I’ve noted before that, like the dividing line between the Golden and Silver Ages, no two fans seem to be able to entirely agree on what constitutes my “old stuff”, almost unanimously agreed to be “better”, and what constitutes the “new stuff” which is, by definiton, utter drek.
A couple of auction and eBay pieces posted recently to this Forum underscore this point with great irony. “His old stuff was better” is a mantra I’ve been hearing some quarters of fandom chanting since I left UNCANNY X-MEN for FANTASTIC FOUR, back in 1980. That’s the same FF run that is now almost universally declared to be “second only to Lee & Kirby”, of course!
What’s amusing — in the way dead puppies are amusing — is seeing so much work that lies deep into “new stuff” territory now turning up for sale at what seem exorbitant prices with, apparently, no one bothered by how “bad” they are. In fact, the same pieces that were so, so, so very bad just a few years ago would seem to have been transformed by the passage of time into pieces of great merit and, therefore, financial worth.
I wonder if anyone is keeping track of this, somewhere? Is there an official scale, that indicates just how old a piece of “new stuff” has to be before it ticks over into “old stuff” and is instantly rehabilitated?
I’d love to see a copy, if there is. I might start backdating my work.
The best explanation for this phenomenon – or, at least, the most amusing one posted in the forum, because “Well, there came a point (around the time you stopped doing creator-owned work for Dark Horse, I personally think) where you stopped pushing yourself as a creator, instead relying on retreads of what had come before (in some cases dismissing/rewriting other creators’ work in order to reach that point). That, combined with the genre you work in moving in a direction that left you far from the cutting edge and popularity that you once enjoyed, lmade the fan subconscious consider that your earlier, more popular work was somehow ‘better’ because not only did more people like it, but it was better recieved, critically” is somehow unlikely to appear on the board – may be this:
The fan is like the female, fickle. Present company excluded though.