Comic Book Legends Revealed #452
COMIC LEGEND: An issue of Doctor Strange was accidentally lettered using a different script than the published comic book.
Reader Josep wrote in to ask about Doctor Strange #2, from Marvel Knights in 1999, by Dan Jolley, Tony Harris and Ray Snyder.
It is about the Marvel Knights Doctor Strange miniseries entitled Flight of Bones, written by Dan Jolley. Apparently, the mystic atmosphere of the character impregnated also the storytelling of one of the issues, as the narrative was somewhat distorted (I have not read the mini, so I can not tell you which number or who drew it, although I think it was one of the Tony Harris issues), kind of experimental narrative…but the truth was that because of an editorial error the draft of the plot that was given to the artist was not the final one but an incomplete version. In any case, it arrived to print without anybody noticing but loving the results.
I asked Dan Jolley about it and he was very helpful….
When I wrote the script for Issue 2, it was “full script” style–all the panel descriptions and captions and dialogue in one document, turned in at the same time. Let’s call that “Draft A.” However, once Tony got the script, he had some different ideas about how the blocking in a lot of the scenes should go, and pencilled the issue accordingly. I got the pencils, saw that there were changes from the Draft A script, and re-wrote all the dialogue to fit Tony’s art. We’ll call the resulting script “Draft B.”
I sent in Draft B, waited for the issue to come out…and when it did, I saw that the letterer had mistakenly been given the Draft A script instead of Draft B. So what readers saw was dialogue intended to accompany an earlier version of the issue. Needless to say, it ranged from odd to baffling, but it was basically just the result of a clerical error.
As Josep notes, though, the resulting story really didn’t seem all THAT different, although at times it definitely did stand out a bit, like the first page doesn’t really fit…
And this fight is a bit odd…
But overall, it is kind of remarkable at how well it all worked out.
Thanks to Josep for the suggestion and thanks to Dan Jolley for the information!
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