Jim Starlin, creator of the comic character and Avengers big baddie Thanos, has had a relatively contentious relationship with Marvel Comics over the years, and now he’s clashed with the publisher again. While he’d initially bumped heads with the company over compensation, this time the conflict is solely about the comics.
According to his post on Facebook, Starlin will refrain “from doing any further work for Marvel Editorial” because executive editor “Tom Brevoort approv[ed] a plot for the current on-going [Thanos] series, which was pretty much the same as the Thanos story arc in the graphic novel trilogy Alan Davis and [Starlin] have been working on for Tom for close to the past year.”
This graphic novel series has allegedly already submitted “200 pages of script and 100 pages of pencils,” yet its plot was taken for comics that would be released before the novels saw the light of day, according to Starlin. He continued that Brevoort denied this and changed his story, which made him commit to his decision to end his relationship with the company. He also denied being pulled off any books by Marvel Comics, reasserting that it was simply made clear that they weren’t interested in him writing tie-ins or regular series for Thanos.
The stories he refers to remain mysteries because of the alleged plot similarities, so there’s no telling if we will ever be able to compare the two projects in an early-release setting. So that’s it for Starlin and Marvel Editorial. But what about the films using his character for their centerpiece? Aiming to maintain one bridge unburned, Starlin concluded, “And, yes, Marvel Entertainment has treated me very well and generously. Them I like.”