Dark Horse Comics Writer John Arcudi: There are Thieves, Racists, and Misogynists in Positions of Power in Comics

Dark Horse Comics writer John Arcudi recently took to Twitter to declare that there are thieves, racists, and misogynists in positions of power in comics.

Arcudi specifically wrote:

“Look, yes, of course there are thieves in positions of power in comics. And there are racists, and misogynists, too. And much worse. But don’t let them – don’t let anybody – marginalize you or push you out of this medium. Comics needs you, okay?”

He didn’t provide any context as to his comments, but he did indicate that it “IS a response to a specific event.” He also notes, “I’m respecting someone’s privacy so please don’t ask.”

Arcudi is a veteran of the comic book industry. He broke into the industry in the mid 80s with Malibu Comics and worked on its Eternity line. He would go on to write Savage Tales and Savage Sword of Conan.

He would really break out when he began writing for Dark Horse Comics and developed the character the Mask in Mayhem. In fact, his work with artist Doug Mahnke was instrumental to Jim Carrey’s version of The Mask in the feature film.

He recently indicated he was not treated well on the movie adaptation of The Mask.

Arcudi’s other works include Abe Sapien, Aliens, B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, Terminator, Robocop, and Predator. He would also do work with DC Comics on Aquaman, Batman: Gotham Knights, and others. His work at Marvel includes the Thunderbolts, Spider-Man, Warlock and the Infinity Watch, and Savage Wolverine.

His most recent work includes the four-issue miniseries Crimson Lotus at Dark Horse Comics, and he is currently writing the on-going series Rumble at Image Comics.

What do you make of Arcudi’s statement? What do you think he could be referring to?

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