Trivia / ElfQuest

  • After the original ElfQuest series was declined by publishers, including Marvel and DC, the Pinis published it themselves. Both Marvel and DC later offered reprints: Marvel from 1985 to '88 in 32 comic books, DC in four Archives editions from 2003 to 2007.
  • Development Hell: An ElfQuest movie has been 'in turnaround' for at least the past 15 years, but don't jump for joy just yet: in Hollywood jargon, 'in turnaround' simply means 'we'll get to it someday'.
  • One of Us: Wendy Pini is a longtime anime and manga fan (even before it became hugely popular in the west), and it's had a big influence on the series.
  • What Could Have Been: At one point in the 1980s the original series was optioned as a Saturday-morning cartoon: only after signing the agreement did the Pinis learn that the network would demand to change Leetah's color (because an "interracial marriage" was unacceptable) and her healing powers (it was feared the Religious Right would object to her healing by "laying on of hands"), and to make gentle, psychically-gifted Suntop the tough macho little warrior-type and his sister Ember a secondary fighter at best. The series never happened.