December 5, 2002: Joe Kelly Talks New JLA Lineup
The Newsarama website has posted an interview with JLA writer Joe Kelly, where they discuss with him the new line-up for the Justice League and up-coming events in the comic. Here's an excerpt from the interview...
Q: First off, the cover to issue #78 looks a little slim - is the lineup as shown the full team?
Joe Kelly: No - there are more guys than shown on the team - more than eight. I'm loosening the reins a little as far as who's on the team for a little while, and expanding past the Big 7 to try and get a little fresh blood in, and try some new things, but also obviously, keep those guys around. Although some of the characters who are conspicuously absent on the cover are going to be absent for a while.
Q: Such as the Martian Manhunter?
JK: Could be.
Q: Well - the other character that seems almost a little odd to be missing, especially in light of the recent storyline is Aquaman. After all, the League just went through all this trouble to rescue him, and he shows his appreciation by not rejoining?
JK: Right - don't worry - all of the big questions get addressed in #76 as to who's on the team. As we're all hamstrung constantly because of solicits, if people aren't visible in that lineup, you find out why in #76. On top of that, as I said, there are one or two guys who are just missing from the cover shot on #78, who are sticking around.
As far as the Aquaman stuff, I would just point people to his ongoing series. It's one of the tough balancing acts with the JLA - they're not fully my toys, so when something comes along, and they tell me they're going to do a big relaunch for Aquaman, and they want it to come out of a story I'm telling, it's like, "Great - when do I get to use him?" Well, he has to go through X, Y, and Z for a little while. Sometimes it takes a little while for that kind of stuff to kick back, but there usually is a master plan for most of it.
Read the complete interview at the Newsarama website.
2002 Comic News
Listed below are all the Comic News items archived for 2002.
- January 3, 2002: Wizard Fan Awards Nominees
- January 8, 2002: New Look for Superman Books
- January 8, 2002: Casey Talks Adventures of Superman
- January 11, 2002: Alex Ross Interview
- January 13, 2002: John Buscema Dies
- January 16, 2002: Superman & Savage Dragon
- January 17, 2002: DC Comics Launches 9-11 Mini-Site
- January 18, 2002: Superman Homepage in Superman #178
- January 22, 2002: Dan Slott Talks Justice League Adventures
- January 26, 2002: Kurt Schaffenberger Dies
- January 26, 2002: First Time for DC Characters
- February 5, 2002: Jeph Loeb Talks Superman - The Secret Revealed
- February 5, 2002: Derec Aucoin Joins Superman Team - Update
- February 7, 2002: New DC Comics President
- February 23, 2002: Paul Levitz Talks Smallville Comic Book
- February 26, 2002: Wagner Talks DC Project
- March 5, 2002: Superboy Cancelled!
- March 8, 2002: DC Comics Sues Wella Corp.
- March 9, 2002: New Monthly Superman/Batman Comic!!!
- March 12, 2002: Comics and the Internet
- March 13, 2002: MAD Magazine Smallville Issue
- March 14, 2002: Mark Schultz Talks Superman
- March 24, 2002: Berganza Talks Smallville Comic Stories
- April 4, 2002: Bogdanove talks Superman/Aliens II: GodWar
- April 11, 2002: SCI FI Joins Free Comic Day
- April 14, 2002: JLA to go Bi-Weekly in August
- April 17, 2002: Daily Planet Crew in Marvel Comic
- April 20, 2002: Mark Millar Talks Superman
- April 21, 2002: DC Comics at WonderCon
- May 9, 2002: The JLA's Obsidian Age
- May 10, 2002: The Physics Behind Comic Books
- May 20, 2002: Superman Comics = Real Life
- May 27, 2002: Sorry! Says Superman Editor Eddie Berganza
- May 28, 2002: New Superman Comics Creative Team
- June 7, 2002: Doug Hazlewood Interview and Gallery
- June 16, 2002: Smallville: The Comic
- June 19, 2002: Superman's Ending Battle in September
- June 20, 2002: Steve Seagle Talks Superman
- July 6, 2002: Superman's Day of Doom
- July 7, 2002: Waid Talks Superman: Birthright
- July 7, 2002: Superman's Costume Change
- July 7, 2002: No More Superman Comics in Brazil
- July 22, 2002: San Diego Comic Con 2002 Information
- August 4, 2002: Seagle Talks Superman at San Diego Comic Con
- August 8, 2002: Nicolas Cage Selling His Comic Collection!
- August 15, 2002: JLA With Alex Ross and Paul Dini
- September 11, 2002: Superman Comics Back in Brazil
- September 15, 2002: Tom Derenick Draws Superman
- September 19, 2002: Superman 10 Cent Adventure
- September 22, 2002: Man of Steel Cancelled!
- September 22, 2002: Forbes Rates Richest Fictional Characters
- September 25, 2002: Mark Waid Sets the Record Straight
- September 29, 2002: 12-Part Superman: Metropolis Series
- October 14, 2002: Nicolas Cage Sells Comic Books for US$1.6 Million
- October 15, 2002: Duncan Rouleau Interview
- November 4, 2002: Berganza Talks Superman in 2003
- November 12, 2002: DC Comics for 2003
- November 14, 2002: Kurt Busiek Talks Superman
- November 15, 2002: Pantheon Books to Publish Alex Ross Book
- November 26, 2002: Nicolas Cage To Sell More Comics
- November 26, 2002: Tom Palmer Talks Smallville Comic Books
- November 27, 2002: Superman Comics Return to Brazil
- December 1, 2002: Casey Talks Adventures of Superman
- December 4, 2002: Kelly Talks Action Comics #800
- December 5, 2002: Joe Kelly Talks New JLA Lineup
- December 11, 2002: Steve Gerber Talks Superman: Last Stand on Earth
- December 19, 2002: Supergirl Cancelled!
- December 21, 2002: Eddie Berganza Promoted to Group Editor!
- December 27, 2002: Cavalieri Talks Superman: Secret Identity
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