Rick Veitch’s Unpublished Origin Of The Sentry

sentry1The Sentry was a Marvel character created by Paul Jenkins in the model of Superman, but portrayed as an amnesiac divided soul, and is now Brian Bendis’ plaything in Dark Avengers.

His first series was marked by internet hoaxes started by Marvel, stating that this was a revival of a Stan Lee character that we had all forgotten, and that regaining that memory was part of the story.

However it seems that the character may have has an earlier history after all.

On his blog, Rick Veitch is serialising what he calls his Secret Origin Of The Sentry through the week. Paul Jenkins worked with Veitch when Tundra were publishing Veitch’s superhero deconstruction titles Bratpack and Maximortal, the latter of which featured a very misanthropist Superman figure.

Veitch writes “He and I had often discussed a story he wanted to develop concerning an over-the-hill guy, struggling with addiction, who had a tight relationship with his dog. Paul was trying to come up with a way to show the character’s addiction problem as a manifestation of the unconscious. At one point, if I remember correctly, Paul pitched a horror version of this plot to Steve Bissette for TABOO, although nothing came of it. It was in the late 1990’s that Paul and I came together to try and develop it into a superhero pitch for Marvel. More tomorrow.”

I think we should all pop by tomorrow, shouldn’t we?

Art copyright Rick Veitch

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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