Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and ninety-three. This week, did Twin Peaks almost continue as a comic book? Does Marvel really have a trademark on the words “thwip” and “snikt”? Was Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse’s debut published six issues after her first appearance?
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COMIC LEGEND: Twin Peaks almost continued as a graphic novel series.
The TV world was shocked by the news earlier this month that Mark Frost and David Lynch were bringing Twin Peaks back to television after being off the air for nearly twenty-five years!
However, did you know that the story of Twin Peaks almost continued in a whole OTHER format?
Comic book artist Matt Haley (who is a really strong comic book artist) was a big fan of the show and he inquired about the possibility of doing a graphic novel “Season 3” of the show that would be included in the Twin Peaks box set that was released in 2007.
Back in 2007, Haley explained to Jerry Horne at the Twin Peaks Archives about how close the project came to existing after he decided to try to do a sequel comic book…
I finally got in touch with the right people at CBS/Paramount, specifically Paula Block, whom it turned out I had worked with on my very first comic project, “Star Trek” for DC Comics. She found out that they did indeed have the rights to do a Twin Peaks comic, but warned me up front that there was a ‘trail of broken hearts’ where Twin Peaks licensed products was concerned. Once I realized there was a chance of actually doing this, I understood I couldn’t do a Twin Peaks comic and just write it and put my name on it, as fans would want one written by somebody connected with the show, and Bob Engels (co-producer and executive story editor of the series) seemed a logical choice to write it, so I contacted him and he said if I could secure Lynch and Frost’s blessing, he would write the graphic novel.
From there, I got in touch with various people involved with the tv series, including Angelo Badalamenti and Sheryl Lee, and finally Mark Frost, and they all seemed to think it was a good idea. Mark in particular told me Lynch probably wouldn’t go for it, but that he had my blessing to proceed.
As it turned out, the project entirely came down to whether Lynch wanted to do it or not. He had the total final say. Ultimately, he told Haley (through his assistant):
“While David respects the artwork and the effort put into this project, he just does not want to continue the story of Twin Peaks in any way.”
(That must be especially hard to see for Haley now that Lynch has decided to continue the story of Twin Peaks)
Haley gave some details on what he and Bob would have planned for the graphic novel (which Top Shelf would have published and which would have been included as part of the box set):
Bob and I had a number of discussions about what the story would be, I was keen to use whatever notes they had for the proposed third season, I really wanted this to be a literal ‘3rd season’ of the show. Bob told me they really wanted to get away from the high school setting, so after the resolution of the Cooper-BOB-possession plot point, they would have cut to something like “Ten Years Later”, and then shown us a Twin Peaks where Cooper had quit the FBI and had become the town pharmacist, Sheriff Truman had become a recluse, etc. He also mentioned they were going to have Sheryl Lee come back yet again, this time as a redhead, and probably have her character killed by BOB again. There were also some vague ideas about BOB and Mike being from a planet made of creamed corn, something about Truman driving Mike backwards through the portal into the Black Lodge (which I think would have been a really nice cinematic scene).
Haley’s concept art is good. What a fascinating “What If?”!
Go to the Twin Peaks Archive for the full interview plus more Haley artwork!
Thanks to Haley and the Twin Peaks Archive for this very cool story of what might have been!
Check out my latest Movie Legends Revealed at Spinoff Online: Was the famous “Ghostface” mask for the Scream films originally discovered in an abandoned house during location scouting for the first Scream film?
On the next page, does Marvel seriously have trademarks on the terms “Snikt” and “Thwip”?
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