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COMIC LEGEND: Peter David “celebrated” the firing of a nemesis of his in the Paramount licensing department with a special Star Trek comic book story.
More than a few times over the years I’ve spoken about the problems that Peter David had dealing with the licensing department at Paramount when writing Star Trek comic book stories. Specifically, David had issues with a fellow named Richard Arnold. Here‘s a story about how a story that was turned down when written by David was approved when written by David under a pseudonym. Here‘s a story about how Arnold approved the use of Star Trek animated characters and then changed his mind after the issue was already drawn.
Anyhow, one of the characters he forced out of the comic was David’s creation R.J. Blaise…
After Arnold was relieved of his duties at Paramount a few years later, though, David brought Blaise back in a special (with Rod Whigham art)…
that also subtly made fun of Arnold’s tenure at Paramount (note that Darrich and Landor are anagrams of Richard Arnold)…
My buddy Rich Handley suggested this one and he even suggested that the reveal of Blaise’s first name was, in effect, an attempt by David to pull one last “raspberry” on Arnold…
I dunno about THAT, but the rest is definitely true!
Thanks to Rich Handley for the suggestion!
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