Longtime Co-Publisher Dan DiDio no longer at DC Comics

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It's the entire industry and that's why it's dying. Didio's idea that superheroes should never be happy is a big part of the reason these stories are no longer appropriate for kids.

Granted, his work was doing gangbusters with older / middle-aged men. But what are his plans to replace readers for them when they die off?
Point taken, I remember in the mid 2000s back when Paul Levitz ran DC, there were comics and animated series for kids and older audiences.

Though the concept of Superheroes being sad and unhappy is ridiculous.

It's possible to have Superhero stories that have drama and realistic issues but with some humor and emotional moments mixed in to even it out. That's what made the older comics and animated series so great.

Disney and Pixar have made it work for years. When they acquired Marvel for example, they took an already successful property and made it even more successful.

Still, whoever replaces Dan Didio just might be the change DC comics needs.
 
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That's a pattern that started in the 1970s when such creators as Denny O'Neal, Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart gained prominence. It didn't really gain ground until the '80s and the rise of the direct market. In animation, the growing popularity of anime helped to fuel the desire for more mature content. However, Dan DiDio may well have recognized the trend and helped to foster it.
I remember hearing that by the 90s and early 2000s most comic book readers were teens and adults.

Also, when comics moved from places like 7-11 and some newsstands to comic book shops, it was difficult for potential readers to find their favorite comic books. Granted, book stores have sections for comics and graphic novels but brick and mortar stores aren't as common as they used to be.

Once upon a time, there used to be mail order subscriptions for comics but I doubt that's an option anymore.

Still, bringing back people like Neal Adams, Jamal Ingle, would be nice. Don't get me wrong, Jim Lee is a great artist, but I miss a lot of DC'S old crew.
 
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Didio's idea that superheroes should never be happy is a big part of the reason these stories are no longer appropriate for kids.
Here's a hot take.

With DiDio gone from DC, what if they actually LET the superheroes be happy? Like, with no strings attached? Like, genuinely, mega-happy?

Like, as mega-happy as Gumball's idea of a mega-happy ending?

 
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Whether you like or disliked him, he's done a lot of good for DC Comics over the years and it's a shame for DC to let go of someone who was so enthusiastic about the medium. It's disgusting to see how some people have been reacting tot his news. That said a lot of his choices were controversial or not the best, like trying to kill off Nightwing for one, and I can see why people got upset with him over the years. I hope he is able to get back on his feet and get back in the game. I am very curious to see what this means for the future of DC Comics. Their 5G initiative is still ago if the trashy garbagehole Bleeding Cool gossip site is to be believed and I'm really interested to see how that is going to go. DC always had the guts to try some pretty big things even if they don't always pan out and I'm curious to see how this will go.
 
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If there's one good thing Didio did during his time at DC, then it was dismissing Chuck Austen after his Superman run angered many fans and critics (like his X-Men run) with restoring the Silver Age Clark/Lois/Lana love triangle that ended Lana's marriage to Pete Ross.
 

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With one of DiDio's more recent creations, Sideways, now in the hands of Brian Bendis (Young Justice), it'll be interesting to see what happens with the character going forward. DiDio was able to get a year's worth of issues out of Sideways, making it his most successful series to date as a writer.
 

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