Deadpool co-creator quits DC, blames 'editor pissing contests'

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

First one writer left DC Comics over ethical concerns, then another swore he'd never go back. Now a big-name veteran comics artist is cutting ties with DC, and he's being very public about his problems with the company.

Rob Liefeld, best known as the co-creator of Deadpool and creator of X-Force at Marvel and one of the founding partners of Image Comics in the early '90s, told DC Comics he was done working with them Wednesday after a year penciling, writing and plotting several titles for the New 52 reboot. Then, just hours later, he took to his Twitter page to explain why.

Liefeld said that this was the fourth time he had quit in four months, but that "this time it will stick." He made it clear that his final work on The Savage Hawkman, Grifter and Deathstroke will be in the #0 issues DC will publish next month. He was previously working on Hawk and Dove for the company before that book was canceled earlier this year.

So why'd Lefield leave? He lists a number of reasons, and noted he "lasted a few months longer than I thought possible." Among the clearest examples of his beef with the company was this tweet.

And then there's this one.

And this one.

But even with his complains, Liefeld made it clear that he continues to have respect for DC. This departure seems like it's much more about the actual working environment than any ethical concerns, but it's also worth noting that Liefeld's butted heads with coworkers before. He's been criticized for producing comics late in the past, particularly on his creator-owned Image Comics series Youngblood, and business tensions and legal issues with his fellow Image Comics partners led to him leaving the company in 1996.

But in this case, Liefeld seems more than happy with the way things turned out. After announcing his departure from the company he noted that he "loved all the work" he did, and that he thinks the New 52 "was/is positive for comics." But he also noted that he felt he was "not important" to DC, and said he'd definitely be sharing more tales from the trenches soon.

What do you think? Is this a sign that DC really is a bad place to work, or is Liefeld the problem?

(Rob Liefeld's Twitter via Bleeding Cool)