If anyone was surprised to see Ariel Olivetti’s name mentioned as one of the creators working on DC’s newly-announced GI Combat, thinking that he was a Marvel exclusive artist these days, Rich Johnston found a particularly revealing interview with the artist where he talks about working on Iron Man 2.0:
The scripts were awful at the end, at first it worked well with the other story that Marvel was publishing… but later it went to hell. They invented an archivillian that made no sense. The scripts were backwards, the writer married in the middle, leaving everybody stuck, they put an replacement writer who was worse. The editor kicked the replacement writer off and he wrote the scripts. A disaster that thankfully ended.
In the penultimate issue I could draw ten pages and nothing more, because the script never came. So I had a week to deliver the rest and the script was not finished yet. And in the final issue I draw five pages nothing more. I got the script and they said, “How many pages you can do for next Friday?”. And we had five days, five pages. Because I color directly, How would you do it? It’s impossible. So they called in other guys and you will see for yourself. The last issues of Iron Man 2.0 are a disaster. There is one woman who is blonde, then in the other frame is a brunette. It is impossible that in a week all the artists could agree and say “Man, the blouse you have to draw is red, and the girl who was drinking tea, I did drinking beer. ”
Olivetti went on to compare Marvel to McDonalds, and say “At one time Marvel worked like a little clock, but it melted down 2 or 3 years ago,” before suggesting that he was about to ask permission to leave his exclusive contract early due to lack of available work. This really doesn’t paint whatever happened behind the scenes on the book in anything close to a positive light, and makes you wonder whether the recent spate of multiple-artists-on-one-issue at Marvel is also down to later-than-ideal scripts…