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Abandoned Love: So is Hawkeye a Killer or What?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Tom A., we see Hawkeye’s widely different views on killing over the years…
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Abandoned Love: Didn’t Galactus Vow Never to Attack Earth Again?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Fraser, we look at how Galactus went back on his vow from his first appearance to never attack Earth again.
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Abandoned Love: Daredevil is Matt Murdock! No, He Isn’t! Wait, Yes He Is! No, Wait, No He Isn’t!

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we take a look at the roller coaster ride that is Daredevil’s secret identity!
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Abandoned Love: Is Groot Really the King of Planet X?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we take a look at Groot’s odd history – is he seriously the king of his planet? Find out!
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Abandoned Love: When Did Deadpool and Cable REALLY First Meet?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This one is a bit different, as you could argue it belong more in Abandoned an’ Forsaked or something else entirely, but this is about the very clever recent Deadpool and Cable mini-series by Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown called Split Second, where Nicieza establishes how Deadpool and Cable REALLY first met. I got a real kick out of what Nicieza came up with…
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Abandoned Love: When Did Groot Start Saying, “I Am Groot”?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

The other day, I did an article about when Groot and Rocket Raccoon first became best friends in the comics. A couple of folks also wanted to know when, exactly, Groot started saying just, “I Am Groot.” So here, let’s take a look at when that change took place…
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Abandoned Love: Weren’t Carnage’s Legs Torn Off?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Starting with last week’s Abandoned Love about the recent history of Carnage’s symbiote, there were two major questions people had that kept popping up in the comments section – 1. Wasn’t Carnage killed by the Sentry? and 2. What the heck happened to Carnage’s legs? The first question I resolved the other day with this installment of Death is Not the End, but that just brought even more comments asking, “Okay, so what’s up with his legs?” So let’s get into it today (be forewarned, the answer is very unsatisfying)…
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Abandoned Love: So Is Carnage Still the “Spawn” of Venom or What?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Inspired by an Abandoned Love a few weeks back about how Black Cat suddenly forgot who Venom was despite him nearly killing her in battle before, commenter PM Agria suggested another case of a dropped plot involving Venom and Carnage, something a lot more notable – you see, Carnage isn’t actually the spawn of Venom anymore! Or, well, he SHOULDN’T be the spawn of Venom, but people have just dropped that plot…
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Abandoned Love: So Is Sabretooth Wolverine’s Dad or What?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Inspired by a few commenters (namely Laurence S. and Gokitalo) who noted some lines of dialogue alluding to this storyline during my spotlight on the bizarrely awesome Elsie Dee, I figured I’d feature this unique edition of Abandoned Love, in the sense that technically, the same writer who abandons the plot is the same writer who INTRODUCED the plot, but in this instance, the introduction of the plot was in response to a longstanding belief among fans (and, at one point in time, the intention of Sabretooth’s creators, Chris Claremont and John Byrne) that Sabretooth was Wolverine’s father,,,
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Abandoned Love: Black Cat’s Short Memory When It Comes to Venom and Carnage

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Based on a suggestion from reader John C., we look at how Black Cat had a bizarrely short memory when it came to Venom and Carnage…
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Abandoned Love: When Swee’pea Grew Up

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This is a special guest star edition of Abandoned Love. Noted Popeye expert Fred Grandinetti contributed this piece about how the Popeye character, Swee’pea, aged and then de-aged. Be sure to check out Fred’s cool Drawing With Fred show (and, of course, his many books about Popeye, like “Popeye: An Illustrated History of E.C. Segar’s Character in Print, Radio, Television, and Film Appearances 1929-1993″. – BC

During the 1960’s my mother tells me I was the easiest child to buy for at Christmas. It was either something with Popeye or Bozo the Clown. One morning Santa brought me a Popeye Presto Paints Set by Kenner Toys. I remember one of the pictures to color was a young boy in a sailor’s uniform. While his face looked like Swee’pea I thought to myself, “but he always crawls”.

On April 14, 1957 readers of the Sunday Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye strip witnessed the debut of the walking Swee’pea. This occurrence would follow suit in the daily strip on June 7, 1957.
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Abandoned Love: Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi Team-Up With….Anakin Skywalker?!

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

I figure, with Stars Wars’ opening weekend, that I would just close out the three major continuity problems with Marvel’s Star Wars comic. I’ve already spotlighted the whole “Luke and Leia making out” stuff and the whole “Marvel’s own Jabba the Hutt” stuff, so now we look at how the Marvel series handled the whole “Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader are two different people” stuff…
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Abandoned Love: Wait, Is That Jabba the Hutt?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, we take a look at how Jabba the Hutt was portrayed in Marvel’s Star Wars comics…
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Abandoned Love: So is Apocalypse Immortal or What?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, based on a suggestion by reader Andrew L., we take a look at how Apocalypse’s immortality has been handled over the years…
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Abandoned Love: Hank Pym Can Never Change Sizes Again! Hmmm…Never Mind!

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, we look at how Marvel just dropped the restrictions on Hank Pym’s size-changing powers…
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