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This is the third in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous two.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: Al Milgrom was fired by Marvel after sneaking an insult to Bob Harras into a comic book.
Al Milgrom apparently was not a fan of former Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Bob Harras.
Milgrom was formerly a member of Marvel editorial, but had left to be a freelancer.
In the late 90s/early 00s, Milgrom had a deal with Marvel to do freelance inking for them.
In Auguest of 2000, Bob Harras was replaced as Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics by Joe Quesada.
A few months later, Universe X: Spidey was released, which was a one-shot story tied into the Earth X/Universe X/Paradise X trilogy by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross.
The story was drawn by Jackson Guice, with inks by John Stansici, Johm Romita Sr. and Al Milgrom.
At one point in the story, Al Milgrom snuck into the backround of a panel, along the spines of books on a bookshelf, the phrase, “Harras, ha ha, he’s gone! Good riddance to bad rubbish, he was a nasty S.O.B.”
Thanks to Credo for the following scan of the page in question.
In any event, this mistake was caught, but somehow STILL managed to end up in the issue, which Marvel pulped and then republished.
Milgrom’s freelance contract was terminated, although he is still (in theory) able to work for Marvel as a non-contract employee.
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