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Friday, July 17, 2020 

Why did Todd Nauck have to work for Rob Liefeld a quarter century ago?

The Orange County Register wrote about the cancellation of the SDCC, whose directors will substitute a virtual convention to be viewed at home instead, and the first of a few example for people involved who comes up is artist Todd Nauck, for whom the following information is given:
Todd Nauck hasn’t missed a Comic-Con since his first trip to San Diego in 1994 after he’d moved to Southern California to work for Rob Liefeld at Image Comics.
I honestly don't understand why a talented artist like Nauck - whose character designs are certainly far more competent in comparison to Liefeld's alternately sloppy and dull ones - had to take a job with Liefeld on anything, considering that almost nothing Liefeld ever produced proved successful, let alone being published and distributed on schedule. If I were in Nauck's position, I'd be embarrassed to take a job with an artist whose whole resume is only so messy, and glad that it didn't become a detriment to his later career.

The article also notes:
Publication of his latest book — Marvel’s “Gwen Stacy,” the story of Spider-Man’s girlfriend before they met — was paused due to the coronavirus after the publication of the first two issues. But he’s kept busy with studio commissions as well as those for fans while stuck at home this spring and summer.
There might've once been a time when the idea of giving more background and insight to Gwen would've been interesting and impressive. But if political correctness remains here - namely, that Sins Past remains in place - then there's very little use in working on such a project if it adheres to a vision that alienated many Spider-Fans. The only way they can sell this kind of a tale is if they respect the original visions from the late 60s-early 70s.

Again, I think Nauck's got talent in art design, but, while it's nothing new for anybody, he's got stuff on his list of assignments that just don't seem like good choices.

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"But if political correctness remains here - namely, that Sins Past remains in place - then there's very little use in working on such a project"

The Gwen Stacy series is set when she was back in high school, long before Sins Past, so no worries on that score. It won't touch or build on Sins Past. But what does Sins Past have to do with political correctness? If adherence to continuity is political correctness, then the concept is being stretched so far that it doesn't mean anything anymore. And maybe we should denounce other forms of political correctness, like putting cream and sugar in coffee.

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