Haney evidently only glanced the covers of these issues, because he couldn't be expected to read a comic about a bunch of women. Consequently, he wrote Wonder Girl into the Teen Titans as a completely separate character. Infant Wonder Woman (named Wonder Tot, because comic books excel at being comic books) missed out on a Teen Titans membership card for some reason.
DC ComicsWell, maybe if Wonder Tot had stuck the goddamn landing ...
However, fans of Wonder Woman quickly pointed out this bizarre blunder, and DC was forced to hastily retcon Wonder Girl's backstory. It turns out that this Wonder Girl is a different person after all -- a girl named Donna Troy who developed Amazonian powers and decided to take on the mantle. Because in comics, there's no corner out of which you cannot write yourself.
Where The Wild Things Are Was Created Because The Author Had Trouble Drawing Horses
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Ordinarily, if you pitch a children's book about a little boy getting stranded on an island filled with gigantic, grotesque monsters, international law requires you to phone Roald Dahl and ask for his permission first. Also, your mind's eye will probably conjure up an image that is more H.P. Lovecraft than Richard Scarry. Author Maurice Sendak turned this concept into the beloved children's book Where The Wild Things Are -- which, incidentally, is full of illustrations that look like H.P. Lovecraft and Richard Scarry got into a fierce doodling war on the same cocktail napkin.
Harper & RowLovecraft won.
But in Sendak's original vision for the book, the titular "wild things" weren't monsters at all; they were horses. He originally pitched the idea to his editor as Where The Wild Horses Are, and was given the green light to write and illustrate it. Unfortunately, several months into the project, it became increasingly obvious that Sendak couldn't draw a fucking horse if it were the ransom of the Universe.
Eventually, his editor stopped tearing her hair out and asked "Maurice, what can you draw?" The answer was, obviously, horrific inhuman monstrosities. They decided that was going to have to do, considering the amount of money they had already pumped into the project, and Sendak was given the go-ahead to draw whatever the hell popped into his mind, changing the title to Where The Wild Things Are, because "things" could be anything.
Harper & RowIncluding repressed family trauma.
The idea of trying to endear a platoon of nightmare creatures to children could have been a disaster, but it became one of the most enduring classics of children's literature, and one of the most successful last-minute audibles in history.
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