Friday, June 22, 2007

Classic Covers: Crisis on Infinite Earths #8

10 comments:

rob! said...

i hated that they killed Flash, but what a great issue!

steve said...

I collected the entire run of CoIE back in '90....from the Quarter Bin of my fave comic book store! I was shocked that Barry died, but it was a heroic death and I'm glad that DC didn't pull a "Jason Todd" on him.
Barry= still the best in my book!

Zeke said...

No question, that was one striking cover. The only thing that mars it is the colouring; Barry is too dark and the juxtaposition with the similarly-coloured Psycho Pirate is unfortunate. (When I first saw this cover in the GREATEST FLASH STORIES collection, severely reduced and even harder to make out, I thought it was Wally standing over Barry.)

The homage in FLASH #13 was sheer fan candy; kudos to the artist. Do you know if there have there been any other homages to this cover? And who drew the original?

- Z

Dixon said...

The cover artwork for Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 was created by George Perez. And astonishing though it may seem, Zeke, I don't know of any other homages. That makes the tribute in The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13 all the more entertaining. (I do plan on posting a few special editions of Classic Covers spotlighting those covers that have inspired homages.)

Craig MacD. said...

Kelson's site "Those Who Ride the Lightning" has a list (as well as images) of the Flash covers which have inspired homages to them. There's a lot more of them than I originally thought.

The Times Observer said...

Has anyone in DC explained why they killed Bart and brought Wally back? Was it due to poor sales?

I'm glad that Wally is back, I always liked him. But why kill Bart, unless they are going to bring him back as Kid Flash in some comic book fashion, which is fine by me.

Craig MacD. said...

Apparently this whole thing (relaunching the series, etc.) has been in the works for a year or more, so Bart's death was planned before (or just after) the first issue hit stands. Strangely enough, I doubt sales were a factor in this as sales for The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 were extroardinarily high, particularly for a Flash comic. I think DC was just keen on killing Bart Allen so that they wouldn't have three superspeed kids (Bart, the West twins) running around the DCU at the same time.

Kelson said...

I'm not convinced that they planned the relaunch before Bart's series hit the stands, though I believe Waid and Guggenheim that it was decided before Guggenheim took over. It seems possible that they might have planned from the start to build Bart up for a year only to kill him, but unlikely -- and even more callous than deciding to kill him after he'd been promoted.

But then I found this panel in Flash: TFMA #1, and I have to wonder...

Craig MacD. said...

I don't know. From what I understand, TF: TFMA was far outselling Wally's title even going by the numbers on the book when Waid and Johns were writing it. Even with the complaints from fans in regards to the writing or the events of IC #4, it seems a bit odd to cancel a new series starring a new version of an old character when it was outselling the previous title.

I also remember an interview with Bilson and DeMeo where they said they had the book planned out to #15 or so. I'm wondering if they knew what Bart Allen's final fate would be (because Dan Dido told them so) and refused to write it either because they didn't think they were capable (as writers) or because they wanted to keep him alive.

Kelson said...

Far outselling at first, when it was a highly-anticipated relaunch, but it dropped to levels comparable to where Rogue War was by the end of the first story arc.