This is the sixty-third 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 sixty-two.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: Yellowjacket II was originally going to be a member of the Thunderbolts.
On a newsgroup a few years back, Paul Hartshorne wrote that he read somewhere that "Kurt Busiek originally intended Yellowjacket to be a Thunderbolt, only to have to replace her with Songbird at the last minute."
Busiek wrote back with: "Hardly the last minute; it didn't take long to notice she was dead. If she was alive I'd have used her, but she wasn't, so she got shuffled out very early on in the creative process."
Later on, in response to a question of what he would have done with the character, Busiek stated:
Not in the context of the series; we didn't get that far. I'd worked out some stuff for her for an earlier proposal, in which we would have found out that Rita deMara was a dead friend of hers whose identity she'd swiped while running from the mob, and her past was rather more shadowy than heretofore suspected (which would have resulted in her being very gregarious, but guarded of her true self, and felt guilty over what she'd done to Rita's memory), but that was well before she got dragged into GUARDIANS, so I have no idea if any of that could still have been used.
It's a shame, too, as I enjoyed Yellowjacket II.