News‎ > ‎

Mark Alessi (CrossGen Comics) was one of the key figures that made JLA/Avengers a reality.

posted Sep 8, 2019, 3:42 PM by Vu Nguyen

AVENGERS/JLA #4 (Feb 2004)
DC Comics/Marvel Comics

A gentleman, who passed away recently, Mark Alessi, was the publisher and founder of CrossGen Comics, who wanted me to work at CrossGen. He was offering me a great, great deal, I was very, very flattered. The companies are always like, in bidding wars to get my services and I’m very flattered by that. But Mark really wanted me there, but I was hesitant.

I said, “What if the JLA/Avengers comes in? I don’t want to be losing it working a staff job.” I couldn’t work freelance. And Mark said, “Tell them to get their butt in gear, but if they don’t get this offer to you on paper by this date, tell ’em, ‘Thank you, but no thank you, I’m going to go to CrossGen.’”

The day it was due I got a fax with a contract saying, “It’s a go.” So, if it wasn’t for Mark pushing them a little further, they would have dragged their feet. So he’s another person to be credited for JLA/Avengers. I was very saddened to hear of his recent death.

Also, to tell you how lucky I am, he said, “We still want you at CrossGen. Do JLA/Avengers. We’ll just list you as having a leave of absence, and then when you’re finished you come back to us.” I don’t lose anything! I’m always in these win-win situations.