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Welcome to the four hundred and thirty-seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and thirty-six. This week, was Marvel originally going to kill off Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #400? Was there nearly a Swamp Thing/Mr. Monster crossover written by Alan Moore? Finally, what the heck does Marvel Comics have to do with Beatlemania?
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COMIC LEGEND: Marvel was originally going to kill off Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #400.
Reader Josh M. wrote in a while back to ask if it is true that Marvel had originally planned on killing off Venom in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #400.
Mark Ginocchio, who you likely know from Gimmick or Good? and his great blog, Chasing Amazing, did an edition of his Superior Spider-Talk podcast recently with early 1990s Spider-Man editor Danny Fingeroth, and Mark was kind enough to ask Fingeroth about it.
Fingeroth noted that it was an urban legend, saying:
I suppose there was always general talk about whether the suit should bond with someone besides Eddie, whether long or short term, but that was never anything ever being considered for ASM #400.
Picking up on what Fingeroth mentioned, I looked into it some more and I discovered the confusion. In the introduction to the Spider-Man: Carnage trade paperback in 1993…
David Michelinie noted that he was planning (in a general sense, I imagine, as he would be making these plans years before #400 came out) on killing off Eddie Brock and having the Venom symbiote find a new host. However, those plans were pretty quickly squelched.
Michelinie then figured, “Okay, if I can’t find a new host for the symbiote, why not just introduce a new symbiote instead?”
And so Carnage was born…
So Josh likely heard a telephone game version of that story.
Michelinie obviously did not even get to WRITE Amazing Spider-Man #400, as he was off the title well before that issue, which was written by J.M. DeMatteis and instead featured the (then) death of Aunt May…
Thanks to Josh for the question and thanks to Danny Fingeroth and Mark Ginocchio (and David Michelinie, I suppose) for the information!
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