Post by beccabear67 on Sept 5, 2020 17:58:09 GMT -5
Wow, I never knew about the comics that got intercepted before being distributed! I knew they were sort of treated by most distributors as an interchangeable commodity of bales on trucks. The only thing I ever heard of like the above was something to do with Howard The Duck #1 back in the mid '70s.
Adams' work was a major victim of what's called "affadavit fraud". By the late 60s, national magazine distributors no longer required that unsold copies be returned. Even cutting off the title logo and returning that wasn't required anymore. They just accepted whatever the regional distributors said about how many copies were sold. Ambitious comics fan/dealers would go to the regional distributors and buy entire cases of popular comics before they even got to the stands, and the regional distributors would claim those as unsold. One of those fan/dealers, Robert Beerbohm, is working on a book about the history of the comics industry, and he posts about his findings on Facebook. He posted this about a month ago:
I am proud I have been able to prove the seminal comic book series Green Lantern Green Arrow he [Neal Adams] poured his heart and soul in to with collaborator Dennis O'Neil was in all actuality a Best Seller being consumed body & soul by an intense surge by comic book speculators of the day with too many an ID line worker inside the warehouse actually selling all their copies for cash and reporting "all shredded" to their management who in turn created the paper work which in known as "affidavit return fraud" because the then-perceived lowly comic books had devolved in to an 'honor" system rife with fraud.
This might be rather Mr. Rogers but I worried then, and even now, that the Liefeld type of characters might just lead some impressionable kids to take steroids thinking that was what an adult man was. The females of that era's 'look' often had the gravity-defying big boobs too so there's a worry about breast implants I suppose, but mainly it's the extreme muscles that genuinely bother me (up there with comics showing guns as magical things and 'fun'). That one cover I posted above made me laugh out loud, it seemed like Liefeld was aware of it himself and was trying to make light of it, so that seems good. There was some other artist I saw on a poster where everyone was exaggeratedly frowning/grimacing, gritted in pain, or for women sort of pouting, and I shook my head over that... a late '80s DC comic I saw advertised at the time when I pretty much vowed not to buy any DC or Marvel comics again ever. I only remember The Spectre was one of the characters in this group. I can't seem to find whatever it was now, it just it seemed like a parody. It was definitely not by Rob Liefeld anyway.