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8/09/2020 5:37 am  #1


Comics Announced But Never Materialized

Loki's post from yesterday reminded me of a similar thought I had a while back. I thought it might be interesting to compile a list of comic titles that were announced but never came to be. I'll use the first post to create a full list.
Here are the rules:
Okay to include info on multiple titles in one post
Evidence welcomed but okay to go by memory
Titles that were proposed and even greenlit but never announced don't count. We don't want this list to get out of hand. In other words, no mention of a title in an interview after the fact unless there was also a formal annoiucement beforehand.
Conversely, material intended for a title but published elsewhere is fine.
I might expand this later. but for now include only titles that never made it to #1, as opposed to later issues of an existing series that abruptly got cancelled.
Annuals and Specials related to an existing ongoing okay as long as they don't violate the above rule. In other words, treat them as a separate series from the parent title.
No announcements that later proved to be bogus, be it April Fool's or whatever. There has to have been an actual intent to publish the material.
One shots, limited series, and ongoings are all fine.

List so far:
Crisis of the Soul (aka Crisis on Captive Earth) (DC) (Limited series)
JLA/Avengers (DC/Marvel) (one-shot?)
Marvel Census (Marvel) (Limited series or one-shot)
The Official Handbook of the Avengers Universe (Marvel) (Limited series)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Appendix (Limited series or one-shot)
The Official Handbook of the X-Men Universe (Marvel) (Limited series)
Vixen (DC) (Ongoing) (material intended for Vixen #1 appeared in Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #2)

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8/09/2020 5:39 am  #2


Re: Comics Announced But Never Materialized

The Avengers and X-Men Handbooks were announced in the Master Edition and would have been in a 3-ring format but different art and writing style. The Appendix and Census were discussed in the Deluxe Editon.

House ad for Vixen's series:
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/04/97/d0/0497d087f6831bf873f99a199214fb53.png

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8/09/2020 6:53 am  #3


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This article confirms that Crisis of the Soul/Crisis on Captive Earth was not the same limited series that became Legends:
http://www.tripwiremagazine.co.uk/headlines/scott-bradens-lost-tales-dc-comics-crisis-on-captive-earth-crisis-of-the-soul/
According to the article it was reported in Amazing Heroes #45. I'm pretty sure i saw an editorial piece about in in a DC title between Crisis and Legends.

JLA/Avengers was announced around the same time as Marvel and DC Present #1. It's possible that it would have been #2 of that title, but based on what's known about it, I'm treating it as a separate title. This link compiles the various discussion around the failed story. Obviously the crossover finally did happen with the same artist, but none of the original art made it into the later story. http://marvel1980s.blogspot.com/2011/06/1983-jlaavengers-crossover-also-known.html

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8/09/2020 12:45 pm  #4


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Some of these might apply.
Derangers
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f5/0b/3e/f50b3ef46e5e59e1147b8850df218235.jpg


The Flash
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/77/6d/ab/776dab900c38a34197de51d1c8bac39d.jpg


Destroyers
https://comicsalliance.com/marvel-cancels-destroyers-mini-van-lente/

This one i'm not sure of because i dont think it was ever announced.
Techno X
https://www.cbr.com/comic-legends-did-marvel-almost-make-the-transformers-an-x-title/

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8/09/2020 3:25 pm  #5


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Lonewolf36 wrote:

Some of these might apply.
Derangers
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f5/0b/3e/f50b3ef46e5e59e1147b8850df218235.jpg

Can I ask which magazine this is from? Amazing Heroes?


Also mentions Victor von Doom. 
 

 

8/09/2020 3:57 pm  #6


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Phoenix miniseries, announced in Marvel Age Annual#2 and Marvel Age#43
http://marvel1980s.blogspot.com/2009/12/1986-whatever-happened-to-phoenix.html

A ridiculous number of titles announced for Marvel UK in the 1990s that were then lost when Marvel US hit financial troubles. I'm not going to parse out the announced from the unannounced, but many of them were publicized and in some cases written and drawn.
https://downthetubes.net/?page_id=10749
Among the ones that were announced in various magazine are:
'Roid Rage (Marvel Age#130)
Death Duty (Marvel Age#130)
Blood Rush (Marvel Age#130)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rohj7omN5Mk/VQE6BFOQOkI/AAAAAAAAYBQ/6mVJwgApZhs/s1600/RED%2BMIST%2BHA%2BNOV93.jpg

Battle Tide III (Marvel Age#132)
Gene Machine (Comics International#24)
G Force
Heavy Weapon 911 (Comics World#17)
Killfrenzy (Body Count)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-q3r5TnF-zlI/T1cQM936SjI/AAAAAAAAA4M/Ql-HfTmGA9w/s1600/16.jpg

Knuckledown (Comics International#38 and Body Count)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ECxI3UddpGU/T1cPdjagRwI/AAAAAAAAA3c/kO43dZHBtCA/s1600/07.jpg

Project Gemini (virtually no details, but mentioned in Body Count as being illustrated by Salvador Larroca. 
Loose Cannons (Body Count and house ads)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yJl-3Oo6gyQ/VQFCDnKXN1I/AAAAAAAAYBs/W0hnMqoUDOA/s1600/LOOSE%2BCANNONS%2BHOUSE%2BAD%2BFEB%2B94.jpg

Motormouth Remix (Comics International#38)
Officer Outbody (Comics World#20)
Punisher vs Death's Head (Comics International#38)
Removal Man vs Motormouth (Comics World#20)
Ripwire (Comics World#20)
Sisters of Grace (Comics World#17)
Timestryke (Comics World#22)
Ten-Sec (Death's Head II v2 #9)
Warhide (Comics World#20)

 

8/09/2020 6:27 pm  #7


Re: Comics Announced But Never Materialized

Thanks. I'll add these to the top post in the next few days. The Flash one particularly intrigues me. Odd that they were going to do with someone other than Wally after Crisis, and with different powers. The power set seems similar to what was later used for the Tangent version of the Flash. I think going with Wally and keeping the speed was the right move. Superspeed has a lot more wish fulfillment to it as a power, and Wally was the most logical choice for the new series.


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8/12/2020 10:42 am  #8


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