History WhatCouldHaveBeen / ComicBooks

19th Nov '17 9:01:27 AM DaibhidC
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** The hardcover collection contains sketches and mock covers done by Morrison, including an actual Doctor Manhattan cover done as an homage to ComicBook/DoctorSolar. There are also designs for a Major Max character who is either a counterpart to ComicBook/CaptainMarVell or ComicBook/{{Miracleman}} (Max's comic appears in ''Pax Americana'').

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** The hardcover collection contains sketches and mock covers done by Morrison, including an actual Doctor Manhattan cover done as an homage to ComicBook/DoctorSolar. There are also designs for a Major Max character who is either a counterpart to ComicBook/CaptainMarVell or ComicBook/{{Miracleman}} (Max's comic appears in ''Pax Americana'').Americana'' and the ''Multiversity Guidebook'' suggests the [[Comicbook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]]-alike in the Retaliators is the "new" Major Max, which fits with the original being Mar-Vell).
19th Nov '17 8:38:51 AM DaibhidC
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* Creator/GailSimone wanted ''Batgirl2011'' to be lighter and more optimistic, but editorial felt this wasn't in keeping with the Batbooks. Ironically, after Simone finally quit the book over this, the editors in question ''also'' left, and the new ''DC You'' creative team basically got to do the book Simone ''wanted'' to write.
13th Nov '17 3:40:15 AM MagiMecha
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* When SEGA finally pulled the plug on the franchise, a few stories were left untold as they were solicited prior to the lengthy hiatus that lead to the cancellation. In ''Sonic the Hedgehog'', the Freedom Fighters would have went their separate ways for a vacation, with Sonic dropping in on Honey the Cat and later, Mighty and Ray for a flashback issue retelling ''VideoGame/SegaSonicTheHedgehog''. ''Sonic Universe'' would have focused on the individual Freedom Fighters in solo stories.

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* When SEGA finally pulled the plug on the franchise, a few stories were left untold as they were solicited prior to the lengthy hiatus that lead to the cancellation. In ''Sonic the Hedgehog'', the Freedom Fighters would have went their separate ways for a vacation, with Sonic dropping in on Honey the Cat and later, Mighty and Ray for a flashback issue retelling ''VideoGame/SegaSonicTheHedgehog''. ''Sonic Universe'' would have focused on the individual Freedom Fighters in solo stories. Antoine's story would have given him a new look, possibly a SuperMode, while Sally's would have had her and Tails approach Dr. Elidy to help save Nicole.
10th Oct '17 3:56:28 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Comicbook/ContestOfChampions'' was originally going to be a tie-in to the 1980 Olympics. However, the project ended up in DevelopmentHell after President JimmyCarter decided to boycott the games, thus rendering the crossover pointless. It was revived two years later and the premise was changed to involve a contest between the Grandmaster and Death.

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* ''Comicbook/ContestOfChampions'' was originally going to be a tie-in to the 1980 Olympics. However, the project ended up in DevelopmentHell after President JimmyCarter UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter decided to boycott the games, thus rendering the crossover pointless. It was revived two years later and the premise was changed to involve a contest between the Grandmaster and Death.



* Creator/{{Dwayne McDuffie}} once pitched an idea for a mini-series called "The Killing Machine", which would have revolved around Comicbook/ThePunisher stealing a suit of Comicbook/IronMan armor and painting it black. Iron Man and the Punisher would then spend the series fighting for control of the new suit. There were also plans for a sequel which would have seen James Rhodes donning the black Iron Man armor and eventually being spun off into his own title. It never happened, but [=McDuffie=] has said he liked to think the pitch had some influence on the eventual creation of ComicBook/WarMachine.

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* Creator/{{Dwayne McDuffie}} Creator/DwayneMcDuffie once pitched an idea for a mini-series called "The Killing Machine", which would have revolved around Comicbook/ThePunisher stealing a suit of Comicbook/IronMan armor and painting it black. Iron Man and the Punisher would then spend the series fighting for control of the new suit. There were also plans for a sequel which would have seen James Rhodes donning the black Iron Man armor and eventually being spun off into his own title. It never happened, but [=McDuffie=] has said he liked to think the pitch had some influence on the eventual creation of ComicBook/WarMachine.



* When he was writing ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'', Creator/PeterDavid had intended for the Goblin (a LegacyCharacter of the Green Goblin) to be Father Jennifer, the sister of his love interest Dana D'Angelo. However, when he left the book during the WriterRevolt following the removal of Joey Cavalieri as the ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'''s editor, David's replacements, Ben Raab and Terry Kavanagh, revealed it was Miguel's brother, Gabriel. It was later {{retcon}}ned to be an impostor, but it was ironic, considering Peter David was the one who "revealed" that the Hobgoblin was Ned Leeds, which went against Hobgoblin Roger Stern's original intention and that "reveal" was itself retconned.[[note]]Stern had intended for it to Roderick Kingsley and with the ''Hobgoblin Lives'' mini-series, he revealed that this was indeed the case and Kingsley had used Leeds as a patsy.[[/note]]

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* When he was writing ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'', Creator/PeterDavid had intended for the Goblin (a LegacyCharacter of the Green Goblin) to be Father Jennifer, the sister of his love interest Dana D'Angelo. However, when he left the book during the WriterRevolt following the removal of Joey Cavalieri as the ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'''s editor, David's replacements, Ben Raab and Terry Kavanagh, revealed it was Miguel's brother, Gabriel. It was later {{retcon}}ned to be an impostor, but it was ironic, considering Peter David was the one who "revealed" that the Hobgoblin was Ned Leeds, which went against Hobgoblin Roger Stern's original intention and that "reveal" was itself retconned.[[note]]Stern had intended for it to Roderick Kingsley and with the ''Hobgoblin Lives'' mini-series, he revealed that this was indeed the case and Kingsley had used Leeds as a patsy.[[/note]][[/note]] However, much like Stern and Kingsley, David revealed in the 2014 series that Jennifer was indeed the Goblin.
9th Oct '17 6:46:05 PM Pinokio
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* ''Batman: The Widening Gyre'', written by Creator/KevinSmith, was planned to last twelve issues, but only six were published. The remaining issues were planned to be published as a followup in 2014, titled ''Batman: Bellicosity'', but remains unpublished.
8th Oct '17 11:42:08 AM Pinokio
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* ''Avengers, Featuring N.G.E.N. – Start Your N.G.E.N.S!'' was going to be a limited series about the Avengers teaming up with defense contractor Northrup Grumman. Issue #0 was published as a webcomic before being removed from Marvel's website. The rest of the series was cancelled due to protests over the nature of the comic.
8th Oct '17 11:21:33 AM Pinokio
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* Creator/ImageComics ''1963'' Annual and ''1963'' #1/2 were announced but never published.

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* Creator/ImageComics was notorious for its [[ScheduleSlip scheduling slips]], leaving several books to remain unpublished. ''1963'' Annual and ''1963'' #1/2 were announced but never published.published. ''Darker Image'' #1 was supposed to be the first in a four part miniseries, but only the first issue was published. ''Doom’s IV'' #2 mentions an unpublished “Doom’s IV Sourcebook”. During the "Images of Tomorrow" event, ''Bloodstrike'' and ''Brigade'' skipped ahead to issue #25, with the intention of having stories leading up those issues, but both series were cancelled before making it.



* Creator/ImageComics ''Doom’s IV'' #2 mentions an unpublished “Doom’s IV Sourcebook”.



** The Creator/GoldKeyComics series would have included issue #62, [[http://en.memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Trial_By_Fire "Trial By Fire"]].

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** The Creator/GoldKeyComics series would have included issue #62, [[http://en.memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Trial_By_Fire "Trial By Fire"]].Fire"]], but the series was cancelled before the issue was published.


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* ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'' made a TimeSkip to issue #37, and intended to fill in the rest of the issues, but only made it to issue #21 before being cancelled.
26th Sep '17 7:56:51 PM jormis29
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** A ''Northstar: Pink'' miniseries was proposed by an assistant editor to go with ''Daredevil: Yellow'', ''Spider-Man: Blue'', and ''Hulk: Gray''.
* ''Comicbook/{{NYX}}'' was originally conceived as part of the Creator/MarvelMAX line, and was to have been written by Creator/BrianWood and drawn by David Choe. The series was going to be a DarkerAndEdgier {{Deconstruction}} of the X-Men books, focusing on young mutants and how their powers affected those around them. It would have starred Comicbook/{{Rogue}}, Gambit, Comicbook/{{Jubilee}}, and two new mutants named Angie and Purge. The whole project fell apart due to Marvel deeming ''NYX'' [[AudienceAlienatingPremise unsuitable for its audience]], and Wood ended up recycling the premise for his creator-owned series ''Comicbook/{{DEMO}}''.

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** A ''Northstar: Pink'' miniseries was proposed by an assistant editor to go with ''Daredevil: Yellow'', ''Spider-Man: Blue'', ''ComicBook/DaredevilYellow'', ''ComicBook/SpiderManBlue'', and ''Hulk: Gray''.
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* ''Comicbook/{{NYX}}'' ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' was originally conceived as part of the Creator/MarvelMAX line, and was to have been written by Creator/BrianWood and drawn by David Choe. The series was going to be a DarkerAndEdgier {{Deconstruction}} of the X-Men books, focusing on young mutants and how their powers affected those around them. It would have starred Comicbook/{{Rogue}}, Gambit, Comicbook/{{Jubilee}}, and two new mutants named Angie and Purge. The whole project fell apart due to Marvel deeming ''NYX'' [[AudienceAlienatingPremise unsuitable for its audience]], and Wood ended up recycling the premise for his creator-owned series ''Comicbook/{{DEMO}}''.
24th Sep '17 11:45:42 AM WolfMattGrey
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* After the original ''ComicBook/WestCoastAvengers'' mini-series, the original plan was to use the regular Avengers book to feature BOTH teams in alternating stories (as seen in issue #250). But the team's popularity put the kibosh on the whole idea. Plus The Shroud would have been part of the team.

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* After the original ''ComicBook/WestCoastAvengers'' mini-series, the original plan was to use the regular Avengers book to feature BOTH teams in alternating stories (as seen in issue #250). But the team's popularity put the kibosh on the whole idea. Plus The Also the Shroud would have been part of the team.



* Creator/DanSlott had wanted Comicbook/{{Nightcrawler}} to be part of the team in his ''Comicbook/MightyAvengers'' run, but Creator/MattFraction denied him permission to use the character.

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* Creator/DanSlott Dan Slott had wanted Comicbook/{{Nightcrawler}} to be part of the team in his ''Comicbook/MightyAvengers'' run, but Creator/MattFraction denied him permission to use the character.
15th Sep '17 10:39:22 AM Silverblade2
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* Early on, Creator/StanLee had considered revealing that SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} was actually Charles Xavier's brother. He presumably recycled that premise for the Juggernaut.

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* Early on, Creator/StanLee had considered revealing that SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} was actually Charles Xavier's brother. He presumably recycled that premise for the Juggernaut.



* The seminal graphic novel ''Comicbook/GodLovesManKills'' was originally going to open with SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} being KilledOffForReal [[TheWorfEffect in order to establish William Stryker as a serious threat]]. As the graphic novel wasn't supposed to be considered canon at the time, the creators were allowed more leeway than usual.

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* The seminal graphic novel ''Comicbook/GodLovesManKills'' was originally going to open with SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} being KilledOffForReal [[TheWorfEffect in order to establish William Stryker as a serious threat]]. As the graphic novel wasn't supposed to be considered canon at the time, the creators were allowed more leeway than usual.
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