Creator Backlash: Alan Grant has had several problems with the treatment the character has been subject to over the years, due to the close affection he feels for Anarky.
Grant loved his work on the Anarky limited series. However, he was dead-set against the ongoing series, thinking overexposure and stiff competition from other comics would kill any popularity the character had recently gained. He also didn't anticipate all of the Executive Meddling he would get. He went along with it when he learned they would get another writer if he declined, and wanted to support his friend and Anarky illustrator, Norm Breyfogle, who needed the work. As the series went on, Grant kept wanting to back out, but only stayed on for Breyfogle's sake.
When Anarky was reintroduced as "Money Spider" in 2008, Grant was asked for his take:
Alan Grant: "Someone recently sent me DC's new take on Anarky, and I was saddened to see they were using him as just another asshole villain."
Executive Meddling: The 1999 Anarky series suffered from this heavily, though Grant blamed editorial assistants, rather than his main editor, Dennis O'Neal. Of O'Neal, Grant has nothing but nice things to say, however he has claimed that while O'Neal was busy presiding over No Man's Land in 1999, it was more difficult to communicate with him directly, and his assistants began to run the show behind the scenes. From Grant's perspective, most of the editorial impositions came from these people. Demands included cameos for characters such as Superman and the Justice League of America; issue no.7 became a tie in to a company "event", which cut into the middle of Grant's ongoing plot; Anarky had to be removed from Gotham City (and as a result was not part of No Man's Land); and the first three issues were pushed back, as editors wanted a new introduction storyline. As such, the first story, "Aberration!", wasn't in Grant's original plans for the series.
Norm Breyfogle later came to see all of these mandates as being oddly designed to push back the publication of some issues. In an interview, he said, "It’s always seemed to me that DC pulled all these shenanigans to prevent our original #4 and #5—and the intended but never written or penciled #6—from being published because that three-part story was about a touchy political issue: the USA’s arms sales to Indonesia’s repressive government." As a result of these editorial impositions, No.4, 5, and 6 were indeed never published.
Anarky was originally written to kill his opponents. However, the editors thought having a very young boy turn out to be a murderer was too sensitive, so he was changed to stun his opponents with his staff. This really hurts the Anarky in Gotham storyline. While Anarky is presented as intelligent and right, to a point, Batman has a problem with his "methods". This, despite the fact that Anarky's methods aren't much worse than Batman's. The change of Anarky to non-killer was after the story had been illustrated, and only the dialogue describing character deaths was changed, leaving victims alive and Batman still upset.
What Could Have Been: After fans and Dennis O'Neal liked Anarky's debut, Grant started to get the idea that Lonnie could be the next Robin— a Robin that disagreed with Batman on certain issues, creating a different kind of foil. Jason Todd had only just died in comics a year prior, and no plans for a new Robin had been announced. However, when Grant pitched the idea, he was told that Marv Wolfman was way ahead of him, and the next Robin was already being introduced: Tim Drake.