Rollo Tomassi wrote:I was reading some old back issues of 'What If?' that I got this summer(yeah, my reading backlog is atrocious, like 13 longboxes) and in the back of issue 7 from 1977, they announce WI? Will be going Monthly and then literally give an entire letter column's worth of What If stories they plan on doing.
Now, some of them they got around to doing, but quite a few I don't think have been done yet! And quite a few more got done 'for real' down the road. It was quite interesting. Here they are. (assume What If... precedes all of the following)
Gwen Stacy hadn't died. (v1 #24)
Rick Jones had become the Hulk instead of Banner. (V1 #12)
Different heroes(Spidey, DD, Sub-Mariner) had formed the Avengers instead of Thor and Co.
Peter hadn't lost his extra arms. (V2 #42)
Thing married Alicia and they had a child.
Aunt May Died.
All Marvel's villains teamed up and fought all it's Heroes.
Tony Stark was never hit by shrapnel.
The Burglar killed Aunt May instead. (A 2005 oneshot)
Somebody besides Steve Rogers became Cap.
Jane Foster became immortal and married Thor.
the Inhumans were never discovered by the outside world.
Doc Ock married Aunt May.
General Ross was gamma rayed instead of Banner. (A 2005 oneshot)
The Bullpen got powers instead of the FF. (V1 #11)
Namor had conquered the surface.
1950s Heroes had formed a SuperTeam. (V1 #9)
Silver Surfer had not lost his powers.
Nova was a girl. (V1 #15)
Peter had been bitten by a radioactive Fly/Mosquito/ fillintheblank.
Magneto had gathered the X-Men together, not Prof X.
Someone besides Don Blake had found the Hammer. (hey! Great minds...!)
JJJameson became Spider-Man.
Howard the Duck was elected President in '76.
Dr. Strange was Dormammu's disciple, not Ancient One's. (V1 #18)
Watcher never interfered.
Cap died in WWII, and Bucky was frozen.
DD had his sight all along, or recovered it for good.
Cap was created in World War ONE.
FF had gone their separate ways, instead of forming a team.
Human fell into Howard the Duck's world.
The world knew Peter was Spider-Man.
DD told the world he was blind. (V1 #8)
Shang-Chi had followed in his father's footsteps. (V1 #16)
Cap and Bucky BOTH survived WWII. (V1 #5)
Spidey stopped the Burglar before he killed anyone. (V1 #19)
Avengers and FF formed one big team.
Howard the Duck joined the Avengers. Joined the FF.
Aunt May discovered Peter's secret.
Original Human Torch never died.
Banner and Rick Jones BOTH became Hulks.
WonderMan hadn't died. (V2 #5)
Iron Man had to wear armor all the time.
Peter's parents hadn't died and he was raised by them instead of Aunt May.
Ultron hadn't erased Torch's memory from Vision.
Johnny Storm married Crystal.
Spidey got married to Gwen in the past, or MJ in the present.
FF had become villains because of the cosmic rays.
Now, some of those have become irrelevant as ideas. And clearly 1977 was much more fascinated with Howard the Duck. I'd have to cross reference and edit the page to say which of those actually got turned into issues. I recognize a few. But still, quite a few of them are cool ideas still unwritten.
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