Update 2, Aug. 23: Rob Liefeld’s ongoing Twitter discussion of his departure from DC has continued into day two, with the writer/artist stating, “My greatest triumph at DC was getting an inept editor fired. From that point on that I had put a target on me. Next guy wanted to show me.”
Presumably the “next guy” is DC editor Brian Smith, who in two tweets Wednesday night, Liefeld wrote, “Next time a little DC editor wants to show me how big his little pecker is—oh, right that’s over for good. And that little pecker belongs to @yourpalSmitty let’s give him a round of applause. He’s a big dick now!!” Batgirl writer Gail Simone subsequently defended Smith on her own Twitter account, saying, “I’ve said it a hundred times, but @yourpalsmitty is one of the best editors I have ever worked with, anywhere, period.”
Still, Liefeld is presenting his experience working with DC as part of The New 52 as an overall positive experience, tweeting, “DC52 was as good a roller coaster as I’ve ever experienced. Can’t NOT share,” and, last night, “And, I loved all the work I did there regardless of the struggle. I think the DC 52 was/is positive for comics.”
Update: Rob Liefeld has continued to use Twitter to discuss his reasons for leaving DC, writing, “I had at least 20 editorial battles and won 80% but those battles wear you down.” In expressing more frustration with DC’s editorial staff, he wrote, “Freelancers, tell your editor he works for you, not the other way around. Routinely fire them to remind then you call the shots.” In a criticism of publishers recruiting overseas talent, he wrote, in two consecutive tweets, “And where it’s all headed is overseas talent anyways. Why do you think that they fly around doing new talent searches in foreign countries? Don’t mistake this for vitriol— the big two are looking to replace talent with cheaper models, domestic and otherwise.”
Original story: Rob Liefeld has talked about quitting DC before, but it looks like this time it’s for real — and with a firm end date.
On Twitter, the writer/artist stressed that it was his choice, saying he “Officially got off the DC52 treadmill this morning,” and “I believe in what DC is doing, but had to preserve my sanity.” He continued, acknowledging, “This is the 4th time I quit in the last 4 months. This time it will stick.”
Liefeld is currently writing and drawing Deathstroke, and plotting and co-scripting Grifter and The Savage Hawkman. In a Tweet, Liefeld said that September’s “0′s are my last issues,” which would be contrary to what’s been solicited for October and November, with each month listing Liefeld in his current roles on the three books. He disclosed that Scott Clark, who has been illustrating Grifter, will be replacing him on Deathstroke, and that long-time Liefeld associate Marat Mycheals will “continue the work on Grifter.” In further tweets, Liefeld addressed his reasons for leaving, including, “Massive indecision, last minute and I mean LAST minute changes that alter everything. Editor pissing contests,” and, “Last week my editor said ‘ early on we had a lot of indie talent that weren’t used to re-writes and changes..made it hard’. Uh, no, it’s you.”
Liefeld has been involved with The New 52 since its inception, first as the artist (and later writer) of Hawk and Dove, which ended after eight issues. In January, one day after the news of Hawk and Dove‘s cancellation, he was announced as coming on board Deathstroke, Grifter and Hawkman. Keep reading Newsarama for more information on the future of Liefeld’s three books.