Fabian Nicieza on the New Universe
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (FabNic) Newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe Subject: Re: New Uninverse Date: 5 Nov 1995 12:11:54 -0500 Lines: 33 Message-ID: <email@example.com> References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Take it from someone who was there (I wrote PSI-FORCE from #16 through #32 and ish #9 was my first published comic)... PSI-FORCE, JUSTICE and D.P.7 all lasted until issue #32, cancelled in 1987. STARBRAND was cancelled at the same time, but because it had been bi-monthly, it's numbering was lower (I don't recall what the last issue # was). [It was #19. -- LKS] There was a NEW UNIVERSE "implosion" around issue #16 of the titles [Actually, it was #12. -- LKS], and the 4 surviving titles gamely carried on for another year plus. Ironically enough, when we were cancelled, our sales were in the mid-30,ooo copy range or better. That put it in Marvel's cellar at that time. But in this declined marketplace that's better sales than a majority of titles currently being published by Marvel and others. I always say, whether I quit a book (X-MEN, ALPHA FLIGHT, NEW WARRIORS, etc.), I get fired (X-FORCE) or it gets cancelled on me (PSI-FORCE, NOMAD) that I would NEVER go back again. Honestly, with PSI-FORCE and the NEW U, I would make an exception to my rule (especially since the books moved in real time and all the characters, world situation, etc. would be ten years later). I know GRU feels the same way about DP7. Doubt we could ever pitch a NEWU Special Project, but it would be fun to consider. -- fabian P.S. -- one more exception to my never go back again, of course, would be the SPIDER-MAN/SPEEDBALL team-up I want to do for the new SPIDEY TEAM-UP book, but it seems, for some unfathomable reason, that smarter editorial heads keep saying No.
NOTE: I've now started a web site dedicated to the New Universe.