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  • Tintin creator Hergé has a couple.
    • The first, Tintin In The Land Of The Soviets (1929), is ripped off wholesale from a single book condemning the Communist regime and has extremely primitive art, which was never updated to his later style. Hergé only republished it during the 1970s and solely because many bootleg copies were sold during that time. Still, it was kept in its original black-and-white form, without any alterations, and in an act of Canon Discontinuity kept out of the regular Tintin canon.
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    • The second, Tintin In The Congo (1930) contains many old stereotypes of Africans, causing a furor in the UK when it was released to the English reading public in 2005. There was also an unsuccessful private prosecution in Belgium to try to get the book banned as incitement to racism. Tintin's psychotic maiming of wildlife (blowing up a rhinoceros with a drilled hole and a stick of dynamite) is pretty hard to take as well. Hergé recognized this in retrospect and begged for them to be left out of print. Unlike the Soviet adventure, Tintin in The Congo was later redrawn and republished in color and with Hergé's later more polished art style. The rhinoceros was spared in the Scandinavian edition and the English color edition.
    • A third example is Tintin: The Shooting Star (1941), created during the Nazi occupation of Belgium; it originally featured a stereotyped Jewish-American villain, who in later versions was altered to be of an non-indicated ethnicity. A very antisemitic comedy scene with two rabbis was entirely cut.
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  • Quick and Flupke: Some episodes in which Quick and Flupke playfully imitate Hitler and Mussolini were never reprinted. During the 1930s it was just meant as an innocent joke, but after World War II these gags were suddenly not that funny anymore.
  • The 1930s Mickey Mouse comics count as this, since many of them contain racist stereotypes, Mickey attempting suicide, and other themes contrary to the image of Mickey Mouse today. Because the comics themselves were believed to be in the public domain, Eternity Comics, an independent company not affiliated with Disney, attempted to anthologize "The Uncensored Mouse" in comic-book format in 1989 without permission from Disney, doing everything they could to prevent a lawsuit (using all-black covers, shrink-wrapping them so nobody would flip through the books, acknowledging Disney's rights in the copyright page, etc.). They were shut down anyway, because even if the comics were in the public domain (which is questionable), the characters weren't.
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  • Jhonen Vasquez, author of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Squee!, and creator/showrunner of Invader Zim put out a single-issue "throwaway" comic called the Bad Art Collection early in his career, which was exactly what it says on the cover. When someone brought a copy to a signing event at a convention he responded with his usual good grace and humour; and commented, laughingly, "Oh my God, someone actually bought this thing," while signing it. According to Vasquez, the origin of the collection was him writing the cartoons back in school in order to get people to stop bugging him to draw for them. Unsurprisingly, the Bad Art Collection has been out of print for at least a decade.
  • Mexican cartoonist Rius published many comic books in the 60-70s. Being a firm believer in Marxism, he dedicated much of his work to socialism/communism and prophesized the fall of capitalism. One of the most famous examples of this is the book he made under orders of the Cuban government about the Cuban Revolution. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, he admitted that he had to eat his own words and that he never drew anything negative about the socialist states of the time because, in his own words, he "didn't want to provide ammunition for Imperialism."
  • For a long time, this was the attitude Mark Millar took towards a collection of early strips he wrote for Sonic the Comic in the nineties, insisting that he only wrote them for the money to pay for his wedding. He seems to have softened his stance on them lately, though.
  • Even though he hasn't taken it out of publishing, David Herbert would like everyone to forget Warriors of the Night, which is his first graphic novel.
  • While fans have always loved The Killing Joke, believing it to be the quintessential Joker story, Alan Moore did not:
    • He first claimed in 2000 that "I don't think it's a very good book. It's not saying anything very interesting." He later elaborated in 2003, saying "The Killing Joke is a story about Batman and the Joker; it isn't about anything that you're ever going to encounter in real life, because Batman and the Joker are not like any human beings that have ever lived. So there's no important human information being imparted ... Yeah, it was something that I thought was clumsy, misjudged and had no real human importance. It was just about a couple of licensed DC characters that didn't really relate to the real world in any way."
    • He also regrets what happened to Barbara in the story, claiming in 2006, "I asked DC if they had any problem with me crippling Barbara Gordon - who was Batgirl at the time - and if I remember, I spoke to Len Wein, who was our editor on the project ... [He] said, 'Yeah, okay, cripple the bitch.' It was probably one of the areas where they should've reined me in, but they didn't."
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Before leaving the title, Jim Valentino disowned two issues brainstormed with Rob Liefeld, Guardians of the Galaxy #28-29, for having a "lackluster script" and "barebones plot", and criticized Annual #2, saying he was unable to look at the art.
  • Peter David has said he regrets killing off Betty Ross in The Incredible Hulk, and that the rash decision was the result of the traumatic divorce he was going through at the time.
  • Kurt Busiek accompanies his signature on copies of Spider-Man/X-Factor: Shadowgames with the refrain, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry..."
  • Similarly, Christopher Priest claims that whenever a fan asks him to sign a copy of the Triumph mini-series he wrote, he apologizes.
  • Andy Schmidt formally admitted that The Transformers Continuum was of poor quality, but thanks to Denton J. Tipton and Carlos Magno making fun of him over it at the IDW offices, he wasn't allowed to forget it.
  • While they don't regret writing Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, creators Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn wince in hindsight at their inclusion of Attempted Rape early in the series, and Cohn says it'd be the first thing to go if he ever had another go at it.
    • Despite this, the short-lived New 52 version of the comic (by Jem and the Holograms creator Christy Marx) also included an attempted rape scene.
  • Mark Waid regrets killing off Ice in Justice League America.
  • Robert Kirkman introduced the character of Freedom Ring during his run on Marvel Team-Up, a gay hero who was touted by Joe Quesada himself as an upstanding example of gay male characters in the Marvel Universe... who was then killed horribly at the end of the three-issue arc. Kirkman apologized for "killing 25% of Marvel's gay population," admitting that he wanted to write a story about a newbie hero making newbie mistakes and dying because of it, while also wanting to write a story about a gay hero, and the two plots intersected in the worst way possible.
    • And he very much regrets the early death of Shane in The Walking Dead. He never dreamed that the series would last as long as it has, and thinks he could have done a lot more with the character.
  • Marvel writer Mark Gruenwald originally created the Scourge of the Underworld as a plot device for disposing of villains who were too minor, redundant, or ill-conceived. He eventually conceded that he often expressed some disappointment in what he saw as the short-sightedness in killing so many potentially "fun" villains rather than re-imagining or improving them. Even Turner D. Century has fans due to his humor factor.
  • Suske en Wiske: Creator Willy Vandersteen already made comics during the Second World War before he struck gold with Suske & Wiske after the liberation of Belgium. One of the stories he drew was antisemitic cartoons for a Nazi SS magazine. Vandersteen was smart enough to do this under a pseudonym and this secret shame was only revealed in 2010, literally 20 years after his death. Even his relatives claimed he never told them anything about this.
  • Asterix: Creator Albert Uderzo has apologized about the very anti-German Asterix and the Goths album. In this story the Goths (Germans) are depicted as being evil and militaristic. He said the story was made just two decades after World War II and anti-German sentiments were still vivid then. In later Asterix stories, Germans are depicted more sympathetically.
  • Jon Gray, one of the many artists for Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, has said he'll always regret drawing the scene where Sonic is slapped by Sally.
  • Eric Powell is extremely negative in his attitude to his earliest issues of The Goon. He keeps them available because he understands that people want to see them, and they include some content that is important for later plot developments. However, the TPB is called Rough Stuff, and contains no less than four prefaces apologising for the content, three prose and one in comic format, in which the characters themselves complain about how they were drawn. Powell considers the art to have been very bad and the comedy too broad and silly.
  • Kevin Smith has said he regrets agreeing to do the Orphaned Series Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target, and that he only did it to hold Joe Quesada to his word after he'd promised that Smith would get to write the next encounter between Daredevil and Bullseye.
  • Most at Marvel Comics, in particular writer Chris Claremont deeply regret The Avengers #200, regarding its controversial storyline regarding Carol Danvers giving birth to Marcus, the son of Immortus who had impregnated Ms. Marvel in Limbo with the intent to have himself reborn in the mortal world to claim her heart; said impregnation being the result of Marcus wanting to have intercourse with Ms. Marvel to create a new hybrid race, a feat only accomplished after manipulating her feelings with Immortus' machinations. Infamously dubbed by one reviewer as "The Rape of Ms. Marvel", its head writer Jim Shooter has disowned the comic and referred to it in one interview as "heinous", as well as noting that he legitimately doesn't remember writing or working on it, but he apologised for somehow signing off on the book in the state that it was published in, something he was entirely baffled by in hindsight considering its glaring problems. Chris Claremont and his team went on to publish "Avengers Annual #10", featuring the return of Ms. Marvel to Earth and scolding the Avengers for not recognizing the harm inflicted upon her.
    • It was so bad that it was once again referenced in a later Avengers series (Volume 3, specifically) during Carol's time as Warbird, where Kang the Conqueror (basically, Immortus' younger self, it's intentionally complicated) also had a son called Marcus (Kang and his various permutations rather like the name for some reason), but this Marcus not only eventually performed a Heel–Face Turn (albeit one that resulted in him getting killed), he was infatuated with Carol, but starting with issue #47 (when they first met), he was respectful towards her and went out of his way to avoid doing what his "brother" did to her, instead trying to earn her trust and affections legitimately - especially since he looked up said "brother" in his father's records after Carol lashed out at him in a fury after understandably mistaking him for her rapist. The whole sub-plot could potentially be seen as an apology from Marvel, or at least a genuine attempt at showing they'd learned from the debacle and could and would do better.
  • Dan Didio admitted that The New 52's "blank slate" was a mistake since no one knew where to take any of the characters after the controversial five-year Continuity Reboot. Hence why the DC Rebirth series was made as an apology to fans who were pissed off with the New 52, which they consider a Dork Age for the publisher.
  • Jack Chick stood by all of his infamous Chick Tracts, at least enough to reproduce them all on his website. All except one: Lisa. While it follows one of the standard Chick Tract formulas — Bad person has something even worse happen to him, godly friend tells him that at this point it's "Jesus or Hell," person chooses Jesus, all is forgivennote  — the catch here is that the person in question was raping his own daughter, then is blackmailed into letting a neighbor do the same. And the godly friend blames the whole situation on porn. Really. Even Chick thought that stretched forgiveness too far, hence the exclusion of that tract.
  • Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer may be familiar with Kennedy and the time she was a Drill Sergeant Nasty. The Willow comic continuation gives an In-Universe example where it's brought up and Kennedy is actually disgusted with the way she acted.
  • In 2018, Frank Miller openly stated he regretted creating Holy Terror, which he considered to be the worst comic he ever created. Although he intended it to be a tribute to 9/11, Miller admitted that he was blinded by hatred and patriotic fervor to the point that the comic became an Islamophobic diatribe.
  • Fabian Nicieza considers his New 52 book Legion Lost one of the most miserable creative experiences of his career and asks to not use pictures of him holding copies of it in articles about him.
  • According to this Comic-Con interview, Jim Starlin regrets working on Shang-Chi's first three issues. He worked on the first issue completely ignorant of the source material of Fu Manchu, who was portrayed as Shang-Chi's father. Afterwards, Starlin's friend Larry Hama gave him a Fu Manchu book to read, and he is horrified by the stereotypical Yellow Peril portrayal of the character, leading to him dropping out of the book after the third issue.


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