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    Marvel and DC 
  • During various points in time, DC and/or Marvel have had opportunities to buy or license the rights to each other and/or some of their characters.
    • There has long been a rumor, for example, that during the 70s, Marvel had an opportunity to buy DC's stable, but decided not to when they were told they wouldn't be getting Superman, Batman, and possibly Wonder Woman.
    • Again, but during the 80s, Marvel had a chance to license the DC Superheroes, and in fact probably would have if not for legal problems.
    • In the 1990s, while Marvel was in bankruptcy, Warner Brothers (and by extension DC) had a chance to buy Marvel, but, of course, it never happened.
  • Marvel Versus DC:
    • An early proposed title was Marvel/DC: Super-War.
    • A number of ideas for the resulting Amalgam line of comics were proposed but unproduced, including one called Giant-Size Man-Servant, which would've starred a combination of Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth and the Avengers' butler Edwin Jarvis.
    • During the planning stages, there were discussions between the two companies about potentially swapping certain characters at the end of the crossover. While it was rumored for years that Catwoman, Daredevil and even Wonder Woman were among the heroes who would've been traded, editor Mike Carlin has denied this, with Paul Levitz saying the characters considered were ones of lesser importance who didn't have their own titles, and thus could be removed from their respective universes without causing too many problems. Ron Marz, who co-wrote the crossover, claims that She-Hulk and Martian Manhunter were the proposed trades, saying that because both characters were somewhat redundant in their own universes (with She-Hulk being the Hulk's Distaff Counterpart and Martian Manhunter having many of the same powers as Superman), they were seen as having potential to fill a more unique niche at a different company. However, the idea was quickly abandoned due to the massive legal headache that would've ensued.
  • In a special feature of the JLA/Avengers hardcover edition, it was revealed that the original plan for Issue #3 was for the DCU to be portrayed with 60s era Marvel aesthetics (more soap opera elements and character conflicts) and the Marvel U portrayed a la Silver Age DC (more bombastic and light-hearted). This was nixed by DC in favor of the eventual darker Issue #3.
  • There was to be a second X-Men/New Teen Titans crossover that involved the Hellfire Club teaming up with Brother Blood, but the falling-out between DC and Marvel, due to Jim Shooter's temper tantrum that was "It should have been X-Men/Legion of Super Heroes", nipped the idea at the bud.
  • Shortly after the announcement of JLA/Avengers in 2001, some of the higher-ups from both companies had lunch together to see about possibly continuing the Marvel/DC partnership in additional projects. While an idea for a crossover involving President Lex Luthor launching an invasion of Doctor Doom's home country of Latveria was proposed, the meeting fell apart due to the rude and disrespectful behavior of Marvel's Bill Jemas.
  • After Jemas' firing, Brian Michael Bendis pitched an idea for a crossover between Batman and Daredevil. While his editors liked the idea, DC refused the offer due to Joe Quesada (who had publicly bashed DC in a controversial interview with The New York Observer) still being employed at Marvel, which is also part of the reason why there hasn't been a crossover between the two since JLA/Avengers.
  • Jim Shooter also nixed a much earlier JLA/Avengers crossover that was going to be published back in the 80s. According to Gerry Conway, the plot would have seen the Lord of Time and Kang the Conqueror vying for possession of a powerful gemstone, causing the villains to pit the Justice League and the Avengers against one another. The heroes would have battled each other across various eras of history, with Captain America facing Batman, Green Arrow facing Hawkeye, She-Hulk facing Martian Manhunter, the Atom facing Ant-Man, the Flash facing Quicksilver, and so on. Jim Shooter was very unhappy with the proposed plot, and the project kept stalling until it was eventually shelved entirely.
  • Jack Kirby's New Gods were originally going to debut in Marvel, and would have either tied in with The Mighty Thor or The Inhumans. However before plans had taken their final shape, Kirby got fed up with his situation at Marvel (being co-creator of at least half their money-makers with no creative custody of them) and jumped ship to DC, taking them with him. Likewise, Jack created Kamandi because DC failed to get the license to do a Planet of the Apes comic.

  • Watchmen was originally penned to be about a group of Charlton Comics characters DC had recently acquired. But since the plot Alan Moore wrote had many of them killed off and thereby unusable in future story lines, it was suggested he make up his own characters.
    • That's not all. The second Silk Spectre was going to be a teenage runaway simply named Silk, the world would actually be 20 Minutes into the Future, with no disease and easy genetic modification. Antarctica was going to be a huge resort for the rich and wealthy, an idea which ended up trickling down to ultimately being only Ozymandias' lair.
    • Not only would the Charlton characters be unusable, but it would have a profound affect on the DCU, so it was then to have the story take place in alternate version of Earth-4.
  • There was supposed to be a legitimate prequel series to Watchmen, The Minutemen, which would have been of equal length and created by Alan Moore and David Gibbons. Moore's falling out with DC ended the prospects of this. Stranger still, going by comments made by Gibbons and Moore at the time, the tone would have been very different, attempting to recreate Golden Age comics as realistically as possible (if not an actual Reconstruction). This would have had far-reaching effects, since imitation of Watchmen's style was responsible for some of the worst excesses of the Dark Age of Comics.

    Sonic the Hedgehog 
  • Lots of storylines from the Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) comics end up like this, most notably an alternate version of the "Endgame" series where Sally was actually killed instead of put in a coma, a storyline involving a secret romance between NICOLE and A.D.A.M, and the very start of the "Mobius: X Years Later" storyline, dealing with the crisis that Locke "prepared" his son Knuckles to defend against, as per prophecy (hint: it involves an alien Eggman Expy). Oh, let's not forget the comic's recent Word of Gay reveal...
    • In fact, the sheer amount of this trope in the comic, combined with the demand by fans to know about it, has pushed former head writer Ken Penders to work towards revealing all of these dirty little secrets on his webpage. Thus far, plot details announced include the death of Snivley in a Heroic Sacrifice against Eggman, Sonic gaining a higher rank than Sally, conflicting with their relationship, and an alliance between Knothole and Station Square.
      • Ken also planned to have Bunnie and Antoine married as well. However, unlike Ian who blasted through the engagement and wedding in under three issues, Ken would of had the proposal in issue 175 and the actual wedding in 200.
      • Speaking of Antoine, he wasn't supposed to have been replaced with his Evil Twin, Patch, either: Karl had wanted Antoine to actually take a level in badass and end the Bunnie/Antoine relationship, but Ken hated it.
    • And Karl Bollers wanted to: do a story arc where Knuckles and Monkey Khan get brainwashed by the Iron Queen and Eggman (respectfully) as part of a three-way battle between the Queen, Eggman and Mammoth Mogul over a power source equal to the Master Emerald; turn Snively into a Powered Armor-wielding Anti-Hero who allies with Shadow against Eggman; and have the Source of All return, being controlled by Ixis Naugus.
      • After Sonic and Sally went through the highly controversial break-up, Karl had plans for Sonic to date Amy Rose. However, Fiona Fox would end up developing feelings for Sonic and the two would become rivals for his affections. Though both girls would have a chance with Sonic, it never came to the level of Archie-Betty-Veronica fighting.
      • Given the reveal that the comic is practically being crushed under layers of Executive Meddling, it's hardly surprising.
    • The "Anonymous" storyline was originally supposed to reveal that the one acting as Anonymous was actually the original Robotnik (the one killed off in issue #50), but the plan fell through.
    • Oh, and the alien Knuckles was supposed to fight in the prophecy? It was supposed to be a man named Dr. Ian Droid, the bad guy who appeared when Sonic teamed up with the Image Comics characters.
    • The aforementioned Sally incident would of had started the same way the normal story began, with Sonic waking Sally from her supposed slumber. However, Sally would start acting more and more out of character before being revealed as a robot replacing the Killed Off for Real Sally.
    • Sonic Universe #50, the last issue before the jump to the upcoming crossover with Mega Man (Archie Comics), was originally billed as the conclusion to the Sonic Underground series during one of the recent ComiCons. However, it was revealed that it was now a story involving two versions of Metal Sonic and no word on what has happened to this story.
  • After Sonic the Comic went reprint-only, writer Nigel Kitching posted some of his intended ideas for stories on the STC mailing list. Some of those ideas were later adopted by the STC-Online Fan Web Comics.
  • According to writer Ian Flynn, there was supposed to be two fusion characters in Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide. The comic showcased the first, Chaos Devil, a fusion of the water creature Chaos and Wily Base boss Yellow Devil. The other was supposed to be "Metal Bass", a fusion of Metal Sonic and Bass. However, someone (he forgot who) nixed it, and we have Sonic and Mega Man battling Metal Sonic and Bass.
    • Ian Flynn also wanted the Cosmic Retcon that would happen at the end be completely and utterly clean-cut, with no one remembering the old universe. However, he reigned on it when the editor asked him to, not wanting to alienate the older readers.
  • The original origin for future Ensemble Dark Horse NICOLE was actually much more humorous in nature - Robotnik revived the Universalamander, a robot that forced Sonic to go Super Sonic for the first time. When the attempt to reshrink him failed, Sally whips out NICOLE, here called "NICOLE 7000", and uses her help to help Rotor build a new shrink ray that shrinks him to a molecular level. Ian Flynn says that the story happened "to a point" - they fought the Universalamander and he was shrunken, but NICOLE's involvement was non-canon.
  • The infamous storyline "Endangered Species" was a completely different story than what was written. Among the things noted:
    • The original solicits mentioned the Dark Egg Legion also fighting against Thrash the Devil. This would have meant that it would be a Mêlée à Trois between the Dark Egg Legion, Thrash the Devil and Team Fighters for the fate of the Echidna species instead of Thrash outright winning right then and there.
    • The cover to the second part had Julie-Su back to back with Amy Rose. Julie was removed from the final cover.
    • The cover to the third part had half of it changed three times. The original cover had Lien-Da having her whip binding Sonic. The almost finished cover replaced Lien with metal tendrils and the final added in leaves to represent the returning Krudzu.
    • As Ian Flynn has stated: The arc was originally supposed to have a happy ending.
    • Someone obtained one of the original pages from Sonic #243 and, from clues gathered from it as it was already heavily altered, revealed that the Death Egg II would have actually been over Avalon, suggesting that Eggman was supposed to have invaded the village.
  • According to artist Ben Bates, had Ken Penders not tried to sue everyone and Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide not interfered, issue #250 would have ended the Mecha Sally storyline. Interestingly, Sally's redesign for the reboot was already set up for her return in that issue.
    • "Shadow Fall", the first storyline involving Team Dark after the reboot, was meant to involve Black Doom and Mephiles. However, those were shot down because Black Doom would have been dead and Mephiles wiped out by the wonders of time travel.
  • Nigel Kitching, writer for Sonic the Comic, actually offered Ian Flynn usage of the Brotherhood of Metallix, the army of Metal Sonics from the series. However, while Ian was flattered for the offer, he admitted he couldn't do it - the red tape involved in it would have been enough to choke a bear.
  • With the release of Lost Hedgehog Tales' first chapter:
    • The big story would have went from #225 to #275, with the intention of putting the Freedom Fighters through their Darkest Hour, delivering them a loss that they couldn't just easily pick back up from.
    • Sally would have been roboticized in #225, but Sonic's 20th Anniversary scuttled that, leading to "Genesis".
    • Antoine was originally planned to have died, but fan outcry over Sally's fate and Antoine's sacrifice saved him.
    • Hershey would have been revealed to be alive and undercover as a member of the Dark Egg Legion. When told of Geoffery's actions, she would have left to confront him.
  • Johnny from Sonic the Comic was once supposed to have unrequited feelings for Amy.
  • 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 led 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 SegaSonic the Hedgehog. 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 Super Mode, while Sally's would have had her and Tails approach Dr. Elidy to help save Nicole.
  • For Sonic the Comic, it was originally planned for Freedom Fighter Johnny Lightfoot and the Robotnik supporter, Agent X, to be the same person, but it didn't go through.

  • Due to Executive Meddling, the grand finale to Simon Furman's long-in-the-making saga for IDW's Transformers comic series was cut from 12 issues down to 4. Readers therefore missed out on epic battles featuring big bruisers like Sixshot and Monstructor, while the long-awaited confrontation between Optimus Prime and Nemesis Prime was reduced to a poorly-explained affair that lasted around three pages. It also resulted in many storylines and character arcs being shortened or even ruined. One character arc involved Sideswipe trying to get to Earth in order to save his brother Sunstreaker who had been kidnapped. The original ending had them being reunited and Sideswipe learning an important lesson, the new ending completely erases any potential brotherly relations between the two and Sideswipe learning the lesson that he doesn't give two craps about his brother or any suffering he experiences. One wonders just how much action readers missed out on by the story being reduced to a third of its planned length.
  • Techno-X, a proposed 90s revamp of Circuit Breaker and the Neo-Knights by Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman, set outside the Transformers universe and integrating the team more fully into the Marvel universe.
  • We nearly got a DC Comics/Transformers crossover, which would have involved Optimus Prime becoming a Green Lantern and Transformers being made out of Batman's Batwing and Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet. But by the time the story was pitched, DC was getting ready for its New 52 reboot, so the idea was nixed.
  • James Roberts planned to introduce Ravage as a stoway and spy aboard the Lost Light during the early issues of Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, but abandoned this when he realized that Ravage had already appeared in Transformers: Robots In Disguise. He eventually brought Ravage on post Dark Cybertron.
  • A mini-series titled "Legacy of Rust," centering on the double agent Punch was announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2010 and four issues were written by Stuart Moore, but were shelved with the conclusion of The Transformers (IDW). The end of the wider Transformers IDW continuity in favor of establishing a reboot makes it unlikely that it will ever see the light of day.
  • After writing prequels for the first Transformers movie over the course of eight issues, British publisher Titan Comics decided to create an alternate universe story where Megatron had won the battle of Mission City, claimed the AllSpark, and dominated the Earth. The story was only supposed to last five issues - it ended up lasting until the entire comic was rebooted for Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen seventeen issues later.
  • The GoBots miniseries had a twist ending where it was heavily implied the GoBots were precursors to Transformers, in particular hinting that Road Ranger and Bug Bite are the respective fathers of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee and showing a jet colored similarly to Starscream's alt mode constructed from the remains of Leader-1 and Cy-Kill, but the trade paperback includes a couple of page layouts suggesting that the connection to Transformers was originally intended to go the other way (Cy-Kill calls Road Ranger a "son of an Autobot" and talks of his own father, who is shown to be the Junkion Wreck-Gar, while Leader-1 sees a stasis-locked Megatron amidst the ruins of a crashed Ark and refers to the Decepticon leader as his great-grandfather).

    My Little Pony 
  • Andy Price originally wanted everything to be hand-done, including the interior colors, similar to how his covers are done. That would have taken far too much time, however, so the interiors are digitally colored.
  • On page 3 of Issue #1, there was originally going to be a pony version of Sergio Aragonés among the No Celebrities Were Harmed ponies at the mustache kiosk, but Andy Price ran out of room.
  • Unfinished versions of page 3 of Issue #1 had the pony partly under a 100 weight use Symbol Swearing instead of saying "OUCH!"
  • Thom Zahler (creator of Love and Capes and also did the Twilight Sparkle spotlight issue) seriously pitched My Little Pony for IDW's Mars Attacks! Cross Through event. The plot would involve Princess Celestia casting a spell to disable the Martians' weapons, causing them to find hilarious new ways to attack ponies only to fail and eventually learn the magic of friendship. The Martians would return to their own dimension to spread love & tolerance, only to confuse their fellow Martians that didn't visit Equestria. Alas, the Cross Through came and went, and no ponies...
  • According to Christina Rice, an early draft of the issue #2 of the upcoming Fiendship Is Magic mini-series originally had Lord Tirek kill a unicorn, but it was eventually scrapped as too dark for an all-ages comic.

    Archie Comics 

  • Alien:
    • The UK Magazine Aliens vol. 2 had issues #23-25 canceled, leaving the last two parts of the story Aliens: Crusade and the story Aliens: Matrix unpublished.
    • An Aliens/Marshal Law crossover was seriously planned, but negotiations fell through. This explains why the aliens in the eventual non-crossover Marshal Law story "Secret Tribunal" behave exactly like Aliens, but have a totally different look.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation/Aliens: Acceptable Losses was a crossover to be published by Dark Horse and IDW, canceled in April, 2017.
  • Image Comics was notorious for its scheduling slips, leaving several books to remain unpublished. 1963 Annual and 1963 #½ were announced but never 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.
  • Rob Liefeld's Executioners was going to be a Malibu Comic modeled after X-Force before being reworked into Youngblood.
  • William S. Burroughs spent much of the 1970s collaborating with art student Malcolm McNeill to make a "Word/Image Novel" of Burrough's story Ah Pook Is Here. The book would have been one of the first graphic novels, but due to issues with publishers, the book went into development hell before being scrapped and unfinished. Ah Pook was eventually published as a short story without any of McNeill's artwork, with an animated adaptation (with no input from McNeill) being released decades later. Eventually, McNeill published his Ah Pook art as well as a companion book detailing the obstacles that he and Burroughs faced during their collaboration. The surreal, disturbing and detailed nature of McNeill's art leaves one to speculate the impact a completed Ah Pook book would have had on the comics industry and would have arguably catapulted Burroughs and McNeill as comic book icons.
  • The ending of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac was open-ended enough to admit a continuation, to say the least. In the first printing of Squee!#4, Jhonen Vasquez mentions his burning desire to get to work on the new JTHM series, and also recalls a mention in I Feel Sick of how Satan (who had been providing Rikki Simons and Vasquez with emotional support and sandwiches)was still hoping for a new Johnny series. From all appearances, the Prince of Lies is destined for disappointment, as are a good number of JTHM's fans...
  • Miracleman provides another Neil Gaiman example. A bit of the story of the fold of Eclipse Comics and the subsequent abbreviation of the comic is rehashed on the Miracleman page, but it doesn't mention that the series practically ended in the middle of a sentence. The frustrating lack of closure, tantalizing hints of what was coming provided in the unpublished pages so easily found online, and Gaiman's immense talent made the demise of the series agonizing.
    • But with Marvel now owning the series and Gaiman being on decent enough terms with them, things might change - as was revealed in the New York Comic Con 2013 as Marvel plans to rerelease all of the stories released by Eclipse Comics culminating in the release of the final issue.
    • However, by the end of 2018, the uncollected final Gaiman issues and the promised continuation had not been published, with rumours that some kind of renewed rights dispute was involved.
  • In Fables, The Adversary was Gepetto, the puppeteer. However, Willingham actually had a much different plan for The Adversary's identity beforehand. Originally, he wanted the Adversary to be revealed as Peter Pan, who would come to the human world and kidnap children so they would remain young and corrupt. There would also be a hero attempting to save the children, and this would be none other than, of all people, Captain Hook. (Given the fact that Captain Hook was, in the original tales, a former Sadist Teacher, that's definitely irony) However, this was changed to Gepetto because Peter Pan wasn't public domain in the UK, and the characters of Fables all have to be public domain.
  • Star Raiders: was originally intended as a 120-page-long limited series. Unfortunately, due to The Great Video Game Crash of 1983, Atari canceled the deal with DC Comics midway through development. With 40 pages of painted art already completed, DC decided to cut their losses by commissioning an additional 20 pages to finish the story, then released it as a graphic novel. Needless to say, the story suffers from the compressed story arc, and many characters and plot points are Left Hanging as a result.
  • Heroic Publishing:
    • Around 2006 or 2007, it was trying to get people interested in Fantastic Girl, a planned multi-media sensation who would diversify their line-up by being a Token Black heroine that would appeal to the old-school Blaxploitation fans. Fan reaction who totally negative, due to the limited info of her seemed to establish her as an Ethnic Counterpart of their Flare character, and as a result the character was quietly dropped. Fantastic Girl was Saved from Development Hell, and debuted as the back-up feature in Heroic Spotlight #10, released in September 2012.
    • The original six-issue adaptation of the Champions role-playing game was originally going to be 48 pages per issue and was going to feature solo stories of the individual heroes on the team as well as subplots ultimately cut out of the actual books: The search for the new Giant, The Winter Wonderlass, and many others.
      • The first four issues would introduce the heroes individually, with the fifth issue revealing many of the menaces being connected, gathering the heroes together.
      • Also, Flare was originally not going to be part of the team.
    • Eternity Smith was considered for Eclipse's line of 16-Page 50-cent bi-weekly comics, but creator Dennis Mallonee declined. DC was also interested in it, but Mallonee took the book to Renegade Press for five issues before becoming part of Heroic Publishing.
    • Icicle got her solo title by accident: Heroic was planning to use League of Champions as an anthology book for most of their characters, but George Pérez was interested in doing the book, so they slapped together Icicle on short notice.
  • At one time, there could have been an Austin Powers comic series. All that is known about it is a poster by J. Scott Campbell.
  • When Image Comics gained the rights to create comics based off of Power Rangers Zeo, they had also plans to cross it over with Youngblood. However, all that came out of it was a small advertisement at the end of the only issue of the Zeo comic and a blurb in an issue of Wizard mentioning what would happen in the first issue.
  • Apparently, there were plans for a Judge Dredd Spin-Off that was to follow a cadet class from day one to graduation.
  • In one interview, Alan Moore once claimed that he'd originally envisioned the titular team in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen being led by Irene Adler, of the famous Sherlock Holmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia", but eventually replaced her with Dracula's Wilhelmina Murray because he worried that not enough readers would have heard of Adler.
  • Alan Moore planned to end his Image Comics series 1963 with an Annual drawn by Jim Lee that would pitted the Marvel Silver Age expies from his series against the more morally ambivalent characters from the Image partners. He got about halfway through the script when Lee announced that he was temporarily retiring from drawing comics, and project was shelved.
  • Star Trek:
    • The Gold Key Comics series would have included issue #62, "Trial By Fire", but the series was cancelled before the issue was published.
    • The Gold Key Comics Key Collection omnibus would have included two final volumes, collecting issues #44-61.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine/Doctor Who - Domination was going to be an Intercontinuity Crossover around the time of the Dominion War.
    • Star Trek: Realities was going to be a set of What If? style stories by Marvel Comics.
    • The Needs of the Few and The Barber of Seville were two stories to be included in the WildStorm comic Star Trek: Special.
    • IDW was going to publish "What if" stories in a Probability Factor miniseries based on episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
    • The IDW omnibus series Star Trek Archives was going to include Best of Klingons and Best of Spock.
    • Star Trek: Early Voyages:
      • The character designs contained in the Early Voyages Sketchbook at the end of the fourth issue "Nor Iron Bars a Cage" include an illustration of Chief Petty Officer Garrison, a minor character from "The Cage". However, he does not appear in any of the series' seventeen issues, making him the only named Enterprise crewmember from "The Cage" who is entirely absent from Early Voyages.
      • The writers Dan Abnett and Ian Edington noted in the Subspace Chatter letters page of "Nemesis", the seventeenth and final issue, that they had planned a flashback story, related by Captain Pike's father Admiral Josh Pike, concerning the Federation's disastrous first contact with the Klingon Empire.
  • Strangers in Paradise was originally meant to have a tragic conclusion, but after 9/11, Terry Moore choose to go with a more uplifting ending where Francine and Katchoo end up together.
  • A Little Mermaid comic written by Peter David was scrapped for being too dark. It was supposed to be a backstory into what happened to Ariel's Missing Mom. In Portrait Of Life Queen Atlanta befriended a human artist named Duncan. She would often pose for his portraits. A rival artist named Kole attempts to kill Duncan by setting off an avalanche; however, Atlanta pushes him out of the way, only to be crushed herself. Triton goes into a rage at his wife's death, accidentally causes Kole to fall off the cliff, and attempts to kill Duncan but is stopped when he hears the voice of Atlanta telling him to spare Duncan. The comic ends with Triton leaving with an unfinished portrait of Atlanta. It wasn't until over a decade later that Disney gave an official backstory to Triton's wife. In The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning she is named "Athena" and died rescuing her oldest daughter Attina from being hit by a ship, an event that contributes to Trition's grudge against humans in the original movie.
  • Quantum and Woody made a Time Skip to issue #37, and intended to fill in the rest of the issues, but only made it to issue #21 before being cancelled.
  • White Sand went through a few changes during its Development Hell.
    • It was initially going to be a work of literature, but when Dynamite asked Sanderson if he has any unpublished works they could turn into a graphic novel, he took the opportunity to publish White Sand this way.
    • Before naming conventions of Darkside were figured out, Baon was supposed to be called Bowen.
    • Rather than a Tidally Locked Planet, Taldain was supposed to be a world stuck between a regular sun and a "darklight"-emitting star. Some parts of this idea seem to have made it to the finished product, as there's said to be a UV-heavy, visible-light-less "star" shining on the Darkside.
  • Take-Two Interactive's Double Take comic company was supposed to start off with a massive Shared Universe between X-COM, Civilization and BioShock, but the game division was so protective of their franchises, they forced them out of them.
  • The Valiant Comics Unity 2000 mini-series was going to cross over and merge the VH1 and VH2 universes, and a third universe would be introduced and destroyed, showing potential ideas from before the VH2 era. The mini-series was Cut Short before its resolution.
  • The company Papercutz had a third Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers graphic novel mentioned at the end of the second one, "Going Green", called "By Bug, Betrayed", but was never released due to the company losing the license to Boom! Studios.
  • Donatello of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was originally going to be called Botticelli.
  • The Extreme Monsters children's book series by Penny Candy Press/Brighter Minds Media was to have a graphic novel adaptation called Saving Steiner, but lack of availability and online stores giving contradictory information concerning the book's number of pages and publication date make it doubtful that the graphic novel was ever published in the first place.
  • The Muppets comic books
    • The Muppet Show Comic Book:
      • Before Boom! Studios obtained the comic book license for The Muppets and released The Muppet Show Comic Book, writer and illustrator Roger Langridge was to do comic strips of the Muppets for Disney Adventures. The cancellation of Disney Adventures in 2007 resulted in only one strip seeing publication in the magazine's final issue, though other material intended for Disney Adventures eventually saw the light of day via inclusion in the preview issue of The Muppet Show Comic Book.
      • Instead of "Muppet Mash", the third story arc of The Muppet Show Comic Book was intended to be "Guest Stars", which would've had Dr. Bunsen Honeydew create an invention that could bring historical figures and literary characters to life for 24 hours and featured appearances by Hamlet, Sherlock Holmes, Victor Frankenstein, Cleopatra and Galileo Galilei.
    • Muppet Classics:
      • Muppet Robin Hood was originally intended to have Gonzo play the Sherrif of Nottingham, Rizzo play Guy of Gisbourne and Sam the Eagle play Will Scarlett. Instead, Sam the Eagle plays the Sheriff of Nottingham, Gonzo plays Guy of Gisbourne, Rizzo plays Arthur a Bland and Janice plays Willa Scarlett.
      • An early draft of the cover to the first issue of Muppet Peter Pan indicated that the part of Michael Darling was originally to be played by Robin the Frog rather than Bean Bunny.
      • Jesse Blaze Snyder, writer of the Muppet Snow White miniseries, originally wanted Beard from The Jim Henson Hour to play Dopey and for other characters from The Jim Henson Hour to appear in cameo roles, but was told that he couldn't use them. Beard does, however, make a cameo in the third issue.
      • An early version of the cover for issue one of the miniseries Muppet Sherlock Holmes had Kermit portraying Sherlock Holmes. Instead, the final comic has Gonzo as Sherlock Holmes and Kermit as Inspector Lestrade.
  • Following Youngblood: Judgment Day, Alan Moore had a lot of ideas how to reshape the Youngblood universe and bring back the spirit of the Silver Age via a lot of Reconstruction - turn Allies into a modern-day Justice League and Youngblood into an equivalent of Teen Titans, write mystical-themed adventures of Glory and Maxi Mage, make Suprema and Big Brother a couple and introduce a Martian Manhunter-esque character to the universe. Sadly, he only managed to publish few issues of his Youngblood project before the company was closed, and later published three issues of Glory at Avatar Press. Elements of these plans did influence some of his later America's Best Comics works - in particular his intended mystical reworking of Glory being reworked as Promethea.
  • Happened a lot in Albedo: Erma Felna EDF:
    • In the case you didn't get the rant the author does in the first issue of the Shanda Fantasy Arts version of the comic at the end of it in 2004, here's the whole story: SFA originally planned to write a crossover between Albedo with Katmandu, one of their main franchises, who was also planned as an "ending" of sorts for Albedo, without Steven Gallacci's permission.note  Needless to say, Gallacci was pissed off of this, since the whole idea clashed with many aspects of the established canon,note  but rather than sue them, he decided to continuing to comic after a long hiatus, and included a short rant comic as a big Take That! against SFA and also against anybody who tries to mess with the canon of the comic by other means.
    • Also, according with an interview he did in the 80s and also in the prototype issue, Gallacci planned to include Mobile Suit-like giant robots, but decided no to include them due to being too unrealistic for the setting. Oddly enough, the prototype mecha looked like a furry-shaped version of the original RX-78-2 Gundam.
    • Gallacci was toying with the idea of an animated adaptation for years (both American or Japanese-made), but he changed his mind, partly because he wanted to avoid Adaptation Decay and also because he wanted to retain creative control, and that without going into the point any potential animated project involving Albedo will probably be negatively compared with Zootopia, despite Albedo predates Zootopia by three decades.note  He even suggested the voice cast: Gallacci suggested Patrick Stewart as the voice of Itzak Arratnote 
    • Dr. Elaki Kalahahaii was planned to have a bigger role in the following planned issue, if Gallacci's wife hadn't died and forced him to put the story on hiatus: after very possibly the EDF failed to kill her with a bomb in her lab, they planned to send assassins to get rid of her for good, except she fights back by killing one of them with a literal boot to the head while being naked. By Word Of God, that scene possibly will not going to be included in the revival, because it was possibly very out of character for her, albeit at September 2018 Gallacci explained he is planning to include the unfinished draft of that issue after he finish with the uploading of the remaining back issues of the comic.
    • Regarding that unpublished issue, this cover was planned to be used, and according with Gallacci, the ILR fleet led by Barlahan attacked that EDF planet led by a Canine (Pomeranian) governor and her family.
  • G.I. Joe: Reloaded was originally intended to last at least 15 issues, but instead completed its run and wrapped up the story after 14 issues.
  • In 2017, publisher Joe Books released a one-shot Comic Book called Harvey Hits. The anthology-based comic was intended to be a revival of various Harvey Comics characters such as Richie Rich and Casper the Friendly Ghost. There were plans for more issues, but they never came to fruition.
  • Had Eric Powell not left writing duties on Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, the old man who talked to the Shobijin at the end of issue 3 would been revealed to be crazy and the "Shobijin" who've been revealed to really be dolls and the man was delusional enough to believe they were real.