changing a completely drawn but unpublished issue involving a cancelled licensed series into a completely drawn and publishable story for a totally different, unrelated newly licensed book that didn't take place even remotely in the same milieu, which would have ticked off both licensors had they known about it
So, did you have anything to do with that John Carter Warlord of Mars story that was transformed into a Star Wars story? Or are you referring to some other entirely different stories?
I believe I was the first to suggest, based on an ill-placed sound effect, that it was Spider-Man catching her with his webbing and not the Green Goblin throwing her off a bridge that broke Gwen Stacy's neck and killed her.
Oh, lord, it's all your fault!!! But, from a a purely legal perspective, the Green Goblin was the responsible party. He was the one who threw Gwen off the bridge. Anything that happened after that was his responsibility, and no one else's, in the same way that if a police officer accidentally shoots an innocent bystander while defending himself against an armed robber, it is legally the fault of the robber for creating the situation in the first place.
That Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch were Magneto's children, and not mutants.
Does Neal Adams factor into any of this? He was the very first artist to draw Magneto without his helmet, and gave him a look very similar to that of Quicksilver.
I dusted off a character named Chthon, from a science fiction series I'd concocted some years earlier
As an H.P. Lovecraft fan, I've always liked Chthon, as he had a presence and backstory that was somewhat akin to the "elder gods" that Lovecraft wrote about. That, and I've said that Chthon provides the perfect back door to redeem the Scarlet Witch after "Avengers Disassembled." He possessed and controlled Wanda in the Avengers issues you co-wrote, so you could say he did the same during "Disassembled," albeit on a more subtle, anonymous level.
Peter Gyrich, the government agent who at the end of the issue shuts the group down, had an interesting double pedigree; named for Jim Shooter's cousin (if I remember correctly, this was Jim's idea and meant affectionately)
Peter David thought that Shooter based Gyrich on himself. In a way, it makes a certain sense. Gyrich, from his perspective, was the responsible, orderly-minded individual who was given the thankless task of reigning in a disparate bunch of super-powered misfits and getting them to behave in an adult, respectable manner that was approved by his government supervisors. Of course, the Avengers saw Gyrich as a petty, power-mad bureaucracy-obsessed tin-pot tyrant. I can definitely see that as a metaphor for the position Shooter probably found himself in as editor-in-chief, stuck between the fickle, unpredictable, easily offended freelance talent and Marvel's profit-minded corporate management. Then again, maybe I'm just reading too much into it.
DOCTOR WHO XMAS SPECIAL 2007: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED, which, while very enjoyable, was considerably darker than earlier Xmas specials and suggests a possibly nasty turn in the next series
Looking forward to seeing it, just so long as it is not as dark as Torchwood was. My problem with much of Torchwood's first season was that it had this "Ooooooh, look how edgy and dark and adult we are, aren't you impressed, because you should be" vibe to it. Kind of like some of the comic creators in the late 1980s who felt that by tossing in over-the-top amounts of sex & violence into their work they were somehow creating the next Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns, confusing the trappings with the actual substance.
Ah, well, at least Torchwood had a few good episodes. And dark Doctor Who can work, if done properly. Just look at "Genesis of the Daleks," which opens with a squad of ragged gas-mask-clad soldiers getting mowed down by machine gun fire in slow motion... and after that grotesque intro it still manages to get progressively darker and downbeat over the next six episodes! The reason "Genesis" worked was it was well-written, as well as well-acted. I don't mind a darker Doctor Who season, as long as it was well-produced, as opposed to merely shoveling out copious amounts of gore & carnage, which was the problem with some early 1980s stories.
Blah blah blah... enough from me. Thank you for your time, Steven. Looking forward to future columns.