DOOM PATROL (1990) Another unrealised collaboration between Morrison and Brendan McCarthy. From The Strange World of Brendan Mccarthy blog: “I found this DOOM PATROL script the other day that I had doodled all over, from Grant Morrison... It was an episode that Grant wrote for me to draw back in 1991/92 or thereabouts: I asked for an old style DC ‘imaginary story’ with Danny The Street as the central character. But by the time the script turned up, I had to do a film so I couldn’t draw it and I think eventually, we all sorta forgot about it... It would be fun to draw it up after all these years and release it as a VERTIGO ANOMALY one shot”. A tantalising look at some of McCarthy’s ideas for the story, doodled on the first couple of script pages, can be seen here. After McCarthy dropped out, the Danny the Street script was dropped and replaced in the schedule with issue #45’s The Beard Hunter. According to the Grant Morrison: All Star blog, Morrison and McCarthy burned their bridges recently over, of all things, who should get credit for creating Danny the Street. In addition to the missing McCarthy issue, Morrison also mentioned numerous times in interviews that he was keen to write the “last” Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man tale, though sadly that most bizarre of the original Doom Patrol’s rogues gallery never appeared in Morrison’s run.
BOY COMMANDOES (1993) A revival of Simon & Kirby’s classic juvenile-delinquents-in-WW2 series. Morrison’s proposal was inspired by a dream of finding a book entitled The Psychic Boy Scouts Handbook. This surreal Burroughs-ian metasexual time-travel caper also dates from just after the conclusion of Doom Patrol. The central conceit of a conspiracy-baiting group of sexy young protagonists became, like Morrison’s Whip proposal from the same period, an integral part of The Invisibles.