CA: How developed was [Harlan Ellison’s outline for the Two-Face episode]? Was there any dialogue, was it just a plot…
LEN WEIN: It was a finished outline. It was just what you’d do for a television show. I mean, I made some adjustments and additions and deletions to make it fit the page count, and to make it a better Two-Face story – Harlan’s outline was wonderful, but there are very specific idiosyncrasies to Two-Face, which he had missed in some spots, so I put ‘em back in.
Considering that Wein recently wrote a particularly bad Two-Face comic that fundamentally misunderstood the character by having him cheat with the coin flip (while still breaking down when the coin is taken away), I’m more than a bit concerned about what “idiosyncrasies” he added to Ellison’s already-perfect-just-the-way-it-was take on Two-Face.
Thank you so much for this info!!! I’m looking through that link right now. :)My pleasure! I honestly love pointing people towards interesting and obscure comics, so I’m glad I could help! :D If you like what you’ve seen of that Harlan issue, you can buy a digital copy of the whole thing at Comixology for $1.99! That’s probably be easier and cheaper than tracking down the back issue.