Marvel Comics and the Curse of the Temple of Doom Adaptation!

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Marvel Comics had some strange problems with Lucasfilm on the Marvel adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.



The awesome artist, Mike Perkins, was talking about Marvel's adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom the other day and I went to go share a Comic Book Legends Revealed that I had written about the topic only to discover that, oddly enough, I don't think I ever actually got around to WRITING a Comic Book Legends Revealed about it! I've been meaning to for...oh...roughly nine years or so, but it doesn't appear that I ever actually got around to doing it. Maybe I'm wrong, and if so, let me know and I'll do an extra legend to make up for the doubled-up legend, but I don't think I ever actually did this one.

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Anyhow, as you might know from some of my past Comic Book Legends Revealed editions on this topic (which is why I thought I had done this one, too), Lucasfilm was a bit of a problem for Marvel when it came to their Indiana Jones comic books. I'm sure the Lucasfilm folks were very nice people, but they seemed to have a bit of a problem with understanding how the comic book process worked. John Byrne launched an Indiana Jones ongoing series and had to leave after two issues because he couldn't stand the interference from Lucasfilm on the series (asking him to change plot points after the issue was otherwise complete, stuff like that).

Similarly, Marvel's adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom had problems of its own.

The book was done in format of the time, which was to do it as a Marvel Super Special (which was big on newsstands)...

and as a miniseries (which were big in Direct Market stores)...

David Michelinie, Jackson "Butch" Guice and a few different inkers collaborated on the project.

Butch Guice is a heck of a storyteller, but when I asked Tom DeFalco (who edited the adaptation) about issues he had with Lucasfilm on the project, DeFalco confirmed (while stressing that he enjoyed working with Lucasfilm's representative, it was just an issue of her not understanding how comic books worked) that Marvel had submitted a full script adaptation for approval, but once the comic book was penciled, inked, lettered and colored and ready to be sent to the printers, Lucasfilm wanted them to have certain scenes completely re-done...

(Not this scene, I just thought that it was a particularly good piece of storytelling. I don't know what scenes they actually redrew).

Butch Guice, being a true pro, helped redraw the scenes as requested.

Another big issue was that Lucasfilm did not like the likenesses for Indiana Jones in the comic, so Butch Guice and Elliot Brown (the other editor on the project) painstakingly went through and pasted in new likenesses for Indiana Jones that Guice drew throughout the comic book...

And yet they were able to get the whole thing done in time to hit their printer deadline!

Amazing job by everyone involved!

Thanks so much to Tom DeFalco for sharing this amazing tale of life in the trenches, as it were!

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