5 Most Transformative Creative Runs In Comic Book History[ read more 5 Most Transformative Creative Runs In Comic Book History ]
June 4, 2013 by Hector Fernandez
Anyone who read the oversized Green Lantern #20 last month saw something exceedingly rare in comics: an issue with at least several pages devoted to bidding a fond farewell to the creator who took a comic book with modest a following at best, and turned it into one of the industry’s most popular. While the Batmans, Supermans and Spider-Mans of the world have never lost any significant level of name recognition no matter who’s driving their respective books, GL #20 reminds us of how crucially important certain creators are to any given character’s popularity.
The following is a list of the top 5 creators who may not have necessarily written anything that altered the medium itself a la Watchmen, but managed something just as impressive on a smaller scale: taking “second-stringers” and making them and their respective titles bigger than anyone could have ever imagined.
5. Marv Wolfman and George Perez’ New Teen Titans
Okay, it’s 1980 and you’re the editor-in-chief of DC Comics. You’re continually losing market share to Marvel and the future of your almost half-a-century-old company, despite owning some of the biggest names in the superhero world is in jeopardy. What book’s going to pull your fat out of the fire? One of the Superman titles? Batman? How about an updated version of a previously canceled book that featured a team of teen sidekicks led by Robin? Incredulous? You should be. That is, until I tell you who’s writing and drawing the thing.
Marv Wolfman and George Perez’ version of the Teen Titans became so successful it’s routinely written about as having saved DC from slipping into permanent irrelevance in the 80’s and quickly became a rival to Marvel’s previously peerless Uncanny X-Men. Even though other versions of the Titans would follow their run, it’s no coincidence that when the Teen Titans anime-style cartoon premiered in 2003, the group consisted entirely of members pulled from the Wolfman/Perez iteration. Although the series is not remembered as particularly groundbreaking in the way something like The Dark Knight Returns is, it offered unique innovations of its own, being one of the first times character development played such an integral role on a team book. One could argue (as I’m about to do so get ready) that character played a bigger role on Wolfman-Perez’s team than it did on the X-Men, as Wolfman-Perez began offering battle-free issues devoted entirely to the characters’ personal lives as early as issue 8 with “A Day in the Lives”.