John Byrne Gets His Credit In WandaVision – As Does Jim Shooter

Okay, that is one hell of a Rich Twitch. Bleeding Cool has been pointing out the lack of a Thanks credit to comic book creator John Byrne in WandaVision for a little while. For scenes that seemed ripped out of comic books that he wrote and drew, especially West Coast Avengers.

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John Byrne Gets His Credit In WandaVision – As Does Jim Shooter

We also pointed out that eBay had been hyping those issues as well. And in the new episode that dropped, for added reasons that we really shouldn't say right now, John Byrne gets his Thanks credit, along with everyone else.

John Byrne Gets His Credit In WandaVision - And Jim Shooter
John Byrne Gets His Credit In WandaVision – As Does Jim Shooter

But also, one other name. Former Marvel Editor-In-chief, founder of Valiant, Broadway Comics and Defiant, Jim Shooter. As for why – could it have been for writing certain issues of The Avengers and overseeing the developments that saw Vision and Scarlet Witch portrayed as a couple in the original comics? Maybe.

John Byrne Gets His Credit In WandaVision - And Jim Shooter
John Byrne Gets His Credit In WandaVision – As Does Jim Shooter

Bleeding Cool had previously complained there was no credit for Roger Stern and John Romita. Nor Al Feldstein and Joe Maneely or Allan Heinberg and Steve Cheung, who saw Wanda's children reincarnated as Billy and Tommy, Wiccan and Speed of the Young Avengers, and then suddenly was. Is it possible that someone, somewhere… is reading what Bleeding Cool writes? They haven't fixed the spelling of Allan Heinberg's name yet though. Here's the reason for other credits listed:

Marvel Comics Creators Credited On WandaVison - But Why? (Spoilers)
Vision And Scarlet Witch by Steven Englehart and Richard Howell

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, created Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch in X-Men #4 in 1964. A member of Magneto's Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants, she would later become an Avenger. And the daughter of Magneto. And also revealed to not be a mutant. And not the daughter of Magneto. Stan and Jack also created Baron Von Strucker in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #5 in 1984. In the movies, Von Strucker creates the superpowered Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and it is his name – and Hydra's – that appears on the advert for the wristwatch. Stan and Jack also created Hydra in Strange Tales #135 in 1965 and made Von Strucker a member. They also created the witch Agatha Harkness in 1970's Fantastic Four #94, and mentor of Wanda Maximoff, who also deals with her conflict with the devil, Mephisto. And may explain the real identity of next-door neighbour Agnes, whose wedding anniversary is the same date as the Salem Witch Trials, and who is dressed in a Hallowe'en witch in WandaVision trailers. And the Auntie A's ad in the supermarket. They also created AIM in Strange Tales #146 – a science-terrorist organisation whose costumes have been described as similar to those work by beekeepers.

Marvel Comics Creators Credited On WandaVison - But Why? (Spoilers)
Screencap: WandaVision

With Roy Thomas and John Buscema, Stan Lee also created The Vision in the 1968 Avengers #57. The number 57 appears on the coloured toy in the bushes as well as a supermarket poster in an animated segment.

Marvel Comics Creators Credited On WandaVison - But Why? (Spoilers)
Vision And Scarlet Witch by Bill Mantlo and Rick Leonardi

Bill Mantlo and Rick Leonardi created the 1982 four-issue Scarlet Witch & The Vision limited series. This established the pair as a couple, but also that Wanda Maximoff, rather than being the daughter of Golden Age superhero The Whizzer, was the daughter of Magneto, something more recently reversed as a result of intra-Marvel politics. It also reintroduced Bova, humanoid cow and New Human, who served as midwife for Wanda's mother and smuggled the children, Wanda and Pietro, away.

Marvel Comics Creators Credited On WandaVison - But Why? (Spoilers)
Vision And Scarlet Witch by Steven Englehart and Richard Howell

Steven Englehart and Richard Howell created the follow-up 1985 twelve-issue Scarlet Witch & The Vision maxi-series, which saw the couple move into suburbia, create a family life not dissimilar from the WandaVision show, and see the birth of her twin children, William and Thomas.

Marvel Comics Creators Credited On WandaVison - But Why? (Spoilers)
Vision And Scarlet Witch by Steven Englehart and Richard Howell

This series also saw the appearance of Glamour and Illusion, the identities of two superheroic magical stage performers Glynis and Ilya Zarkov who like in the neighbourhood. Wanda and The Vision use those identities in their own show in WandaVision episode 2.

Marvel Comics Creators Credited On WandaVison - But Why? (Spoilers)
Avengers Disassembled by Brian Bendis and David Finch

Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch created the Avengers Disassembled storyline which saw the Scarlet Witch turn into a reality-destroying monster, as she remembers that her children once existed, in an attempt to revive her children. This included her engineering the deaths of The Vision, Hawkeye and Ant-Man.F or a bit.

Marvel Comics Creators Credited On WandaVison - But Why? (Spoilers)
House Of M by Brian Bendis and Olivier Coipel

With Olivier Coipel, Brian Bendis also created the House of M storyline published by Marvel in 2005, including her decision to wipe out all mutants. Will she do either of those acts in WandaVision? If not, why the credit? Or could the reality be Wanda's own mini-House Of M? A bottle of wine in the first episode of Wandavision of from the Maison D'Mépris or House Of Contempt.

There is also no Special Thanks credit for Alan Heinberg and Steve Cheung, who saw Wanda's children reincarnated as Billy and Tommy, Wiccan and Speed of the Young Avengers, rescued from Mephisto's clutches.

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Screencap: WandaVision

Joss Whedon and John Cassaday are creators of S.W.O.R.D. in their Astonishing X-Men run, the space equivalent of SHIELD with a strong mutant bias, run by one Abigail Brand. We saw a SWORD logo on the colour toy that appeared in Wanda's hedge, SWORD notebooks from those viewing them on monitors and on the beekeeper. SWORD is presumed to be the agency that Nick Fury woke up to in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and was recently revived as a comic book series by Marvel as part of their X-Men books.

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The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Walta

Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta were the lead creators of The Vision comic book series, which seems to give the producers and writers of this show the visual idea of recreating a traditional American 50s fake family with The Vision. That included building himself a wife, children and a dog and moving into American suburbia. But the visuals often saw Vision in a suit and tie, with a diamond-shaped tie clip.

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The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Walta

And as a result, it is currently Marvel's bestseller on Amazon by far and has sold out as a result.

John Byrne Gets His Credit In WandaVision - As Does Jim Shooter

Al Feldstein and Joe Maneely are the creators of Agent Jimmy Woo in the 1956 Yellow Claw #1 that preceded the Marvel Universe.

John Byrne Gets His Credit In WandaVision - As Does Jim Shooter

Jim Steranko is best known for his work on Nick Fury: Agent Of SHIELD, that reintroduced Jimmy Woo as a Marvel Universe character.

John Byrne Gets His Credit In WandaVision - As Does Jim Shooter

Roger Stern and John Romita Jr are the creators of Monica Rambeau, who became the new Captain Marvel.

WandaVision Adds Allan Heinberg And Jimmy Cheung To Creator Credits

Allan Heinberg and Jimmy Cheung, created the series Young Avengers, which saw the children take a new incarnation, a new Billy and Tommy, who become the superheroes Speedy and Wiccan. One with superspeed powers, the other with magical and telepathic powers. You know, just like in WandaVision.

 

About Rich Johnston

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.