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Crisis on Infinite Earth's creators reflect on the internal battles and major moments in the landmark DC event

posted Jan 29, 2019, 5:49 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Jan 29, 2019, 5:50 PM ]
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Excerpt: DC fans said goodbye to worlds that had been around for decades as Crisis on Infinite Earths author Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez killed dozens of DC characters in the process. In the end, Crisis was a booming success, breathing new life into DC, giving creators a fresh start and most importantly, selling loads of comic books. This week, SYFY WIRE spoke with Wolfman, artist Jerry Ordway and former DC editor Paul Levitz about the making of Crisis and its impact on the comic book world.


At the start of the project, Wolfman met again with Kahn, then vice president Levitz, executive editor Dick Giordano and the rest of DC's editors to work on the story. While Levitz agrees that Crisis provided a helpful reboot, Levitz insists that DC wasn't struggling to the extent Wolfman remembers.

"Marv's entitled to his opinion," Levitz said. "DC was on an up curve at the time, helped by his work with George Perez on Teen Titans, and titles that were effectively catering to the newly growing direct market of comic shops. Crisis provided a great relaunching moment for many characters, and that mattered a lot, but I suspect we would have found other ways to do that if it hadn't come together."

Still, it was risky.

"It was the centerpiece of our 50th anniversary and a host of tie-in projects," he added. "If it failed (creatively or commercially) it would have been quite a setback."