Reactions to the End of Wizard Magazine
posted Jan 24, 2011 8:01 PM by vu sleeper
Comic Book Pros React To The End of WIZARD Magazine
By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer, Newsarama Staff
posted: 24 January 2011 06:16 pm ET
For years, Wizard Magazine
was an authoritative, influential and often controversial voice in the comic book industry, for both fans and creators alike.
In light of today's news that both Wizard and sister publication ToyFare are ceasing publication effective immediately,
with a new "Wizard World" digital magazine scheduled for launch in
February, Newsarama reached out to comic book professionals — including
several former Wizard staffers — for their reaction to today's news.
Ben Morse (former Wizard staff writer, currently Associate Editor, Marvel.com)
“If it weren't for Wizard Magazine, I wouldn't be working in
the comic book industry today, not just because I read it as a kid, but
also because it gave me a chance to break in professionally, something
anybody who has tried knows is pretty tough to do. It's a cliche, but
working there really was a dream job for a time. I still can't believe
the things I got paid to do—I spoke to Marv Wolfman and George Perez for
three hours about Crisis On Infinite Earths and was compensated for my
More than that, though, I met some amazing folks and learned a lot. Some of my best friends to this day I made from Wizard.
I could rattle off dozens of names, but people like Pat McCallum, Joe
Yanarella, Brian Cunningham, Andy Serwin and Mike Cotton taught me so
much about how to succeed in this industry as well as just be a
professional, lessons that were not lost on me when I was 22 and lucky
to have a sweet gig straight out of college. In particular, my very
first boss, Dan Reilly, for years the Research Editor at Wizard and probably the hardest working, most unsung hero in the joint, helped me grow a lot as a person and a worker.
From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1542 (6 Jun 03)
| May 23, 2003 | CBG's JLA/A Report
"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
Publishers of the long-awaited JLA/Avengers DC-Marvel crossover
should be closer to setting a release date within a few weeks, artist
George Pérez said at April's Pittsburgh Comicon. "This is going to be a
very, very intensive two months," said Pérez, 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." Pérez draws Solus for CrossGen.
Pérez promises late 2003 release for JLA/Avengers
The first two issues of JLA/Avengers
are pencilled and inked, and Pérez 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," Pérez 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
Though he would not disclose plot
details, Pérez 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
"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: HEROES REBORN, art by Rob Liefeld/Jon Sibal
WONDER WOMAN (Eagle Bodice), art by Pérez/Giordano
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.
AVENGERS MANSION, art by George Pérez/Bob McLeod
ASGUARD, art by Ron Frenz/Brett Breeding
JLA SATELLITE, art by Chuck Patton/Romeo Tanghal
Announced in 2001, the crossover has been
the subject of much speculation regarding its eventual release, and
Pérez 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
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."
Pérez 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
From WIZARD #132
| August 1, 2002 |
The greatest Heroclix coverage (checklists, strategy & prices) is only in INQUEST GAMER MAGAZINE.
Preview the all-new DC Comics Game & behind the ultimate battle with Marvel Heroclix!
On sale September 4th
(Vu: I am guessing it is INQUEST #90, as #88 was just shipped this July 10th. The cover is the same one that appeared in WIZARD #125.)
From WIZARD #125
| December 19, 2001 |
Wizard's 2002 Previews
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 Pérez. While company squabbles between
Marvel and DC have scuttled the project numerous times, Pérez 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 Pérez
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," Pérez 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, Pérez 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 28, 2001 |
Wizard Cover Being Sold
As some of you may be aware, Spencer Beck is the art dealer and agent of George Pérez (see his website at The Artist's Choice).
This is the guy you need to contact if you're interested in getting a
special commission piece (from any of the artist on his website).
Please note that George is busy with JLA/Avengers and the new CrossGen
monthly in 2003.
Currently, Spencer is selling the cover to WIZARD #125 via Ebay auction:
Ebay Item 1039673577.
Starting bid was a minimum of $750, so I am guessing Wizard
Entertainment paid a handsome fee of $1,000 for one cover? This is only
speculation, corrections, as always can be emailed to me and/or through the guestbook.
From George Pérez, via Avengers Messageboard (special thanks to Ilke Hincer)
| November 24, 2001 |
Wizard's Third Cover
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
From Avengers Messageboard (thanks to Ilke Hincer)
| November 24, 2001 |
Wizard Used & Unused Cover
> 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 |
From PREVIEWS vol 11, #11 (Nov 01)
| November 3, 2001 |
WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE #125
- Wizard #125 is our MEGA 2002 PREVIEW
ISSUE! Get the skinny on JLA/AVENGERS by George Pérez, 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! Pérez draws an all-new
JLA/Avengers cover to this issue!
On sale December 19, 2001
|__Magazine (JLA/Avengers cover by George Pérez)
__Magazine (Spider-Man movie photo cover)
The two upcoming Perez
JLA/Avengers covers are for WIZARD #125 (set for release at the end of
December), which is Wizard's big 2002 preview issue.
From George Pérez
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.