Quesada Talks Waid (Again)
By Alexander Ness
When we last spoke to Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada back in June, he had granted us the first interview discussing his company's decision to relieve fan-favorite writer Mark Waid from Fantastic Four. Well, fast foward to now (and many angry fan e-mails later), and Waid is back on FF. Quesada was kind enough to grant an interview to Slush's Alex Ness to elaborate on the whole situation.
Take it away Alex...
Alex Ness: What changed to have Mark Waid and "Ringo" back on the title?
Joe Quesada: Unless you've been living under a rock it's no surprise how terrible I felt about how the Mark Waid firing was handled. I believe I must have publicly apologized to Mark on at least four occasions. You know what, it's actually fun apologizing to Mark so lets go for five.
"Dammit, Mark, I'm sorry!"
Jeez that felt good, you should try it sometime.
AN: Since I love his work I hope to never need to apologize to Mark, but it is good news that it's fun to do...
JQ: I might just apologize to Mark on a yearly basis even if there's no reason to, sort of like a personal holiday to remind me of how we sometimes screw up.
Anyway, shortly after the whole thing went down I felt we needed to make good so I went out of my way to plead with Mark and Mike [Wieringo] to return to the book. I even met Mark at some swanky restaurant just shortly after it happened, heck I even paid for the meal! Waid of course knowing this ordered steak.
Look, the honest to god's truth is that Mark is a dear friend, we go back a long way and I just had to make things right.