When Dan DiDio Told Paul Pope He Could Draw Scooby Doo But Not Kamandi

When Dan DiDio Told Paul Pope He Could Draw Scooby Doo But Not Kamandi

Posted by August 7, 2013 Comment

Pope-600x421CBR ran a piece on the Paul Pope/Gene Yang discussion at San Diego Comic Con.

Bleeding Cool was at a different discussion so we had some different stories (including a great one about a barber). However what we didn’t have was this exchange…

Paul Pope: “Batman did pretty well, so I sat down with the head of DC Comics. I really wanted to do ‘Kamandi [The Last Boy on Earth]’, this Jack Kirby character. I had this great pitch… and he said ‘You think this is gonna be for kids? Stop, stop. We don’t publish comics for kids. We publish comics for 45-year olds. If you want to do comics for kids, you can do ‘Scooby-Doo.’ And I thought, ‘I guess we just broke up.'”

That would do it. Robot6 followed up with the “we publish comics for 45 year olds” though I think “Dan DiDio told Paul Pope to draw Scooby Doo” might have worked as well.

He’s not alone, from the comments section, Kyle Baker states;

“This is why I quit the comics business.”

I’m only forty… suddenly I feel young. For the first time in ages.

And gave all his comics away for free..

By the way, I would like to go on record as saying I would love to see a Scooby Doo drawn by Paul Pope.

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Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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(Last Updated August 9, 2013 9:26 am )

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