I think the most insulting thing about this is how the author of Diesel, Joe Weltjens, didn’t even bother calling it something else. He just keeps using the term “Stand” like it’s no big deal. He can’t even kill off a different animal instead of a dog.
Stuff like this was exactly what was wrong with the comic book industry in the 90s. They’d try to turn something cool into a comic book, but fail to recognize what made it cool in the first place. Weltjens saw JoJo and tried to turn it into another knockoff of Marvel. The main character’s Stand just looks like a blue Incredible Hulk, and everything else in the comic looks like a third-rate X-Men spinoff. Meanwhile, Marvel was already doing Hulk and X-Men comics, and they were teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.
Meanwhile, the whole charm of the Stand concept was the way Araki would use it to build suspense. Diesel #1 introduced like a half dozen Stands all at once, which completely defeats the point. Maybe he knew he only had one issue to sell the idea, but you don’t just slap everything together like this and call it good.
1997- Joe Weltjens sits in his room finishing up the last pages of his Magnum Opus: Diesel.
“This is great! No one knows about stuff from Japan so I can just use this Jojo’s Bizarre Whatever to get my foot in the door as a writer! No one will care about Japanese cartoons soon anyway.”
2000- Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is released for the PS1 and Dreamcast. Joe Weltjens begins to sweat nervously.
“N-no one will figure it out. I only released the one issue anyway. Fighting games aren’t even popular.”
2003- The JJBA OVA is released on DVD
“It’s okay. It’s going to be okay, Joe. By the time they release the part i ripped off no one will be watching this trash. Its going to be okay.I’m already a respected comic editor. I don’t have to worry.“
2005- Viz begins to release the Stardust Crusaders manga. Weltjens becomes noticeably distracted at work and home. Slumped over his desk he begins a long contemplation.
“[internally]It keeps coming back to haunt me. But it can’t. I won’t let it. Its not like I got here with blood money. I got here on my own hard work. I’m talented. I work hard.” “Joe are you alright?” “Why do these demons torment me!”
December 2013- 8 years later Joe begins to find peace.
“They still haven’t found out. They’re all idiots. It’s been so long. I’m in the clear. I think I can rest easy now. I have two kids, a beautiful wife, a great job. It’s all behind me.”
April 2014- Stardust Crusaders anime begins. Its popularity continues to increase.
“NO. WHY. I’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG! THE UNIVERSE CAN’T BE OUT TO GET ME. BEGONE FOUL BEAST!” Joe smashes his computer in a fit of rage. “Honey! I heard a bang! Are you alright?” “Yes dear! Everything’s fine! Don’t worry!” Joe begins to cry in solitude.
February 23rd 2016- Two years have past. Joe’s marriage is strained, his two children grow distant. But Stardust Crusaders is over, soon to fade from public memory. Weltjens is determined, despite early mental setbacks, to continue his work as a comic editor, and rekindle his relationship with his family. The nightmare is over.
Or so he thought. Suddenly there is a stirring on twitter. Joe feels it. He feels it on the wind; the weight returning to his back.
“No. It can’t be. NO. I WON’T LET IT COME BACK! IT’S BEEN 20 YEARS. LET ME GO ALREADY!”
Twitter begins producing pictures of Diesel. It’s been found. Try as he might there’s nothing Joe can do to stop the deluge of cruel copyright infringement. The nightmare has been reawoken.
Though, it was never put to sleep in the first place.
2017- Joe Weltjens has been missing for over a year. His sudden disappearance shocking both his family and coworkers. Where is Joe? Kidnapped? Ran away? Or perhaps unbeknownst to them, swallowed by a dark shadow that had been chasing him for over 20 years. Joe will not return.