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Slush Exclusive:
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.

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AN: Did the announced replacement team not work out?

JQ: No, actually a little over a month ago we realized that what Roberto [Aguierre-Sacasa] and Steve [McNiven] were working on was just amazing. We also realized that it was an incredibly grounded, humanistic and "real world" take on the FF. We felt that this book needed different branding and also was warranting a launch with a big fat number one. The real problem became that once we had made that decision we had a hole in our regular FF title. The offer to Mark and Mike to return was on the table but they were weighing their options so we were kind of on hold. You have no idea how thrilled I was (and relieved) when the team supreme decided to stay on. I was also honored that they trusted enough in me to accept my apology and stay on the book.

AN: What effect on your decisions did six guys on the internet using psuedonyms have?

JQ: No more effect other than I agreed with them from the get go and let's be honest here, it's only five.

AN: How long can we expect Waid and Ringo to stay on the title for? This isn't going to be like when Van Halen reunited with David Lee Roth and two weeks later it was over, is it?

JQ: You would have to ask Mark and Mike that but if they answer anything other than a long run I'll fire that schmuck Waid right now.


Check out Slush's "Fantastic Four In 2004" preview featuring details and art from the three FF series hitting store shelves next year! Click here!


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