Rambo creator David Morrell is none too pleased about Marvel's handling of his Spider-Man: Frost story. First announced as a new comic called Peter Parker: Spider-Man, the story ended up being published as Amazing Spider-Man #700.X, but according to Morrell on Facebook, the story that saw print is not what he originally intended:
Bad news about the second part of my SPIDER-MAN: FROST comic-book series. Someone at Marvel changed my captions, added weak jokes, repeated captions, deleted captions from panels that needed them, and inserted one caption that contradicts the theme. When I saw this early version, I sent three pages of corrections to Marvel. I was assured that my changes had been made, but for whatever reason, the terrible version got printed, destroying the poignant tone of part one. What a pity. This could have been a gem.
Seems like the kind of editorial interference Marvel's distinguished competition has become famous for in recent years. Is the stupidity disease spreading to Marvel as well? Maybe it was always there, but they just did a better job of covering it up?
In any case, Morrell promises that anyone who buys the story from his local comic shop will get his corrected pages, though, since Morrell lives in Canada, we presume readers will need to hike through 400 miles of frozen tundra and wrestle a moose in order to reach the shop:
People who ordered the series from my local comic-book store will receive the three pages of correction that I sent to Marvel, along with my 4-page essay about writing comic books. Perhaps these will compensate for any disappointment you feel when reading part two.
Morrell goes on to describe the difference between writing for Big Two comics publishers and writing novels:
When a writer works for a comic-book publisher, it's work for hire, which means that Marvel or whatever other company is involved can do whatever it wants ... for novels, the published result is something that both the writer and the publisher agree upon. There are many safeguards to make sure that the book looks professional when it appears in stores.
Morrell claims to be done with comics as a result of the incident:
This has been such a disappointing experience that I'm finished with writing in this form. It's an exciting medium. The scripts are detailed, almost like movie scripts. My goal was extremely high, to make readers actually believe in the characters. The first part was poignant and moving, I thought. Now part two starts with weak jokes that destroy the continuity. One page even has the same caption in two consecutive panels.
We sent Outhouse Ace Reporter ThanosCopter to talk to John Rambo for comment on this story:
Rambo: There wouldn't be no trouble except for that king-shit cop! All I wanted was something to eat. But the man kept pushing Sir.
ThanosCopter: Well you did some pushing on your own John.
Rambo: They drew first blood, not me.
ThanosCopter: Look Johnny, let me come in and get you the hell out of there!
Rambo: They drew first blood...
ThanosCopter: Rambo, are you still reading me? Covey leader to Raven! Rambo! Acknowledge!
We'll keep you updated if Marvel chooses to respond to Morrell's comments, likely through one of their publicity machines, CBR and Newsrama.
UPDATE: It looks like the publishing of the uncorrected pages was an issue of the wrong files being sent to the printer, and not an intentional slight. The corrected pages may see print in a future collected edition of the story, and unpaid interns will be totally fired for sending the wrong pages to a printer and not checking that shit when it came back.