Alan Kupperberg: Rejected and Censored
TwoMorrows Publishing has made much of the launch of a new magazine, helmed by former Comic Book Artist editor, Jon B Cooke, called Comic Book Creator. In doing so they approached a lot of people, writers, editors, artists, commentators, and assembled somewhat of an impressive team indeed. One of those people was Alan Kupperberg. Alan was approached, along with colourist Tom Zukio, and asked to submit his Profusely Illustrated strips on a regular basis. People who have seen these strips are taken by them, both by their humour but also their accuracy. Alan remembers things, and everyone I've spoken to about the strips say he's remembered things dead on. With that in mind, and knowing that the magazine was launching with yet another Jack Kirby tribute issue, Alan was asked to submit a strip, titled "Sol & Jack", which he duly did.
If you buy the magazine then don't bother looking for it - it wasn't published. Publisher John Morrow rejected the strip on the basis of its 'tone'. Cooke didn't argue and quietly paid Kupperberg a kill fee and that was it. I have the strip here and am publishing it so people can read it and decide for themselves exactly what is offensive about them. What makes the decision even more puzzling is that both Morrow and Cooke have published Profusely Illustrated strips in the past, and have both published Profusely Illustrated strips featuring all the characters on display here. So why is it now rejected
Have a guess at the answer. I'm very sure I know what it is and the clue is right there in the strip...