I've often wondered if anyone ever actually called the
DC Hotline. Supposedly you could call in
and "hear artists, writers and editors with a new report
starting every Monday." Presumably these would have been
recorded messages, as putting your creative staff on phone
duty all day would have been a sure way for 70s-era DC to
miss even more deadlines than Marvel infamously did.
My first take on this concept, back in the day, was "how
much of a fanatic would you have to be to call DC for hints
about future comics"? Of course I couldn't have imagined
the era of internet "spoilers" and electronic chat
sessions with comics creators, or for that matter "Previews"
magazine with its plot synopses for comics still months away
from release. If fans are that impatient to know what's ahead
now, they probably were back then, as well.
The other thing that struck me was the implication that comic
book writers and artists (and even editors) were some kind
of celebrities, like rock stars or TV actors, and that we
should be excited at the prospect of "talking to"
them. I couldn't imagine being dorky enough to run around
saying, "Ohmigod, I just heard the voice of Al
Milgrom coming out of my very own phone!" But
again, now I know better. ("Ohmigod, Grant Morrison
himself just joined this thread!")
At the bottom of the same page is an ad for possibly the
least tempting issue of Amazing World of DC Comics
I've ever heard of. Wonder how that one sold? Maybe I should
call the Hot-Line and ask.