Marvel Editor-in-Chief Answers Fan Questions at MySpace
Joe Quesada, the much-maligned editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics—he single-handedly destroyed Spider-Man, or so sayeth fandom—is returning to the realm of Internet Q&A after a prolonged absence. Comic Book Resources reports that Joe Q’s first “MyCup O’ Joe” column will appear on March 21 on MySpace. His previous columns had been hosted by Newsarama.com, but it appears as if the two sides have had a falling-out. The columnists at Newsarama were among the most vocal critics of Quesada’s plan to erase the marriage of Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Mary Jane Watson. Quesada, who has long said that a married Spider-Man just isn’t as interesting as a single Spider-Man apparently knows how to hold a grudge. Because, seriously, he’s going to post a column on comics at MySpace? I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I only go to MySpace to communicate with close friends and to pimp my Website. When it comes to MySpace, I get in and I get out. It’s not a place that I think to go for news. It’s not a place that I want to hang around at.
I think Joe Quesada is one of the most talented artists working comics today (when he actually puts out work, that is), but I’m not a huge fan of some of the decisions he makes as a businessman. I won’t fault him for erasing the Spider-Marriage—traditional comic book characters are supposed to be forever frozen-in-time, after all—but I do take issue with boneheaded moves like this one. MySpace? Seriously, Joe, why? I’ll read your columns, because I have always loved them, and because I crave the latest Marvel scoop, but I can’t help but think that there are better options out there.