List Interesting facts about comic books!

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#1 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6717 posts) - - Show Bio

Here is a little game to play, list any interesting fact that you know about comic books (whether it's from DC, Marvel, Image, Valiant, or the companies as a whole). I'll start first:

Did you know that the original ending to the "Dark Phoenix Saga" was going to be Jean Grey surviving the whole ordeal and just losing her powers? However, Jim Shooter, the editor at the time, wanted Jean Grey to pay for her consequences as the Phoenix, so Chris Claremont had it set up to kill her in the end instead of letting her live.

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Mr Sinister was originally supposed to be a psychic manifestation of a little boy from Cyclops orphanage. He aged real slowly and was really old, but still appeared as a little boy. This is evidenced by Mr Sinisters gaudy name and appearance, he is supposed to look like what a little boy would think a "boogeyman" looked like. Gambit was supposed to be an aged clone of the boy, who was supposed to infiltrate and betray the X-Men.

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Psylocke was originally intended to die at the end of the "Psi-War" arc.

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#4 Posted by judasnixon (12663 posts) - - Show Bio

Wonder Woman was on the band books list by the Catholic Church........

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#5 Posted by M3th (2107 posts) - - Show Bio

Comic Book stands for sHort books.

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The original main bad guy for Fables was going to be Peter Pan until Willingham realized he couldn't use the character due to rights.

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#8 Posted by GeekyEverAfter (421 posts) - - Show Bio

Second Robin Jason Todd's death was decided by a telephone toll: Readers could call a number to vote for him to survive and another one for his death.

Years later it was revealed that some guy programmed his computer to dial the "Death Number" every couple of minutes.

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#9 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6717 posts) - - Show Bio

Originally, Batman: The Killing Joke wasn't supposed to be cannon with the Batman universe. But DC loved the story so much that they made it cannon to the point where Barbara Gordon remained paralyzed for most of the Batman stories.

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#10 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (10331 posts) - - Show Bio

Second Robin Jason Todd's death was decided by a telephone toll: Readers could call a number to vote for him to survive and another one for his death.

Years later it was revealed that some guy programmed his computer to dial the "Death Number" every couple of minutes.

I wonder if the outcome would have been different if it wasn't for that guy...

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#11 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6717 posts) - - Show Bio

@xwraith: I do wonder what the X-men books would have been like if Psylocke would have actually died during that arc.

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#12 Posted by LyraFay (2643 posts) - - Show Bio
  • The giant coin in the Batcave is not from Two-Face but from a 1940s Batman villain known as the Penny Plunderer.
  • The Joker was inspired by the numerous playing cards that was around Jerry Robinson's house but you can guess which one.
  • Superman's kryptonite was invented by the classic radio show not the comic books
  • The original Superman by Siegal and Schuster (before they changed it obviously) in fact looked like Lex Luthor not the Superman looked today

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#13 Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie (10331 posts) - - Show Bio

IIRC, the creator of Ghost Rider decided on the look of his jacket after attending an Elvis concert.

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#14 Posted by Wolverine008 (51027 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolverine was originally supposed to be a teenager.

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#15 Posted by Yung ANcient One (5308 posts) - - Show Bio

Years later it was revealed that some guy programmed his computer to dial the "Death Number" every couple of minutes.

I thought that was a rumor and has yet to be proven to be true.

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#16 Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie (10331 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolverine was originally supposed to be a teenager.

Surely you jest.

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#17 Posted by Wolverine008 (51027 posts) - - Show Bio

@battle_forum_junkie: Lol, I'm being serious. Len Wein (Wolverine's main creator) ended up dropping the idea. Imagine a violent, cigar chomping, beer guzzling, teenager. LMAO!

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#18 Edited by green_skaar (12874 posts) - - Show Bio

Hulk is the strongest there is and would smash Superman.

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#19 Edited by kidchipotle (15764 posts) - - Show Bio

@lyrafay said:
  • The giant coin in the Batcave is not from Two-Face but from a 1940s Batman villain known as the Penny Plunderer.
  • The Joker was inspired by the numerous playing cards that was around Jerry Robinson's house but you can guess which one.
  • Superman's kryptonite was invented by the classic radio show not the comic books
  • The original Superman by Siegal and Schuster (before they changed it obviously) in fact looked like Lex Luthor not the Superman looked today

He was also intended to be evil :O

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#20 Posted by joshmightbe (27562 posts) - - Show Bio

The guy who created Wonder Woman also invented the polygraph aka the lie detector.

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#21 Posted by McHotcakes (785 posts) - - Show Bio

The guy who created Wonder Woman also invented the polygraph aka the lie detector.

The lasso of truth makes sense then.

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#22 Edited by joshmightbe (27562 posts) - - Show Bio

@mchotcakes: Yup, but the clear fetish stuff from the golden age is still open for debate.

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#24 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6717 posts) - - Show Bio

IIRC, the creator of Ghost Rider decided on the look of his jacket after attending an Elvis concert.

That's neat!

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#25 Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie (10331 posts) - - Show Bio

@green_skaar said:

Hulk is the strongest there is and would smash Superman.

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Joking.

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#27 Posted by redleader1 (845 posts) - - Show Bio

@rabbitearsblog: well only that part was canon it is up to debat what else happend.

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#28 Edited by redleader1 (845 posts) - - Show Bio

@lyrafay: actually the joker card thing is a bigger story because he came in to tell them to find that they had already been planing this joker guy for a few weeks as he is really inspired by the silent film the man who laughs ( hence the name of the joker story) kinda like how the film the bat whisperer inspired the costume that finger came up with.

Also kryptonight is from the show but really it was because they needed a reason to have the main voice actor to have a vacation so they had someone else do a sick supes voice but they needed a reason. So while in the office of the writers for the comic they saw a scrapped idea called k- metal I think but so ya that is how it was created cause a guy was bad with orginizing scrapped papers.

Also the penny is from two face as the penny plunderer was written out of continuity.

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#29 Posted by LyraFay (2643 posts) - - Show Bio

@lyrafay: actually the joker card thing is a bigger story because he came in to tell them to find that they had already been planing this joker guy for a few weeks as he is really inspired by the silent film the man who laughs ( hence the name of the joker story) kinda like how the film the bat whisperer inspired the costume that finger came up with.

Yeah, I know that The Man who laughs also inspired the Joker (Its based on a Victor Hugo book, which is extremely sad and tragic book). But I had no idea that the other film, the Bat Whisper. Wasn't The Shadow also an inspiration for Batman too?

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#30 Posted by redleader1 (845 posts) - - Show Bio

@lyrafay: funny story you see the first batman comic detective comics is a copy of a shado story from a year before. However the training abroad thing from the Bronze Age is actually inspired by the shado. Also zorro is the main inspiration also the idea of protégés and a cave came from him that is why we have the mark of zorro as the movie Bruce saw with his parents. Before going into an ally to chill off. Oh I am so morbid.

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#31 Posted by dbatdog (550 posts) - - Show Bio

- wolverine was suppose to be an evolve wolverine animal

- joker was suppose to die in Batman # 1 (1940)

- hulk was suppose to be the strongest Marvel character

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#32 Edited by LyraFay (2643 posts) - - Show Bio

@redleader1: Oh yes, I know about the Zorro inspiration. :)

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#33 Posted by redleader1 (845 posts) - - Show Bio

Did you know that Alfred was not in the first few batman comics nor did he have a cave hell his first car is a red bug. Oh golden age why did u leave.

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#34 Posted by redleader1 (845 posts) - - Show Bio

@dbatdog: speaking of almost origins green goblin might have been a goblin from an Egyptian tomb and the writers making spider woman were walking down a hall about to tell stan the idea for her origin but overheard him telling someone that he is sick of they mixed DNA or mutated with origins or something so the writers changed it.

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#35 Posted by RDClip (2792 posts) - - Show Bio

The Death of Superman wasn't orginally going to happen. The big Superman event of 1993 was to be the wedding of Lois and Clark. However, the higher-ups at DC shot down the idea until Lois and Clark got married on the TV show. One of the writers (I think it was Ordway) threw his hand in the air in exasperation and said "Why don't we just kill him?!"

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· The reason Superman was designed with his underwear on the outside is because that's what strong men wore at the time. It also became the design for almost every superhero there after.

· Writer David Micheline originally wrote Venom as a woman. This was changed due to his editor observing that "The readers wouldn't see a woman as a physical threat to Spider-Man."

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#38 Posted by MarlboroMan (2939 posts) - - Show Bio

Harley Quinn first appearance was in the Batman: The Animated Series . But later on due to her popularity she is moved to comics

Iron Man used to have built in jet powered roller skates in MK2 and MK3 armors

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The original Black Canary was going to be Justice League of America member on Justice League of America Vol 1 #75, but during her past, that would mean that she was too old and then, they replace her with her younger daughter. So the second Black Canary debut for the first time on Justice League of America Vol 1 #75. Later on Crisis on Infinite Earths, the second Black Canary become one of founder members of Justice League of America. And New 52 version Black Canary is Dinah Drake Lance, being the original Black Canary with elements of the second Black Canary.

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New 52 Raven would be member of N.O.W.H.E.R.E but DC didn´t let Scott Lobell use her, so he replace her with Omen.

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#41 Posted by LyraFay (2643 posts) - - Show Bio

Knightfall wasn't inspired by The Death of Superman as some people assumed, the Batman writers of the Batman books didn't even know that it was going on when they started Knightfall. And Batman's original first story was inspired by a similar story from The Shadow.

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#42 Posted by Yung ANcient One (5308 posts) - - Show Bio

@geekyeverafter: I'm apologize for taking to long to respond if that was the reason you thought I wouldn't respond. I was originally going to respond, "Alright thanks for clearing that up for me" but your post was deleted and I found it odd. But, alright. Thanks for not deleting this one.

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#43 Posted by 10Red (5 posts) - - Show Bio

The guy who created Wonder Woman also invented the polygraph aka the lie detector.

Nothing personal but I searched this to make sure you were not joking around and now I cannot get over it. The freaking Lasso!!! My favorite fact so far.

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#44 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6717 posts) - - Show Bio

X-23 was created in the animated series "X-Men: Evolution" and this was due to the network wanting to showcase Wolverine more. But Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost wanted to focus on the students, so they decided to create X-23 to be a sort of younger version of Wolverine for the show. X-23 then became so popular that she became a prominent character in the comics.

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#46 Posted by deactivated-5c901e667a76c (36557 posts) - - Show Bio

On no less then four occasions, Green Arrow has been sent back in time to 12th-century England and filled in for an injured Robin Hood.

They all happened in the 40s and 50s.

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#47 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (18180 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman is Bruce Wayne. Shit just got real up in here

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#48 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6717 posts) - - Show Bio

The first Batman movie that was directed by Tim Burton was heavily inspired by Batman: The Killing Joke.

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#49 Posted by LyraFay (2643 posts) - - Show Bio

This year (2014) its:

  • the 50th anniversary for the Teen Titans (Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad)
  • 30 years since Dick Grayson traded his robin shorts and became Nightwing
  • Zero Hour is 20
  • Identity Crisis is 10
  • Green Lantern: Rebirth is 10
  • It's the 55th anniversary of Hal Jordan on July 23rd this year
  • Batman's 75th anniversary on April 18th
  • And its the 50th anniversary of Batman's "New Look," which was overseen Julius Schwartz, John Broome, Carmine Infantino and then eventually Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams.
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#50 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (6717 posts) - - Show Bio

@lyrafay said:

This year (2014) its:

  • the 50th anniversary for the Teen Titans (Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad)
  • 30 years since Dick Grayson traded his robin shorts and became Nightwing
  • Zero Hour is 20
  • Identity Crisis is 10
  • Green Lantern: Rebirth is 10
  • It's the 55th anniversary of Hal Jordan on July 23rd this year
  • Batman's 75th anniversary on April 18th
  • And its the 50th anniversary of Batman's "New Look," which was overseen Julius Schwartz, John Broome, Carmine Infantino and then eventually Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams.

Wow!!! That's a lot of anniversaries going on this year!