Marvel Comics writer Gerry Duggan reveals purpose of current X-Men books, another failure for Marvel
Marvel Comics writer Gerry Duggan, who currently writes Marauders, Cable, and Savage Avengers, recently detailed the purpose of the current and upcoming X-Men comics.
Duggan took to Twitter, where he wrote: “The people who collaborate on Comics X are curating the biggest comic book stories right now. “
He then detailed: “The point is to have fun, to rock our artists and publishers, and to give readers what they didn’t know they needed.
“The goal is to make the artist happy. Everyone is there for the journey, ”he added.
In a subsequent tweet, Duggan said, “Please don’t give us your good ideas for articles. You have to exploit them. “
He continued, “Please don’t behave in a messy manner about the comics towards the people who work hard at them. Be cool.”
“X’s reign is here, I hope you dig it, but we’re having a really good time,” he concluded.
Duggan would be questioned about these statements. Twitter user rmoneyg35 wrote: “Lmao forgets the fans, you all know what’s best, eh?
The user added: “No wonder the comic book industry is failing and Manga is destroying American comics. It’s about keeping fans / customers happy. “
Duggan responded by sharing a Marvel Entertainment YouTube video with a message from Stan Lee.
In the video, Lee says, “I want you to know that Marvel has always been and always will be a reflection of the world right outside our window. This world can change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change is the way we tell our stories of heroism.
He continued, “These stories have room for everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion or skin color. The only thing we have no room for is hatred, intolerance and bigotry.
“This man next to you is your brother. That woman over there is your sister. And that passing kid, hey, who knows he might have the proportional strength of a spider, ”Lee said.
Lee concluded, “We are one big family, the human family, and we all come together in the body of Marvel. And you, you are part of this family. You are a part of the Marvel Universe that continues to progress to greater glory. In other words, Excelsior! “
It’s unclear what Duggan’s interest is with Lee’s video, but Marvel Comics is reprinting Lee’s Stan soapboxes.
That of September 1967 reads: “Many keepers of the faith have demanded that we take a more specific stand on current issues such as Viet Nam, civil rights and increasing crime, not to name a few. We feel like most Marvel freaks know pretty well where we stand on such matters – and we’ve long believed that our first duty is to entertain.
He continues: “Of course you’ve probably noticed that it’s not too easy to keep our own beliefs out of the moving sagas that we throw at you – but, in our way, we try.”
That’s right, Stan Lee made it clear that Marvel’s first duty is to entertain.
According to Duggan, this is no longer the case. The goal is now to “give readers what they didn’t know they needed”. It doesn’t sound like entertainment.
And as rmoneyg35 points out, readers find entertainment elsewhere and it seems a lot of them find it manga.
Twitter user Vielned points out that the latest NPD BookScan results from April 2021 show manga to dominate sales with the top 20 placements. There are no western comics on the list.
It looks like the readers aren’t here for the ride.
They jumped off the Marvel bus and it doesn’t look like they’re coming back anytime soon.