Quote of the Day

By | Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Leave a Comment
I wanted to write a comic-related follow-up to yesterday's post, but I keep getting nauseous thinking about it. So, I'll pass along this quote I just stumbled across...
Your job [as a writer] was to come on to a book, and create it out of whole cloth. Marvel history meant nothing, but not because of Marvel history -- just that you were so intent on being better than the past writer, or showing how stupid the past writer was, that you went to great lengths to negate everything he said. Your job was to come in and tell everybody, 'It was totally false, it was totally meaningless, and the history of this book starts right here -- with me taking over...'
If I didn't know better, I'd say that came from someone talking about the past five or so years. The quote is actually from Bill Mantlo, speaking about his work from the 1970s.

George Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
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