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Comic Book Legends Revealed #541

COMIC LEGEND: Joss Whedon's first Astonishing X-Men script was too long for the first issue because he thought he had 32 pages to write the issue, not 32 pages counting the ads.

STATUS: True

Towards the end of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men #2, there is this memorable exchange between Emma Frost and Kitty Pryde.

However, this exchange was originally intended for the FIRST issue.

In Wizard #159, Whedon explains how this was one of the first scenes he wrote for the comic but it fell afoul of a miscommunication...

This is one of the first things I wrote. It was actually meant for issue #1, but there was a miscommunication. Joe Quesada told me I had 32 pages and then said, "I meant with ads." And I was like, "Well, I'm not writing any ads, so what the hell am I supposed to do?" I sent him an e-mail with more cursing than I've ever written. "Alien 3" - which I didn't write - had less cursing. "Scarface" had less cursing. I was on page 30 when he said I only had 22 pages. I was so angry. I went ballistic."

Hilarious!

Obviously, it all worked out, but still pretty funny.

Thanks to Travis Pelkie for suggesting this one!

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