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Subj: Re: In What ways were the Original Handbooks Incorrect?
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 09:13:33 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: In What ways were the Original Handbooks Incorrect?
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 08:33:07 pm EST

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> >There are a few wrong real names in some entries, most notably the original Handbook's entries for the Squadron Supreme. (Largely because they had been made up for that handbook, and would be changed before Gruenwald's awesome miniseries.)
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> See above - those names weren't errors. If they got changed later, that's a retcon - and the only one I recall being changed was Power Princess, and even there it was shown that the name the handbook gave had been an alias she had used. That's no more an error than one handbook listing Spider-Man as Peter Parker, only for a subsequent story to retcon in the idea that Peter Parker was a fake identity used by Bob Cratchitt.

The Whizzer's real name is listed as "Hiram Arnold" in the original Handbook. American Eagle/Cap'n Hawk/eventually Blue Eagle was listed as "Condor". As well as being a name that was never used, he sports an outift he never wore in the comics.

> > >There are a few wrong real names in some entries, most notably the original Handbook's entries for the Squadron Supreme. (Largely because they had been made up for that handbook, and would be changed before Gruenwald's awesome miniseries.)
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> > See above - those names weren't errors. If they got changed later, that's a retcon - and the only one I recall being changed was Power Princess, and even there it was shown that the name the handbook gave had been an alias she had used.

Yeah, there were some errors, much as I love the books. Cottonmouth being given Bushmaster's name still comes back to haunt us decades later - we've tried to rationalize the error away since it got perpetuated into continuity, but I don't think anyone could sanely argue that they _intended_ to give both the same name.

However, it was what, about three people writing and checking every single freaking fact, and they couldn't jump online to find a quick reference telling them where else they might want to look - only print indexes and other print resources to draw from. The fact that they had as few errors as they did is pretty damn amazing!


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