Jeremy Whitley And The Tanya Spears Power Girl Comic That Wasn't

Jeremy Whitley is the creator of Princeless and the writer of The Unstoppable Wasp for Marvel Comics. But why hasn't he written for DC Comics? Last night on Twitter, he talked about his big break at DC – that wasn't.

Every time I see somebody post about Tanya Spears "Power Girl" it reminds me that I once got recruited to write a series for Tanya, was then asked to write a story in Teen Titans to lead into it, had a whole lunch about it at SDCC and then got ghosted for six months by an editor.

Jeremy Whitely And The Tanya

I had outlined two full stories and had come up with some exciting ideas for her and an extended cast that said editor was really excited about. As it would turn out, what happened was Rebirth started brewing in house and all that stuff got put on hold, then cancelled.

Nobody told me any of this until I finally managed to track down the editor six months later and I was told they had an "exciting new direction" and he would find me a new book in the new line. I'm still waiting on that one.

The one nice thing is that I was super psyched on the girl scientist angle for the character and I ended up getting to use some of the stuff I'd dreamt up in Unstoppable Wasp at Marvel a few years later.
I still haven't written anything that's been published by DC.

I don't mind jobs not working out, it's part of the deal. But not knowing what was happening for six months with a project I was super excited about was torture. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

Jeremy Whitely And The Tanya

Created by Paul Levitz, Joe Weems and RB Silva for Worlds Finest #23, Tanya Spears is the inheritor of the Power Girl name, powers, fortune and joined the Teen Titans in the New 52. She most recently appeared in Deathstroke, written by Christopher Priest. But not for some time. Unstoppable Wasp, Princeless and more are available right now.

Jeremy Whitely And The Tanya Spears Power Girl Comic That Wasn't


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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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