When a Teen Titans Writer Was Fired And Had His Final Story Rewritten

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Steve Skeates' final issue of Teen Titans had its ending thrown out and rewritten by the new writer



When Dick Giordano was brought over from Charlton Comics, one of the things that DC expected from their new editor is that he would bring a bit more of a modern approach to their comic book titles, as DC was going through sort of a generational transfer at the end of the 1960s, with a number of their older editors and writers being phased out. Giordano soon hired a number of younger writers on Teen Titans to replace veteran writer Bob Haney, who had created the Teen Titans and had been the writer on the series since it launched.

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Steve Skeates soon settled in as the "main" writer on the series. However, at the end of 1970, Giordano left DC to go work for Neal Adams at Adams' Continuity Studio. Veteran editor Murray Boltinoff took over the series and he promptly fired Skeates and brought Haney (who Botlinoff had worked with a lot over the years) back to the series. However, oddly enough, while Haney's "official" return was in Teen Titans #33, he actually secretly returned mid-way through Teen Titans #32!

The concept of the issue was that Mal Duncan had been accidentally thrown into the distant past during a time experiment. Wally West, Kid Flash, raced to the past to bring him back...

While in the past, Wally accidentally kills a neanderthal...

This then alters the timeline so that when Wally and Mal return to the present, everything is dramatically different. Okay, so here's the deal. Skeates wrote an ending to this story. I don't know what his ending was, but it was totally done but since Haney was coming in the next issue, Haney then threw out the last nine pages or so of the story and then wrote a new story and, being Haney, it is bonkers as heck. Wally killing the cro magnon guy led to the present day now being sort of like Camelot...

Isn't that trippy as heck?

The craziest thing is that only Skeates is credited for the story in the comic (with Nick Cardy on art), so people obviously assumed that that trippy ending was all Skeates!

I'd love to know how Skeates would have ended the story.

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