Tiger Shark and I are, and have always been, big fans of Miss Rita, the female Yellowjacket. Well, I stumbled upon something while working up one of my bio pages about Rita:
BEHIND THE SCENES of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #28-29 with Jim Valentino:
Due to an increasing workload from the formation of Image and the fact that my editor and I were not getting along (he had told me that in his opinion, the colorist was more important to the book than I was). I requested that after this issue I step down as artist and continue to write the book so that I could finish my storyline. My editor then requested me to send in one year’s worth of plots. Not trusting my job security after the comment above, I sent in bogus plots that Liefeld and I had cooked up in a day’s worth of brainstorming. This is why, although credited, I have a hard time counting issues GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #28-29 as part of my run. The two issues, as I originally envisioned them, would have had the Guardians face off against the Masters of Evil, albeit a different team of villains than the losers I was saddled with (I believe the only characters I received that I requested were the Absorbing Man and Yellowjacket II, whom I did intend to join the team). The plan called for Yellowjacket to betray the Masters and side with the Guardians, and for the team to strand Vance at Avengers Mansion and take off into space. I also planned to have an appearance by the New Warriors within these two issues (thus getting Major Victory and Marvel Boy—the two Vance Astros—together). As it was, I turned in a lackluster script for issue 28 and a barebones plot for 29. Shortly thereafter, I was relieved of my duties on the book.
Then, Jim talks about what he would have done with Rita from Guardians of the Galaxy#30 up to #51!
In GUARDIANS #35-36, Rita would have met Killraven, an attraction would have formed between them and Killraven would have accompanied her and the Guardians back to the 31st Century! In fact, Valentino planned to make it turn out that Killraven was actually the son of Franklin Richards, thus tying his legacy to Marvel’s first family.
After GUARDIANS #35-36, Killraven and Yellowjacket would have quit the Guardians and run off together to explore the vast universe of the 31st Century. So, Rita would never have gone home to 20th Century Earth.
Meanwhile, Jim had plans to kill off Vance in #50's big issue, even to the point of showing a body! In his own words: While Vance’s death would shock and disappoint many faithful readers my feeling was that the character had come full circle, becoming the man he had always wanted to be. His death would create a renewed purpose in both teams to live up--not only to his ideals and examples, but also to those of the man he admired most, Captain America.
Full details about Jim's plans for the Guardians of the Galaxy had he continued on with the title can be found here: