Dick Giordano on original JLA/Avengers story Oct 28, 2009 23:21:06 GMT -5
Post by freedomfighter on Oct 28, 2009 23:21:06 GMT -5
said when he presented the story where Bullseye kills Elektra
Frank said that Jim sighed and looked like he had a headache.
I heard that Shooter felt that Jean Grey got off to easy in the
original ending of the Dark Phoenix Saga so he said kill her off
and X-MEN fans weren't happy about it.
I've read varying things on the whole death of Phoenix. As I understand, Claremont and Byrne originally let their attachment to the character say she could still be redeemed, but eventually they realized they'd written themselves into a corner after she killed the D'Bari solar system (?) and so as a fitting climax to an epic story, she had to die.
Claremont is more accepting of it now, definitely.
And I guess Claremont accepted it even way back when because when they decided to bring Jean back the FIRST time, he was actually against it...
As to Frank Miller, well a) Frank did kill her off so he got the ending he wanted and b) he then resurrected her fairly quickly so maybe Shooter realized this was too strong a character to just kill off.
Regardless, Frank got the ending he wanted and if he had to kvetch a little bit, in the Marvel of the 1980s that wasn't such a big deal. Try doing half this stuff at DC at the time. In fact if Miller hadn't been kicking butt so strongly with his Marvel stuff, DC never would've loosened the reins enough to let him do Dark Knight and Ronin a few years later.
By the way, DC actually had Miller first, they had him doing backup stories in their horror and Sci-fi books. Marvel really let him cut loose, otherwise he might have been doing Air Wave eight page fillers in Action Comics..