Welcome to the five hundred and fifty-second in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, did Marvel and DC almost make a trade of Storm for Wonder Woman? Why did DC not want people to learn the “Secret Origin” of the Legion of Superheroes’ Clubhouse? What odd comic experiment led to the creation of the hit British comic book character, Nemesis the Warlock? BONUS: Did DC almost make a comic book based on The Wiz?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well). There is a special FOURTH legend this week.
COMIC LEGEND: DC and Marvel almost traded Wonder Woman for Storm after DC vs. Marvel
One of the most famous fights in DC vs. Marvel was between Storm and Wonder Woman, a fight voted on by fans that irked a good number of readers…
Longtime reader Jeff Ryan wrote in to suggest a legend he had heard involving the two that would have likely driven fans even CRAZIER. Jeff asked if it was true that DC and Marvel considered temporarily swapping the two characters after DC vs. Marvel.
I addressed roughly the same legend many, many moons ago when the suggested traded heroes were Daredevil and Catwoman, and the answer now is the same as then, as Mike Carlin explained to me then:
Swapping a character each WAS discussed early on in the proceedings… but before we even homed in on specific characters to try to do this with, we decided that the legal department headaches (not just for issues the characters appeared in– but for any reprints for all time) would not be worth it.
Wasn’t the lawyers or higher-ups… [it] was Gruenwald and I… with Peter David and Ron Marz as the writers.
So that’s a no!
Thanks for the suggestion, Jeff!
Check out some entertainment and sports legends from this week at Legends Revealed:
Was Waylon Smithers on The Simpsons Originally Going to be Black and Married with a Wife and Kids?
On the next page, why did DC not want us to see the Secret Origin of the Legion’s Clubhouse?
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