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.
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."
Obviously, it all worked out, but still pretty funny.
Thanks to Travis Pelkie for suggesting this one!
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