History ExecutiveMeddling / ComicBooks

23rd Feb '17 9:19:46 AM LondonKdS
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** Hasbro has, over the years, forced numerous characters to change their names when the original G1 name either fell out of copyright or they were unable to secure it. This is why, for example, Hot Rod changed his name to Rodimus. However, the weird example is Slag the Dinobot. Slag, as it turns out, means something offensive in certain parts of the English-speaking world. Hasbro decided to change the character's name to Slug. IDW's comic did not handle this transition well. Arcee told Slag that his name meant something crude and offensive. Slag, who was characterized as [[{{Jerkass}} making a point of being crude and offensive]], responded by agreeing to change his name to Slug.

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** Hasbro has, over the years, forced numerous characters to change their names when the original G1 name either fell out of copyright or they were unable to secure it. This is why, for example, Hot Rod changed his name to Rodimus. However, the weird example is Slag the Dinobot. Slag, "Slag", as it turns out, means something is an extremely offensive term for a sexually-immoral woman in certain parts of the English-speaking world. Hasbro decided to change the character's name to Slug. IDW's comic did not handle this transition well. Arcee told Slag that his name meant something crude and offensive. Slag, who was characterized as [[{{Jerkass}} making a point of being crude and offensive]], responded by agreeing to change his name to Slug.
24th Jan '17 3:51:38 PM comicwriter
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* For a brief period, Creator/JoeQuesada at Marvel Comics tried to encourage a "whoever is dead stays dead" policy, in order to combat the increasing perception that [[DeathIsCheap character death is meaningless in the medium]]. It wasn't an editorial mandate as is often mistakenly said (though there probably is some truth that he used the justification not to influence people not to bring back characters he disliked). This policy notably affected several high-profile works for the company: Creator/GrantMorrison had to give Emma Frost the diamond mutation to take the place the then-dead Colossus would have played, and Beast played the science-guy role that the then-dead Moira Mac Taggart would have had. This proved very unpopular with fans, and overturned by 2004 with Magneto being brought back (ironically Magneto was himself labeled "staying dead" even though Morrison always intended on bringing him back). It took four years before fan-favorite Psylocke was brought back to life in 2005 after being killed off in Xtreme X-Men, as she was originally slated to die in the Psi War arc, which was a few years ''before'' her actual death. Chris Claremont, though, merely planned for her death to be temporary, with the idea being that when she returned, she would be stripped of all of the Crimson Dawn stuff that had been added to her story (including her facial tattoo) plus perhaps even returning her to her original body (and not the Asian body she ended up in), however Claremont's plans were scrapped. Furthermore, when Joss Whedon took over what became Astonishing X-Men, one of the very few editorial mandates forced upon him was to bring Colossus back to life.

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* For a brief period, Creator/JoeQuesada at Marvel Comics tried to encourage a "whoever is dead stays dead" policy, in order to combat the increasing perception that [[DeathIsCheap character death is meaningless in the medium]]. It wasn't an editorial mandate as is often mistakenly said (though there probably is some truth that he used the justification not to influence people not to bring back characters he disliked). This policy notably affected several high-profile works for the company: Creator/GrantMorrison had to give Emma Frost Comicbook/EmmaFrost the diamond mutation to take the place the then-dead Colossus would have played, and Beast played the science-guy role that the then-dead Moira Mac Taggart would have had. This edict proved very unpopular with fans, and overturned by 2004 with Magneto being brought back (ironically Magneto was himself labeled "staying dead" even though Morrison always intended on bringing him back). It took four years before fan-favorite Psylocke Comicbook/{{Psylocke}} was brought back to life in 2005 after being killed off in Xtreme X-Men, as she was originally slated to die in the Psi War arc, which was a few years ''before'' her actual death. Chris Claremont, though, merely planned for her death to be temporary, with the idea being that when she returned, she would be stripped of all of the Crimson Dawn stuff that had been added to her story (including her facial tattoo) plus perhaps even returning her to her original body (and not the Asian body she ended up in), however Claremont's plans were scrapped. Furthermore, when Joss Whedon Creator/JossWhedon took over what became Astonishing X-Men, one of the very few editorial mandates forced upon him was to bring Colossus back to life.
11th Nov '16 8:42:18 AM HighCrate
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** Nigel Kitching, a writer for the comic, wanted Amy to be a funny ActionGirl who teased Sonic for [[TheGadfly kicks and giggles]]. He wanted the two to have a bond similar to the ones in early twentieth century "screwball comedies" like the 1939 film, ''It's A Wonderful World''. A director decided GirlsNeedRoleModels, so Amy's personality was changed to be [[WomenAreWiser more sensible]] than the boys. Kitching noticeably had CreatorBacklash, saying Amy became a one-dimensional stereotype. [[WriterRevolt He gave up writing her]] until the final arc, ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'''s adaptation, where she returned to something more similar to her original persona. It's glaringly noticeable that Amy is less active than usual in that arc.

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** Nigel Kitching, a writer for the comic, wanted Amy to be a funny ActionGirl who teased Sonic for [[TheGadfly kicks and giggles]]. He wanted the two to have a bond similar to the ones in early twentieth century "screwball comedies" like the 1939 film, ''It's A Wonderful World''. A director decided GirlsNeedRoleModels, was fearful this would make her a bad role model, so Amy's personality was changed to be [[WomenAreWiser more sensible]] than the boys. Kitching noticeably had CreatorBacklash, saying Amy became a one-dimensional stereotype. [[WriterRevolt He gave up writing her]] until the final arc, ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'''s adaptation, where she returned to something more similar to her original persona. It's glaringly noticeable that Amy is less active than usual in that arc.
3rd Nov '16 4:42:38 PM Blazer
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* This trope lead to the CreatorKiller of Creator/TakeTwoInteractive's own comic company, Double Take. Take Two had hired former Marvel Comics editor Bill Jemas (who was also responsible for the tripe that was ''ComicBook/{{Marville}}'') to create a new comic universe and planned to do so using ''VideoGame/XCom'', ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' and ''VideoGame/BioShock'' as a massive SharedUniverse (how that would have worked is really unknown). However, the games division was ''really'' protective of their franchises and didn't want this "outsider" messing with them, forcing the entirety of Double Take being yanked out of Take-Two's offices and into a new office. Scrambling for something to replace what they lost, they decided to focus on ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' and try to turn that into a superhero universe. However, that was met with incredible disappointment and the company would ultimately fold without really getting it's foot out the door.
14th May '16 10:49:05 AM EDP
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* Done in-universe in a [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse]] story dealing with the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe tv series]] ''Bolton'' (a counterpart to ''Series/{{Columbo}}''), showing both the bad and the good of this trope:
** The bad: When the writer disappears (as [[spoiler:he, the director and the main actor all feel that the series has gone long enough and would like to do something else but the producer is forcing them to continue, so they hope to kill the series and replace it with their new project this way]]) both Mickey and Mortimer are brought in as replacements, with Mickey writing scripts that [[OriginalFlavor could be mistaken for being written by the original writer]]... Except Mortimer, who didn't even see an episode before joining the staff, convinces the producer to dumb down Mickey's scripts, introduce nonsensical magic and science fiction elements, turn the main character in a goof and generally JumpingTheShark. This gets the original fans to leave and get replaced by teenagers who treat it as a comedy (instead of the adventure series that Mortimer intends) and the director, the main actor and Mickey leaving in disgust, with the latter deciding to track down the original writer to save the show (only to change his mind when he succeeds and finds out ''why'').
** The good: As the first episode of Mortimer's run as the director, writer and main actor is aired, he and the producer find out that the original writer, director and main actor, together with Mickey and his friends, have literally stole away both the original fans and the new ones with the fan-financed pilot of a new adventure series. The sponsors, already enraged by getting the original crowd replaced with fans that won't buy their adult-targeted watches, aftershaves and similar products (with the original fans not wishing to be associated to a moron), takes this as the last straw and intervene by killing ''Bolton'', replace it with the new show, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking force Mortimer to star in a last episode written by Mickey in which his version of Bolton is declared an imposter and kidnapped by a robot that wants to go back to Mars]] [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment as punishment for ruining the old show]].
26th Apr '16 2:03:46 PM DaibhidC
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* ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'':
** J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman both walked off because of "Eleventh Hour Changes". These include a new origin for Killer Croc and not allowing Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer to marry (though they said specifically that it wasn't because they were gay but because of the brouhaha of superheroes marrying that was becoming something of a stigma in certain companies). This caused the last two issues of their run (#25 and #26) to be thrown out by DC, which pushed back the finale of their run where Batwoman and Batman fight to a few months later for the next writer to tie up the loose ends.
** Gail Simone was fired on two separate occasions. The first time, it was because refused to write the crossover issues of ''Comicbook/Batgirl2011'' for ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', with DC eventually bringing her back after massive fanback backlash. The second time, it was because a new editor was tired of the TrueArtIsAngsty angle going on.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'':
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''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'': J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman both walked off because of "Eleventh Hour Changes". These include a new origin for Killer Croc and not allowing Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer to marry (though they said specifically that it wasn't because they were gay but because of the brouhaha of superheroes marrying that was becoming something of a stigma in certain companies). This caused the last two issues of their run (#25 and #26) to be thrown out by DC, which pushed back the finale of their run where Batwoman and Batman fight to a few months later for the next writer to tie up the loose ends.
** * Gail Simone was fired from ''Comicbook/Batgirl2011'' on two separate occasions. The first time, it was because refused to write the crossover issues of ''Comicbook/Batgirl2011'' for ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', with DC eventually bringing her back after massive fanback backlash. The second time, it was because a new editor was tired of the TrueArtIsAngsty angle going on. Which ''wasn't even her idea'', but the result of ''previous'' executive meddling; she's gone on record that the new creative team's LighterAndSofter approach is the book she ''wanted'' to write.
11th Apr '16 4:44:33 PM PF
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** In the original comics, The Joker started out as a sadistic serial killer; in the first two years, he was used he killed close to 30 people. Eventually, he became less murderous and more of an {{Idiosyncrazy}} villain with a "jokes and gags" theme who robbed banks, built wacky gadgets, and pulled harmless pranks because of the Comics Code Authority.
** DC insisted Batman have a KidSidekick, which creator Bob Kane protested for being a stupid idea. He lost the argument, leading to the creation Dick Grayson, the first ComicBook/{{Robin}}.
** Another account claims that Kane had drafted a more fantastical sidekick for Batman, a young boy with the codename "Mercury" who'd wear a special suit that gave him powers. Jerry Robinson then convinced Kane to bring the child down to a more realistic level and suggested the name "Robin" after "Robin Hood" (the bird symbolism wouldn't come into play until much later).

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** In the original comics, The Joker started out as a sadistic serial killer; in the first two years, years he was used used, he killed close to 30 people. Eventually, he became less murderous and more of an {{Idiosyncrazy}} villain with a "jokes and gags" theme who robbed banks, built wacky gadgets, and pulled harmless pranks because of the Comics Code Authority.
** DC insisted Batman have a KidSidekick, which creator Bob Kane protested for being a stupid idea. He lost the argument, leading to the creation Dick Grayson, the first ComicBook/{{Robin}}.
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ComicBook/{{Robin}}. Another account claims that Kane had drafted a more fantastical sidekick for Batman, a young boy with the codename "Mercury" who'd wear a special suit that gave him powers. Jerry Robinson then convinced Kane to bring the child down to a more realistic level and suggested the name "Robin" after "Robin Hood" (the bird symbolism wouldn't come into play until much later).



** There was once a comic called ''Josie'' that ran for six years. It was basically a DistaffCounterpart of ''Archie'' until the success of the ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow'' and (more importantly) the success of the hit song from said cartoon "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar,_Sugar Sugar, Sugar".]] Creator/HannaBarbera then approached Archie Comics and asked them about adapting another one of its properties. So in December 1969, Archie retooled ''Josie''. Josie and her friends decided to [[ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats form a rock band]]. It was all done so Hanna-Barbera could adopt the upcoming [[WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussyCats cartoon]] as a music-based series.

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** There was once a comic called ''Josie'' that ran for six years. It was basically a DistaffCounterpart of ''Archie'' until the success of the ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow'' and (more importantly) the success of the hit song from said cartoon "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar,_Sugar Sugar, Sugar".]] Creator/HannaBarbera then approached Archie Comics and asked them about adapting another one of its properties. So in December 1969, Archie retooled ''Josie''. Josie and her friends decided to [[ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats form a rock band]]. It was all done so Hanna-Barbera could adopt the then upcoming [[WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussyCats cartoon]] as a music-based series.
5th Apr '16 7:24:09 AM Willbyr
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21st Feb '16 3:06:42 PM KamenRiderKrypton
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* ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'': When Marvel got the license after the first movie, Creator/GerogeLucas forbade them to have Vader directly interact with the rebels, as it could interfere with what he had in mind for the movies.

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* ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'': When Marvel got the license after the first movie, Creator/GerogeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas forbade them to have Vader directly interact with the rebels, as it could interfere with what he had in mind for the movies.
14th Feb '16 3:00:15 PM ZeldaQueen64
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** Nigel Kitching, a writer for the comic, wanted Amy to be a funny ActionGirl who teased Sonic for [[TheGadfly kicks and giggles]]. He wanted the two to have a bond similar to the ones in early twentieth century "screwball comedies" like the 1939 film, ''It's A Wonderful World''. A director decided GirlsNeedRoleModels, so Amy's personality was changed to be [[WomenAreWiser more sensible]] and CloserToEarth than the boys. Kitching noticeably had CreatorBacklash, saying Amy became a one-dimensional stereotype. [[WriterRevolt He gave up writing her]] until the final arc, ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'''s adaptation, where she returned to something more similar to her original persona. It's glaringly noticeable that Amy is less active than usual in that arc.

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** Nigel Kitching, a writer for the comic, wanted Amy to be a funny ActionGirl who teased Sonic for [[TheGadfly kicks and giggles]]. He wanted the two to have a bond similar to the ones in early twentieth century "screwball comedies" like the 1939 film, ''It's A Wonderful World''. A director decided GirlsNeedRoleModels, so Amy's personality was changed to be [[WomenAreWiser more sensible]] and CloserToEarth than the boys. Kitching noticeably had CreatorBacklash, saying Amy became a one-dimensional stereotype. [[WriterRevolt He gave up writing her]] until the final arc, ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'''s adaptation, where she returned to something more similar to her original persona. It's glaringly noticeable that Amy is less active than usual in that arc.
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