Legendary artist and editor Dick Giordano says he regrets his role in popularizing “grim-and-gritty” storytelling in mainstream comics.
Giordano, 77, was vice president/executive editor of DC Comics from 1983 to 1993, during which time the company published Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen.
“The Dark Knight Returns … helped start the ‘grim and gritty’ trends in comic storytelling that still exist today,” Giordano said in a brief exchange with the Toronto Star about Disney’s planned makeover of Mickey Mouse. “That was an unintended result, and I am truly sorry it happened. Comics are much too dark today. Er – in my opinion.”
When asked why we are “suddenly” so enthralled with good guys turned bad, Giordano responded: “Who’s ‘we’? Not me! I miss the heroes of yesteryear. Maybe that’s why I don’t get much work. … I think readers have become inured to the mindless violence on TV, the movies, and are comfortable with the anti-hero … and the fact that there are so few heroes on our planet, the concept seems kinda silly to them.”
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