Thanos creator Jim Starlin is “moving on” from Marvel Comics. The writer, whose graphic novel Thanos: The Infinity Siblings is due out in February, explained that his decision to leave Marvel — and the Mad Titan — behind was due to a dispute with longtime editor Tom Brevoort.
“Just to set the record straight, Marvel Comics didn’t pull me off any books, they just made it clear they weren’t interested in using me on any of the tie-in series to the movies or regular series,” he explained in a post on Facebook. “Even though I lobbied heavily to write the Thanos on-going that task was twice given to other writers, which is Marvel Editorial’s right to do.”
“What I objected to and what will be keep me from doing any further work for Marvel Editorial was Tom Brevoort approving a plot for the current on-going series, which was pretty much the same as the Thanos story arc in the graphic novel trilogy Alan Davis and I have been working on for Tom for close to the past year. He had 200 pages of script and 100 pages of pencils on this project when he gave the green light to a strikingly similar plot,” he continued. “The on-going will be in print before the graphic novel trilogy. To avoid spoiling anyone’s enjoyment of these two stories I will not be summarizing the striking similarities.”
“At first Tom denied giving his approval to the plot. When that turned out to be false, he switched to claiming there was nothing similar about the two plots,” he wrote. “When that didn’t fly he changed his story to it was all an accident. These changes of excuse and other bits of procrastination ate up a month, by which time the current Thanos on-going art team was too far along for anything to be done about the situation. Too bad for me. So I am moving on.”
“And, yes, Marvel Entertainment has treated me very well and generously. Them I like,” he added.
Last week, Starlin told CBR that he and Marvel were parting ways “for the last time,” but did not elaborate on the reason why. “Marvel Editorial has made it clear they want fresh takes on the Titan, so who am I to argue with them?” he said at the time. “It’s been fun, Big Guy. Go out and have an interesting and entertaining life after.” With his Facebook post, Starlin provided more context for his decision.
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