Marvel/DC Quick News: Robinson, Omnibuses

DC has announced “legendary Batman comic book artist Jerry Robinson, a key contributor during the early years of the Batman comic book series, will be a creative consultant for the company.”

This is so important that they sent out a press release, but the information isn’t anywhere on their website as of this writing. It’s not really news, though, is it? More of a lovely gesture.

Since no specific tasks or duties are announced, that makes me wonder if this isn’t just a way to get Mr. Robinson on the payroll and cover his health insurance. Which is a wonderful thing for DC to do and a good way to do it, if so.

Meanwhile, Marvel has announced that they’re bringing three out-of-print Omnibuses back: Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus, Fantastic Four Omnibus, and Uncanny X-Men Omnibus. Good news. Books like this should stay in print.

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3 Responses to “Marvel/DC Quick News: Robinson, Omnibuses”

  1. James Schee Says:

    Yup its a pretty good gesture on DC part.

    In the face of thing like the Superman rights thing, its a long over due outreach to older creators. (he helped create the Joker among others right?)

    How are the Ominibuses? DC and Marvel both have them, now and I wondered if they were well put together or not.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Here’s more on Robinson’s career. The Omnibuses, at least the Marvel, seem to have ok construction. I didn’t notice any problems with the X-Men one, anyway. My biggest issue was not having the sheer quantity of material become overwhelming.

  3. Tommy Raiko Says:

    “[I] wonder if this isn’t just a way to get Mr. Robinson on the payroll and cover his health insurance. Which is a wonderful thing for DC to do and a good way to do it, if so.”

    I confess that was my first thought, too. I also note, though, that other blogospheric commentators are wondering if hiring Robinson might have been some way to forestall any Siegel-like legal action Robinson may have been contemplating.

    Still, if I’m going to indulge in idle speculation into DC’s motive here absent any real information, I’m happy to ascribe generous, selfless motives to them rather than more calculated, sinister ones.

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