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COMIC LEGEND: DC was going to reboot the Huntress character before Chuck Dixon decided to use her in the pages of Detective Comics.
STATUS: Basically False
Mark H. wrote in a while back to ask:
I am a big fan of the Helena Bertinelli version of the Huntress. After her solo series ended, (1990) I believe she kicked around with the Justice League for a bit, but Chuck Dixon is credited with “reintroducing” her and bringing her into the Batman family in Detective #652 (1992) (I think, or thereabouts). I can’t remember where I read this, but somewhere I read Chuck Dixon saying that Helena Bertinelli was going to be scrapped, and a different new version of the Huntress character was going to be introduced, before he asked if he could use her in the Batman books. He went on to have her starring in the Robin series (1993), then her own mini (1994), and she’s been a great supporting player ever since, but I’d be really intrigued to hear if you can find out the story there, was she really going to be rebooted? Had DC got as far as a new character/concept or was it just an idea they were kicking around?
Like most legends, Mark, the answer is “Close, but not exactly.” I asked Chuck Dixon about it, and he helpfully responded that he had inquired about using Huntress in Detective Comics and his editors then suggested that DIXON reboot the character, but Dixon wanted to use the Helena Bertinelli version, so DC gave him approval and he added her to Detective Comics (along with artist Graham Nolan, who eventually redesigned her costume)…
and then basically saved the character and made her the awesome character she was for years.
So it is true that, in a fashion, Dixon DID save her from being rebooted, but not really. There were no active plans to reboot her.
Thanks to Mark for the question and thanks so much to Chuck Dixon for the reply!
Speaking of Chuck Dixon (which we just were), he has a new novel out called Bad Times, it’s about a group of Army Rangers who have to travel into the past to rescue some scientists. Sounds good!
Check it out here.
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