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Comic Theme Month – Best Resolution In a Comic Series of a Plot From a Canceled Series

All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today’s topic is a “What do you think is the best instance of a comic book series taking the time out to feature the resolution to a plot from a canceled comic book series?”

Read on to see what I’m looking for specifically, along with some examples to get you started…

A notable trend in Marvel Comics during the 1970s (but also DC Comics, and not just during the 1970s) was the way that canceled series were handled. Some of them were so abrupt that it was left to other comic book series to resolve the plots from the canceled series. One of the most infamous examples was when Steven Grant had to come up with an ending for Omega the Unknown in the pages of the Defenders without knowing how Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes intended to end the series had the book not been canceled.

A popular a good usage of this trick would be Chris Claremont and John Byrne just taking their story from the pages of Iron Fist right into the pages of their Marvel Team-Up run.

What do you think is the best example of this trend?

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Concluding Omega the Unknown in the Defenders. Didn’t like the ending, but at least we got some conclusion!

The Shadow War in Hawkman got finished in Byrne’s Action Comics run, though I don’t know if you would necessarily call it “Good”. Didn’t some “Tomb of Dracula” stuff get finished in X-men?

Also, Ditko’s “Shade the Changing Man” was finished in Suicide Squad, and I believe Milligan’s “Infinity Inc.” was finished in a Titans book.

I don’t know about the best, but two examples that come to mind are Warlock’s original series concluding in Hulk stories, and Ka-Zar’s 1970s book being suddenly interrupted (probably because Marvel had acquired the Tarzan rights) and resuming its plot in early Claremont/Byrne X-Men.

And then there is that Marvel Team-Up issue that solved a dangling plot thread from the Bloodstone stories in Rampaging Hulk.

Of those, I would vote for the Ka-Zar plot. It had a tall order to meet, and handled it admirably: concluded the story without sacrificing either Ka-Zar himself or the X-Men, made good use of previous Ka-Zar characters and concepts, set up future plots for decades to come, did not bring unwanted distraction from Tarzan stories being published at the same time by Marvel, and to top it all it was a damned fine tale.

[...] Comic Theme Month – Best Resolution In a Comic Series of a Plot … Today's topic is a “What do you think is the best instance of a comic book series taking the time out to feature the resolution to a plot from a canceled comic book series?” Read on to see what I'm looking for specifically, along . [...]

Other examples: the Doom Patrol had a few ressurgences after dying. One of them actually involved Matt Cable from the original Swamp Thing series, who would go on to become a sort of Sandman character. Their best and most definitive revival was the story in New Titans, however – it solved the situations of Gar himself, Madame Rouge, and Mento. And yes, it was quite entertaining, unlike the 1970s stories of the Patrol.

Tomb of Dracula had a Doctor Sun plot that eventually migrated to Nova, then Fantastic Four. Although truth be told, it wasn’t unresolved previously.

Also from Tomb of Dracula, Rachel Van Helsing and Dracula himself eventually became X-Men characters. Not saying that it was a good thing, mind you.

A weird, quick-and-dirty one was the conclusion of the last story of Atom and Hawkman’s join title in JLA.

Does Peter David resuming a plot from his previous X-Factor run count?

Didn’t a Swamp Thing story bring Brother Power the Geek back sooo many years after the last issue of his book?

How did Captain Comet’s original feature in Strange Adventures end? His return in Super-Villain Team-Up was interesting.

I remember that the first Nova series somehow ended in the page of FF and of course the Iron Fist example in MTU…

Resuming the Living Pharaoh’s tale in the Living Mummy’s stories was interesting. The resolution of Mummy’s own stories in Ms. Marvel… less so – it was quite rushed, failed to properly introduce the characters and left lots of things half-explained or even less developed than that.

And then there was the Avengers Annual that solved Ms. Marvel’s own story, and her adoption as a X-Character.

Come to think of it, I believe the best treatment of a cancelled book’s plots may well have been Silver Surfer’s: despite the weird tonal shift in issue #18, which was simply ignored for decades, the Surfer himself was well used shortly after, with good guest appearances in Thor, then Fantastic Four, and finally becoming a Defenders mainstay, albeit for a short time.

There are also the second and third Foolkillers. The second’s use in Spectacular Spider-Man was well handled.

Peter David wrapped up a major plot thread from his Spider-man 2099 run (the identity of Thanatos) years later in Captain Marvel.

Would the Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld plots being resolved as explaining the origin of Witch World (IIRC) in LSH, and the emergence of Mordru as a Legion villain, count?

I remember the end of the very first Iron Fist series was tied up in Marvel Team-Up by Claremont and Byrne. I liked that!

Kamandi ended up getting finished up in an issue of Brave and the Bold. I remember that because by complete coincidence, I randomly had both issues (the last Kamandi, long post-Kirby, and the Brave & the Bold follow-up, with Kamandi teaming up with Batman of all people)

I thought Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One got stuck with wrap-up duty a lot, but that might be my imagination. I know Skull the Slayer was given an ending in MTIO…I don’t know if anyone was clamoring for that one, but still.

Team Titans was concluded in Zero Hour (they were erased from our timeline! – it also explained the connection between Monarch and Extant and the Teamers)

Hawk & Dove wrapped up (rather unhappily) in Armageddon 2001 #2, where Hawk kills Dove and turns into Monarch. It sorta wrapped up some stuff set up in their series…. but not in a way fans liked!

The Iron Fist/Marvel Team-Up example was the first that popped to mind.

Was Starlin’s Warlock series officially canceled?

If so, then I give the “best” title to the finale of his story in the Avengers Annual/Marvel Two-In-One Annual double-whammy, wrapping up the Thanos story and giving us that amazing look at the death of Adam Warlock from the “other” Warlock’s point of view. Blew my mind as a kid. Great stuff.

I remember that “conclusion” to the Hawk & Dove story. I didn’t read Hawk & Dove at all, and I wasn’t familiar with the characters, but I even I remember thinking that any fans of Hawk & Dove were going to be pretty ticked off with the abrupt and dismissive way that story ended things.

I like the resolution to Warlock that happens in the Incredible Hulk. I’m of the opinion that inserting the Hulk into a story generally makes for a better story.

Do the X-Men’s appearances in Marvel Comics during the reprint years of Uncanny X-Men count?

MTU and MTIO with their relatively rapid turnover of creative teams and the ability to have almost any character turn up randomly to team up with the Thing / Spiderman made them a useful vehicle for these types of stories… Off the top of my head.. the thing went to a party which happened to have the ‘Scarecrow’ painting hanging in the living room and tied up that characters story… then he bumped into the golem and his supporting cast and by the end of the story the golem was inert again.. then a year or so later the thing flew a plane into the Bermuda triangle and rescued Skull the Slayer.. and then there was that story when he tied up the loose ends from a Fantastic Four story with the molecule man and his living city block creation by handing out Hostess Fruit pies to the public… hmm its possible that last one might have been an advert for fruit pies :-)

Hmmm, do decades-later resolution of dangling plots thread count? I believe they recently published a Spider-Man story which resolves the “Savage Silver Surfer” story from when the SS’s original series got cancelled.

The 1970s Inhumans series had this storyline concerning the impending war of three galaxies. It was all very mysterious and suspenseful, with the Kree trying to draft/kidnap the Inhiumans into fighting for them. IIRC it was resolved in one issue of Captain Marvel, with the three galaxies being the Kree, the Skrull, and Earth (Milky Way?). Talk about disappointment…

Some others I recall well:

— Captain Mar-Vell’s last storyline about a Thanos-corrupted ISAAC concluding (with the same creators; possibly hey just published completed material?) in the first two issues of Marvel Spotlight v.2.

— An earlier, better “wrap-up” of Hawk and Dove’s original series was one of the finest ever issues of Brave and the Bold’s original run. It’s the famous Alan Brennert tale.

— A lesser B+B example was the short-lived (and awful) Karate Kid series being concluded in a B+B storyt hat had him revisit the twentieth century, kill off one of the villains from the series, and have a nasty breakup with his love interest from it. It wasn’t great on its own, but it was miles better than the series that came before it.

— Doug Moench’s last Brynocki story in a Moon Knight/Shang-Chi special may or may not count.

— Another Suicide Squad example was the resolution of the Power of the Atom series in the last few arcs of Suicide Squad with the whole Adam Cray plotline.

— Almost no one seemed to notice it, but Grant Morrison’s JLA wrapped up the final plotline of Ostrander’s Suicide Squad with the Eiling-as-Shaggy-Man thing. The last few issues of Suicide Squad, you see, revealed Eiling as part of The Cabal, an outright evil black ops group out to control or create its own superhumans. No one else picked up the thread, so Morrison completed Eiling’s transition into open villainy.

— Peter David revealing the true identity of Thanatos 2099 in his own Captain Marvel series and also tying up some odd loose ends from Hulk: Future Imperfect.

A really lousy one, unfortunately, was the anemic wrap-up of the “Black Panther vs. the Klan” story from Don McGregor’s last issues of Jungle Action, which happened in Marvel Premiere (I think?). Kirby’s title had dropped all of McGrgegor’s ongoing plots, and Ed Hannigan did what he could to finish up the dangling mystery…but it just wasn’t what was promised and it wasn’t McGregor.

And how could we all forget the bestest of all, perhaps? The Scorpio plotline from Nick Fury and Avengers wrapping up conclusively in David Kraft’s underrated Defenders run?

None of the examples, (except for maybe the Brennert Hawk and Dove conclusion in Brave and Bold) are ones I’d recommend. But one I’d add to the list is the conclusion of the Levitz/Ditko Adventure Comics Starman in DC Comics Presents, which was drawn and co-plotted by Jim Starlin and so took all the dangling threads from Adventure, quickly dispensed with them and threw in Mongul just because Starlin stories all required some massive oversized villain (Mongul, Thanos, High Papal…). It was a disappointing conclusion to a series that was effectively Zorro as space opera. Also Starlin for no reason redesigned Ditko’s costume to all black…

“Hmmm, do decades-later resolution of dangling plots thread count? I believe they recently published a Spider-Man story which resolves the “Savage Silver Surfer” story from when the SS’s original series got cancelled.”

They did, but it wasn’t recent; it happened in the “Webspinners” book Marvel put out in the late ’90s. That was an interesting title, Marvel’s attempt to do a “Legends of the Dark Knight”-style book with Spidey.

That said, I liked the conclusion, as it were, to Prez in Sandman, which treated the original Joe Simon series with remarkable reverence I thought.

I was thinking of Warlock finishing up in the Avengers and Marvel Two-in-One Annuals. The original DP wrap up in New Teen Titans was a really good one, too.

Well I know that they finished up the “Skull The Slayer” storyline in issues #35 & 36 in Marvel Two-In-One (though I never cared for the resolution).

Not sure if this counts, but anyone remember an obscure character called “Sky-Walker” from Daredevil #128 (1975)? It was written by Marv Wolfman and dealt with Daredevil fighting Death-Stalker. A sub plot to the story dealt with this spaceman, Sky-Walker who was literally building a stairway into space, one step at a time. The story ended with him continuing to walk off into space. Anyone know if they ever resolved this story or not? Did he ever finish the stairs?

I don’t think the Doom Patrol in New Teen Titans really counts. The Doom Patrol ended in Doom Patrol. The Search for the Doom Patrol storyline, as excellent as it is, is more of a sequel than an actual conclusion. But your mileage may vary.

This happened in at least one TV show, as well.

Millennium started in 1996, and was about something terrible that was going to happen in the year 2000. Great idea for a show, since that meant you’d get guaranteed renewed for four years, right? Well, almost: they were cancelled in 1999. So Lance Henrikson’s character showed up in an X-Files show to explain that on 1/1/2000, some zombies came alive in a basement and had to be killed by him and Mulder. It was REALLY anticlimactic, but at least it was a proper end.

For me it’s gotta be Jack Knight passing his Cosmic Rod to Stargirl (of the canceled Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E.) in Starman.

Another example is the Champions wrapped up in Spectacular Spider-man.

My favorite has to be Starlin’s Warlock wrap-up in the annuals, followed by the Iron Fist wrap-up in Team-up (the first one that came to mind)

The plot threads left over from Spider-Woman (first series) #50 (last issue of that series) were carried over and dealt with in Avengers a year or two later in a way that wrapped up that series.

The plot threads of Steel the Indestructible Man (and some of the actual already plotted issues #6 and 7) were included and tied in up in All-Star Squadron nicely.

For me, it’s Aztek being wrapped up in Morrison’s JLA. It gave it a suitably large scale ending and gave the character complete closure.

This actually happened to Adam Warlock a few times.

His first solo series started in Marvel Premiere #1-2 in early 1972. Then he was promoted to Power of Warlock #1-8 which ended in with a cover date of October 1973. In Dec ‘73 he had a one panel cameo in the conclusion of the Avengers/Defenders War. He had also made a cameo in The Incredible Hulk #158 of Dec ’72 when the Hulk came to Counter Earth. The Hulk returned to Counter Earth in issues 176-178 from Jun-Aug ’74 where he actually met Warlock who died and was resurrected for the first time.

Jim Starlin brought Warlock back beginning in Strange Tales 178 from Feb 1975. He was in five issues of that (which came out every two months) before taking back Power of Warlock as just “Warlock” but with the original numbering. Warlock ran issues 9-15 from Oct ’75 to Nov ’76 and ended on several cliffhangers.

Warlock next appeared in Spider-Man’s Marvel Team Up #55 from March ’77 where it was revealed the Stranger had another Soul Gem. The Stranger then went over to the Champions for two issues 12-13 and fought them. But at the same time Avengers Annual #7 came out and then a few months later Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2 let Starlin finish his big storylines.

In August of 1977 Incredible Hulk Annual #6 would reveal that the scientists that created Warlock tried again and created Paragon who battled the Hulk but decided he wasn’t ready to live. Paragon would wake up in Marvel Two-In-One #61 of March 1980 and take the name “Her.” Her, The Thing, Alicia and Starhawk would then travel around and wrapped up a few other cliffhangers and mysteries and plot holes from the final issues of Warlock.

Another example, is when new stories of the X-Men weren’t being published sometimes the characters got new work. Like The Beast getting his own title in “Amazing Adventures.” But in late 1970 Jerry Siegel was given The Angel for a few back up stories that were published in some of Marvel’s reprint books at the time. Siegel’s three part story takes place over:
Ka-Zar #2 from December 1970 (which reprinted Daredevil #12-13)
Ka-Zar #3 from March 1971 (which reprinted Daredevil #14 and Amazing Spider-Man #57)
Marvel Tales #30 from April 1971 (which reprinted Amazing Spider-Man #41)

The original run of Doctor Strange wrapping up all over the place including Namor #22 and Hulk #186 springs to mind.

The plot threads of Steel the Indestructible Man (and some of the actual already plotted issues #6 and 7) were included and tied in up in All-Star Squadron nicely.

Ooo! I forgot that. I finally have a usage that I can recommend. That’s a great one. It even incorporated the original Gerry Conway written / Don Heck pencilled pages (redrawn by Jerry Ordway) into the actual story.

Aztek was definitely the first thing that popped into my head. The second thing that popped into my head? The Hulk making the transition from solo hero to Avengers villain. That was smoothly done.

The way Claremont wrapped up Iron Fist (in MTU) and Ms. Marvel (in Avengers annual 10) were the first two that occurred to me, but both have been sufficiently mentioned. I also thought of Starlin’s Warlock/Thanos saga.

I’m shocked that no one thought of Morrison’s Aztek wrap-up in JLA until Lawrence mentioned it a little bit ago, as I thought that was another prominent example.

One that I haven’t seen mentioned yet is the characters from Chase getting adopted by Ostrander’s Martian Manhunter series and then later by Andreyko’s Manhunter.

And this might not really qualify, but don’t forget that years after Warrior magazine went defunct, some of the rights were purchased by American companies who allowed Alan Moore to finish his stories. Eclipse published the end of his Miracleman saga, and DC published the end of his V For Vendetta. Granted, these stories weren’t finished months later by other writers in other titles, but being finished years later by the same creative teams working for different companies seems like an even better tale of beating the odds.

And how about the Psycho Pirate’s story from Crisis getting thrown into Morrison’s Animal Man?

TV Tropes has a list of this type of ending from movies and tv, as well as comics:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FullyAbsorbedFinale

Batman Beyond wound up ending in Justice League Unlimited.

As has been mentioned, the Thing in Marvel Two-In-One basically spent 100 issues just running around completing other character’s storylines. Another one he wrapped up besides the ones previously mentioned was Deathlok.

The Champions was wrapped up in an issue of Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man if I recall correctly.

One of the oddest (not sure if it’s the best) examples for me is the Inhumans storyline from Amazing Adventures, which randomly interrupted the Kree-Skrull War in Avengers #95. There was one plotline left dangling though that wasn’t picked up until Mark Gruenwald revisited it 25 years later in Quasar. Quasar and Gruenwald did a lot of that sort of thing.

Damn you, Mark! I totally got sucked into a “TV Tropes loop” for a second there!

X-Men (and later Excalibur) picking up all of the Captain Britain plots and characters.

According to that tvtropes page, Peter David hadn’t officially decided who Thanatos was. This is strange, because I remember a letter being published shortly after the initial Thanatos story where the writer guessed the identity of Thanatos, but the information was removed, with a response saying that not only was he correct (hence the removal), but he was the only person to get it.

One oddity was the mix-up in continuity that occurred when Man-Wolf’s run came to an abrupt end in ‘Creatures on the Loose’ back in the 70s. just as Man-Wolf was about to embark on his cosmic sword and sorcery adventure as Star-God, the series ended and he (forget how exactly..) returned to Earth as ‘normal’ Man-Wolf, and fought Spidey in Marvel Team-Up….However, years later George Perez and whoever the writer was, were able to complete the original saga of The Star-God in a couple of issues of Marvel Premiere. They simply carried on from the last issue of COTL and totally forgot about the MTU adventure!
PS…I always loved Man-Wolf as Star-God, and felt that not continuing with him in that vein was a huge lost opportunity for Marvel…especially if they could’ve kept Perez on the title.

Didn’t the Man-Wolf/Stargod storyline get wrapped up in She-Hulk as well?

Her first series, I mean, not their much more recent engagement story.

The Roger Stern/Tom Lyle Starman was given a concluding story in the pages of the James Robinson Starman.

The Roger Stern/Tom Lyle Starman was given a concluding story in the pages of the James Robinson Starman

That was one of the many great things about that series- Robinson managed to pick up several unfinished plots from many of the previous Starman series, including the 1970′s Mikaal Starman, the Prince Gavyn Starman and Stern & Lyle’s Will Payton Starman.

After it ended with issue #36 in early 1990, Denny O’Neil took several of his unfinished plots from The Question and resolved them in that year’s Green Arrow annual, which in turn segued into the new Question Quarterly series which started later that same year.

Also, after the Huntress series was cancelled in 1990, some dangling plot threads were finished off in a JLI special in 1991.

How about Eternals being wrapped up in Thor?

Hard to figure out what is a dangling plot thread and what is just one writer picking up a character and using it. I wanted to say the three Starmen Robinson used in Starman but not sure if any of them qualify as a ‘dangler’.

Trying to remember if the Spirit King killing Mr Terrific on JLA satellite (in the JLA book) and escaping was followed up – my brain tells me I read the JSA tracking him down in All-Star comics but it’s too muggy here for me to haul out long boxes to check. I do remember a post-Crisis Spirit King story in JSA also but again, not sure if it touched upon Pre-Crisis events.

I love most of James Robinson’s STARMAN, but I’m not a fan of the way he dealt with the Will Payton Starman. Payton had a perfectly fine origin. Having him dead all along and inhabited by an alien ghost that only thinks he is Will Payton? WTF? Sometimes writers go too far trying to duplicate Alan Moore’s Anatomy Lesson.

But at least Robinson made it ambiguous, with the character himself never ceasing to believe he’s Payton, and doubting the veracity of the “revelations”.

Having said that, I think the earlier “Times Past” issue he did featuring a lost take of the Will Payton years was awesome.

I love the Fabian Nicieza issue of PAD’s Captain Marvel series where he goes over all of his plots he would have done

Dan Jurgens finished Sun Devils in a Superman book, I think.

One of the stranger examples: The cliffhanger at the end of Aquaman (first series) #56 was resolved a few years later in Sub-Mariner #72!

The original Adams Deadman got bumped from Strange Adventures and was finished in Brave & The Bold

I was gonna say as a joke that The Lone Gunmen tv series got its conclusion in an episode of The X-Files, but then Jeff mentioned that the same thing happened to Millenium.

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

December 14, 2011 at 1:16 am

Actually, it seems that Kraft’s Man-Wolf saga was continued in “The Savage She-Hulk” #13-14, but resolved in “Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man” Annual #3. Do note that, while the “Creatures on the Loose” and the “Marvel Premiere” issues were drawn by Perez, the She-Hulk issues and the Annual weren’t.

Ostander wrapped up his Punisher series in Spider Man

Damn, everyone pretty much mentioned the ones I had in mind, so I’ll just heartily second eltini13′s mention of the last Nova story finishing in that awesome FF space opera.
The first story that came to mind, actually, is the Black Panther/Klan story concluding in Marvel Premiere but, as Omar noted above, it was sort of let-down and not, notably, written by McGregor. However, I still have a great deal of fondness for that story, just because I read that first, and all of the references to the preceding story in Jungle Action actually prompted me to track down the back issues at the time – thus introducing me to the awesomeness of McGregor’s first run on Black Panther.

@Dominic:

The dangling Spirit King plot thread was resolved in Ostrander’s SPECTRE series (in the issue that introduced Michael Holt as the new Mr. Terrific).

I love most of James Robinson’s STARMAN, but I’m not a fan of the way he dealt with the Will Payton Starman. Payton had a perfectly fine origin. Having him dead all along and inhabited by an alien ghost that only thinks he is Will Payton? WTF? Sometimes writers go too far trying to duplicate Alan Moore’s Anatomy Lesson.

I’m with you, Rene. I was appalled by what they did to Will Payton in Robinson’s Starman. I was a huge fan of both Will Payton and the Prince Gavyn Starman and I felt combining the two killed the uniqueness of both. Especially since the retcon effectively took away the best thing about Will Payton’s Starman: the deeply human Will coping with having these powers– something which Robinson got in the Times Past he did about Will!

@rookie, he wrapped it in Heroes for Hire.

How about wrapping up a plot from the first Checkmate series in Peter Cannon Thunderbolt? Not that the wrap-up was satisfying in the least…

Also, I don’t know if it was a wrap up, but the Spectre series ran an Eclipso series at the same time the Eclipso series ended, and they felt similar. Anyone got any insight into this one?

The other thing about Robinson’s Will Payton retcon that always bugged me is that it didn’t it with the stuff from Roger Stern’s series with the Power Elite — who got their abilities from the same experiment that affected Will Payton — and Doctor Melrose.

I always felt that Robinson disliked the Payton version and so mashed him up with a Starman he’d rather write about. The one Robinson “Times Past” issue devoted to Will Payton before that storyline portrayed him as a bumbler who let two serial killers escape on his watch.

Really? I think the Times Past story was rather affectionate. I thought that it was cool that he was specifically noted as a man that did good because that was in his nature, instead of doing it for vengeance or upholding a legacy. And he saved the girl. I can see how Robinson played up on his inexperience, but Payton was always the good-hearted ordinary guy that did his best. I think he’s portrayed as well as could be expected set against the darker background of Robinson’s Starman.

And I dunno about Robinson disliking Will Payton. Do you know that originally Will Payton was going to be the protagonist in James Robinson’s run? It was going to be about Payton moving to Opal City and connecting with Ted Knight and the Starman legacy. I think Robinson changed his mind when Payton was given up for dead in the Eclipso crossover.

@Graeme Burk: I strongly suspect that Starlin used the Prince Gavyn Starman as a stand-in for Captain Mar-Vell, to play against his ersatz Thanos (Mongul.) Thus the costume change. He was revisiting his days on CM’s series. I liked that aspect, though I do agree that it was unfair for Starman. In particular, I didn’t like the killing off of Gavin’s sister.

Overall, as poor as some of these plot-resolutions were, I’m still glad they were tackled rather than left hanging forever. It helped keep the impression that they happened in shared universes.

And I’d also like to vote for Adam Warlock’s death over three series’ annuals as the best example of this so far.

J. Kevin Carrier – what’s the story with that Aquaman / Sub-Mariner one you’re referencing?

And Sun Devils wasn’t canceled and “finished” in a Superman book. It ended in it’s own miniseries, albeit in an open-ended type way. Years later Jurgens brought some of the characters back one more time to show what happened to them much later, but it felt a bit disconnected to me.

XBen: Steve Skeates’s Aquaman story that was cut off when the series was cancelled was taken up again by Skeates when he was working on Sub-Mariner a few years later, complete with a cameo from Aquaman’s hand.

There’s more about that here: http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/162/
and right here on CSBG: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2005/09/15/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-16/

J. Kevin Carrier – what’s the story with that Aquaman / Sub-Mariner one you’re referencing?

Check it out in this reeeeally early edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2005/09/15/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-16/

Yeah, somebody should keep track of how many of these were done by the same author, how many by a different author.

I would mention ‘the Champions’ being resolved in Spectacular Spider-Man, the Nicieza (is that right? How do you spell that? Geez, it makes ‘Sienkiewicz’ seem like kid’s stuff) Genis stuff, and the Thanatos from Spidey 2099

I remember that we never learned who Thanatos was in Spidey 2099, I thought I had those Captain Marvel issues but I still don’t remember. Let me go back and look….I did suspect that Peter David never was sure who Thanatos was at the time, and I was/would be very disappointed to find out it was true. Not a dumb move on his part though. I recall he had a different role in deciding who the original Hobgoblin was.

Speaking of which, where does ‘the Hobgoblin was Roderick Kingsley’ come up in this?

I do remember that ‘Webspinners’ issue. Loved the midtown high prom, I have seen that show up since.

Dang, I was sure ‘Prez’ in ‘Sandman’ was based on something earlier, but I never knew where or what. Have to track that one down.

Jonathon Riddle

January 17, 2014 at 2:13 am

How about when Doctor Strange teamed up with Blade and Hannibal King to take Count Dracula down?

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