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'I have long pointed to the Green Lantern Corps as the definitive example of what I consider one of the chief problems with DC Comics -- what I have dubbed the "de-uniquing" of characters. Got a cool character like Superman? Well then, let's give the identical powers to a girl, a dog, a horse, a monkey, a cat, a few billion bottled Kryptonians... Think Batman is neat? Then you're gonna love it when we attach the same schtick to a woman, two girls, a dog, and even some people from different time periods -- oh, yeah, and his Dad! This kind of thinking really reached its zenith with the GLC. Think Hal Jordan is the bee's knees? Well -- there's, like, 3500 of him!' - John Byrne

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'It wasn't until the balance tipped and the influx of fans-turned-pro brought their numbers higher than the Old Pros that we began to see profound changes in Batman's character. The fan mantra of "He'd have to be crazy to do what he does" became actual policy, and "The World's Greatest Detective" became "The Most Dangerous Man on Earth." Wolverine in bat-ears. (Yes, Marvel's unexpected breakout star was shaping how ALL the characters were portrayed.) Writers and editors with soft, cushy, well-paid lives began to live vicariously thru Batman (and others) and "grim and gritty" took over.' - John Byrne

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'The "insane" -- ie, foaming at the mouth -- Joker is definitely far, far off-model from the correct portrayal of the character. The real Joker was able to keep Batman guessing because he was smart and ruthless, not because he was crazy. The latter is a lot like saying a drunk driver would have the best chance of winning at the Indy 500!'- John Byrne

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"At the canny request of Executive Editor Mike Carlin, G2 expands its mandate and studies the lives and time of some of the other characters who inhabited the DC Universe over the same years as our two stars." - John Byrne

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'I did not want to fall into the trap into which so many have stumbled when trying to recapture the "feel" of those stories. In other words, I did not want "goofy" to become "stupid". The guys who wrote those Silver Age stories took them seriously, and that was how I approached my version. The intent was not to say "Hey! Look how silly this stuff was!"' - John Byrne

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'It remains a frustration to hear GENERATIONS referred to as an "Elseworld" story. DC put the ELSEWORLD bullet on the covers against my wishes. The whole thing was an IMAGINARY STORY, as declared in the logo. And it was important that it was "imaginary". The whole notion of including so many of the continuity lapses from the old books (Superboy can fly, early Superman can't, etc) simply doesn't work if it's an "Elseworld". And, of course rub salt in the wound they even included a scene from GENERATIONS in the montage that introduced "hypertime". GAH!!!' - John Byrne

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"Another small conceit shaped GENERATIONS, however, beyond the notion of exploring what might happen to super-heroes and their friends if they aged in 'real time.' Each 'chapter' of G1 attempted to capture something of the tone of the decades in which those stories might have been published - the goofiness of many comics in the '50s for instance, or the 'grim and gritty' milieu of the '80s." - John Byrne

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'So here I am doing something effectively brand new, where literally every page is to some extent an experiment, and the kno-nothings sift thru the issues with a magnifying glass -- or read them in a format for which they were not intended -- and cry foul when they find something less than perfection. Instead of, as in the review, enjoying the experiments even when they don't work! (I'm reasonably certain many of these are the same people who grouse about the "shoddy" sets and special effects on TOS.)' - John Byrne

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'Until such time as the producers of STAR TREK -- in whatever form future iterations may take -- are prepared to embrace its origins rather than being embarrassed by them, no one will ever "be Kirk". Kirk belongs to the age when STAR TREK could be boldly and unashamedly all about gunboat diplomacy. Kirk was "also trained to be a diplomat" ("Metamophosis"), but that was Picard's primary function. Kirk found ways around the Prime Directive, Picard used it as an excuse to end the episode. And the commanders and captains since Picard have been even weaker and more watered down (with the possible exception of Janeway, who approached Kirk's chutzpah from time to time, but who, I suspect, is disliked by the {predominently male} fans for the same reason Makel Barret's Number One was rejected by the old boys at NBC).' - John Byrne

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