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Rambo Creator Blasts Marvel For Messing Up His Spider-Man Story

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:07


Fans who picked up Amazing Spider-Man #700.1 and then were left scratching their heads with Amazing Spider-Man #700.2 can wonder no more as the writer on the book, Rambo creator David Morrell, has publicly blasted Marvel for what looks to be either negligence or purposely altering his original work.

Morrell took to his Facebook to voice his frustrations working with Marvel. While he doesn't blame the editorial team, he vows never to work for Marvel again. Morrell actually blames the "corporate" structure, not the editors on the book with Tom Brennan and Stephen Wacker.

Here are David Morrell's responses on Facebook:

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.

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.

JR Pinto, 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.

Bobby Kulp, 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.

Zachary, 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

Keith, alas I can't post my original script because Marvel owns it.

Robert K, there'll be no reprint. Comic book publishers print whatever stores order and then move on to the next project.

 Jesse, I'm pleased to say that my signing at Big Adventure Comics in Santa Fe was packed.

Rick Dickson, it's not the editor's fault. It's a corporate thing. No one knows who did what. I'd leave it alone.

Mark, someone at Marvel emailed me today to suggest that the corrected version might be in a bound collection of Spider-Man stories, but I have no idea when that might appear or if the corrected version would in fact be in it. I can't publish the corrected pages. I don't own my script. Writing for comic books is like writing for a movie studio. It's called work for hire, and the company owns the result.