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WAR OF THE GODS #1 (Sep 1991) DC Comics

cover:   George Perez
WAR OF THE GODS #1
Date:  Sep 1991
Cover Price: $1.75
Publisher:  dccomics.com

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    Credits
    "Hellfire's Web"
    writer:  George Pérez
    art:  George Pérez
    Cynthia Martin
    Chris Sprouse
    colors:  Gene D'Angelo 
    letters:  Albert DeGuzman 
    editor:  Karen Berger
    Tom Peyer
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    Flashback: George Perez worked on two crossover books in 1991

    posted Sep 2, 2017, 8:27 PM by Vu Nguyen

    From Vu


    WAR OF THE GODS #1 (Sep 1991)
    DC Comics

    It's a three-day Labor Day weekend in America. While you enjoy the extra day off, enjoy this moment in George Perez's history of attempting to draw two crossover books in the same Summer: Infinity Gauntlet and War of the Gods.  The interview is taken from WIZARD #35 (Jul 1994), transcribed by me.  Yes, it's labor-related, Karen Berger had a baby during this time.  Read the full article.

    >>>
    And somewhere in there, you resolved things and went back to doing some work for Marvel. I remember saying you in 91 that I thought you were crazy to try and do two mini-series - Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet and DC's War of the Gods - in the same summer.
    It was a stupid thing to do, I confess.

    So all the problems with those two series - replacement artist, fouled-up scheduling, and the lot - happened because you made a bad decision?
    Oh, yeah. I didn't realize that I'm not as young as I was, and no matter how much I compromised on the artwork - War of the Gods was supposed to be just layouts on my side - I can't seem to work that way. I always end up wanting to do more and more, and if I feel dissatisfied, I end up slowing down.

    War of the Gods was supposed to be, in my mind, a celebration of Wonder Woman's 50th anniversary. That was the first thing DC wanted to discard. It was a time when DC had paid me advance money for the book, and I need the money. I wanted to [cancel the mini-series] desperately, but I couldn't. Nobody else wanted the book. And to top it all off, Karen Berger went into labor.

    The editor was now an inexperienced person... I did the plot for War of the Gods a year before the first issue came out, and up until the first issue came out, I was getting calls from writers [of crossover books] who had never even heard about it. It was a cursed book.

    So you dropped Infinity Gauntlet because you were contractually bound to do War of the Gods?
    In the case of Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet, Craig Anderson acted professionally. He was right I was falling behind and he intended to replace me for just the last half of #4.

    This is going to sound really bitchy, but I'll have live with that. I was becoming, by that point, disenchanted with Infinity Gauntlet... I thought the story was worth maybe two issues. It was so padded out - how many times will these people fight Thanos, be defeated, [and be brought] back ?

    So that first fill-in - after making me angry because my pride was hurt - gave me the initiative to say I didn't feel like finishing. I thought Ron Lim should have drawn it from the beginning.

    I thought this was to be the final chapter of the Thanos saga. When I heard about Infinity War and Infinity Crusade, I was just as glad to be out of it, because I would have felt pretty betrayed. How man times can you go back to this well ?













    War of the Gods Pin-Ups
    News  Tue, 20 Mar 2007 16:05:52 CST Vu
    From community.livejournal.com/scans_daily
    The best part of War Of The Gods
    posted by fonografiks @ 2007-03-19 12:25:00

    Having moved into a new place recently and forced to root through the junk I've amassed over the years looking for things to part with in order to make space, I've rediscovered the posters and pin-ups that adorned the bedroom walls of my fifteen year old self. Overcome with nostalgia for a time just before the explosion of pouch-laden pituitary retards, I thought I'd share.

    This selection comes from the 1991 DC miniseries War Of The Gods. These glossy pull-out pin-ups pencilled by Chris Sprouse and inked by George Perez were without a doubt my favourite part of that event, and remain among the best images of these characters.



     
















     November 9, 2002 | Comics Interview #104
    From Vu


    WAR OF THE GODS #1 (Sep 1991)
    DC Comics
    WAR OF THE GODS
    written by Patrick Daniel O'Neil
    interview with George Pérez, appearing in COMICS INTERVIEW #104 (Winter 1991)
    transcribed by Vu

    (excerpt)

    Pat Daniel O'Neil: I understand that Wonder Woman may be worth a lot more to DC on the level of licensing than as a published character, although I also understand that their agreement with the Marston estate is that they have to keep publishing it or else they don't have rights to the character.

    George Pérez: That I've not heard and I'm not privy to that information.

    Pat Daniel O'Neil: That came from a reliable source.

    George Pérez: If that's true, it explains why DC's still doing it. I appreciate the compliment about the good work I was doing with Wonder Woman but I had hoped that they would have had a little more faith in the character. Particularly on the fiftieth anniversary. This is, after all, the longest-running female character in comics, almost non-stop!

    I had proposed other things that they could have done for her anniversary. I was really pushing these projects - for example, the anniversary poster, which I drew. They were supposed to be doing a WONDER WOMAN trade paperback. WONDER WOMAN: YEAR ONE, which reprints the first eight issues of my WONDER WOMAN, is nice but I don't consider it an anniversary book - because there's nothing from the fifty years, just from my version. When I first heard about it, they were planning to print it with regular comic paper like they did DEATH IN THE FAMILY and I said, "For fiftieth anniversary, this is what you're going to give us?"

    Now that they're not advertising WAR OF THE GODS as a WONDER WOMAN book they don't have anything to advertise. If I were drawing it, they would have advertised it as such, because then they would have figured that the Perez name would override any negative feedback that would follow a WONDER WOMAN anniversary since DC's faith in Wonder Woman is pretty much nil; other characters that didn't sell well were promoted because it was prestigious.

    I was feeling a bit angry because it was like I was the only person fighting for Wonder Woman. Then I lost my editor due to an act of God and of husband because she went into labor. Karen Berger went on maternity leave and so we ended up with an editor who, try as he might, is still a novice who doesn't have the push that Karen has in the company. Everything was starting to fall apart and at this point I was incredibly depressed.

    I was trying to contact the editor for a week without any luck, and I wasn't the only one; the new artist had been trying to get through, and he couldn't contact the editor, either. DC had this new answering machine - unfortunately the new answering machine doesn't tell you if the person is in or not, it just take the message. I had a good number of pages of artwork turned in and they sat on a desk at DC for over a week and no one even knew they were there.

    It was quickly becoming a fiasco and the second issue really came out late because of all the problems. I knew when I had finished scripting the last page of issue two that the book was late - but I didn't understand why it was so late. I was doing the scripting after the inking had already been done. And when it came out they let a lot of mistakes get through, even after I proofread and pointed out the mistakes. And unfortunately the new artist suffered from the WAR curse, too. We were getting artwork from him for the pin-ups in random order; we finished all the pinups for issue four before I got half of the pin-ups for issue three. The editor should have prioritized the work by saying that he need the artwork for the work due now, not for the work due later.

    I later heard that there was never any newsstand distribution for WAR OF THE GODS #1. Diamond Distributors asked me if there would be a newsstand edition of #1. I knew that physically there would be no difference, but - as far as I know - no newsstand has carried WAR OF THE GODS. Automatically, WAR OF THE GODS #1 sales have been cut down because all of a sudden it had no newsstand distribution. Anyone reading comics that has no access to a comics shop would have the crossovers with no availability to the main story!

    I must say that there were some people who were put on the spot in working on this project! Keith Giffen really came through, considering he had no knowledge of WAR OF THE GODS until I called him. John Ostrander was a real prince to work with, as was Marv Wolfman. Marv literally had to stop mid-stride with what he was doing to fit my storyline in. he actually regretted that he couldn't have done more with the Titans.

    The last straw was in the case of WONDER WOMAN when I have Steve Trevor and Etta Candy getting married in the last issue. I had it in the synopsis months ago, the plot was handed in, I finally scripted it, off it went, and when I receive a phone call saying that Bill Loebs is now the writer and that he was going to be doing the wedding. This was something that I was setting up and I was the one who wanted to handle it. It could even have been a misunderstanding between Bill and me - maybe he assumed that iw as just getting them engaged and he was taking care of the wedding - but the fact that was the entire issue went through all the final steps, the wedding had to be redrawn and I just refused to rewrite it.

    I finally was so angry that I had to ask Karen Berger to please send me a check, which they had already delayed by two weeks, and I just hung up the phone.

    I have not spoken to anyone at DC Comics since then.

    Right now I'm working for Marvel and other people. I once compared Marvel and DC, when Marvel was going through the controversial Jim Shooter stage, to one being a tank and the other a cab. Marvel was the tank at the time. When I faced up to it I realized that this was a dangerous machine coming at me and I have to get out of the way.

    To me, DC has now become a cab where you don't know that the driver is asleep at the wheel. You think it's benign and you have nothing to worry about - until it's too late. If the problems were just with WAR OF THE GODS, I could say definitely it's just me. But other people tell me I'm no the only kid on the block in that situation at DC.

    [ Read more in COMICS INTERVIEW #104 ]
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