Tom Smith "JLA/ACAL!"

     August 10, 2002 | Additional Newsarama Comments
    From Newsarama
    From Kurt Busiek
    posted August 09, 2002 02:03 PM

    >> How can they ask the sites to remove the pages? If they belong to a private buyer, they are his/hers to display.>>

    No, they're not.

    Buying the physical artwork does not give you the right to publish it. DC and Marvel retain the copyright to those pages, which includes the right to publish them on the web.

    The private buyer -- in this case, the owner of the physical pages is Rob Liefeld, who doesn't seem to be the guy who put them up on the web -- has the right to display the actual physical pages, but not the right to publish copies or scans of them, even electronically.

    That said, I don't know who asked for them to be taken down either, or why.

    From George P�rez
    posted August 09, 2002 03:03 PM

    Hi:
    Believe it or not, I actually signed on to this message board strictly to address the unexpected controversy regarding the removal of the 1980's JLA/AVENGERS pages from two websites.

    First and foremost: I was the one who asked that the pages be removed, and no one at either DC or Marvel were aware of anything regarding this matter. This is the history of events:

    A friend and fan thought it would be cool to put up the pages on a private and supposedly secreted site that I and only a select few would be able to see. There were supposed to be no links that could get to the site from an outside page. The site was put on without my initial knowledge and when I found out about it, I was a bit concerned, but let it go when I was assured that no one except the original website creators and myself would be able to access the "secret" site. Unfortunately, ever-advancing computer technology soon made any efforts to keep the site inaccessible by the public at large a futile pipedream.

    I soon found out that pages had been downloaded by outsiders and I immediately asked for the original site to be taken down. However, the damage was already done and I later learned that others had downloaded the pages and posted them on their respective sites. Upon learning of this I, through a representative, politely asked that the pages be removed and the website owners just as politely removed them.

    And I thought that would be the end of that. Until now. With all the brouhaha about this ever-so-minor incident threatening to escalate due to uninformed speculation and accusations, I figured I'd better set the record straight here and now.

    As for my reasons: Quite simply, I didn't want to spoil the fun for anyone should DC and Marvel decide to print the original 21 pages in a collected volume of the current JLA/AVENGERS mini-series. The inclusion of these pages in such a collection is by no means guaranteed, but the likelihood might diminish if the pages were already old news to fandom at large.

    Also, as some have already noted, the characters are owned by their respective companies and I just didn't want to compromise my good relationship with them, especially regarding this project. I had no idea whether the printing of these pages on the Internet constitutes publication, but I figured it wasn't worth the hassle of finding out the hard way. DC and Marvel had no idea any of this was going on, and wouldn't have ever known had it not been for the information highway that allows for no privacy. This is not a slam or critcism, just an observation-- one which I already had and which prompted my initial reservations regarding the original "secret" site.

    So, that's it. No company conspiracies. No arm-twisting. Everyone involved understood my concerns and acted appropriately. They even went out of their way to protect my privacy by not volunteering the reasons for their actions. Unfortunately, on the information highway secrecy and privacy are the equilvalent of potholes and those need to be filled. I just wanted to make sure that this hole was filled with the proper material.

    And to update those wondering how this project is going, I'm now pencilling the second half of the third issue and all of Issue 1 has been inked with 6 pages already inked on Issue 2. I've designed all four wraparound covers and have begun pencilling the first one. I hope that it will be worth the significant wait when it comes out next year.

    Thanks for your time and attention,
    George P�rez

     August 9, 2002 | Perezgallery at Newsarama
    From Newsarama, thanks to Fin Fang Foom, via Avengers Board
    OMNIBUS: SAN DIEGO
    posted August 08, 2002 04:55 PM
    posted by michaelDORAN

    (excerpt)

  • ITEM! A reader by the name of Michelle wrote to us telling us a few websites dedicated to George Perez (http://perezgallery.crosswinds.net and http://perezgallery.crosswinds.net/JLAAOriginals.htm ) have been asked to remove images of his original JLA/Avengers (circa 1983) artwork from that infamous/never-published project.

    �I've been asked to remove the original pages for JLA-Avengers for the near future,� reads the notice on one website. �I've been asked to remove the original art for JLA-Avengers for reasons I'm not sure I can discuss right now,� reads the notice at the other.

    Though neither site specified who asked them to remove the work or why, current fan speculation is the artwork could possibly be reprinted as part of an eventual collected editions of the upcoming new JLA/Avengers project by Perez and Busiek, published cooperatively by Marvel and DC.

    Asked to comment, representatives for DC Comics told us they had no knowledge of who asked the artwork to be removed and why, or plans for the original 1983 artwork.

    Newsarama's Reader's comments


    Posted by R David Francis
  • posted August 08, 2002 06:16 PM

    Well, to shoot off my mouth without a net....

    First, the pages in question do depict trademarked characters of DC and Marvel; that in and of itself might be enough to let either of those organizations request that the pictures be taken down.

    Second, I don't think the displayers are necessarily the owners of the art. If I recall correctly, didn't Rob Liefeld buy the art? If he made the request, perhaps he's just trying to make sure that, if there is a deisre to print those pages in some collected edition (a notion that's been bandied about by fans and the like before), that he gets his cut from owning the art in question.

    However, I suspect that Marvel (or DC, whichever company paid Perez initially) owns the art for the purposes of publication (George has the right to sell the original art, but not to take the pages and publish them himself). And, if my admittedly-weak memory is correct, based on the stories of what went wrong, I think Marvel paid for the art in question. I seem to recall that Jim Shooter gave a lengthy explanation of how DC screwed the pooch on this, and DC gave a vague statement along the lines of "Mr. Shooter may remember things that way, but that doesn't mean that's what happened."

    So, DC not knowing anything about it doesn't necessarily mean anything, and there are any number of possibilities as to who made the request, and why.

    Posted by Looney As A Toon
    posted August 08, 2002 10:15 PM

    I met George Perez in late June at a comic book convention in NYC at Madison Square Garden and asked him - someone who should know - what if any plans are there for the 1983 JLA/Avengers pages that Liefield owns.... would they somehow be mixed in with the story he's illustrating right now....?

    He said they would not be a part of the JLA/Avengers project he's working on presently but that the pages would be reprinted in the hardcover edition that will come out after the series is over!

    By the way, he was gracious enough to show me a page of artwork for JLA/Avengers he was working on at the time of the show that weekend.... Superman and Captain America in the same frame and damn if it wasn't the coolest thing I ever saw!

    (Vu: I know the real reason for this, it has to do with copyright, but there's a little more to it, but I can't discuss it. I'm actually pretty surprise about the attention given to this matter! There was an earlier and quieter incident with DCFanpage.de, here: jla_avengers_original.php, which now just points back to their main JLA/Avengers page.)
     August 4, 2002 | Geoff Johns Interview
    From Flash Comicboard
    Geoff Johns Interview
    An Interview with Geoff Johns by Randy "Moonstonelover" Burtis

    (excerpt)

    Q: Which character would you like to see Flash face off in the upcoming JLA\Avengers crossover?
    A: Obviously, Quicksilver. But we've seen that. I'd like to see the Flash and Green Lantern try and tackle Thor together.

    Q: With you writing the JSA and the Avengers next year, could there possibly be a team up with these two teams?
    A: I think the JLA/Avengers team-up is the one to watch. I don't see JSA/Avengers happening anytime soon.

    [ Read more Geoff Johns Interview ]

     August 2, 2002 | Newsarama's SDCC News
    From Newsarama
    SDCC: JLA/JSA PANEL HIGHLIGHTS
    posted August 01, 2002 08:47 PM
    written by mattbrady

    (excerpt)

    More preview pages from JLA/Avengers will be trickling out, although DC sources did not say as to how. Reportedly, George Perez is on issue #3 of the crossover, while Kurt Busiek is plotting issue #4.

     August 2, 2002 | CBR's San Diego News
    From Comic Book Resources
    SAN DIEGO, DAY 1: JLA/JSA: MEN IN TIGHTS
    Posted: August 2, 2002
    written by Arune Singh, Staff Writer

    (excerpt)

    When asked if "JLA/Avengers" will be in continuity, Kurt Busiek said that it will be "in the twinkie-ad continuity." Busiek also says that he is on the plot for issue four of "JLA/Avengers" and that George Perez is on the pencils for issue 3.

     August 1, 2002 | Wizard #132 Article
    From WIZARD #132
  • WIZARD #132
  • TALES FROM THE CRYPT
    By Mike Cotton
    Transcribed by Vu

    WIZARD uncovers the 10 greatest comic book stories never told!

    (excerpt)

    3. 1983's JLA/AVENGERS

    THE PLAYERS: Writer Gerry Conway and artist George P�rez
    THE PROJECT: JLA/Avengers

    THE STORY: In early 1983, writer Gerry Conway plotted out a JLA/Avengers one-shot to be drawn by George P�rez. The original story dealt with Marvel's villainous Kang and the Lord of Time from DC continuity going to the dawn of time and trying to reset history by creating a single, unified Earth. The new world would've been created in either Kan's or the Lord of Time's own image, depending on who won the prize. The story dealt with the "The Eggs of Time," which were little bits of time shot through the time continuum to be retrieved in various points of history. Kang uses the Avengers as his agents by stating that the Justice League are actually villains trying to get the Eggs for the Lord of Time, with the reverse happening with the Lord of Time, who tells the Justice League the same thing. The Avengers and the JLA were then going to be sent to different times in different location to get the Eggs, allowing for various confrontations between Superman and Thor, Quicksilver and Flash, the Red Tornado and the Vision and Batman taking on Captain America.

    WHY IT NEVER HAPPENED: Soon after Conway finalized his plot and Roy Thomas came in to rework certain parts of the story, Marvel and DC pulled the plug on the project when they couldn't come to terms as to how some of the battles between the two company's top characters would end. Reportedly, Marvel didn't like some of their biggest characters losing to second-tier DC heroes.

    WILL IT EVER HAPPEN: With the current JLA/Avengers mini-series by Kurt Busiek and P�rez planned for sometime in 2003, co-editor Tom Brevoort says there's always the possibility that the plot and early pages from the original JLA/Avengers might be included in a hardcover or trade paperback collection. "It's been casually mentioned, but we're nowhere near worrying about a collection at this point- our focus is on getting the series done," asserts Brevoort. "We'll figure out what to put in the collection once we're there."

     July 29, 2002 | JLA/A Page Correction
    From George Perez
    Just a correction in math here. The total page count for JLA/AVENGERS, including covers has always been 200 pages, not 150. That's 4 48-page books (192 pages) and 4 wraparound covers (the equivalent of 8 standard pages). With 116 pages pencilled that leaves me with 84 pages to pencil and 148 to ink as of this writing, including the cover. Man, this is is a big project!
     July 29, 2002 | JLA/A Pages Left
    From Todd Nelson
    Love your updates, awesome, and muchly appreciated, but shouldn't you mean Perez needs to do 76 more pages for the project to be complete if each issue is 48 pages.

    (Vu: Apology for the mistake, I was reading from a previous CBG's article which had this: "...JLA/Avengers' 150 total pages counting covers..." Incidentally, the project will be about 192 pages of story, 4 covers, plus, most likely, promotional artwork for the mini-series. This might be either posters, advertisements, or promotional giveaway pamplet. I'd like to see all sorts of merchandises, but it might be tricky as the two companies have to come to an agreement.)

     July 28, 2002 | JLA/A Page Count (3)
    From George Perez
    FYI as of today July 28th, the page count for JLA/AVENGERS is 116 pages pencilled and 52 pages inked (all of Issue 1 is completed). The covers have all been designed and those designs have been approved and I begin pencilling them Aug. 1st.

    (Vu: George has 34 76 84 pages to go and 148 to ink, plus the four covers, to draw, if the total amount of pages is still 150 200. From a previous quote, "I'm waiting for Marvel and DC to come up with a cover design that will be used for all four covers", it looks like a four covers can be put together to form one uniform drawing. Sort of like the JLA/Teen Titans or any of the Marvel X series. As always, this is my own theory, should the covers not be that... From Tony Lorenz, of GEORGE PEREZ NEWSLETTER, he said "the pages are awesome, George's best work to date, that's all I can say." Wow, anyway, looking forward to this, I know I won't be disappointed!)

     July 28, 2002 | San Diego 2001 Review
    From Revolution SF (old news, but worth mentioning)
    San Diego 2001: The JLA / Avengers Panel
    July 27, 2001
    In attendance: George Perez, Kurt Busiek, Tom Breevort, Mike Carlin
    written and   copyrighted by Kenn McCracken

    (excerpt)

    It certainly looks like he'll have his wish; anyone who has ever been a member of the JLA or the Avenger will appear, along with Starro, the Watcher, the Squadron Supreme, Guardians of the Galaxy, Mongul, Doctor Doom, the monsters of Monster Island, the Hawk Police of Thanagar, the Punisher, and many, many others. According to Busiek, though, no Wolverine; "I'm confident that Wolverine will not show up" (to which Perez replied, "I'm confident that he won't be scripted."). Issue number three will sport a cover featuring every character who has ever been a member of either team.

    The story will be a stand-alone issue, spread over four Prestige Format books. They will not be Comics Code approved, although this is not a reaction to Marvel's new policy; rather, Prestige books are rarely submitted for CCA approval. Although it will be self-contained, Busiek says that there is at least one element that would be great for both companies to follow up on. It certainly appears that the possibly for real ramifications exists; it should also be noted, though, that the creators are ignoring the previous meetings of the teams for strength of telling.

    The possibilities for licensing and merchandise such as posters, hardcover collections, and the like is still up in the air at this time. This is an obviously tricky area; the books have been set up to take place over four issues, allowing each company to publish two books (and thus profit accordingly), but anything further will have to be contracted in such a way to allow both companies to share revenues, making for a potential minefield.

    [ Read more San Diego 2001: The JLA / Avengers Panel ]

     July 27, 2002 | Busiek to Talk JLA/Avengers
    From Comic Book Resources
    SAN DIEGO 2002, DAY BY DAY
    Friday July 26, 2002
    Pipeline2, Issue #160
    Written by Augie De Blieck Jr.

    (excerpt)

    FRIDAY

    12:00 Catching Up with Kurt Busiek-A conversation with award- winning writer Kurt Busiek on life after Avengers. Talk with him about Astro City, Power Company, JLA/Avengers, Arrowsmith, and future projects, about the writing life . . . or just about whatever might come up during the program. Room 7A
    Busiek seems to have fallen off the radar a little bit in recent months. He's not writing four books a month anymore. His big project (JLA/AVENGERS) is probably a year away from completion (publication-wise). ASTRO CITY is still on hiatus and POWER COMPANY has failed to light up the charts. He's still a solid writer and a very patient man with all sorts of questions. Take a look at how he handles himself on-line for a model of how people should act on the internet.

    [ Read more SAN DIEGO 2002, DAY BY DAY ]

     July 26, 2002 | GPN #3 Ships Tomorrow
    From Tony Lorenz, via George P�rez Group

    Avengers/JLA update, George was working on page 16 of issue three.

     July 15, 2002 | Kurt Busiek Interview
    From Avengers Messageboard
    An Interview with Kurt Busiek
    by Randy "Moonstonelover" Burtis

    (excerpt)

    JLA/AVENGERS

    Q: JLA/AVENGERS.How far along is the project?
    A: George is working on #3. I'll be plotting #4 soon.

    Q: Have you been deluged with "who should beat/meet who" emails from fans?
    A: Of course. Many of them will be disappointed, of course, since we got just as many people insisting that Thor should beat Superman decisively as people insisting that Superman should beat Thor decisively. And we got so many lists of who-should-fight-who that even if this book -was- called JLA/AVENGERS: TAG-TEAM FIGHTS, we'd run 12 issues and still wouldn't fit them all in. But this book is about teams, not about solo battles. And for that matter, the two teams -fighting- has never been the main point, only part of the story.

    Q: As you have been working on this project, what has been some of the surprises you have encountered?
    A: There've been some surprises about how the plot developed, as we discovered nice bits that fit in easily, or moments that made the whole project that much better -- but I can't tell you about them. In terms of the working arrangement, there haven't been surprises -- it's gone more or less the way I'd have expected. Slower, but as expected.

    [ Read more Kurt Busiek Interview ]

     July 8, 2002 | DC Panel: JLA/Avengers Progress
    From Comics Continuum
    DC HEROES PANEL
    Sunday, July 7, 2002

    (excerpt)

    * DC's Patty Jeres said that progress continues on JLA/Avengers, by Kurt Busiek and George Perez.

     July 4, 2002 | CSN News
    From Richard Galego, via Perez Gallery
    [Perez Art Gallery] Perez CSN News
    Date : Wed, 03 Jul 2002 11:20:33 -0400

    Here is what I got from CSN:

    JLA/Avengers is progressing steadily, but George Perez has said that neither Marvel nor DC wants to solicit it until the whole series is pencilled and much of it is inked (to ensure that it doesn't fall into the Origin-Dark Knight Strikes Again late book miasma). As a result, the first issue may not appear until 2003.

    (Vu: Although we've already covered this on March 28th, see George Perez Speaks, it is worth a mention. It is also good to see that Comic Shop News is back online. Check out their own messageboard.)

     June 11, 2002 | JLA/A Pagecount
    From George Perez
    Just to update your JLA/AVENGERS page count:

    As of June 11th:
    101 pages pencilled (Up to page 5 of Issue 3)
    40 pages inked (37pp of Issue 1; 3pp of Issue 2)

    No covers have been drawn yet. I'm waiting for Marvel and DC to come up with a cover design that will be used for all four covers.

    GPz

     June 6, 2002 | JLA/A Preview Update
    From Vu
    I just scanned some updated JLA/AVENGERS scans (originally sent in from Marcus Mebes).

  • WIZARD #130, Page 34
  • WIZARD #130, Page 35
  • WIZARD #130, Page 36
  • WIZARD #130, Page 37
  •  May 31, 2002 | Wizard's First Look
    From WIZARD #130
    FIRST LOOK
    written by uncredited
    transcribed by Vu

    JLA/AVENGERS
    DC and Marvel show off exclusive pages from 2003's mega-team-up!

    Throughout 20 years of false starts and company conflicts, one man always believed in JLA/Avengers.

    "This is not only a dream come true," admits artist George P�rez of 2003's four-part mini-series teaming Marvel and DC Comics' iconic superteams. "It's also something I always had faith in. I always though one day, everything would fall into place and I'd be the artist on JLA/Avengers."

    P�rez, who's enjoyed memorable stints on both JLA and Avengers, had drawn over 20 pages for the project in 1983, when it was scuttled due to arguments between Marvel and DC over the plot.

    "George is throwing everything he's got into this project and it shows," observes series Kurt Busiek. "The difference between George and a lot of other artists is that George became a superstar but he never stopped trying. He's just never satisfied."

    Describing his take on the story, Busiek explains, "We wanted to put the Avengers in a JLA situation and the JLA in an Avengers situation," reveals Busiek. "The classic JLA answer to a gigantic threat is, 'Figure out the answer.' The classic Marvel response to a big threat is 'Smack the crap out of it!'"

    While both creators say JLA/Avengers as been a career benchmark, it hasn't been without problems. With P�rez just finishing the pencils for page 36 of the second issue and inks over 33 pages between the two issues, he has had to go back and make necessary changes.

    "Green Lantern was actually penciled in his old costumes," informs P�rez. "Then when I was told he'd be getting a new costume, I started drawing him as just a naked man flying around. Eventually, I got the reference and I went back and inked it with his new costume."

    Busiek says he's also made changes to the plot and characters as the Marvel and DC Unverses have evolved since last year.

    "When I turned in the plot of issue #2, I ended up taking it completely apart and putting it back together again," says Busiek. "It got a lot better in the process, but that's all part of the making of something of this magnitude - everyone involved wants this to be the most surprising and talked-about project we've ever worked on."

     May 30, 2002 | JLA/A Preview
    From Marcus Mebes
  • WIZARD #130, Page 34
  • WIZARD #130, Page 35
  • WIZARD #130, Page 36
  • WIZARD #130, Page 37
  •  May 30, 2002 | Wizard #130 Not Delayed
    From D-Man, via Avengers Messageboard
    I actually bought Wizard......and found I spent my money well! [SPOILERS]
    Posted by D-Man on Thursday, May 30 2002 at 18:16:23 GMT

    If no one has done by the end of today I'll try and scan the images from the recent Wizard mag and post them here for all to see.

    Buying Wizard for this not one...but two Avengers treats is worth the price.

    First you get the JLA/Avenger preview. And it looks nice. Reeeeeeeeeal nice!

    Avengers vs Starro.....JLA vs Terminus

    Yeah....this is a good teaser. And Perez is in top form here!


    From Vu : Apparently it has been shipped, but for some reason, I don't know why it is not available in Minneapolis or Houston.

     May 29, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Preview Description
    From The Dark Lantern
    If Wizard plans to showcase two-page spreads, most likely they'll be showing the scene where the Avengers face Starro, and/or the League battling Terminus (in front of a Lex-Mart, of all places).
     May 19, 2002 | DC & Marvel Crossovers
    From Fanzing
  • FANZING #44 (May 2002), cover by Erik Burnham
  • DC & Marvel Crossovers
    "Elseworlds" or "In-Continuity"?
    by Juan Martin Ponce

    (excerpt)

    X-Men/Teen Titans (1982)
    Writer: Chris Claremont
    Penciller: Walter Simonson
    Inker: Terry Austin
    Publisher: DC and Marvel. Featured in Marvel & DC Present # 1.

    This is a really astounding crossover, a work of art. The villains in the story include Darkseid, Deathstroke and Dark Phoenix.

    Again, we see that the two groups live on a same earth, as evidenced by Robin stating that he knows about the Avengers! (see page 18,panel 2).

    (Incidentally, Marvel & DC Present #2 was scheduled to be JLA/Avengers team-up by George Perez, but sadly, it wasn't published due to a conflict between the two companies regarding the story's script.)

    The conflicts created by the JLA/Avengers team-up took eleven years to resolve, and the next DC Marvel crossover appeared in 1994.

    [ Read more on Fanzing ]

     May 13, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Mentioned at WWE
    From Newsarama
    SPIDEY & X @ WWE
    posted 05-11-2002 07:19 PM by mbrady

    (excerpt)

    - JLA/Avengers is coming � albeit slowly. The miniseries has been pushed back on the schedule to very late 2002, and will most likely begin in 2003.

    [JLA/Avengers have not been schedule and likely to at least 2003, please read JLA/Avengers Not Scheduled ]

     May 13, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Update
    From Merk3, via Avengers Messageboard
    Minor JLA Avengers update from WWE
    Posted by Merk3 on Monday, May 13 2002 at 02:55:02 GMT

    Can't really tell you much (not that I don't want to, I just don't have much info to tell), but I spoke to Dan Raspler (JLA editor) yesterday at the Wizard World East convention, and he says he as an issue and a half of the crossover in his office and it is unbelieveable. He said Perez is a madman. He couldn't believe that he could fit so much detail into every panel. He was really blown away. He couldn't say much, but he did say that it whatever each of us is expecting, there is so much in it that he's sure everyone will be happy.

    Before anyone asks, no word on the release date, but two splash pages are what will appear in wizard this month. He said he really was dying to talk about it, but they aren't allowed. Very nice guy.

    Merk3

     May 10, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Preview in Wizard
    From Tom Smith, via Avengers Messageboard
    Re: Its still a major disappointment that the anticipated scheduled date is next year!
    Friday, May 10 2002 at 19:15:19 GMT

    You will get just that in next month's Wizard "I think it's next month's issue". They will be showing off two BIG major 2 page splashes from Avengers /JLA # 1 just to wet your appetite for what's to come. Trust me from one who is seen all the pages so far ,it will be worth the wait !

    Best..
    Tom Smith "A/JLACAL!"

     May 10, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Not Scheduled
    From Kurt Busiek, via Avengers Messageboard (also see related)
    Avengers/JLA not pushed anywhere.
    Friday, May 10 2002 at 04:51:57 GMT

    The book has never been scheduled for release. Therefore, it hasn't been "pushed" anywhere.

    This is one of the reasons we wouldn't answer your questions about when it was going to come out -- you took someone's guess as a promise, and are now deciding that the schedule's been somehow changed because that guess didn't turn out to be right.

    The book won't be scheduled until George is almost done with it. That's the exact same "schedule" it's been on since we started.

    kdb

     May 9, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Pushed to 2003
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1488
  • COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1488
  • JLA/AVENGERS PUSHED TO 2003
    By George Nelson
    Transcribed by Vu

    When is the long-awaited crossover between The Avengers and The Justice League of America?

    "At home right now," quipped artist George P�rez, who added that he has penciled 85 of JLA/Avengers' 150 total pages counting covers, and had inked 33 pages as of his appearance at the Pittsburgh Comicon in late April.

    "I'm now going at a rate of about a page a day, and I hope to have all the penciling done by September so that, by the time I'm working at CrossGen, all that's left is the inking for the rest of the book," he said.

    Even so, P�rez said he does not expect the first installment of the four-issue mini-series to be released for a year.

    "What is ironic is that my first issue of my monthly CrossGen title may actually come out first, though I won't be starting it until October, just because we want to make sure I am well into the inking stages of the fourth issue before we schedule it," he said, "so the book will come out monthly." P�rez is on a leave of absence from CrossGen to work on the project.

    Two individuals who have seen the pages said they are confident fans will approve of the final product, which is being written by Avengers writer Kurt Busiek.

    [ Read more JLA/Avengers Pushed to 2003 ]

     April 29, 2002 | JLA/Avengers in Wizard #130
    From Diamond (thanks to Ilke Hincer)
  • WIZARD #130
  • Wizard #130 Getting Spidey/Black Cat Cover

    Wizard Entertainment will publish Wizard #130 with a third alternate cover, featuring Spider-Man & Black Cat, by Terry Dodson.

    The cover will complement an interview on the inside about the characters' upcoming mini-series, The Evil That Men Do, illustrated by Terry & Rachel Dodson and written by Kevin Smith.

    The issue will also contain a first look at George Perez's art for DC & Marvel's JLA/Avengers crossover, news and art on Jim Lee's Batman project, a 22-page preview of Avengers #57 by Geoff Johns & Kieron Dwyer, and an offer to order the limited-edition "Berserker" Wolverine Heroclix from WizKids' new collectible miniatures game.

    The new cover edition can be ordered under the item code APR025011 for $4.99. Copies of the issue with a Wolverine cover (APR021957, $4.99) by Ethan Van Sciver or an Avengers cover (APR021958W, $4.99) by John Cassaday -- are also available.

     April 29, 2002 | New JLA/Avengers Art
    From mlovitz, via Perez Gallery (commission)
  • From mlovitz, via Perez Gallery
  •  April 20, 2002 | Busiek's AVENGER Finale
    From Cinescape
    Kurt Busiek�s AVENGERS finale
    Dateline: Friday, April 19, 2002
    By: ROB ALLSTETTER

    (excerpt)

    Busiek isn�t quite done with the Avengers, yet. He�s working on JLA/AVENGERS with George P�rez. �We�re working away,� he says.

     March 29, 2001 | World's Mightiest Crossover
    From WIZARD #116 (May 01)
    THE WORLD'S MIGHTIEST CROSSOVER
    transcribed by Vu

    18 years after scrapping the original project, DC and Marvel Comics come to terms on a 'JLA/Avengers' crossover.
    By Mike Cotton.

  • WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #116
  • George Perez couldn't stop watching his mailbox. Perez, a pioneering artist on DC Comic's Crisis on Infinite Earths and more recently Marvel's Avengers, had issued an ultimatum to the top two comic publishers in early October of 2000: Get me a letter of intent to start work on the long-awaited JLA/Avengers crossover by December 15 or I'll sign an exclusive deal with CrossGen Comics. After that there would be no crossover- at least not with Perez.

    The artist had already signed an exclusive deal with CrossGen founder Mark Alessi, but the deal allowed Perez one out until the middle of December. The JLA/Avengers crossover granted Perez a one-year reprieve from his exclusive contract to take a full 12 months to create the masterpiece fans had begged for between Marvel's mightiest heroes and DC's premier super-group.

    This was a project Perez had lobbied for for over 20 years. He'd even gone as far as drawing more than 20 pages of the book in 1983 before it was torpedoed by intercompany squabbles. Months passed as verbal promises and rumors new, but day after day, Perez's mailbox was devoid of official word from the two companies. Finally, December 15 arrived. Alessi had already called twice to ask Perez if his mail had arrived. Every time the phone rang, Perez wondered if it was a call telling him there would be no letter of intent coming and no crossover.

    Perez's stomach churned as he sat impatiently, waiting for the mail. Just as Perez was about to lose hope, a FedEx truck screeched to a halt outside his Florida home.

    Perez didn't even make it back to the house before ripping open the envelope. The joint letter from DC and Marvel was filled with legalese but its meaning was clear to the 46-year-old artist--he was back on the JLA/Avengers project he'd left unfinished in 1983.

    "My God, it's really going to happen," P�rez screamed to his wife, Carol. "They're finally going to get it together. I'm finally going to get to do the project I've waited my whole life for."

    P�rez couldn't contain the giant grin spreading across his face. He started to think about the work ahead of him. Before he could even finish the though, the phone rang again - it was his former Avengers partner, Kurt Busiek, the man Marvel tapped to write the four-issue, nearly 200-page crossover planned for mid-2002.

    "Can you believe this?" ask Busiek.

    After a long pause, Perez admitted what his friend and partner already knew. "It's been a long, long road, Kurt. I just hope this time I get past page 21."

    Although Busiek already knew the story, Perez told it to his good friend again.

    [ Read more March 29, 2001 | World's Mightiest Crossover ]

     March 28, 2002 | George P�rez Speaks
    From George Perez
    On another matter, I also want to clarify that JLA/AVENGERS, despite erroneous statements to the contrary, is not scheduled for a 2002 release. According to my original agreement, the book isn't to be solicited until the fourth issue is well into its inking stages, which means that this project will not premiere until early to mid 2003. In addition to the intense, deliberate and time-consuming nature of the project, I've also had to deal with some family issues, including my father-in-law's recent diagnosis of terminal kidney cancer. I am starting to pick up some speed now and hope to have at least one month of uninterrupted productivity. For the record, as of March 27, 2002, I have penciled 75 pages and have inked 28. I'm very proud of my work on this mini-series and certainly hope that you all deem it worth the wait.
     February 15, 2002 | Interview with Brevoort
    From Comic Boards
    An Interview with Tom Brevoort (Dec. 2001)
    by David "DragynWulf" Wiltfong

    (excerpt)

    Q: Dan Raspler, Kurt Busiek, George Perez, Tom Smith, and yourself are working on the upcoming AVENGERS/JLA and JLA/AVENGERS 4-issue miniseries. What can we expect to see in this most anticipated crossover event?
    A: You can expect the unexpected as well as the expected--that's about all I want to say about this project right now.

    Q: How does it feel to be a part of a project like this?
    A: It's a big deal, certainly. But it actually feels rather natural, since it's the same creative team I worked with for three years on AVENGERS. Dan and Steve Wacker are the only wild cards, and they've fit right in so far.

    [ Read more An Interview with Tom Brevoort ]

     February 5, 2002 | Tom Smith Interview
    From Avengers Forever, special thanks to Ilke Hincer (Netscape users can access the interview here.)
    :: spotlight on Tom Smith, the Avengers colorist ::

    (excerpt)

    Q) You have worked with George Perez a great deal in the past. What is your relationship with him and has he been instrumental in keeping you challenged in terms of coloring assignments?
    A) George is the best! He and I clicked right away on Hulk "Future Imperfect" and became the best of pals. I always find working on George's art a big challenge and enjoy the collaboration of working with him and I always strive to bring my best to coloring his great art.

    Q) Easily the one of the biggest comic events, if not the biggest, of 2002 will be the JLAvengers crossover. With this crossover meaning so much to so many, Tom what can you tell us about working with such incredible talents as Kurt Busiek, Tom Brevoort and Dan Raspler?
    A) They are all pros and the best at what they do, plus really nice guys to boot. They are all really jazzed about the project and I feel very privileged to be working with them. These are going to be some amazing books!

    Q) Is JLAavengers just another comic that is moving along nicely or is this truly going to be something magic?
    A) Pure magic! I do not know if anyone's ever going to top this one! It is a wish come true for everyone involved and a real labor of love. Just wait until you see the art! And the story is perfect too! I feel very lucky to be involved.

    [ Read more on Avengers Forever ]

     February 4, 2002 | Lost JLA/Avengers Pages
    From Vu
    I could not find a link directing to JLA/Avengers Lost Pages, so I'm assuming it is one of those neat hidden links. What makes this site incredible is that it features all 21 pages of the original JLA/AVENGERS pages, plus with liner notes from George P�rez himself.

    (excerpt)

    The finale is all a blur to me. I think it may have taken place at the very end of time. All I remember is the solution to the story had something to do with Green Arrow and Hawkeye. In the midst of a tumultuous scenario, these two men, the greatest archers of their respective Earths, had to each fire a single, souped-up arrow straight at each other so that the arrows hit each other dead center at an exact point in space and time. Then everything was okey-dokey, although for the life of me, I don't remeber how.

    Someday, perhaps a copy of the original plot will turn up and I can finally fill in the gaps - or find out I've remembered everything totally wrong. Maybe this is just how I want to remember it. Maybe it's all a dream.

    But then we can all dream, can't we?

    [ Read more on The Original 1984 Lost Pages (link no longer accessible) ]

     February 1, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Status
    From Comics Continuum
    BRIEFLY
    January 30, 2002

    Kurt Busiek, on the status of JLA/Avengers: "We're just trucking along, working on it. It'll be scheduled when it's almost done."

     January 23, 2002 | JLA/Avengers Progress
    From George Perez, via Doug
    > How are things going on JLA/Avengers?

    I am now on page 12 of issue 2's pencils and I've inked 13 pages of issue 1 as well as 3 pages of issue 2. So far that totals 60 pages of pencils and 16 pages of inks. The total page count for the mini-series, counting covers, will add up to 200 pages, so there's still a ways to go.

     January 17, 2002 | Spinnerack Interviews Brevoort
    From Ilke Hincer
    Tom Brevoort is also given 'The Third Degree' at Spinnerrack.com, and here are a couple of excerpts from the Q & A: (Link courtesy of Marvel Comics)

    What was the last comic book you bought?
    I bought comics just today: Dark Knight Strikes Again #1, Fray #5, the new Savage Dragon, the second issue of the George Perez Newsletter, Will Eisner's new hardcover, and the second World's Finest Archives. Amusing aside�Peter David entered the very same store not five steps behind me, shopped the entire time I was there within arms reach of me at times, and never once noticed me. But that's okay�he handed in a Captain Marvel script just yesterday.

    What is the worst advice you've ever received?
    George Perez will never be able to do Avengers monthly! You should find somebody else!

     January 17, 2002 | CWN Interviews Brevoort
    From Ilke Hincer
    Here's an excerpt from an interview with Tom Brevoort, who is the editor of Avengers/JLA, conducted by Caleb Gerard [from late September 2001 to early December 2001] and found at Comic World News:

    CWN: JLA/Avengers is a book that I've been looking forward to for decades. Tell me about your involvement in the current project.
    TB: Well, clearly I'm the genius mastermind behind it. No, it's going well at the moment. Just this past week George penciled page 22, which means there's now more penciled pages on our version than had been done on the 1983 book. Everybody seems to be pulling in the same direction, so there haven't been any epic struggles with Dan Raspler over anything.

    CWN: But, you're not saying that there haven't been any struggles?
    TB: There have been discussions, differences of opinions, and compromises-but no more so and not any more heated than on a regular comic. Everybody involved seems to have a healthy respect for all of the other guys-nobody's throwing their weight around just for the sake of doing it. Nobody wants this project to fly apart at the seams as it did twenty years ago. So far, the interaction has been completely to the benefit of the project.

    CWN: Any "dirt" you can give us on the project?
    TB: Not really, no. We want to preserve as much of the surprise on this project as we can for when it actually comes out. Don't feel slighted, though-I expect we're going to be turning away journalists for the next year or so who'd like to get some inside info or preview art that they can run. But it'll be worth the secrecy in the end.

    CWN: What is the anticipated release date for the 1st issue? Is it going to be monthly?
    TB: End of 2002 or beginning of 2003, depending on how long it actually takes to finish the project appropriately. When it does come, it should be four monthly issues, two published by Marvel and two by DC.

     January 7, 2002 | Convention Appearances 2002
    From George Perez
    I just wanted to clear up some info regarding my 2002 convention appearances. Due to my heavy workload on JLA/AVENGERS (I'm pencilling the second issue and am almost 1/3 through the inking of the first) I will be doing only four conventions this year. They are:
    MegaCon (Orlando, FL) in February, Pittsburgh Comicon in April, Heroes Con (Charlotte, NC) in June and Baltimore Comicon in October. Unfortunately, I will not be attending either of the Wizard shows and will not be present in San Diego this year.
    I'll keep you up to date of any changes.
    Thanks for the great job you're doing with this site.
     December 19, 2001 | Wizard's 2002 Previews
    From WIZARD #125
    2002 PREVIEWS
    JLA/AVENGERS
    Almost 20 years in the making, can 2002's hottest projects live up to its hype?

    Hype isn't quite the right word - try phenomenon.

    During the past two decades, a lot has changed about the project - from the writers to the editors to how many issues the series would be. Everything's changed, that is, except for the involvement of artist George Perez. While company squabbles between Marvel and DC have scuttled the project numerous times, Perez never gave up on the project he was born to draw. Even when the first attempt at a JLA/Avengers one-shot was scrapped in 1983, for which Perez penciled 21 pages of the monster crossover, the ultra-detailed-oriented artist didn't give up hope.

    "This isn't just a big deal for fans, this is the project I've dreamed of doing for 20 years," Perez stresses. "It broke my heart when they told me it wasn't going to happen the first time. When I got past page 21 this time, I actually took a break and finished off the Chronicles work I was doing for CrossGen so I could be totally committed to finishing Avengers/JLA."

    Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada made green-lighting the JLA/Avengers project one of his top priorities in 2001, and soon after Quesada took his post, Perez was the first to step up and say he'd immediately sign on to the most highly anticipated comic project of all time.

    [ Read more Wizard's 2002 Previews ]

     November 24, 2001 | Wizard's Third Cover
    From George Perez, via Avengers Messageboard (special thanks to Ilke Hincer)
    I just wanted to clarify this matter. Yes, there was supposed to be a Cap/Superman cover as a third alternate cover for WIZARD #125, but WIZARD changed its mind and opted to save the cover for a later date, most likely closer to the release date of the JLA/AVENGERS mini-series. I myself think that it's a good idea. since I don't want the project over-promoted so early in the game.

    Tom did do a beautiful job on the coloring and he's really outdoing himself on the inked pages he's already colored.

    For everyone's info, I'm now on page 36 of Issue 1's pencils. I hope to be starting Issue 2 by the first week of December (if a plot is ready) and will be inking Issue 1 as I pencil Issue 2.

    GPz

     November 24, 2001 | Wizard Used & Unused Cover
    From Avengers Messageboard (thanks to Ilke Hincer)
    > Tom, isn't George doing a Superman/Captain
    > America cover as well? I read that somewhere,
    > Happy Thankgiving to you as well. Thanks Kirk.

    Yea he did and I colored it but until Wizard uses it or shows it off somewhere I'm not posting it anywhere. It's their right to use it and release the image first when they see fit to do so. It is sweet though.

     November 21, 2001 | The Marvel Renaisance
    From WIZARD #124 (Jan 02)
    THE MARVEL RENAISANCE

    9: EXTENDING THE OLIVE BRANCH

    (excerpt)

    The Justice League of America, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane.

    "When I was a creator, I always used to ask myself, Why doesn't Marvel and try and make amends?'" says Quesada. "It's just takes some effort. There was a lot of damage done to these guys and sometimes it doesn't take much to try and repair it.

    So far, the "Joe Quesada Goodwill Tour" has definitely made an impact. As one of his initial goals after taking over as EIC, Quesada made it his personal mission to make good with Marvel's rival, DC Comics, and get this termally stalled project off the ground. Sure, fans are excited about the highly anticipated upser-crossover, but for people like George Perez, who was scheduled to pencil the mini-series for two decades ago, it's been a dream that's long overdue.

    "It's definitely a great feeling of closure," says Perez, who will pencil the four part mini-series. "In a 27-year career, the biggest regret of my life was how politics and other events killed this fan dream project. It [is] a great feeling that after all this time I finally get to finish the dream."

    [ Read more in WIZARD #124 (Jan 02) ]

     November 15, 2001 | JLA/Avengers Page Count
    From Wizard (the last page count we got was 21 pages, on September 22)
    CROSSGEN BOOGIE
    November 14, 2001

    (excerpt)

    George Perez, who has completed the first 30 pages of his current JLA/Avengers project, will return to CrossGen with a new monthly book in early 2003.

     November 6, 2001 | CBM #86 Reviewed
    From Vu
    Do you think I'm too harsh on these reviews I do ? I guess I am, but these are first impressions I get when I get the latest George-related book. I've been meaning to write another more rounded review for the PEREZ ARCHIVES, but I have been lazy.

    Anyroad, COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #86 will be released to the general public tomorrow, but thanks to Marcus Mebes I have an advance copy.

    This is part ONE of a four part interview with George Perez, by interviewer Bill Baker. Part one of the interview basically just focused on the AVENGERS and the various writers that worked with George (at one point Baker had no idea who wrote after Steve Englehart left the series). The artwork used in throughout the interview were just various covers of the AVENGERS, a little disappointing.

    [ Read more CBM #86 Reviewed ]

     November 3, 2001 | Wizard #125
    From PREVIEWS vol 11, #11 (Nov 01)
    WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #125
    • Wizard #125 is our MEGA 2002 PREVIEW ISSUE! Get the skinny on JLA/AVENGERS by George P�rez, find out about the post-Origin X-Men and the next "nostalgia" wave coming to comics on the heels of the re-hot new G.I.Joe comic from Image! See over 100 of the hottest comics previewed in this issue! Perez draws an all-new JLA/Avengers cover to this issue!

    On sale December 19, 2001

    __Magazine (JLA/Avengers cover by George Perez) ........ $4.99
    __Magazine (Spider-Man movie photo cover) ........ $4.99
     October 31, 2001 | Sketch Magazine #10 Review
    From Vu
    As mentioned earlier by Ilke Hincher, SKETCH MAGAZINE #10 is released today (Halloween), a larger scan of the cover is available at P�rez Yahoo Club. The original release date was supposed to have been in August/September (originally ordered through the June issue of PREVIEWS). When I was reading the interview, I noticed that the artwork are TINY - I later read that they did this only to compensate for the massive nineteen-page interview Andy Mangels conducted.

    A statement at the beginning of the magazine read:

    Once we received the interview and realized just how massive the detailed the interview was. We had to make a decession [sic] to either cut the interview in two running the first part in issue #10 and the second part in issue #11 (which we don't believe is fair to make you purchase two issues.), or, run part of it here and part of it on the website. We realized that not everyone has internet access.
    The only other option was to run the whole interview here and run smaller artwork. With this option we oped [sic] to offer the artwork at a larger size on our website www.bluelinepro.com. Click on the George P�rez name then click on eack [sic] image and enjoy. We apologize for this inconvence [sic] but we feel that the information in the interview is very important.

    [ Read more Sketch Magazine #10 Review ]

     September 27, 2001
    From WIZARD #122
     September 22, 2001
    From George P�rez
      As for AVENGERS/JLA, (as it is called at Marvel, which is publishing the first issue) I have now tied the page count I reached with the 1983 version. 21 pages have been pencilled-- although, unlike the original edition, seven pages have also been fully inked, thus putting me ahead of the game this time around. I wanted to finish my CrossGen commitments before I pencilled the historic 22nd page, just so that it actually marks the start of non-stop progress on the series.

      One page of the new art holds the current record for the most characters on a page in either versions of this project. There are 36 individual characters drawn-- with 21 appearing in one panel alone. That number does not include the fact that a few characters make multiple appearances on the page. Tom Brevoort assures me that that record will be broken soon enough. I'm going to get to draw a LOT of characters in this limited series-- including the Keystone Cops.

      I am also drawing a pair of covers for WIZARD's 2002 preview issue spotlighting the JLA/AVENGERS (as DC calls it) project. One version will feature Thor and Wonder Woman; the other will spotlight Captain America and Superman. All in all, my plate is quite full.

     September 14, 2001
    From Comics Continuum
      JLA/AVENGERS UPDATE
      Tuesday, September 11, 2001
      copyright � 2001, The Comics Continuum

      George Perez continues to work on the first issue of the JLA/Avengers crossover, which is targeted for a 2002 release.

      "Take the most excited person you know about this and triple it, and you're not approaching how excited George is," said Kurt Busiek, who is writing the four-issue mini-series. "George is having the absolute time of his career and it's showing on every page."

      "It's pretty much exactly what you hoped it's going to be," said DC Comics' Dan Raspler, who is editing with Marvel's Tom Brevoort. "It's not going to be four, 48-pagers of them fighting in the Mighty Marvel style. But that's not to say we won't know who's stronger, Superman or Thor, by the end of this.

      "It's not just heroes and villains. It's the universes. And it's going to be a really exciting read."

     August 19, 2001
    From CBR
      TOTALLY TERRIFIC TEAM-UP: JLA/AVENGERS UPDATE
      by Russell Lissau, Contributing Writer
      Posted: August 18, 2001

      The series isn't ready for publication just yet, but work on the much-anticipated team-up of the Justice League and the Avengers is progressing. Really.

      "George Perez is about halfway through the first issue, and it's unbelievable," DC editor Dan Raspler announced Saturday during a Wizard World panel about the future of the DC Universe.

      The crowd went wild at the news, as well as a slide of one of Perez's promotional pieces for the project.

      The four-issue series will be drawn by Perez and written by Kurt Busiek. Raspler is co-editing the project with Marvel's Tom Brevoort.

      [ Read more Terrific Team-Up: JLA/Avengers ]

     August 6, 2001
    From Comics Continuum
      JLA/AVENGERS UPDATE
      Monday, August 6, 2001
      Copyright � 2001, The Comics Continuum
      roballs@aol.com

      George Perez said that he is "having a ball" thus far drawing the JLA/Avengers crossover.

      "For me, this is a dream many, many years in the making," Perez said during a panel at the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego, where he appeared with writer Kurt Busiek and editors Mike Carlin and Tom Brevoort.

      "I've just recently found out that there are a lot of members of the JLA who I never knew were members of the JLA. That's good. Who the hell is Bloodwynd? I want to know. Who the hell is Aztek? I want to know. There were the (Keith) Giffen years, the (Dan) Jurgens years, look at all these faces I wasn't aware of. This is going to be a fun book.

      "I want this to be something that will put Crisis to shame."

      Perez said he had penciled seven pages before leaving for San Diego, and gave the fans a preview of what was on them.

      "So far in the first seven pages alone, Arkon, Thundra, the Grand Vizier, the Thunderers and Weaponers of Qward, The Crime Syndicate -- Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Johnny Quick and Power Ring), the Grand Master, Eternity -- and somebody with the initial K that I can't mention anything further," he said. "Finally, the Justice League make their appearance as of pages 8 and 9. To let you know who's already been drawn, we have Superman, we have Wonder Woman, we have Batman, we have Aquaman, yes we do have Plastic Man, we have Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner's version of course, Flash/Wally West, and in a surprise appearance with the JLA, Terminus," he said. "Now, for who don't know who Terminus is, he's a big sucker villain. He is also not our main villain. He is going to be one of many people who may be coming through the door of this story. We just want to give you an idea of how big this story is going to be."

      [ Read more JLA/Avengers Update]

     July 26, 2001
    From WIZARD #120
      CRACKING THE CODE
      Mike Cotton

      (excerpt)

      Although DC declined to comment, [Joe] Quesada said Marvel's move does not endanger future endeavors between the companies, and will not affect next-year's planned JLA/Avengers crossover by writer Kurt Busiek and artist George P�rez. The Marvel E-I-C also said he doesn't believe future joint projects will be a problem between Marvel and other publishers, even if Marvel steps up on the rhetoric and competiton in the comic marketplace.

      "[JLA/Avengers] is a prestige project and those don't get submitted to the code usually," Quesada said. "In our new rating system, books suitable for everyone won't have a rating on them. Only books that need to be marked will be marked. The DC issue of JLA/Avengers will most likely not even be submitted to the Code, so the books will probably look identical."

     July 22, 2001
    From CBR
      SAN DIEGO, DAY 3: 'JLA/AVENGERS' #1 CAST REVEALED ... UNTIL P�REZ SNEAKS MORE IN
      by Beau Yarbrough, News Editor
      Posted: July 22, 2001

      Even at Comic-Con International in San Diego, it's a rare project that's able to get standing room only crowds for works a year or more off. Usually it's a phenomenon reserved for Star Wars movies. But Saturday morning, the first attendees of the day packed into a room to hear a little more about the long-awaited "JLA/Avengers" project.

      With only nine pages drawn so far, the bulk of the project still lies ahead of artist George P�rez and writer Kurt Busiek. (Twenty-one pages were drawn the first time the crossover between DC and Marvel Comics was attempted, back in the early 1980s.) But so far, P�rez has drawn the Crime Syndicate, the Grandmaster, Eternity, the Weaponmasters of Qward, the Justice League of America (including Plastic Man) and Terminus (who is fighting the JLA). Included in the JLA line-up is a member who, as of a recent chapter in DC's "Our Worlds At War" crossover, might no longer be available.

      "We haven't heard from ['JLA' editor Dan Raspler] yet if that Aqua[man] thing needs to be changed," Busiek said.

      DC editor Mike Carlin didn't seem concerned: "Aquaman is missing in action. A Guy Gardner has been killed before. So don't worry, everyone."

      [ Read more JLA/Avengers #1 Cast Revealed ]

     July 10, 2001
    From Comics Continuum
    GEORGE PEREZ TALKS JLA/AVENGERS
    Friday, July 6, 2001

    image from comicscontinuum.com George Perez told The Continuum that he's making progress on the first issue of the four-issue JLA/Avengers crossover and that he has plans for a cover featuring "hundreds of characters."

    "Seven pages of the book have been pencilled and inked, with pages 8 and 9 -- a double-page spread -- pencilled," Perez told The Continuum. "I'm doing full-pencils on this book as if another artist were inking it so that it makes my inking job a little easier.

    "Since I am finishing my final issue of CrossGen Chronicles, my progress has been a little slow, but JLA/Avengers will be my sole workload for the whole following year, so things should really get cooking."

    [ Read more P�rez Talks JLA/Avengers ]

     May 25, 2001
    From Wizard (George gets mentioned quite a bit in the interview)
      AVENGING WRITER
      5 Minutes with Kurt Busiek
      May 24, 2001

      (excerpt)

      How hard was it to convince you to do the JLA/Avengers project?
      Busiek: "Hi, Kurt. We're going to take another run at JLA/Avengers. George is up for it -- you want to write it?"

      "You bet."

      That's how hard it was. Ten seconds, maybe less.

      How will you manage to work with two different companies and sets of editors on this?
      Busiek: Same as usual -- except I've got two guys looking over my shoulder instead of one. I write my stuff, I send it to Tom Brevoort, to George P�rez ... and to Dan Raspler. And then I talk over any questions or concerns they have. One more voice on the other end of the phone line.

      And yeah, that could make it tricky, if, say, Tom and Dan violently disagree on something. But so far, so good...

      What's the hardest part of doing this crossover? How do you hope to overcome that?
      Busiek: So far, I think the hardest part is the size of the cast. 48 pages an issue looked like a lot when I was roughing out the story, but it shrinks real fast when I'm trying to choreograph two teams with rich and storied histories -- and lots and lots of characters -- and villains and a plot on top of that.

      As for how to overcome that -- lots of careful choreography. Lots of notes, lots of outlining. And George P�rez, master of detail, fitting it all in anyway, and adding his own stuff too...

      [ Read more Avenging Writer ]

     May 13, 2001
    From ULTIMATE MARVEL #5
     April 6, 2001
    From DC Comics
    MARVEL AND DC TO COPUBLISH JLA/AVENGERS
    Top Super-teams to Meet in Project by Busiek and Perez
    DC Comics and Marvel Comics announce that the greatest super-teams of two universes will meet at last in a project with the working titles AVENGERS/JLA and JLA/AVENGERS.

    The teams will unite for an epic 4-issue monthly miniseries written and illustrated by the fan-favorite AVENGERS team of Kurt Busiek and George Perez. Each issue will be 48 pages squarebound, alternating issues between the two publishers and co-edited by DC's Dan Raspler and Marvel's Tom Brevoort. Publication date has not been established yet.

    [ Read more Marvel & DC to Copublish ]

     March 27, 2001
    From Comic Book Resources
      BUSIEK GETS TO WORK ON JLA/AVENGERS
      Monday March 26, 2001
      by Beau Yarbrough

      Yes. At long last, DC Comics and Marvel Comics have cut through the red tape and pushed aside all the other hassles, and the JLA/Avengers team-up is finally happening, the companies announced Friday afternoon at Megacon in Orlando, Florida.It's been three weeks since DC and Marvel Comics fans got the word some of them had waited almost two decades for, that at long last, the companies were bringing together the Avengers and Justice League of America in a team-up book.

      With fans willing to argue vociferously over what sort of visor Cyclops should wear, one could expect an announcement of a miniseries like this would evoke equally strong reactions. But for the most part, JLA/Avengers writer Kurt Busiek told the Comic Wire on Sunday, the response has been "extremely positive.

      "This is a book that readers have an enormous amount of enthusiasm and interest for, so announcing that yes, the book is under way, and yes, George [Perez] is drawing it, were definite crowd-pleasers. And my rep isn't such that I was expecting a lot of people to say, 'You bastard Busiek! Get outta the room and let a real writer in!' Not to say there weren't a couple of those, but only a couple ..."

      [ Read more Busiek on JLA/Avengers ]

     March 21, 2001
    From Comics Continuum
      JLA/AVENGERS UPDATE
      Tuesday, March 20, 2001

      Although the JLA/Avengers crossover by Kurt Busiek and George Perez remains unscheduled and more than a year away, editors of the project said that fans will get a chance to see small parts of it, possibly this year.

      "I imagine we'll probably be releasing glimpses of little stuff as the year progresses," DC's Dan Raspler said at the recent news conference. "We're not going to leave everyone out in the cold. Because once the stuff starts coming in, I'm sure everyone's going to want to see it."

      "We'll have regular sort of progress updates once a month," Marvel's Tom Brevoort said. "We'll be releasing a panel or two panels on the Internet or what not, so that people can see little glimpses and know the fact that we're actually proceeding."

      [ Read more JLA/Avengers Update ]

     March 3, 2001 | JLA/Avengers Miniseries
    From Comic Book Resources

      'OVER 20 YEARS SINCE I STARTED THIS PROJECT'
      BUSIEK, P�REZ TO DO 'JLA/AVENGERS' MINISERIES

      Friday March 2, 2001

      Yes. At long last, DC Comics and Marvel Comics have cut through the red tape and pushed aside all the other hassles, and the JLA/Avengers team-up is finally happening, the companies announced Friday afternoon at Megacon in Orlando, Florida.

      "It'll be a 4-issue mini-series, each issue a 48-pager," Kurt Busiek told the Comic Wire on Wednesday. "Same length as ['Batman: The Dark Knight Returns'], same length as 'Marvels.' We figured we needed the room ...

      "I'm writing it. George Perez will pencil and ink it. Tom Smith will color, Comicraft will letter, Tom Brevoort and Dan Raspler will edit. And DC and Marvel will publish alternate issues."

      [ Read more JLA/Avengers Miniseries ]

     March 3, 2001
    From Wizard
      KILLER CROSSOVER
      March 3, 2001

      The JLA and Avengers Plan One Huge Summer Summit

      It's not a dream, an imaginary tale, or even an outright lie -- nope: For the first time ever the JLA and the Avengers are crossing over.

      DC and Marvel announced jointly that the two teams would meet in a four-part, 196-page mini-series, out possibly by summer 2002. Avengers scribe Kurt Busiek will write the epic project and Busiek's former Avengers cohort George Pérez, a man who has lobbied for the project many times over the past two decades, will pencil and ink the series. "I've waited a long time to get this project back on track," Pérez says. "I wasn't always sure it would ever come to pass but I'm glad it finally has. This is a dream come true."

      [ Read more Killer Crossover ]

     February 28, 2001
    From WIZARD #115 (Apr 01), transcribed by Vu.
      JLA/AVENGERS
      George Perez insisted on one clause in his new deal with CrossGen: If the most anticipated team crossover in comics history, JLA vs. Avengers, came about, he would be able to do it.

      Looks like Perez will be needing that out clause.

      Upon taking over as Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Joe Quesada made this one of his top priorities, pitting Marvel's top superteams against DC's powerhouses. The project began nearly 20 years ago as Marvel and DC agreed in principle to the crossover with Perez drawing 20 pages before the deal fell apart. Those pages, which were later purchased by Rob Liefeld, reportedly will not be part of the new crossover. And don't just expect a one-shot; insiders say this project could be four issues and might expand to six. What you can counting on seeing is Perez amazing team skills featuring everyone from Thor, Superman, Cap, Batman and Iron Man in one action-packed story.

      PROGNOSIS News on this project getting the official green light should come very soon. However, don't expect to see it this year. "You won't see it before the end of 2001," says Carlin. "George is a steady artist but this project would have a million characters in it. Give the guy a break." We'll give Perez a break, but we'll still be excited.

     February 19, 2001
    From Fandom
      JLA/AVENGERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT MEGACON??
      Sunday, February 18th 2001

      A few weeks ago Newsarama reported rumors that George Perez was in discussions with Marvel and DC to finally make the long-anticipated Avengers/JLA crossover happen, and it's beginning to look like we may be seeing an official announcement soon.

      In two weeks, Megacon 2001 kicks off in Orlando, FL (hometown of Perez btw), and an online programming note may have tipped the hand of what would be one of comics' bigger announcements.

      Currently, the Megacon programming site lists a Friday afternoon (03/02) panel described by Megacon as "Marvel - DC Mega Announcement", with the added programming note, "Get there early for the announcement you have all been waiting for."

      But it also appears earlier Friday afternoon, the Megacon folks were even a little more forthcoming in their information, with programming notes that have since been removed and replaced with the current version. According to folks who saw it, the programming note promised appearances by Kurt Busiek, George Perez, Tom Breevort, and Dan Raspler (Avengers and JLA editor, respectively) in a Q&A about two teams finally meeting.

      Friday evening, Marvel's Joe Quesada declined to comment on the Megacon programming information and apparent changes during the day.

      On an interesting side note, in an interview published today here at Newsarama, writer Mark Waid told us IF the project were to happen, he would not be involved.

     January 1, 2001 | Quesada on JLA/Avengers
    From Kirk
      I emailed Joe Quesada asking that they really treat this [JLA VERSUS THE AVENGERS] as an event with a Warner Bros. Print, maybe a plate, poster, art book, action figure two packs, and etc... I'd love to see tons of new promotional art done for this one, and I'm hoping it will be a multi part prestige format series.

      Joe Quesada's working on it according to Todd Nelson's correspondence with him.

    December 25, 2000
    From WIZARD 2000 (Dec 99)
      Why would George Perez have a clause in his CrossGen contract to do JLA/Avengers Crossover? It is probably because the project might actually happen. I found this article, "Comics' Coolest Projects You'll Never See (or Maybe You Will)", in Wizard #2000. Note: Perez says that the two writers "are planning".
      JLA/AVENGERS CROSSOVER
      CREATORS: Kurt Busiek and Mark Waid, writers; George Perez, penciller

      THE DEAL: Nearly 20 years ago, a JLA/Avengers crossover almost saw the light of day. A script was written, and penciller Perez drew more than 20 pages of the proposed comic. When company politics between DC and Marvel mucked up the works, it looked like all hope was lost for the ultimate superteam crossover.
           But word on the street'll give you some hope. Although nothing's been confirmed, rumors are flying that upcoming JLA writer Waid and Avengers writer Busiek have been talking about bringing Marvel's and DC's greatest heroes in a toe-to-toe crossover.
           And - get this - the pair wants to take place in the pages of Avengers and JLA. That's right. No mega-company crossovers. No "Age of Amalgam". No continuity-bending gimmicks. Just the JLA and the Avengers slugging it out across their respective universes.

      WILL IT HAPPEN? Nothing is official yet, but something's up. Waid and Busiek won't comment on the project. While JLA editor Dan Raspler says a crossover like this has a good chance of happening, he adds, "If it was, I couldn't comment on it."
           But Perez, penciller on Avengers, says the writers have been planning. The companies' editors are interested. And - because Perez has always been regarded as the only artist on the project - he's ready to go.
           Raspler admits there's buzz about the project. "I know this is a project Kurt and [Avengers editor] Tom Brevoort would love to do," he says. "It's just a question of getting the companies to sit down together and work it out."
           Remember, neither company has officially announced anything yet. But, as Raspler says, it would be a comic fan's dream.
           "They're great characters, on both sides of the street," he says. "How great would it be to see an in-continuity adventure where Superman goes up against Captain America in a moral dilemma? Or a Martian Manhunter/Vision confrontation?"
           Perez knows how great. "As a fan, it's terrific," he says. "As an artist, it would give me a sense of fulfillment, a sense of closure. It's almost been 20 years since I drew the first JLA/Avengers story. It would be great to revisit that."

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