Under the terms of the agreement, the Dabels will retain full control of their company, but their books will be solicited, published and distributed by Marvel. At Newsarama, Cliff Biggers notes that DBPro “will serve as a sophisticated superhero-alternative imprint for Marvel in much the same way that Vertigo fills that niche for DC.”
Perhaps the strangest announcement at the summit also came from Marvel: a promised comic/soap opera crossover with Mighty Avengers and Guiding Light.
“This came about through our collaboration with one of Guiding Light’s designers whom we worked with for Storm’s wedding gown,” Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada tells Newsarama. “[VP of Sales] David Gabriel broached the idea with them about doing a bit of audience cross-pollination and they loved the idea. Again, this is just one more way that we’re trying to reach out beyond our usual audience in an effort to expose those who don’t know anything about the greatness of comics and hopefully come back with a few new converts.”
Marvel also revealed a line of Classics Illustrated-style comics adapting classic novels like Last of the Mohicans.
DC Comics, meanwhile, announced an indefinite delay in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier, noting artist Kevin O’Neill’s slower pace on the detailed book.
In more positive news, DC also revealed a two-volume Showcase collection of the 26-issue Who’s Who, an Absolute edition of Wildcats and a four-volume New Gods Omnibus.
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