DC Artist Jerry Ordway details his experience with DC on his blog, which hasn’t been a positive one over the past decade.
In his blog he discusses what his career has been like since he first started working at DC and what DC’s treatment of him has become, namely in not giving him any steady work and relegating him to fill-in artist which isn’t enough to keep him financially stable.
He also asks older fans to speak up to comic companies about their treatment of the many good talents that are currently idle:
Older fans need to voice their opinions, and ask the various companies why (fill in the blank) person isn’t drawing or writing comics for them anymore. If you like the Superman books enough to spend a hundred dollars on a volume, I don’t understand why your buying power can’t wake the companies up to the fact that they have a willing and able talent pool idling.
For anyone who’s interacted with me long enough probably knows by now how much I love Jerry Ordway and especially the work that he’s done on the JSA Annual #1 in 2008, and on Infinity Inc in the 1980s. Most of all, I really love the way he draws Huntress and Power Girl and has been consistently among my top suggestions of artist to take over art duties on Worlds’ Finest. In fact, I even suggested him again a few hours ago.
At his point, getting Ordway to take over art duties following Kevin Maguire’s departure from this book is pretty much the only thing that’ll keep me buying this book despite being consistently put off by Levitz’ less than subpar/consistently cliché writing.
I know I’m not as big a blog as DC Women Kicking Ass to really signal boost Ordway (or maybe I can solicit Sue to help out), but I do ask all of you to reblog this post and get the word out.
All I ask is to help out a legendary artist who’s been working in the industry for over 30 years obtain more steady work, preferably on a monthly title.
You can do so by reading his blog post and contacting DC Comics about why he and many other talents are MIA or out of work. I for one, will be doing my part. :)
If my words aren’t enough to persuade you, take a look at this lovely page he did for All Star Companion attached above. It features two of my favourite DC ladies I frequently blog about. :)
PS: Chuck Dixon is in the comments addressing the same problem as well.