Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

Brian Cronin

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0452295327

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

Brian Cronin

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0452295327

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture

Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry, including:

* Elvis Presley's trademark hairstyle was based on a comic book character (True)
* Stan Lee featured a gay character in one of Marvel's 1960s war comics (False)
* Wolverine of the X-Men was originally meant to be an actual wolverine! (True)
* What would have been DC's first black superhero was changed at the last moment to a white hero (True)
* A Dutch inventor was blocked from getting a patent on a process because it had been used previously in a Donald Duck comic book (True)

With many more legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must-have for the legions of comic book fans and all seekers of "truth, justice, and the American way."

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Markov’s bloodstream, he was a dead man, as there was not then, nor is there now, a cure for ricin poisoning. The pellet had been fired from a trigger in the top of the umbrella, just like one of Penguin’s umbrella devices; a tragic case of life (perhaps) imitating art. 3 DC COMICS MISCELLANEA As detailed earlier, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson was the driving force behind the creation of what eventually became DC Comics, but Wheeler-Nicholson was even more influential than that, as he

popularity of even Batman and Superman. Amazing Fantasy #15 was written and drawn by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and the pair would team up to produce a notable thirty-eight-issue run of the ongoing Amazing Spider-Man title, during which time they would introduce pretty much every notable Spider-Man supporting character and villain, including Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Aunt May, and J. Jonah Jameson. The Spider-Man series was notable for the time because of how much of an everyman Peter

STEVE DITKO’S DEPARTURE from The Amazing Spider-Man is one of comic’s greatest mysteries while being at the same time not so much a mystery at all. The mystery is, why did Steve Ditko leave Amazing Spider-Man? And it is considered a mystery because Ditko both (a) does not do official interviews and (b) has made statements in the past to the effect that his reasons are his own, and he won’t tell anyone what they are. This was actually the basis for a recent BBC documentary by Jonathan Ross,

between the United States and countries like, say, Denmark, it is quite impressive how well the books sell). The most notable Disney comic book artist is the aforementioned Carl Barks, who was so popular among readers of the comics that he was given a name by fans back when Disney did not list credits in its comics. He was known worldwide as the Good Duck Artist and the Duck Man because his Donald Duck (and later, his Uncle Scrooge) stories were considered to be a step ahead of the rest, even

Fox and gained an injunction over the use of Wonder Man until the suit was resolved. Fox had prepared Eisner’s testimony for him, but when it came time for him to testify, Eisner told the truth and Fox was sunk. Wonder Man’s comic book career ended up being one issue. However, Fox was undaunted, and his company went on to create a number of heroes (most of them unmemorable), with the lone bright spot being Blue Beetle, which he sold to Charlton Comics when Fox went under in the mid-1950s. (Like

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