Did DC give The Dude a rude awakening?

You'd think with DC revitalizing its entire line of titles this fall that they'd take all the top talent they could get. But for one reason or another, that doesn't seem to be the case.

That's the word according to legendary artist Steve "The Dude" Rude, who related in his regular e-newsletter that he was rebuffed when looking for work at DC. Rude left the Big Two a few years back to work on creator-owned work such as Nexus and The Moth, but after neither project failed to provide for him financially as he hoped he was looking to rekindle a relationship with his preffered publisher of the Big Two, DC. Here's how Rude says it went:

One month ago, I began my contact with DC through an editor that I knew.  Having no success, I tried a second editor.  Then finally, one of the higher-up “exec” types. So far, one editor has responded–with a polite turn down.  The two others I never heard back from. Interesting world, isn’t it?

In this missive to his fans he explained that of all the characters at DC, the ones he was most drawn to currently was Supergirl, Superman, Big Barda and OMAC. But what do you think? Is there a place for Steve Rude at DC or Marvel in the year 2011? And if so, what would you like to see him work on?

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