Quotes: The Dark Age of Comic Books
"'Cause no one wants to know the man who stands for things we outgrow
He's too noble and too blind
We're all older now and we don't need someone to care about
The innocence we left behind
Don't touch that dial
It's just that goodness is out of style
Be dark, be cold (So conflicted)
No hand to hold (Heart constricted)
Dark knight, bright soul, (We're addicted)
No room here for the bold"
"I tend to think that I've seen a lot of things over the past 15 years that have been a bizarre echo of somebody else's bad mood. It's not even their bad mood, it's mine, but they're still working out the ramifications of me being a bit grumpy 15 years ago."
"At the time, it was a dreadful setback for the idea of 'grown-up' superhero comics. In hindsight, it was America's inevitable reaction to
Watchmen, and the only response that could possibly be effective: Fuck realism, we just want our superheroes to look cool and kick ten thousand kinds of ass."
"Comics in the '90s were profoundly shitty — they were dreadfully cynical exercises in whorish crap."
"In the eighties, some comic book writers 'deconstructed' heroism by showing the good guys to be unpleasant, greedy, lascivious — traits many readers found titillating, especially when grafted onto heroes from earlier eras. Those stories had some immediate shock value — they certainly got the audience's attention — but, over time, deconstruction is a very limiting narrative strategy. Where do you go, once you've shown your hero to be a creep? You've given readers no one to admire, to root for, no one to identify with (unless they're the kind of readers you don't want to meet); eventually, they'll tire of someone who, in real life, they'd cross the street to avoid."
—Denny O'Neil, The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics
: Both Batman and Robinís costumes also come with blood packs
. These guys really should be bulky like Liefeld heroes, if you think about it. Laura
: BLOOD PACKS sounds like it should have been an insane New 52
comic written and drawn by Rob Liefeld. Just blood-filled pouches as far as the eye can see. David
: Blood Pack was a DC comic
, Laura. Laura
: NO. Did I just invent the past with my mind?
When was this? Was it the í90s? David
: Of course it was.
"For a brief period during the Clone Saga, before Bob Harras waded in and decided Norman Osborn needed to come back to be Peter's Big Bad, the Green Goblin trademark was just kind of sitting around unused... hey, why not work a
heroic Green Goblin into the Spider-Man universe? ('Because that's fucking stupid,' isn't an acceptable answer, either.)... The fact that Urich tried to call himself Green Goblin as a hero is the part of all this stupidity that really kills me. He could've used, like, the Flying Prankster or Happy Halloween Man, or anything that hadn't been used by a guy who killed people. Instead, he opts to do the equivalent of dressing up in a magical Adolf Hitler costume and striding out to become a superhero. This is not a fucking good idea. People aren't going to take it well. That didn't stop motherfucking Phil Urich."
"As stated, it was the 90s when this comic was written. Alan Moore and Frank Miller's darker, grittier comics were already huge in America. Everyone was more inclined to damn The Man and less inclined to salute him, and so Superman's principles of justice and truth and whatnot were looking more and more old fashioned every day... The creators felt that Superman's moral, by-the-books boyscout routine was getting a little hokey, so they went ahead and violated everything that Superman stood for by having him grow a wicked beard, go shithouse-crazy on a couple of Hitlers and burn himself alive, and it was still one of the worst comics of all time."