Morrell Says Marvel Published "Terrible Version" of His Spider-Man Story (UPDATED)

UPDATE 12/12/2013 10:30 AM PT: One day after expressing disappointment with the finished "Amazing Spider-Man" #700.2 product, writer David Morrell posted Thursday on Facebook that the matter was being resolved, and a "corrected version" will appear in a collected edition.

"No need to for anyone to complain," Morrell told a fan. "It's all being settled. The corrected version will appear in a book collection." In another response, Morrell stated the situation stemmed from someone pushing "the wrong button" after he submitted corrections to the issue, resulting in the earlier version being published.

Morrell further stated that Marvel has positive feedback from the story. "Despite the typos etc in part two of my 'Spider-Man: Frost,' Marvel is receiving emails from readers who wept at the end of the story. That was the intention--to present Peter Parker/Spider-Man in an emotional, realistic way. I was concerned that the errors would interfere with the story's result, but readers are getting past the problem and being moved by the conclusion. Thanks to everyone for understanding. I guess the errata have now made this issue a collector's piece."

"Rambo" creator David Morrell's long in-development "Spider-Man: Frost" story saw print this month at Marvel, but the author isn't happy with the final product. On his personal Facebook page, Morrell expressed disappointment with changes he said were made to his script for the second part of the story, released this week as "Amazing Spider-Man" #700.2. "Someone at Marvel changed my captions, added weak jokes, repeated captions, deleted captions from panels that needed them, and inserted one caption that contradicts the theme," Morrell wrote.

"When I saw this early version, I sent three pages of corrections to Marvel," Morrell's post continues, clarifying that he didn't have objections to the first part of the Klaus Janson-illustrated story, released last week as "Amazing Spider-Man" #700.1. "I was assured that my changes had been made, but for whatever reason, the terrible version got printed, destroying the poignant tone of part one."

Morrell previously revealed that he finished the script for Spider-Man: Frost" in 2007, the same year he made his comic book debut with Marvel miniseries "Captain America: The Chosen." In the comments of his Facebook post, Morrell said that though he finds the comic book medium "exciting," the "Spider-Man: Frost" experience has soured him on further writing in the field: "This has been such a disappointing experience that I'm finished with writing in this form."

Also in the comments, Morrell stated that he doesn't blame the book's editor (Tom Brennan is credited as editor on the issues, Stephen Wacker as senior editor) for the changes. "It's not the editor's fault," he wrote. "It's a corporate thing. No one knows who did what." Morrell is best known for his fiction novels including "First Blood," which was adapted into the "Rambo" series of films starring Sylvester Stallone.

CBR News has reached out to Marvel for comment on this situation.

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