THE WHIP (1993) S&M Superheroics, inspired by the fetish clothing found in Skin Two magazine, particularly the photography of Craig Morrison. The original proposal for the character, submitted to the nascent Vertigo line postDoom Patrol, later essentially became King Mob in The Invisibles. From the Anarchy For The Masses book: “The King Mob character was based on... DC had an old character called The Whip from the ‘40s. No one had ever touched it; I found it and thought that was great, I can do this real kind of S&M superhero. The Whip is basically King Mob. The original designs for that, I just had this character who was bald and based on the fetish stuff at the time, which again was established in the underground and magazines like Skin Two”. One of DC’s most erotically-charged heroes, the Whip was later revived by Morrison in the Seven Soldiers maxi-series as Shelly Gaynor, grand-daughter of the original Whip and sado-masochistic, leather-clad thrill-seeker who documents her vigilante exploits in her book The Super Cowboys.
ANIMAL MAN (1993) Tom Peyer asked Morrison to return to Animal Man for a 6-issue stint after the conclusion of Tom Veitch’s run and Jamie Delano’s six-issue Flesh and Blood arc. Delano decided to continue and stayed on the title for two years before handing it over to Jerry Prosser with issue 80 in late 1994. By that time Peyer had been replaced as editor by Lou Stathis and Morrison was already deep into volume one of The Invisibles. Prosser lasted another 9 issues until the title’s cancellation with issue 89. No scripts were started for Morrison’s proposed return, as confirmed by a webchat he gave at Next Planet Over in 1999. Alongside the original version of the ‘Mod Gorilla Boss of Central City’ script detailed above, there was another rejected script from the original run — described by Morrison as “really heavy, grim animal rights tract”.