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[[ExecutiveMeddling When higher-ups get involved]], sometimes the results aren't so funny...


[[folder:DC Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': Creator/AlanMoore's original idea was to use the Creator/CharltonComics superheroes that DC had acquired the rights to, but he was was not permitted to do so because he wanted to kill some of the heroes off. Moore himself has said that he agrees with DC's decision, as his story was much more effective since he was able to do more with his own characters than he could have with the Charlton characters.
* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'': The ''Emerald Twlight'' story came about because Creator/DCComics executives decided they needed a newer, hipper Green Lantern, so they gave the writer of his series three issues to get rid of the old guy and all related characters. The storyline itself was also changed from its original idea of "Hal Jordan going rogue after the Zamarons took over the Corps" because the editors said no one knew who the Zamarons were. The writer quit, they hired a new writer and reused the story title for the storyline.
* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'':
** ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} was very almost killed off because Editor-in-Chief Creator/DanDiDio didn't know much about his character beyond "not Batman or Robin". Eventually he was convinced that a character that had been published consecutively for more than sixty years shouldn't be killed on a whim, so he was spared.
** [=DiDio=] and the editorial staff had complete control over the storyline for ''Countdown to Final Crisis'' because [=DiDio=] hated how ''52'''s story got off-track from its original intent to explain the changes that had happened to the DC universe.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** In some early issues of ''Detective Comics'', Batman would shoot criminals to death on a regular basis. One day, DC editorial director Whit Ellsworth asked the writers to tone it down and [[LighterAndSofter make it kid-friendly]], leading to Batman's ThouShaltNotKill attitude that he holds to this day.
** 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).
* ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2000}}'':
** The writers wanted Cassandra Cain to discover religion, but the editor-in-chief forced them to make her pull a FaceHeelTurn. The turn was eventually reverted due to fan backlash.
** Creator/GailSimone confirmed that her "Death of Oracle" storyline in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' was supposed to lead to Cassandra adopting a new identity and joining the team (partly to offset complaints about the MonochromeCasting in the series). She claims she even began writing Cass' debut issue before being told that Cassandra's return would instead be handled in Creator/GrantMorrison's ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman Inc.]]'' title.
** Writer Creator/ScottSnyder mentioned that Cassandra was present in his script for the first issue of the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' title, but at the last minute his editors forced him to write her out since canonically, she was still supposed to be living in UsefulNotes/HongKong. He was also barred from using Cassandra and [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Stephanie Brown]] in his ''Night of Owls'' BatFamilyCrossover, making them very notable absentees in an event that involved every Bat-book being published at the time except ''Batwoman''.
** In [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Bryan Q. Miller's]] Series/{{Smallville}} Season 11, previews indicated that Stephanie Brown would show up as Batman's partner Nightwing. Editorial intervened and had it changed to Barbara Gordon.
** ''War Games'' was created after someone high in DC's editing department requested a story that would end with Stephanie Brown's death. Then-''Batgirl'' writer Dylan Horrocks opposed the story considerably and refused to have anything to do with it, save having Step guest star during her time as Robin.
* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'': Creator/{{Dwayne McDuffie}} was not allowed to use any of the Big Seven, and had to constantly rewrite stories around the plots of other books. In one instance, [=McDuffie=] was informed that Hawkgirl was to be killed off in ''Final Crisis'', but at the last second was informed that she wouldn't die after all. The latter news came after a scene reacting to her death was both written and drawn.
* ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'': The story was created to fill in a time gap. Clark and Lois got engaged in 1991 so 1992's big event was to be their marriage but by that point, but ''Series/LoisAndClark'' was in development and they wanted the couple to get married at the same time in the TV show and the comics. Now struggling to fill the gap in their storyline, one of the writers, as was often the case during story speculation, joked, "Why don't we just kill him?" -- he was taken seriously, and the rest is history.
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'': Writer/artist Francis Manapul mentioned that he wanted to work in an appearance from Wally West in his new series, but was barred from doing so by editorial. Wally wouldn't return to the Flash book, and the DCU as a whole, until after Manapul & Buccellato left for ''Detective Comics'', and a new team was assigned. Wally is depicted as being Iris' nephew, but is younger (in the present, anyways. He's a teen) and is half black.
* ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'': Creator/PeterDavid was restricted with what he would do with Tim Drake (who was Robin at the time) during the mid-'90s to early 2000s because the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat-family comics]] editors had the final say on how ''Batman''-related characters were used. One of the restrictions put on him was that Robin couldn't be seen in public, as the Bat-family was supposed to be considered an urban legend InUniverse.
%%* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'': James Robinson allegedly had to fight tooth and nail against editorial fiat on the controversial miniseries. While the series is decried for its overly dark ending where [[spoiler: Star City gets blown up and Arsenal's daughter Lian dies in the attack]], supposedly editorial wanted ''more'' carnage, with Speedy dying alongside [[spoiler: Lian]] and ''every fictional city in the DCU'' besides Gotham and Metropolis getting ripped apart.
* ''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 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.
* ''[[Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse Star Trek]]'': DC's first run on the comic came to an abrupt end after issue 56 because Paramount decided to exert greater control over the licensing. DC kept the license and launched a second series in conjunction with the release of ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', alongside an ongoing monthly for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', but DC's writers had to submit their scripts to Richard Arnold's department at Paramount for approval, and characters created in the previous series [[ExiledFromContinuity were barred from being used]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'': Despite numerous editing inconsistencies, the staff for the ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' tie-in were explicitly told to make sure Connor Hawke was given the correct skin coloring and racial background. WordOfGod from colorist Nei Ruffino states the editors were aware that making a mistake with Connor was a FandomBerserkButton after the numerous screw ups done in the past, so the editors made absolutely sure it was done correctly this time.

[[folder:Marvel Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Creator/StanLee originally wanted to call the series "''The Mutants''," but his boss said that very few readers would know what a mutant was. Lee's protest that ''nobody'', including him, knew what an X-Man was had no effect.
** The original conclusion for ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'' called for Dark Phoenix being psychically lobotomized; however, then-Editor-in-Chief Creator/JimShooter ordered writer Creator/ChrisClaremont and artist Creator/JohnByrne to come up with something more drastic as punishment for her crimes, and she was killed off.
** When it was decided to bring Jean Grey back without the Dark Phoenix baggage (by [[RetCon having it be the Phoenix Force impersonating her while the real Jean was being healed in a cocoon at the bottom of Jamaica Bay]]), it was decided to relaunch the original X-Men lineup as ''ComicBook/XFactor''. One slight problem - Angel, Beast, and Iceman were tied up in ''[[ComicBook/TheDefenders The New Defenders]]'', so that series was cancelled, and the rest of the team killed off in a HeroicSacrifice, so the trio could be freed up for ''X-Factor''.
** When writers were forced to kill Jean again, the plans to give her a FinalDeath were changed to allow her to come back one day.
** Creator/ChrisClaremont had to deal with many mandates when he came back to the book in 2000. ''Exiles'' was re-packaged as ''New Exiles'' and Claremont was told he could only use characters he created or wrote as the protagonists for his first run on ''ComicBook/XMen''. Igor Kordey was replaced as the artist on ''New Excalibur'' while already working on the first issue; nobody informed Claremont, the writer, at the time of the change in artists. During his third, and latest, run on ''Uncanny X-Men'', Claremont had to drop an ongoing plot, namely the formation of a new Hellfire Club, while the story was in full swing. He was told to abandon the story because a different writer at the time professed interest in using the Hellfire Club. Eventually, it turned out to be {{all just a dream}}, making the forced abandonment of the plot in ''Uncanny X-Men'' a jarring example of executive meddling.
** Chris Claremont originally wanted to reveal that Nightcrawler's parents were Mystique and her female lover, Destiny, with Mystique having used her shapeshifting powers to turn into a man and impregnate Destiny. The higher-ups at Marvel wouldn't allow it.
** During Byrne's run on the title he made a habit of having Wolverine kill people off-panel (thought there would always be a veiled reference to it later in the same issue). Jim Shooter had a bad habit of having his assistants read the books, so he wasn't aware of his trend until he actually overheard John Byrne bragging about it to a fan during an autograph session. Jim Shooter then demanded that every character that Wolverine killed off-panel be brought back. Claremont ended up with the unsavory task, and brought them all back as cyborgs, who eventually formed the band of villains known as the Reavers.
* 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 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 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 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.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Creator/JMichaelStraczynski was on board with the base idea of the story of ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' (RetCon Peter Parker's marriage to Mary Jane, thus rewriting 20 years of the comic's history, via a DealWithTheDevil), but did not agree with Marvel's Editor-In-Chief Creator/JoeQuesada on the execution. Straczynski had his ideas vetoed, and asked to have his name removed from the credits.
** The ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' has a long and complicated history, but the short version is that high sales of the initial issues lead to the marketing department forcibly extended it from its six-month arc to last for two years. Tons of changes were also made to the story during development time by various people outside of the creative team, leading to certain aspects like Judas Traveller that nobody on staff fully understood or knew what to do with.
* ''ComicBook/MiniMarvels'': A backup feature in an issue of ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'' jokes that this is what the Skrull invasions of Earth are attempts at -- for the Skrulls, Earth is a popular reality show that they've gained ownership rights to, and now they want to exercise creative control. Unfortunately, Earth has turned out to have rather extreme ProtectionFromEditors.
* ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown'': Creator/SteveGerber's original idea was about the difficult life of a realistic young man, but Creator/StanLee insisted he have powers and crossovers with other in-universe superheroes. Eventually, the book was taken away from Gerber entirely, and given to another author who summarily killed the characters off. Then, thirty years later, it was given to yet ''another'' author for an update, without so much as informing Gerber.
* ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}: Fantastick Four'': InUniverse, King James I offers...''suggestions'' to William Shakespeare such as the witches in Theatre/{{Macbeth}}. A couple of actors nearby comment that Will nearly wept when James ordered ghosts put into Theatre/{{Hamlet}}.
* ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'': When Marvel got the license after the first movie, 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.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': While Doug Moench was the main writer for about a year (1980-1981), an editorial mandate prevented him from using any of the iconic members of their RoguesGallery due to the editor thinking they were overused. The result was that Moench came up with two {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s: AbsoluteXenophobe "Stygorr the Nightlord" stood in for Annihilus, while sentient [[UsefulNotes/BlackHoles Black Hole]] "Ebon Seeker" stood in for ComicBook/{{Galactus}} and had a similar origin.
* ''ComicBook/BlackPanther'': The short-lived Kasper Cole version came about because editorial wanted to shake up the book. Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}} claims they began looking for new writers and gave them the task of getting rid of T'Challa and introducing a "hip-hop relevant" {{Legacy|Character}} version of the character. The order eventually came back to Priest, who ended up creating Cole, despite not liking the idea one bit.
* ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'': Back in 1999, Creator/MarkWaid asked for his name to be taken off Vol 3 #14 because the editors changed the story to the point where it didn't resemble what he had intended. Set inside the Comicbook/RedSkull's mindscape, Waid's point was that, from the twisted perspective of a high-up Nazi, they weren't the bad guys. In the Skull's screwed-up brain, Cap is both the embodiment of evil and - since he won - the new fuhrer. The editors preferred to make the Skull a CardCarryingVillain (while, paradoxically, removing any suggestion of racism), and Cap simply represented as "that guy the Skull doesn't like because he keeps beating him".

[[folder:Other Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'':
** According to writer Ken Penders, Creator/{{Sega}} started off largely hands-off with the exception of a few moments, including sparing Princess Sally from her death in "End Game" and reaming out Archie for having unauthorized cameo appearances of ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'' characters in issue 101. Somewhere along the line, Sega started pushing for more game-centric stuff, which obviously clashed with then-writers Penders and Karl Bollers.
** The legal case between Archie and Penders. It was said that everything made for the Archie comic was now property of Sega. That meant characters, concepts, etc. Back in the early '90s, it was obvious no one minded the house at Archie and when Penders caught on about 15 years later, he quickly copyrighted his characters, which lead to the lawsuits. The problem here was that the lawsuits put Archie in a bind - Sega was adamant that those characters were there and if Penders won, then it would go against the mandate and threaten the comic. To save face, all of Penders' characters and concepts (and later, all of those not made by Flynn) were dumped and Penders was given a mandate to cut off all of his characters from everything Sonic, which lead to the ContinuityReboot that was ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide''.
** According to conversations with Ian Flynn, one of the big mandates was that the video game characters couldn't have relatives. This would initially lead to Sonic and Tails being unable to call their parents by those familiar titles and Eggman's connection to Snively downplayed. When the CosmicRetcon hit, Uncle Chuck was (apparently) no longer Sonic's uncle ([[HonoraryUncle with the name being just an endearing title to the scientist]]), and Snively being renamed "Julian Snively" with no familial connection at all to Eggman. This is despite the fact that both characters were part of the Saturday morning cartoon. This also makes utilizing Sonia and Manic from ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' harder as many ''Sonic'' fans would recognize the two as siblings and expect them to be as such, but they can never say they were.
** Due to messy copyright issues between Sega of Japan and Sega of America, and rights issues between companies that co-produced other ''Sonic'' series, Sega gave Archie a legally mandated embargo on using characters or specific elements of any ''Sonic'' series outside of the games and the three Creator/DiCEntertainment ''Sonic'' cartoons.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'':
** The British ''Sonic'' book was eventually brought to cancellation because the publishers did not have faith that the book would continue its popularity. Despite selling more than 2000AD at one point, they began decreasing the budget and demanding that there only be one new story per issue, the others being reprints of older stories. Then the comic became 100% reprint, the cover illustrations being the only new thing in them, until finally, the comic was axed completely.
** 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 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.
* Publishers operated under the bizarre, nonsensical idea that some comics won't last beyond a certain time despite what ''all'' sources and sales figures might say; they even considered cancelling ''2000AD'', Britain's most popular sci-fi comic book and the "birthplace" of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. Fortunately, the computer game company Rebellion bought the title, which continues to this day.
** Amongst the other comics they ''did'' cancel at around the same time was ''Series/RedDwarf Smegazine'', which was canceled just at the point when a sales spike from the 1993 series might have been expected. In an example of TropesAreNotBad, this ended up being the right move, as the 4, 2, and 10 year gaps between each of the next series would likely have killed it off anyways.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'':
** Bob Budiansky, original writer of the Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} comic book, was continually forced by Creator/{{Hasbro}} to introduce new characters during his run. He eventually got burnt out and passed the writing duties on to Marvel U.K.'s Transformers writer Simon Furman.
** Writer Simon Furman spent a few years writing a series of epic ''Transformers'' stories for IDW publishing that featured LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, as well as new concepts like the [[ZombieApocalypse Dead Universe]] and a plausible Decepticon invasion plan that made vehicular disguises relevant to the story. Then, due to falling sales, IDW decided to truncate Furman's twelve-issue GrandFinale into four issues of the "Spotlight" series (necessitating each chapter focusing on a single character's thoughts in addition to all the action), and a five issue "Maximum Dinobots" series so that they can put their publishing power behind ''All Hail Megatron''.
** In 2010, the ''[[Franchise/TransformersTimelines Transformers Collector's Club]]'' dropped their "Nexus Prime" plotline which had been running for about five years across [[TheMultiverse various continuities]]. This is because Hasbro themselves have taken charge of stories regarding the Thirteen original Transformers.
** The very graphic death scenes in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' were, according to [[WordOfGod Nick Roche]], put in at Hasbro's request, who had apparently grown tired of how easily resurrectable Transformers were starting to be shown and wanted some definitive kills to show that death still meant something in Transformers. According to the trade Springer, Kup, and Perceptor were all going to die in one version. Hasbro vetoed one, IDW another, and the writers didn't go trhougout of the last one.
** 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, 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.
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'': Creator Stephan Pastis has talked about several strips over the years that his syndicate has asked him to change for one reason or another, and he had usually agreed due to the strips in question being so edgy that the risk outweighs the reward. In the treasury ''Pearls Sells Out'', Pastis writes about a particular strip that his syndicate wanted changed because it showed the characters drinking beer. Pastis flat-out refused to do so, arguing that he wasn't "gonna keep looking over...[his]...shoulder" every time he submitted a strip and worrying about their attitude. With the exception of a few minor edits, Pastis says that the syndicate has since left him alone and that he understands most other syndicates wouldn't have even published ''Pearls'' to begin with.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'':
** In the early days, Scott Adams was planning on adding Satan to the strip's cast. The syndicate wouldn't let him, so he ended up creating the character of Phil, Prince of Insufficient Light, the ruler of "Heck". Adams later said that it turned out much funnier than his original plan.
** PlayedForLaughs InUniverse in a strip where Dogbert tells a writer to make a few changes to his manuscript so it can be more publishable:
--->'''Dogbert''': Make the main character a purple dinosaur instead of a detective. Add some upbeat songs and eliminate the murder.\\
'''Writer''': It's a murder mystery!!\\
'''Dogbert''': Oh, that's original.
* ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'': A couple strips were removed because they were offensive.[[note]]Namely, a strip in which a boy gives a girl a pair of ballerina slippers and the final frame shows her in a wheelchair. Even the author admits it was rather offensive.[[/note]]
* ''ComicBook/TheMuppetShowComicBook'': The ''Family Reunion'' arc (which involved the reintroduction of [[WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies Skeeter]], Scooter's [[HalfIdenticalTwins twin sister]]) had to be pushed forward because the "Guest Stars" arc was scrapped on a veto and there was a gap that needed filling. However, the Creator/{{Disney}} executives had not decided whether to make Skeeter a full cast member, or to bring her in at all, so they told the writers to make the story ambiguous. The arc was framed by two celestial beings, who are NOT Statler and Waldorf, who throw in various characters as a way of livening things up a bit, leaving its status as canon murky.
* ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'':
** The title of the sixth book, ''Besser is das!'', had to be censored after the first edition because the Flensburger brewery understood it as comparative advertising in favor of Werner's recently launched own beer brand, "Bölkstoff". Werner had been drinking Flensburger beer all the time before, in fact, he was the reason behind the immense increase in popularity for the small brewery near the Danish border in the 1980s.
** Merch with the "Red Porsche Killer" on it had to be censored upon request by Porsche. The book ''Das Rennen'' names it "Red XXXXXX Killer". %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'': Writer Creator/DonRosa dropped a seven-page prologue of dense [=McDuck=] family history and to completely rewrite chapters 3 and 8 on requests from Egmont editor Byron Erickson.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': A few strips were never published due to fear of their bizarre content causing backlash, such as one strip that appears to have a dog humping an upside down car due how the artwork was done, while others were given edits without creator Gary Larson's permission. In the ''The Prehistory of The Far Side'' book (which contains the unpublished strips) Larson admitted that he would occasionally go a bit overboard, but he did have a small gripe about the changes being done without his input.
* ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'': Originally envisaged as one of many stories of a strip called ''Mega City Noir'' (the first story, ''Gumshoe'', is under the MC-Noir name) which was to be a ''ComicBook/SinCity''-style strip featuring various characters around Angeltown and their dealings with both sides of the law. Megazine editor Alan Barnes felt that Jack Point was simply too good to be wasted as a OneShotCharacter and he was given his own series. ''Mega City Noir'' was given a second story, which explained what happened to [[DirtyCoward Muggro]] [[MookLieutenant Keevish]] after the events of ''Crystal Blue'' and focused on mob enforcer Gaz. Unfortunately, it wasn't anywhere near as good as ''The Simping Detective'' and further plans for any more ''Mega City Noir'' stories have been indefinitely postponed.
* Creator/ArchieComics's ''Comics/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'': The creative team at the time was preparing for its big epic storyline towards issue #75, "The Forever War", which would have brought back the future "Green Earth Turtles" and showcased the final fight with Shredder. However, the editors at the time balked at this as they absolutely hated the more violent path the comic was taking as well as the "Green Earth Turtles" (it was also because Mirage had started going color around this time and it was taking away from Archie), so they canned the creative team and, ultimately, the title.
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** 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.
** The last two pages of issue 6 of ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' had to be rewritten after the editor found the story to be too dark. Note this is a dark series set in a ZombieApocalypse that deals with anything from incest to domestic abuse. The fact that the same issue ends with [[ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Sabrina]] [[spoiler:about to become the Bride of Cthulhu]] makes fans really wonder how you could get darker than ''that''.
* 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]].
* 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.