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COMIC LEGEND: Marvel had to pulp the original printing of their Battlestar Galactica adaptation because they didn’t have approval from their licensor.
Marvel Super Special #8 was Marvel’s adaptation (by writer Roger McKenzie and artist Ernie Colon) of the then-new Battlestar Galactica in 1978 (the special was later adapted into the first three issues of Marvel’s ongoing series adapting the TV show).
However, amusingly enough, the comic that was released as the Super Special was the SECOND printing of the comic!
You see, originally, Marvel printed a glossy magazine version of the story with a painted cover by Bob Larkin before they got official approval on the usage of the likenesses and the script from Universal Studios! When Universal found out, they forced Marvel to pull the comic before they would approve it. Marvel had to destroy hundreds of thousands of copies of the original comic.
And then, of course, Universal then approved the comic, but now Marvel couldn’t afford to print it as a magazine anymore so they did it as a Super Special.
The editor behind the project, Richard Marshall, soon left Marvel Comics.
Interestingly enough, the Super Special was adapted from an early script for the extra-long pilot for the series (back when the series was originally going to be a series of TV movies) and as a result, it killed off a character, Cassiopeia , who ends up living in the series.
When the comic was adapted into the ongoing series, they fixed that mistake.
Similarly, in the original version of the pilot, Baltar is killed (indeed, in the theatrical release of the pilot, he IS killed – that was edited out when the pilot was shown on television). The Super Special followed that plot point…
And then again, had to fix it in the ongoing series…
My buddy Atomic Kommie Comics has the ORIGINAL magazine pages up at his site here. Check ‘em out!
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