What Was Nightwing's First Solo Series Going to be About?

In Nothing Was Delivered, we look at announced comic book projects that never came about. We'll try to find out WHY they didn't come out. I'm sure you all know tons of examples of comic book projects like these, so feel free to write me at brianc@cbr.com to tell me some for future columns.

Today, we look at what would have been Nightwing's first solo series!

The early 1990s was a period of great upheaval in the lives of the New Titans, as the comic book sales boom had led both Marvel and DC Comics to try to create as many expanded little "universes" of titles as possible, so something like the New Titans were seen as being perfect for expansion. In 1992, "Team Titans" was launched, joining "Deathstroke the Terminator" as a burgeoning little "Titan universe" along with the main "New Titans" series. However, originally there was going to be another title in the expansion, a "Nightwing" miniseries by Art Thibert that he was going to draw and co-write with Pamela Winesette. The original concept behind the series was that there would be an alien invasion of Earth that led to Starfire being captured and Nightwing having to save her. The main point of the series was to establish Nightwing as an extremely competent hero, and to do so on the largest of scales – in front of the entire superhero community.

Art Thibert did a Nightwing poster around this time that DC sold...

Art Thibert Nightwing poster

However, the project also went through some creative changes, as at another point in time, the concept behind the series was changed to Starfire being nearly killed and Nightwing having to track down her attacker. In both cases, the idea would have been that Nightwing would ultimately decide to get engaged to Starfire. The end result would have been a wedding in "New Titans" #100. The "New Titans Sellout Special" #1 had a poster to promote Thibert's then-upcoming series in it...

Art Thibert Nightwing promotional poster

But then there were delays due to Thibert committing to launching a "Cable" ongoing series for Marvel. plus the orignal editor on the series (and the driving force of a lot of these plans), Jonathan Peterson, left DC Comics. Thibert ended up deciding to instead do a series for Image Comics that he would own entirely (when it came to doing creator-owned work, this was when the getting was really good - it seemed like any "name" artist could sell at least 100,000 copies of a new series at Image. It wasn't literally the case, but it seemed that way at the time).

Ultimately, Marv Wolfman had to handle the wedding on his own inside of "New Titans," with the end result being an interrupted wedding in "New Titans" #100.

If you are curious about any other comic book project that never occurred, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com.

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