H/T to the Crawl Space
A few weeks ago, Tom Defalco posted an interview he had done on the Clone Saga to the Alvaro's Board Spider-Girl page.
One interesting tidbit.
As one cause why Peter Parker had to return as fast as possible it was often mentioned that the concept of Ben Reilly could never work with the same supporting cast as Peter’s. (Because everybody would recognize Ben as Peter Parker). So the complete cast – created over 30 years – would have to vanish… I wonder, why Ben wasn’t introduced to (for example) Robbie Robertson as Peters long lost cousin or stepbrother. (Ben did the same with Peter concerning Jessica) Was this ever an option?
Many options were considered. When we first began the project, I planned to eventually spin Ben off in his own title—kind of like I did with Thunderstrike and War Machine—but comic books sales were in a tailspin by the time we finished the clone sage so that was no longer an option. (Sales were falling across the industry because Marvel had decided to distribute its own comics. This led to a massive upheaval that almost destroyed the entire industry.)