Joe Quesada reveals he wanted to do an X-Men story with Neil Gaiman

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Sep 15, 2015, 2:15 PM EDT

Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has revealed that he’d planned to join forces with best-selling fantasy author Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Good Omens, Doctor Who) to do an X-Men comic story.

Quesada shared the story of what-might-have-been on his Tumblr a little while back. He also shared a few pieces of inked art featuring everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant, Wolverine (Snikt!). Here’s what Quesada wrote about his story pitch to the Sandman author:

Sometime around 2001-2002 we were in secret conversations with Neil to do a project or two for us at Marvel. Neil is a dear friend and around that time we were tossing around the idea of a possible X-Men story that he would write and I would draw.

In my zeal to try to land one the best comic writers of all time, I wrote and drew this three page vignette, had it inked (Danny Miki), colored and lettered and sent it off to Neil to let him know how badly we wanted him at the House Of Ideas. What can I say, I was excited. Unfortunately the lettered version and the original script have been lost, and I barely remember what I wrote, but I believe the basic gist of the story was…

Wolverine addresses Neil directly. He points out how blank the panels are and how empty his world is and that Neil needs to stop dawdling and get to work because those panels aren’t going to fill themselves. Wolvie continues harassing Neil, goes to light his cigar, realizes it’s a nasty habit and that there’s no smoking in Marvel Comics and stomps it out. He then holds up a Marvel Comic, makes references to the Editor in Chief being a big loser, unwraps his hands, pops the claws and then says something snarky as he leaves the scene.

Regrettably the timing didn’t work out for either of us on the X-Men project but Neil later came up with1602, which was outstanding and he ended up with a much better artist in the process, Andy Kubert.

Whoa! What do you guys think of Joe Quesada’s X-Men pitch to Neil Gaiman? Do you think it would have made for an interesting story?

(via Comic Book)