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First Look At Steve Pugh's Animal Man #7; Travel Foreman Comments On Departure

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Thu, 02/09/2012 - 20:18

Earlier today we found out that Travel Foreman had been moved off Animal Man, only to be put on Birds of Prey.

To be honest, I am a bit upset with that decision as I love what Foreman has done with Animal Man.

See, I would have never thought of picking up a book like Animal Man if it wasn't for the New 52 reboot. Animal Man was a welcome change to my usual list of comics to say the least!

And that is in part because of Foreman's art.

Now, I'm not familiar with Steve Pugh, and a quick Google search reveals some amazing pages as well. 

But still, guess, I'm just loyal to the creators I dig. In addition, with Animal Man being such a success I really hoped to see what Lemire and Foreman were going to bring us down the road -- especially with the upcoming Swamp Thing crossover. 

Update: Travel Foreman posted the following over at the CBR Boards about his move from Animal Man:

I just want to chime in briefly, because everyone here has been so supportive of the book and because there's so much behind the scenes stuff that goes on with these books... I read a lot of comics and I too get confused about whats going on in some books and ultimately feel like we're getting a raw deal sometimes.

The change on Animal Man boils down to the reason I was on the book to begin with, which was that I needed to take on a job after my mother died (to deal with the financial end of someone being sick for a while and then passing) and Animal Man was the only thing DC was going to let me do. Which in any other time frame would have been perfect. But really the context of me dealing with the death of my mom and drawing the kind of content in Animal Man just burned me out sooner than I thought.

I had hoped to stay on the book until at least the spring so that the artist I wanted to replace me was free from his commitments, but I would have ultimately just dragged the book down if I did, because it was becoming harder and harder to concentrate on the work.

Steve was bending over backwards on his fill-ins to keep the book on schedule so you have to keep that in consideration. Really, he won't skip a beat once he's doing the book full time. Thanks, everyone.

Animal Man writer, Jeff Lemire, has posted on his blog that working with Steve Pugh is a dream come true, in addition to some pages below, which do look good.

A big reason I love the Animal Man character so much is because of the work Steve did on the character back in the 90's with Jamie Delano. In fact, I don't think it would be a stretch to say that I have been heavily influenced by a lot of the concepts Steve an Jamie created and represented them in my tenure on the book. So, to have Steve join colorist Lovern Kindzierski. letterer Jared K. Fletcher and I is a a dream come true for me.