> Michael Turner can do your UNCANNY X-MEN cover.
> But since you've solicited your first issue with Marko, and
> you're trying to get Suydam for the variant on #500, where
> do you want to use it?
It's a WOLVERINE cover, not an UNCANNY X-MEN cover. And it's for Ben, for the Wizard issue featuring the Brubaker on WOLVERINE interview.
> Robert Weinberg isn't opposed to the storyline you discussed.
> He's just not confident that he can make it all work to maximum
> effectiveness if he's writing issues out of sequence--especially if
> he also now has to factor in a tie-in to the FANTASTIC FOUR
> crossover. Robert offhandedly mentions that he remembers a time
> when the other books would follow what happened in X-MEN, not
> the other way around.You should be able to get a variant cover to
> UNCANNY X-MEN #500, but the sales department doesn't think
> that 90/10 is necessarily the best split in this instance. They'd prefer
> to do a straight-up 50/50 split.Brubaker and Perkins have started
> work on WOLVERINE.David Lapham and Michael Gaydos are both
> down with doing an evergreen WOLVERINE story to hold for use
> as a stopgap.
I politely tell Robert that this crossover isn't just centered around the FANTASTIC FOUR. This crossover shows the complete Marvel universe, and I think it's a nice opportunity to put the spotlight on UNCANNY X-MEN. Besides, it lets us use Dr. Doom later on in the run.
I go with the 50/50 split. I tell Arthur that I'd love to have a three-fingered skeleton with fangs in a Nightcrawler costume, burning in Effigy. With his Marvel Zombies covers in mind, he should be the best fit for this.
I prefer to get Ed started as soon as possible. We will shuffle the Lapham issue in when necessary, but probably between Ed's single issues and his first longer running storyline.
I refer Ed to Ben Morse for the interview. And I'd like to include a couple of pages and sketches by Mike Perkins to go alongside the interview.