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superboyprime ([personal profile] superboyprime) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-10-22 15:30

The story DC Comics refused to publish

Towards the end of the 20th century, Ellis wrote a John Constantine story called "Shoot," which DC canned. As Ellis explains it: "Years ago, I wrote a brief run on the DC Vertigo horror comic JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER. Brief, because I wrote a horror story therein called SHOOT. SHOOT was about schoolyard slayings in the United States. It was completed before Columbine happened, but scheduled to appear not long after. The regime at DC Comics at the time decided that it could not be released in its completed form. I refused to go along with the changes they wanted to make. They decided not to publish the book at all. I quit."



This week, DC finally published the story, as the lead in VERTIGO RESURRECTED, a 100-page anthology of rare Vertigo stories.









So we're clear, it's one of those stories where the title and credits don't appear until the final page. That's the final page, not the beginning of the story.
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[personal profile] stolisomancer 2010-10-23 03:23 (UTC)(link)
Yeah, the story doesn't have the same resonance at all after Columbine. Before it, it would've been shocking because young kids are that angry and potentially violent; after it, we already know that, thanks, and the story looks like it's building up to a hook that never comes. It's practically an after-school special.