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How? I'll Tell You How Rob Liefeld Gets Work.

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The question was asked, "Fucking Liefeld. How does this guy keep getting work?"
And here's how I answered: I once asked a few people the same question and I was told the following: 1] He makes deadlines (these days anyway) 2] Some writers ask for him - he's made a lot of pals. 3] His books sell. I find that one the oddest indeed, but the facts are that people buy his books and that's the indicator. If you buy his books just to scan them, post them on-line and rip on him, the companies don't care - they made the sale. Thus Liefeld is profitable.  The guy sold more copies of two individual books - X-Force #1 and Youngblood #1 - than most artists will sell in their entire careers no matter how many books they illustrate, combined.  You can't argue with those numbers - you can try, you can say how crap the art was, but he sold MILLIONS of copies of those two books alone, and the bottom line, that he made and still makes money, is the only important thing here.
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An all new interview plus more goodies that you've never seen before.  Including previously unpublished, and unseen, cover art...

Marvel's 1978 Work For Hire Agreements

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You may have seen these documents, or similar ones, elsewhere, but they're worthy of yet another run.  These are the standard forms that Marvel had their creators sign in 1978 in order for them to continue to work for them.  As Neal Adams said at the time, "SIGN THIS DOCUMENT AND YOU’RE SIGNING YOUR LIFE AWAY!"  That didn't stop people from signing though and to understand why people signed is to put yourself back in time to another era.  For the bulk of the people working at Marvel, and DC, were from the Golden Age of comic books.  They'd made good money with steady, solid work, in the 1940s and the early part of the 1950s, only to have the proverbial rug pulled from beneath their feet.  Most wanted to work and, more importantly, they wanted to keep the money coming in.  Depression babies.  They knew what it was like to be poor, so they probably thought that it didn't matter who owned what or what the wording was, if signing the agreement meant more work the…