The latest weekly dose of DC Comics related news items from November 2nd - 4th, 2013!
Silver Age legend Nick Cardy passes on!
As the years go by, so too seem the talents of yesteryear. To this end, DC Comics have announced the death of Silver Age artist Nick Cardy. He was 93 years old and for the moment his death appears to be of natural causes. DC Entertainment issued a statement which summarized his life and importance to the company.
Born in 1920, Nick Cardy started his career drawing for the "Eisner and Iger Studio" (the iconic studio run by Will Eisner and Jerry Iger) in 1940 drawing some "Lady Luck" and "The Spirit" strips. After serving in World War II, Cardy returned to his career as comic book illustrator, first working for DC Comics in 1950. He has drawn a variety of comics and covers for DC over the course of a 25 year career with them, but is best known for a 40 issue run on "Aquaman" as well as the first run of "Teen Titans" from 1966-1973 - including "Brave and the Bold #60" which introduced the modern era's Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) and saw the "Teen Titans" unite for the first time. Other runs on interior comics include Western hero "Bat-Lash", as well as "Justice League of America", "House of Mystery" and "House of Secrets". He also served as one of DC Comics' primary cover artists from 1969-1975.
Cardy ultimately left DC Comics work in the 1970's and worked in commercial art, including on posters for films. Some of his work includes the posters for "grind house" classic "The Street Fighter" from 1974 starring Sonny Chiba as well as Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" from 1979. He was inducted into the "Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame" in 2005.
DC Comics shuts down New York offices; heads west!
In a move which some saw as inevitable, DC Comics is leaving its longtime location of 1700 Broadway to head to Burbank, California with the rest of DC Entertainment. This was seen by many as an inevitable move once "DC Entertainment" was formed in 2009 which was envisioned as Warner Brothers' attempt to better capitalize on the comic book company they've owned since 1969 to fast track adaptations to film, video games, TV shows and home video. Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, answered questions about the move today.
Nelson noted that running a large company across two coasts was more effort than she thought was necessary, and that shifting the company under one umbrella on the east coast will allow more harmony and ease with getting things done. Despite the advances in technology, she found it more difficult running things across two coasts and determined - especially with new Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara starting to make moves within the studio - that it would be easier to move everyone from the New York office to Burbank. Top DC honchos Dan DiDio, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee were among many of the top brass who have been organized in California for years.
Considering the seeming epidemic of editorial mismanagement and micro-management at DC Comics, this could be seen as a move seeking to improve upon that by having everyone under the same roof. It should be noted that this move is not intended to be done via layoffs and that all of their New York based employees were "[offered] a chance to move". While DC Comics has long had a legacy in midtown Manhattan, a legacy alone isn't enough for a company to maintain a status quo which appears more expensive and difficult for them.
Jeff Lemire makes activist a member of the "Justice League"!
2014 will see hot DC Comics writer Jeff Lemire will be writing "Justice League Canada" when the team is extended and relaunched next year. To this end he has been inspired by Shannen Koostachin, a 15 year old activist for the Cree people of Canada who lobbied Parliment Hill in Ottawa for better schools for her reservation. She ultimately died in a car crash in 2010, just before she would have turned 16. Lemire has stated being so inspired by her that he will fashion one of the new heroes for his new "Justice League" team around her. "I think if I can capture some of that heart and some of that essence in this character, perhaps she'll almost be a guiding spirit in the creation of this character," Lemire stated. Considering DC Comics' recent missteps in regards to female characters, this is a rare bit of good news as 2013 comes to a close.