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Was Static almost a Marvel Comics character?

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, find out how Milestone’s iconic superhero, Static, was almost a Marvel Comics character!

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, find out how Milestone’s iconic superhero, Static, was almost a Marvel Comics character!

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the eight hundred and twenty-sixth episode where we examine three comic book legends and determine if they are true or false. As usual, there will be three posts, one for each of the three captions.

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COMIC CAPTION:

Dwayne McDuffie originally developed Static for Marvel Comics


STATUS:

True

One of the great tragedies in comic book history is that we lost the brilliant Dwayne McDuffie over a decade ago, before he even turned 50. Dwayne McDuffie was one of the all-time great COMIC BOOK CREATORS because we are always thinking of new ideas, but more importantly, how best to bring those ideas to fruition. I was recently talking to someone about how the openings to each issue of Milestone Media’s original four comics were such PERFECT introductions to the characters and this universe. Few people have ever built a new universe from scratch as well as Dwayne McDuffie. Even Jack Kirby and Stan Lee had to wait a while for the Marvel Universe to arrive!


One of the other great things about Dwayne McDuffie is that he cared about it all, the comic book history, the trivia, all that stuff. He was always someone I could ask a question about anything related to his work and he was happy to answer and that was true for him too, he also loved sharing all parts of his comic book story. His old website and forums were overflowing with fascinating information about his career. It’s such a loss that he’s been gone for so long (he passed away in February 2011, which is part of why I think about his loss so much right now).


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Dwayne McDuffie went to work at Marvel around 1988 and worked as an associate editor. While still an editor, he began making the first of a long series of pitches for projects. Remember, this is Dwayne McDuffie we’re talking about here, the guy was never short of ideas. So he regularly came up with Marvel story ideas and a notable one, Damage Control, was approved and made into a series. He also made up a fake pitch to criticize a problem he saw at Marvel regarding its portrayal of black characters (as I featured in an old Legends Revealed comic… about thirteen years ago. Dang, I am old) .


Eventually, McDuffie was given enough writing work to leave his team position and go freelance. He kept pitching and some of his rejected pitches ended up in Milestone one way or another, but one of the most notable examples was his original pitch for Static, that was when he was again at Marvel!

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DC Animation fan site World’s Finest did an interview with McDuffie where he talked about Static Shock and their first question got to the heart of it:

To start, give the basic idea of ​​how you came to create Static for the comedy medium, and how you worked to translate that into animation?

Static was a group effort. The guys who started Milestone Comics were sitting around trying to make the launch characters for a new comic book universe. Everyone was in agreement that we should have a teenage hero and I had already tried to develop something along those lines, heavily influenced by Spider-Man, back in the late 80s when I was at Marvel. As a kid, I had always been a fan of Spider-Man, especially the teenage version, and was disappointed in the adult, married model Spider-Man who was running around in the comics at the time. He was cool but he wasn’t my Spidey. I wanted to do a contemporary teenage hero to fill that empty niche. I worked on it on and off for a while, developing Static as a character in the Marvel Universe, but for various reasons it didn’t work out. I kind of dusted it off for Milestone and threw it in the pot. We all worked together to recreate the character as he would eventually appear in the comics.


Now, as McDuffie rightly noted, what eventually became the character now known as Virgil Hawkins, Static, was developed between a number of different creators at Milestone, which is why I wonder if it’s even fair to say Static “originally” was intended for Marvel when there was still so much to develop to truly make it the Static we all know and love to this day, but at the same time , I don’t think it’s unreasonable to just take McDuffie to his own recollection here. He says there was enough for his original Static to be basically the official Static, just with enough other input from other people when it came to becoming the official version of the character, so I’m agreement to continue with his point of view of things.


Man, can you imagine what would have happened if Static had been a Marvel character? Maybe he would also have become a member of the New Warriors!

SOME MORE LEGENDS OF ENTERTAINMENT!

Check out some legends of Valentine’s Day-themed entertainment (well, they’re talking romance, at least) from Legends Revealed:

1. Was there almost a love triangle between Spider-Man, Mary Jane and DOCTOR OCTOPUS in Spider-Man 2?

2. What is “It” in the meatloaf song “I’d do anything for love (but I won’t)”?

3. Was Supergirl Originally Going To Be Superman’s Love Interest In Superman III?

4. Was there a love-cut lesbian romance?

PART TWO COMING SOON!

Check back soon for part 2 of the legends of this episode!

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