Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #44!

This is the forty-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous forty-three.

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COMIC URBAN LEGEND: The original ending of Marvel vs. DC involved the two companies swapping Daredevil and Catwoman, but this ending was changed due to external pressure.


A lot of folks have mentioned this rumor since I've been doing this (by a lot, I mean, like, four), but the first one to put it into the comments was John DiBello, whose excellent blog is located here.

John asked,

At the end of DC versus Marvel (aka Marvel versus DC, there was a rumor that one Marvel character was to be stranded in the DC Universe and vice versa, and the other company would have that character to play with in their universe for a year (the way I heard it, the hook was on his foot, no, no, I mean it was to be Daredevil and Catwoman). Truth? If so, what happened?

Well, here is Mike Carlin, editor of the original project (from DC's side - Mark Gruenwald edited Marvel's half of the project, with Peter David and Ron Marz handling the writing chores), on the topic:

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.

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