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    In the Jim Starlin-revealed gatefold cover to Stormwatch #19, as reported here, he wrote;

    Hellstrike, the Forecaster, Midnighter, the Engineer, Apollo, Jenny Soul, the Weird and Storm Control

    Many of those names are known to Authority and Stormwatch fans, but who is The Weird?

    Well, he was the titular character of a series by Jim Starlin and BErnie Wirightson created for DC in 1988.

    He was made of energy, hailed from another dimension (suitable as a dimensional replacement for the Stormwatch team then) and was one of a race exploited an an energy source, something he rebelled against, and found his way to Earth in our dimension, where he possessed the body of a dead man. He recruited a bunch of DC superheroes to fight on behalf of his race, before blowing up. The end.

    That is until he was revived in 2006 by Starlin in Mystery In Space, as his remaining energy knocked the equally disembodied Captain Comet somehow both giving them new bodies. And then fighting a church, or something.



    And now Starlin has Stormwatch, it's another change to bring him back, twenty-five years after his initial creation!

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    WTF DC?! You dipped your bullshit in my peanut butter!

    Or did I dip my peanut butter in your bullshit?
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    I'll be interested to see if the Weatherman, I mean Forecaster, is Jackson King or Henry Bendix under that helmet
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    Starlin just isn't going let him go, now is he? The fact that no other creator has wanted to use The Weird in the past 25 years.....
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    It's probably Mongul. Or Synnar.

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    The Weird was one of Starlin's best creations at DC in the 80's. Certainly his best 80's DC work outside the Batman comics. Now when are we going to get a Wrightson illustrated special to help the kids who have no clue about how great The Weird is to catch up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck E View Post
    Starlin just isn't going let him go, now is he? The fact that no other creator has wanted to use The Weird in the past 25 years.....
    Would you say the reason creators rarely use Gaiman's version of Sandman or it's supporting characters have to do with an inherent weakness in those characters or a respect to the creator's wishes and to not "ruin" them with overuse instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck E View Post
    Starlin just isn't going let him go, now is he? The fact that no other creator has wanted to use The Weird in the past 25 years.....
    Maybe. Or maybe they didn't use him because there's a different deal in place for the character than the standard WFH. It's kept Black Lightning on ice for all this time....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter G View Post
    Maybe. Or maybe they didn't use him because there's a different deal in place for the character than the standard WFH. It's kept Black Lightning on ice for all this time....
    Mmm no. Black Lightning is & has never been "on ice". Creators (with the usual DC editorial permission that is needed for ALL characters use, of course)are "free" to use him, should they choose. You may be referring to Tony Isabella's contract that stated that additional monies be paid to him if the character was ever used in any other media besides comics. *THAT* keeps him "on ice" for consideration when it comes to movies, cartoons, & TV (even then, he was used on Brave & The Bold), but not comic books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thekamisama View Post
    Would you say the reason creators rarely use Gaiman's version of Sandman or it's supporting characters have to do with an inherent weakness in those characters or a respect to the creator's wishes and to not "ruin" them with overuse instead?
    I would say that DC knows it's in their best interests not overuse Gaiman's Sandman or it's supporting characters, despite whatever their creators wishes would be. That's why whenever they HAVE used those characters outside of a Gaiman story, they've gone out their way to have the creator of said story publicly state that they were doing with Gaiman's permission. It's strictly PR since they know that the people who they can make all that money from give a damn about that kind of stuff more than super-hero fans do.

    "Respect" for Starlin's characters doesn't extend to Thanos? To Pip The Troll? What makes you think that a lack of use means that creators have a "respect" for another creator's creations in all cases?

    The point I was trying to make in a self-admittedly asinine comment was that in the few appearances that The Weird has made, a majority of fans & creators haven't "got him". Only Starlin seems to know what stories could be pulled from this character. Thus the underuse.

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