Interesting version of “judge not lest ye be judged”/”if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”, etc.
You’d need to read the whole article to get it in context, although I’m actually not sure it makes as much sense in context. (The story on Comic Book Resources is a report of a panel discussion featuring writers Scott Lobdell and Marv Wolfman at the Long Beach Comic & Horror Con.) Here’s more, ending with the full paragraph that I pulled the above quote from:
Lobdell — the current writer of “Teen Titans” for DC Comics — turned to Wolfman for comments on his legendary run on the series, saying that at the time Wolfman introduced the “New Teen Titans’ in 1980, readers weren’t exactly clamoring for new Titans stories. Wolfman explained that he initially came up with a new take on the Teen Titans out of a dissatisfaction with working on team-up books like “Brave and the Bold.” He and artist George Perez at first encountered hesitation from fans for diverging from the original “Teen Titans” roster. Lobdell — who’s written “Teen Titans” through the entire New 52 era — said he could relate.
"As somebody who’s relaunched the Titans, I’ve found a tremendous amount of, ‘It’s not Titans if there’s not…" Lobdell said. His typical response has been, "If you were around when Marv and George were around, you’d be angry."
Wolfman explained that Marvel’s comics were far outselling DC at the time of the “New Teen Titans” debut. “The books were in the toilet. They were desperate.” Wolfman and Perez’s “New Teen Titans,” however sold “Marvel numbers,” which helped stymie criticism from within DC. "That’s why I don’t comment on anyone else’s work, because I think there’s no positive that can come out of it, other than saying, do your best job, and do your own job," Wolfman said.
Emphasis added by me.
Maybe it’s because the quote happens to relate to something I’m currently thinking about (that is, commenting publicly on others’ work), but I feel like there’s a missing sentence or idea in in that paragraph. Not a big deal, merely making a comment. Oops. Anyway, good article, worth reading for fans of DC’s Titans New, Old, and/or Teen.
LBCC ‘13: Scott Lobdell vs. Marv Wolfman - Comic Book Resources