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October 24, 2008

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Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , — Chris Eckert @ 11:37 pm

This week saw the release of DC Universe Halloween Special 2008. It wasn’t a very good comic, but the first page deserves some special attention. The framing sequence (starting on the page reproduced below) was written by DC Executive Editor Dan Didio, who also co-edited DCUHS08 alongside Eddie Berganza. Check it out:


Wow. So let’s look at this:

RALPH DIBNY: Welcome one and all, tonight’s All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween.

The name’s Ralph Dibney, the world famous Elongated Man, and when my wife Sue and I were alive, we stretched our way through some pretty frightening adventures.

Isn’t that right honey?

SUE DIBNY: But we’re not alive now darling, are we?

And while you like to fancy us as ghost detectives, I’d like to think that we’re guides between the lands of the living and dead.

And we’ve returned tonight the tell all the stories that fall in-between.

RALPH: And since they involve some our closest friends…

SUE: …and foes…

RALPH: …its best we get started before the hour strikes twelve.

SUE: You know what happens then, right?

RALPH: Not exactly sure, but my nose smells a mystery.

Putting aside the excessive commas and ugly phrasing, there are no fewer than four typographical errors on the first page of a book written and edited by DC’s top editor. I know I tend to harp on this sort of thing, but how does this thing get published? Are there several layers of oversight that a book is supposed to reach before it hits the printer? Am I the only person who cares about this sort of thing?


  1. As if the Didio Regime Protestors need more fuel to stroke their justified outcries…

    Seriously though, between this, the potty mouth All-Star Batman clusterfuck, and Final Crisis/Countdown’s clusterfuck, I really hope heads at DC start rolling, for the sake of fans and DC’s business.

    Comment by Preston — October 24, 2008 @ 11:56 pm

  2. Hey Eckert, there’s a typo in your transcription. Out/our.

    Doesn’t make your point any less valid–jesus, what a piece of crap comic, but c’mon.

    Comment by Cap'n Trickle — October 25, 2008 @ 12:32 am

  3. There’s a fourth error. It should be All Hallows’ Eve because All Saints’ Day involves more than one saint.

    Comment by Daud — October 25, 2008 @ 6:41 am

  4. Yikes – one would hope the editor-in-chief would have at least a basic grasp of the English language. That is REALLY poor. Even leaving aside the errors – is that really the best dialogue he can write?

    Comment by matches — October 25, 2008 @ 8:34 am

  5. You’re not alone, Chris. I have to admit that I’ve started to tune it out as much as possible, but they still nag at me.

    Comment by Kevin Huxford — October 27, 2008 @ 12:19 am

  6. Copy editing mistakes always annoy me since they pull me out of the story.

    Comment by EndlessMike — October 27, 2008 @ 9:21 am

  7. Why the fuck is the Executive Editor even writing this kind of thing anyway? That should have been given to Sterling Gates or some other up-and-coming writer, DiDio should have better things to do with his time. It’s not like he’s Paul Levitz, a writer with a long acclaimed history of DCU work. Hell, on the basis of the above script he’s just proven he’s not a writer of any kind.

    Comment by Aaron Poehler — October 27, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

  8. I believe Didio only did that one page, but Eddie Berganza was responsible for a particularly painful horror story about Kyle Rayner undergoing some kind of “face your fears” crap on Mogo. Pretty much the most horrifying thing about it was the script.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — October 27, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  9. It could be worse; they could have hired Hannibal Tabu.

    Comment by Dan Coyle — October 30, 2008 @ 10:52 pm

  10. What a bunch of Didio-bashing losers.

    Comment by FuckMarvel — November 3, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  11. Wow, that’s an unusually ugly drawing of Ralph’n’Sue.

    Comment by philippos42 — December 3, 2008 @ 4:12 am

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