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"Julie Schwartz and I were having an argument over editorial/writer turf.  I was a fresh journalism school graduate and wrote this story to make a point about the right of the public to public information.  Julie changed the ending to make a point about an editor's right to skew any story any way he liked.  So I took my name off the story -- covered it over on the artwork with india ink while it was in production."

- Elliot S! Maggin, 2002



Elliot S! Maggin also commented on editorial changes to his Superman tales (from an earlier mini-interview):

"All the changes were dictated by Julie Schwartz.  The most significant one was the one I quit over.  At some point, I did a story involving Perry White and the idea that as a young reporter he had uncovered the story of the Manhattan Project.  Julie changed the ending not for any artistic or narrative reason, but because he wanted to use the story to make a point to me about editorial supremacy.  I told him to take my name off the story and he didn't, so I went into the production room and brushed out my name with black ink, and that's how the story was printed.  It was a backup story of some sort (maybe a Private Life story) and was attributed to no writer.  I'm sure it must not be on your list because it never had my name on it, but it came out toward the end of my first run on the character."



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