Jim Starlin fell out badly with Marvel Comics over the current trilogy of original graphic novels featuring Thanos he is creating with Alan Davis. In that, the plot for Thanos: The Infinity Conflict was very similar in concept to that of the Thanos ongoing series by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw. A series that Starlin was told he wouldn’t write, despite creating the character for Marvel, and at a time when the character was at its highest profile, courtesy of the movies.
Back then, he said that he would conclude the trilogy of Thanos graphic novels he had agreed to write, but then that would be it for him, for Marvel.
Bleeding Cool has been told that on October 1st, Marvel will be publishing Thanos: The Infinity Ending. Hardcover, 112 pages, the usual price.
And ending in more ways than one, it seems. An ending to Jim Starlin’s work for Marvel. And his final Thanos story…
“Just to set the record straight, Marvel Comics didn’t pull me off any books, they just made it clear they weren’t interested in using me on any of the tie-in series to the movies or regular series. Even though I lobbied heavily to write the Thanos on-going that task was twice given to other writers, which is Marvel Editorial’s right to do.“What I objected to and what will be keep me from doing any further work for Marvel Editorial was Tom Brevoort approving a plot for the current on-going series, which was pretty much the same as the Thanos story arc in the graphic novel trilogy Alan Davis and I have been working on for Tom for close to the past year. He had 200 pages of script and 100 pages of pencils on this project when he gave the green light to a strikingly similar plot. The on-going will be in print before the graphic novel trilogy. To avoid spoiling anyone’s enjoyment of these two stories I will not be summarizing the striking similarities.“At first Tom denied giving his approval to the plot. When that turned out to be false, he switched to claiming there was nothing similar about the two plots. When that didn’t fly he changed his story to it was all an accident. These changes of excuse and other bits of procrastination ate up a month, by which time the current Thanos on-going art team was too far along for anything to be done about the situation. Too bad for me. So I am moving on.“And, yes, Marvel Entertainment has treated me very well and generously. Them I like.”