ARIEL By Colleen Doran
Occupation: Thief, adventurer
Place Of Birth: Planet Coconut Grove
Base Of Operations: Beat Street Clubhouse, New York City
History: Ariel is an extraterrestrial from the world known as Coconut Grove, home of a culture devoted to the pursuit of pleasure
Powers: She can bend space so that a space warp is created connecting two points that would otherwise take light years to travel
First Appearance: Fallen Angels #1 (April 1987)
TOHOTMU Vol.3, #1 (July 1989)
There’s a big backstory behind this. I did all these Who’s Who pages, but the series I worked on never came out.
Editor Bob Harris wanted some pretty heavy rewrites, and in retrospect, I think he was right to do so. He called me up and asked if I would be willing to work with another writer, and out of loyalty to the writer who’d gotten me this first big gig at Marvel, I didn’t think I could do that. So Marvel killed the project.
I’d already done about 100 pages of art, which have never been published, and it would have been my first major Marvel series. I’d already done individual comics and some short stints. So, all in all, a huge disappointment.
I have no hard feelings. I was paid in full, and Marvel was fully within their rights to kill the book if they didn’t think it could be salvaged. But it’s unfortunate in many ways, as it was some of my best drawing at the time. And in comics, out of sight is out of mind. I had no published work for a significant time while working on this, and I’d been out of the market a long time when I went to look for new work.