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COMIC LEGEND: Marvel did an issue of Green Goblin about Rob Liefeld leaving Image Comics.
Longtime reader Rollo Tomassi wrote to me about an interesting issue of Green Goblin, the short-lived series starring Ben Urich’s teenage nephew Phil as a superhero version of the Green Goblin.
The issue in question (Green Goblin #9, by Tom DeFalco, Scott McDaniel and Derek Fisher) is about a brash, young, creative mind of a video game company who is forced out of his start-up company and gets revenge using a special virtual reality suit.
The characters pretty clearly ARE meant to be riffs on the Image creators, as come on, just look at their names…
Larson Toddsmith? That’s not even trying!
There’s a funny bit in there about copyright violation (McDaniel amusingly would later become the regular artist on Batman’s solo book)…
In any event, the book came out in 1996, which is when Rob Liefeld famously split from Image Comics over disputes over how to run things. So it is understandable that Rollo Tomassi would presume that this was meant to be a commentary on that.
However, the timeline doesn’t work. This issue came out in April of 1996. The first Image split didn’t happen until June of 1996 when Marc Silvestri first left Image with his Top Cow Studio while in conflict with Liefeld. Liefeld then left in September (upon which Silvestri returned to Image).
So unless DeFalco was supppppppper prescient, then no, this is not a reference to the Image split of 1996.
Thanks for the suggestion, RT!
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