American comic writer Ian Flynn might well be best known for his work with the Sonic the Hedgehog series, but if things had have happened slightly differently, he could have ended up working on some Mario projects, too.
Flynn was the chief writer of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog series, starting the role in 2006 and seeing it through right up until the comic was cancelled in 2017. Now, he works as the head writer for the IDW Publishing Sonic series, and also writes for Mega Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more.
It was with Archic Comics that Flynn's pitch for a Super Mario Bros. comic was born; the pitch was for a four-part mini with the hope that it would turn into an ongoing thing. He's shared how the comic would have gone down on Twitter, with events being based on the original Super Mario Bros.:
In the full thread, he goes onto explain that he believes the concept was well-received at Nintendo of America, but that it ultimately didn't successfully pass through Nintendo's head office in Japan. After reading through that, we must admit we'd quite like to sit and flick through the finished (but sadly not real) comic.
What could have been, huh?