Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.
Today, based on a suggestion by reader Scott D., we look at one of the quickest turnarounds you’ll ever see from the introduction of an idea to the abandoning and forsaking of said idea.
Going into Alpha Flight #66, Bill Mantlo’s last issue on the title, Alpha Flight was in disarray. They were trying to split from the government, but the problem was that they didn’t have enough money to support such an endeavor.
One member who could have helped the team gain financial independence was Sasquatch, who was quite wealthy in his human identity of Walter Langkowski. However, he currently was living as a woman in the body of his former teammate Snowbird (seriously, don’t ask) and his estranged wife had him declared legally dead so he could not access his money.
Luckily, in #66, he was able to discover some money in a fit of anger…
That seemed to be Bill Mantlo’s way of setting things up for incoming writer James Hudnall to address the team’s financial problems.
The next issue, though, Hudnall declined the offer.
You see, Alpha Flight had had a few encounters with the villainous Dream Queen, who tormented them with realistic nightmares…
Well, in Hudnall’s first issue, Alpha Flight #67, he wrote off Sasquatch’s financial discovery as one of those nightmares.
So the idea lasted less than a full issue! Quite a quick turnaround!
Alpha Flight #66, by the way, was a very bizarre issue. I addressed it in a old edition of Meta-Messages. Check it out here.
Thanks to Scott for the suggestion! If YOU have a suggestion for a future Abandoned An’ Forsaked, let me know at email@example.com