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COMIC LEGEND: Paul Jenkins re-wrote Howard Mackie’s Amazing Spider-Man #25, which crossed over with Jenkins’ Peter Parker: Spider-Man #25.
Reader Paul G. wrote in to ask:
Reading through Marvel Unlimited, I hit Howard Mackie and John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man #25, the first part of a Green Goblin two-parter. Wasn’t there a rumor that Paul Jenkins essentially wrote the entire issue uncredited? Is there any truth to this? The book does read much more like a Paul Jenkins book than a Howard Mackie one. Would love to get to the bottom of this!
The book in question came out in late 2000, and it revealed that the new Green Goblin was actually a brainwashed Spider-Man himself!!
I asked Paul Jenkins and Howard Mackie about it. Here’s what they had to say. First Paul…
Yes, both Howard and I have heard this rumor. At the time, it was extremely frustrating for both of us. So please let me clarify.
Howard and I worked on a two-part story that crossed between ASM and PPSM. Out story was – I believe, a very interesting insight into the mind of Norman Osborn. Both issues of the two-parter shared some scenes and a little bit of dialogue. So since my issue was part two, I tweaked a little of Howard¹s dialogue so that we could avoid making a continuity mistake. In other words, we worked together on dialogue to make sure we didn¹t contradict each other. That is it. Anything else just isn¹t true.
Paul also followed up to elaborate a bit:
He and I truly worked together, and it was one time where he was ALLOWED to be liberated and just get to the work. We had a good time, and enjoyed an easy collaboration. It was a neat idea. It’s a shame that in some sense, people tried to take away his credit for the story.
Howard’s response was:
I have heard rumors of this rumor on and off years back, and never really gave it much thought. Primarily because I was never totally rewritten back in those days. It just wasn’t done. Yes, editors would occasionally tweak, or have one of two writers working on a crossover tweak dialogue so that a story would flow, but not more then that. I do remember enjoying working on this story with Paul, and that we spent a lot of time on the phone kicking around ideas. I remember enjoying the results, and I still think fondly back on that time working with Paul.
So there you go! I really appreciate the camaraderie between Jenkins and Mackie. Cool stuff.
Thanks for the suggestion, Paul G. and thanks for the answers, Paul and Howard!
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