History WhatCouldHaveBeen / ComicBooks

23rd May '17 12:37:57 PM kyojikasshu
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** James Hudnall's run famously had an AbortedArc dealing with Zeitgeist, a serial killer obsessed with murdering superheroes. Had the story continued, Zeitgeist would have infiltrated Alpha Flight HQ and killed Goblyn before being taken down.

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** James Hudnall's run famously had an AbortedArc dealing with Zeitgeist, a serial killer obsessed with murdering superheroes. Had the story continued, Zeitgeist would have infiltrated Alpha Flight HQ and killed Goblyn before being taken down. The character was ultimately picked up in ''Captain America'' instead, where he became involved with a German team of superheroes, before being {{retcon}}ned into the character Everyman.
23rd Apr '17 2:27:27 PM comicwriter
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* There was an ''Comicbook/IronMan'' issue where Madame Masque was apparently [[KillAndReplace killed and replaced]] by a new woman who wanted the identity for herself. This famously set off a series of confusing developments, including multiple new Madame Masques appearing, as well as the debut of an Avengers ally named Masque. Creator/KurtBusiek finally {{Retcon}}ned the whole thing away by revealing that all of the women involved were clones of the real (and still-living) Madame Masque, but the original intention behind the story that started the mess was quite different. The idea was that Madame Masque's killer would have been revealed to be Rae [=LaCoste=], who was one of Tony's love interests at the time. Unfortunately, the plan to make her the new Madame Masque ended up as an AbortedArc, which led to all the confusing attempts to continue the story.

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* There was an ''Comicbook/IronMan'' issue where Madame Masque was apparently [[KillAndReplace killed and replaced]] by a new woman who wanted the identity for herself. This famously set off a series of confusing developments, including multiple new Madame Masques appearing, as well as the debut of an Avengers ally named Masque. Creator/KurtBusiek finally {{Retcon}}ned the whole thing away by revealing that all of the women involved were clones of the real (and still-living) Madame Masque, but the original intention behind the story that started the mess was quite different. The idea was that Madame Masque's killer would have been revealed to be Rae [=LaCoste=], who was one of Tony's love interests at the time. Unfortunately, the plan to make her the new Madame Masque ended up as an AbortedArc, which led to all the confusing attempts to continue the story. Additionally, Rae was going to be revealed as Scott Lang's ex-wife.
21st Apr '17 6:16:33 PM comicwriter
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* ''Comicbook/NewMutants'' (vol. 2) #8 and #9 had to be completely rewritten and redrawn at the last second over the controversial subject matter. The original story had Anole's parents get offended by the sight of Karma kissing her girlfriend during Parent's Day at the Xavier Institute, which would've led to Anole coming out as gay to protest their bigotry. After his parents reaced poorly, Anole would've gone to Hellion and Elixir for support, only to be shunned by them. Feeling alone and friendless, Anole was supposed to kill himself, cementing Hellion as an irredeemable JerkAss and causing Elixir to undergo some serious CharacterDevelopment out of guilt. Bill Jemas was very antsy about the story, and it was ultimately pulped, leading to Nunzio [=DeFilippis=] and Christina Weir having to hastily write a new one in its place.

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* ''Comicbook/NewMutants'' (vol. 2) #8 and #9 had to be completely rewritten and redrawn at the last second over the controversial subject matter. The original story had Anole's parents get offended by the sight of Karma kissing her girlfriend during Parent's Day at the Xavier Institute, which would've led causing to Anole coming to come out as gay to protest their bigotry. gay. After his parents reaced reacted poorly, Anole would've gone to Hellion and Elixir for support, only to be shunned by them. Feeling alone and friendless, Anole was supposed to kill himself, cementing Hellion as an irredeemable JerkAss and causing Elixir to undergo some serious CharacterDevelopment out of guilt. Bill Jemas was very antsy about the story, and it was ultimately pulped, leading to Nunzio [=DeFilippis=] and Christina Weir having to hastily write a new one in its place.



* "Magneto War" was originally going to be about Magneto tilting the Earth on its axis, sending the world into an ice age. Concept art by Leinel Yu shows the X-men wearing winter gear for this event.

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* "Magneto War" was originally going to be about Magneto tilting the Earth on its axis, sending the world into an ice age. Concept art by Leinel Yu shows the X-men X-Men wearing winter gear for this event.
21st Apr '17 6:15:03 PM comicwriter
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* ''Comicbook/NewMutants'' (vol. 2) #8 and #9 had to be completely rewritten and redrawn at the last second over the controversial subject matter. The original story had Anole's parents getting offended by the sight of Karma kissing her girlfriend during Parent's Day at the Xavier Institute, which leads to Anole coming out as gay to protest their bigotry. After his parents react poorly, Anole goes to Hellion and Elixir for support, but is shunned by them. Feeling alone and friendless, Anole then kills himself, which cements Hellion as an irredeemable JerkAss and causes Elixir to undergo some serious CharacterDevelopment out of guilt. Bill Jemas was very antsy about the story, and it was ultimately pulped, leading to Nunzio [=DeFilippis=] and Christina Weir having to hastily write a new one in its place.

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* ''Comicbook/NewMutants'' (vol. 2) #8 and #9 had to be completely rewritten and redrawn at the last second over the controversial subject matter. The original story had Anole's parents getting get offended by the sight of Karma kissing her girlfriend during Parent's Day at the Xavier Institute, which leads would've led to Anole coming out as gay to protest their bigotry. After his parents react reaced poorly, Anole goes would've gone to Hellion and Elixir for support, but is only to be shunned by them. Feeling alone and friendless, Anole then kills was supposed to kill himself, which cements cementing Hellion as an irredeemable JerkAss and causes causing Elixir to undergo some serious CharacterDevelopment out of guilt. Bill Jemas was very antsy about the story, and it was ultimately pulped, leading to Nunzio [=DeFilippis=] and Christina Weir having to hastily write a new one in its place.
21st Apr '17 6:08:42 PM comicwriter
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** Creator/BillMantlo had wanted to have Northstar die of AIDS in a VerySpecialEpisode. While Mantlo thought the AIDS epidemic was a serious issue that needed to be discussed, editor Andy Mangels thought the idea was rife with UnfortunateImplications:

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** Creator/BillMantlo had wanted to have Northstar die of AIDS in a VerySpecialEpisode. While Mantlo thought the AIDS epidemic was a serious issue that needed to be discussed, editor Andy Mangels (who is gay himself) thought the idea was rife with UnfortunateImplications:
21st Apr '17 5:51:29 PM comicwriter
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** Creator/BrianBendis was originally going to have Bullseye appear in ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' #36 as part of the storyline where Matt Murdock's identity was leaked. However, Creator/KevinSmith had called dibs on writing Daredevil and Bullseye's next confrontation, so Bendis used Comicbook/{{Elektra}} instead.

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** Creator/BrianBendis was originally going to have Bullseye appear in ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' ''Daredevil'' #36 as part of the storyline where Matt Murdock's identity was leaked. However, Creator/KevinSmith had called dibs on writing Daredevil and Bullseye's next confrontation, so Bendis used Comicbook/{{Elektra}} instead.
21st Apr '17 5:36:48 PM comicwriter
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** ComicBook/MsMarvel originally had the role held by ComicBook/SheHulk in the finished story, and the art had to be changed since Ms. Marvel had lost her powers sometime after the original series was drawn. This is why She-Hulk appears to be flying in certain panels.

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** ComicBook/MsMarvel originally had the role held by ComicBook/SheHulk in the finished story, and the art had to be changed since Ms. Marvel had lost her powers sometime after the original series was drawn. This is why She-Hulk appears to be flying in certain panels.



* ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}'' was originally supposed to star [[ComicBook/SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]] as a washed-up former superhero who had turned to private detective work. The DarkerAndEdgier nature of the series resulted in Bendis being forced to create Comicbook/JessicaJones as an {{Expy}} of Drew.
21st Apr '17 5:22:46 PM comicwriter
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* Geoff Johns apparently wanted to reveal that the new Red Hood was actually the Jason Todd of Earth-2, rather than a resurrected version of the Post-Crisis Jason. The idea was that this version of Jason would be a young man who had idolized Batman growing up, only to become a violent AntiHero after discovering that his world's Batman had been murdered. There was also talk of Red Hood being Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}'s Robin.

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* Geoff Johns apparently wanted to reveal that the new Red Hood was actually the Jason Todd of Earth-2, rather than a resurrected version of the Post-Crisis Jason. The idea was that this version of Jason would be a young man who had idolized Batman while growing up, only to snap and become a violent AntiHero after discovering that his world's Batman had been murdered. There was also talk of Red Hood being Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}}'s Robin.
21st Apr '17 5:19:55 PM comicwriter
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* The Comicbook/{{New 52}}-era almost saw the debut of a new villain named the Masochist, a who was a blatant [[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Lisbeth Salander]] {{Expy}} with an [[BondageIsBad S&M]] theme. Due to some InternetBackdraft she was renamed "Anguish" and had all of the fetish elements removed from her design.

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* The Comicbook/{{New 52}}-era almost saw the debut of a new villain named the Masochist, a who was a blatant [[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Lisbeth Salander]] {{Expy}} with an [[BondageIsBad S&M]] theme. Due to some InternetBackdraft she was renamed "Anguish" and had all of the fetish elements removed from her design.
21st Apr '17 4:25:31 PM comicwriter
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* After the character's surprise appearance in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Marvel announced a Comicbook/{{Thanos}} mini-series called ''Thanos: Son of Titan''. Written by Joe Keatinge and drawn by Richard Elson, the series would have explored Thanos' origin and rise to villainy. The project was cancelled before issue #1 was released, with Stephen Wacker citing a change in plans for the character.
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