| January 29, 2004 | Heritage Auction (Jan 04)
This month's Heritage Auction turned up
some interesting Perez-related items. Although they have more listing,
these are the most interesting that heritagegalleriesandauctioneers is offering on ebay.
(1989), published in WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #2 (Sep 1989)
George Perez - Original Pin Up Art for Wonder Woman Annual #2 (DC, 1989).
A superb, iconic image of the Amazon Princess by the legendary George
Perez, complete with golden lasso motif. Perez is a master of the
female form, and nowhere is this more evident than when he's drawing
Wonder Woman. This powerfully sexy image would make a great addition to
any WW collection. 11" x 17", in excellent condition. Estimate:
(1996), published in SHI/CRIMSON PLAGUE POSTER
George Perez - Original Shi and Crimson Plague Pin Up (1996).
George Perez shows his mastery at drawing the beautiful female form as
Shi faces off against Crimson Plague in this dramatic design. The image
was used as the basis for a poster given out at The New York
International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Creators Convention in 2003. George
Perez excels at creating a totally unique body type, face, and even
individualized body language for each of his characters. As a superbly
talented artist, he does not rely on a formula or schemata for his
figure work. The art paper is 12" x 17.5" with an image area of 11" x
16". George has signed the piece in the lower right corner and
autographed it again, below that. The condition of the art is
excellent, no paper damage or white-out at all. A gorgeous piece of art
featuring two lovely heroines in action! Estimate: $2,000-up
(1998), published in THE NEW TEEN TITANS ARCHIVES vol 1
George Perez - Original Art Teen Titans Pin Up (DC, 1998).
George Perez has assembled the Teen Titans together for this dramatic
pin-up image! The art is in exceptional condition, no white-out, or
paper quality flaws, with super-clean inking. All of the Titans are in
full costume and having lots of fun, judging by the smiles on their
faces. The art paper is 11.25" x 17" with an image area of 9.75" x 14".
George Perez has signed the piece twice, once inside the circular form,
and again in the lower right corner of the page. A treasure for any
George Perez fan. Estimate: $2,500-up Estimate: $2,000-up
(1991), published in WAR OF THE GODS #2 (Direct)
Chris Sprouse and George Perez - Original Pin-Up Art for War of the Gods #2 (DC, 1992).
Four harpies screech and gnash their teeth in this superb pin-up from
War of the Gods #2 by Chris Sprouse (best known for his work on Supreme
and Tom Strong), slicked-over with lustrous inks by the great George
Perez. This piece is wicked-cool any way you slice it. Measures 11" x
17" on standard DC stock. Estimate: $500-up
From Titans Tower
| August 2, 2003 | Essential Tale: Judas Contract
Teen Titans Essential Tale: "The Judas Contract"
from Wizard #0, 2003
transcribed by Bill Walko
If anything, "The Judas Contract" shreds superteam ideals by asking, "Who do you trust?"
THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT (1989)
NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT (2003)
Co-plotting creators Wolfman and Perez craft an all-new art of deception with their iconic version of the Teen Titans.
In fact, a true appreciation of this
tale (which DC recently collected into a TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS trade
paperback) comes from knowing that it comprises only a patch among a
larger, more sinister tapestry.
Approximately a year before "Judas
Contract" begins, a snarky young girl named Terra joins the Teen Titans
under peculiar - and as a result, sympathetic - circumstances. At
first, the earth-manipulating teen fights them, claiming she's a pawn
of terrorists who have kidnapped her parents. The Titans resolve the
issue, but not before learning the kidnappers had killed Terra's
parents long ago without her knowledge. All alone in the world, Terra
seeks refuge with the Titans.
Over the course of the next year,
Terra's sarcastic 'tude wins her teammates over. They let her in on all
of their secrets - their real identities, their personal lives, their
day job - severything. The lead-in to "Judas" serves up the ultimate
whammy: Terra serves under the employ of the Titans' No. 1 nemesis,
Deathstroke the Terminator... and has been from the start. And now the
pair - hired by the nefarious organization known as the HIVE - know
exactly how, where and when to strike at the start of "Judas."
And pounce they do, systematically
taking out each Titan, one by one, for eventual execution at the hands
of the HIVE. With one exception: the ex-Robin, Dick Grayson, who
outmanuevers the far superior Deathstroke to escape and plan his
team-mates' liberation in a then-new guise of Nightwing.
The ensuing battle for the Titans'
freedom comes at a high cost, and Terra's duplicity cuts too deep, as
one Titan perishes by story's end. Perhaps the deepest wound went to
Changeling (now called Beast Boy) - before "Judas," he believed that he
and Terra had a blossoming romance; instead her deception devastated
him with a broken heart.
"The Judas Contract" proves that
innocence can be lost at any time, and things aren't always what they
seem. The teenage life still walks its road of hard knocks...but for
the Teen Titans, "Judas" left them a world more dangerous than ever.
ALSO CHECK OUT: If it's got the names
"Wolfman and Perez" on the cover, then it's gotta be good. And the
following three examples kick ass. Pick up the first four issues of New Teen Titans (vol. I) and see how these Titans ain't a Junior JLA. New Teen Titans (vol. I) #20
serves as a touching one-shot story where Wally West (then going by Kid
Flash) writes his parents describing what it means to be a Titan.
Finally, the "Who Killed Trident?" storyarc in Titans (vol. I) #33 presents a unique murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.
| October 13, 2002 |
DC Collected Editions Version 2.0
"DC Comics announced Thursday that a “staggering” 200 titles from the DC Comics backlist are showcased online now at
each with cover art, three interior story pages, and content
descriptions. The newly-posted site updates the previous version of the
DC Graphic Novels webpage and last year's DC Comics Collected Editions
Library CD-ROM, reflecting the upcoming Version 2.0 of the CD-ROM."
I went to the link and there are information on CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS TP (one of DC's most popular trade paperback), HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE (popular), WONDER WOMAN: PARADISE LOST TP, NEW TEEN TITANS ARCHIVES HC #1, and SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?.
From Silver Bullet Comics
| August 11, 2002 |
We've Got Letters (Aug 11)
Letters. We’ve Got Letters!
By Marv Wolfman
The following came from someone whose name I stupidly lost. Tell me who sent this and I'll publicly apologize.
What is your opinion of the different
segments of your lengthy run on Titans? What was your best story arc?
What was your worst? At what point did you realize you didn't want to
write it anymore? Discuss generally your long run on the book and how
it affected you as a writer and the concept of the team book in the
comic medium. Also compare your run on Titans to the Claremont period
on X-Men and the results on both books.
The New Teen Titans was the best of
times and the worst of times. I loved writing the book, especially the
first eight to ten years where I was in charge of it, either
unofficially or officially. Those were the issues where I did what I
truly believed in. Once someone else comes in - even if they are a
great editor - things change. Sometimes for the best. Sometimes not so
for the best. There are a number comics where I truly believe the
editor makes the series much, much better, but a very few series where
I feel the creators should be left alone. For me those series would be
Titans, Crisis and Tomb Of Dracula. Everything else I've worked on has
been helped by working with good editors.
I don't think it's at all surprising that things weren't quite the same
on Titans once that control changed.
Best runs: The first 50 issues. Or
anytime I worked with the incredible George Perez. He wasn't just the
artist. He was the co-creator. Favorite stories: "Who is Donna Troy?",
the Terra storyline. And a story nobody ever brings up which is my all
time favorite, "Shades of Gray," the culmination of the
Changeling/Terminator story. There are dozens of smaller stories that I
also love, especially "A Day In The Life," and "A Pretty Girl Is Like a
Maladi." I loved the Kole stories and many others.
Where did it go wrong? The last year or
two. The reason? See my note in paragraph one above. Also, along the
way I lost interest in the series and thought of quitting, but then Jon
Peterson became editor and reminded me what I loved about the book. We
did "Titans Hunt" together which was as close to the 'classic' Titans
as I had done in a long time. It would have been a lot better if it
hadn't had to be broken up by two maxi-series, turning what should have
been a four-five part story where Vic Stone would have been rebuilt to
a year and a half storyline where he got lost in the mix.
I finally had it during that final year
and decided to quit the book. I hated every story. Every issue. I
wasn't even the plotter. So, at a DC Christmas out here in LA, I went
up to DCU Editor-in-Chief Mike Carlin and said I wanted to quit and
asked if DC would bring back Night Force and let me write that instead,
but with a different editor. I thought there might have been a problem,
but Mike said yes but asked me to stay on the Titans a few issues
longer. He said he thought it would be best to cancel the Titans with
my run rather than just hand it over to someone else. They would then
restart it with new characters, concepts and a new number one, which I
thought was a great idea. After sixteen years, a new voice and approach
was needed. Mike assigned a new editor to my last four issues, and,
with the exception of not being able to use Nightwing - who had been
returned to Batman continuity - let me end the series pretty much the
way I wanted. I still thank Mike for rescuing me from what had turned
into a hellish nightmare.
I still love the Titans and would love
to do individual stories about them, but DC hasn't seemed that
interested. I recently proposed a character-driven Titans-3 series
featuring an approximately 24 year old Cyborg, Raven and Starfire
trying to figure out what they are about when they aren't being super,
but nobody seems to be banging down my door for it. I also have tried
to jumpstart the Games graphic novel George and I started a dozen years
ago - of which he drew 80 incredible pages that have never been seen -
but again, no interest.
[ Read more We've Got Letters (Aug 11) ]