Simonson exclusive to DC

Legendary creator Walter Simonson has signed a one-year exclusivity agreement with DC Comics, the publisher announced late Tuesday. Fans of DC Comics should know the name well. Simonson recently had a run on the title "Orion," which recently came to a close.

"For the past four or five years I've worked primarily for DC," Simonson said in a DC Press Release. "Partly, it's because I enjoy the company of the people I work with there, editors like Joey Cavalieri, writers like Michael Moorcock, and artists like John Paul Leon. And it's also because I've had the chance to draw some personal favorites such as Orion and the New Gods, Green Lantern, the original Captain Marvel, and even a little Batman. I feel I've done some of my best work in the last few years at DC."

"Walt has been one of my personal favorite artists since I was an intern photocopying his 'Batman/Manhunter' story in 1974," said Mike Carlin, VP - Executive Editor, DC Universe of Simonson. "And since meeting him at Marvel in 1981, I'm happy to say he's one of my favorite people as well. No matter what the project is, he comes to the table with tons of unique ideas and enthusiasm. Walt is an great, all-around talent, and DC's all the stronger for working with this major creator."

Coming in February, 2003 Simonson will begin a six-issue run as writer of "Wonder Woman," joined by artists Jerry Ordway and P. Craig Russel with covers supplied by Adam Hughes. The six-part story is titled "The Game of the Gods" and starts with issue #189, set to hit stores February 26th.

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