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The recently killed off Phantom Lady, Human Bomb and Black Condor are in the public domain and are not actually owned by DC, therefore with their deaths, anyone can now come along and publish stories about them
#81 – Batman had a brother!
#196 – The original Punisher mini-series was expanded from four issues to five based on the high pre-orders of the first issue of the series, which explains why there is additional artwork in the final issue from different artists.
#256 – Jack Kirby originally drew the Black Panther as wearing a mask that did not cover his entire face, even after the Panther’s first appearance!
The Marvel production staff made a change to the end of one of Jack Kirby’s horror story to remove an appearance of Jack himself!
Marvel changed Spider-Man’s costume as a preventative matter in case Jack Kirby sued Marvel over his characters.
#257 – Arnold Drake based Robotman of the Doom Patrol on the Golden Age Robotman.
Arnold Drake was given a weekend to come up with the concept that became Deadman.
Arnold Drake was edited out of the last issue of Doom Patrol.
#258 – An Alabama printer refused to print Alias #1 because of “offensive material.”
Two Golden Age characters named Captain Wonder managed to be take offs of other, more popular characters without actually being influenced by each other!
The tagline for the film Barb Wire originated as a shot against another Dark Horse Comic.
#259 – Penciler Sid Greene worked depictions of Julie Schwartz into a large amount of his Mystery in Space and Strange Adventures comics.
Sergio Aragones got his “margin drawing” gig by doodling in the margins of some issues before they were sent to the printers.
Whitney Ellsworth re-named a brand new Simon/Kirby character so that it was an extension of a previous character.
#260 – Marvel had a proto-superhero who gained powers when he was turned Asian – the character was later revamped by dropping the Asian aspect of the story completely.
Marvel originally intended Magneto to be Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver’s father.
Gen 13 was originally called GenX before Marvel “made” Image change it.
#261 – Joe Rubinstein ghost-penciled Wolverine #3 for Frank Miller.
For almost the first FIVE years of the Garfield comic, Odie was not Jon’s dog.
Mort Weisinger had a rather…adult response to a fan letter regarding marriages that Superman and Lois Lane had both had in early ’60s Superman comics.
#262 – A comment by Stan Lee led to Iron Man getting a nose on his armor for over a year.
Alan Moore created the term “Sith Lord.”
Elliot S! Maggin quit working for DC Comics for awhile over Julie Schwartz changing the ending of a Maggin story to the point where Maggin blotched his credit out of the issue.
#263 – A Marvel (well, Atlas) comic had the first (or if not first, extremely close to first) example of flesh-eating zombies!
Roy Thomas created “zuvembies” to get around the Comic Code ban of zombies.
An issue of ‘Mazing Man was released without Comic Code approval because of the appearance of zombies in the comic.
#264 – DC Comics was originally going to kill off Jason Todd by him having AIDS.
A Marvel comic character managed to not appear in a Comics Code-approved comic for FORTY years!
The first Smurfs album was basically about zombie Smurfs!
#265 – Warren Publishing dedicated an entire one-shot to photos of a 14-year-old model.
Thanos was created as part of a school project.
A “Sith-Lord” appeared in the Star-Lord feature in Marvel Preview before the term was used by Star Wars
#266 – Thanos was not originally based on Darkseid!
Mesmero’s first appearance was a re-working of a previously announced villain Metoxo.
Roger Stern’s first issue of Amazing Spider-Man came about due to an editorial slip-up.
#267 – DC changed the logo on Wonder Woman’s chest because they could not trademark the old logo of an eagle.
Wonder Girl came about due to a typo.
Wonder Woman is the mother of A-Ko from Project A-Ko.
#268 – There is a Superman reference of some kind (either a picture or a statue of Superman visible in the episode or some spoken reference) in every episode of Seinfeld.
Steve Skeates worked in a bunch of obscure drug references into his Aquaman run.
John Ostrander was a Supergirl supporting character before he was a comic book writer even!
#269 – A 1950’s children’s comic book changed its name over fears of getting caught in the middle of the anti-Communist fever in the United States at the time.
Marv Wolfman and Mike W. Barr created Terra and Geo-Force at the same time – independent of each other!
A small in-joke from the first issue of G.I. Joe #1 was put into “continuity”…twenty-four years later!!!
#270 – The first superhuman comic book character to fly was…the Sub-Mariner?!
James Warren did not have the Comics Code in mind when he created his black and white line of comic magazines.
Wanted was based on a pitch by Mark Millar to DC for a Secret Society of Supervillains series.
#271 – J.M. DeMatteis was originally going to be the writer on Books of Magic.
Frank Quitely homaged the famous “Joker laughing scene” from Batman: The Killing Joke on the cover of Batman and Robin #3.
Marvel UK made some rather interesting changes in their adaptation of Secret Wars and Secret Wars II into British comics.
#272 – Geoff Johns had been pursuing Lex Luthor as being the donor of half of Superboy’s DNA for years (starting before he ever worked in comics!) until he finally got it into the comics.
Every character who ever starred in their own series was featured in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Through lyrical osmosis, David Bowie worked in a comic strip reference into one of his most famous songs!
#273 – Darryl Banks came up with the idea of turning Hal Jordan into Parallax
Len Wein came up with an amusing tribute to Snoopy’s Great American Novel in a Batman short story he did with Walt Simonson.
The second Two-Face’s origin was bowdlerized in the Silver Age.
#274 – The band Devo was partially inspired by an early issue of Wonder Woman!
DC turned down an inexpensive option to make James Bond comic books.
Howard Chaykin designed Guy Gardner’s famous costume that debuted during the Green Lantern tie-ins with Crisis on Infinite Earths.
#275 – Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin’s Deadshot revamp occurred because of a scheduling problem.
Tony Stark was originally going to be the creator of the Sentinels.
Joe Shuster’s Canadian roots were evidenced in the city where Superman lived and the newspaper where he worked as Clark Kent.
#276 – An installment of Thimble Theatre was rejected by Elzie Crisler Segar’s syndicate because it was too gruesomely depicted a cow being slaughtered.
Shadow Lass was created by a pair of Legion of Super-Heroes fans.
The famous Superman phrase “truth, justice and the American way” did not originally contain the part about “the American Way.”
#277 – When he left Amazing Spider-Man, Roger Stern did not tell incoming writer Tom DeFalco who the Hobgoblin really was, so DeFalco had to come up with his own answer.
Superboy and Supergirl were going to depart the Legion of Super-Heroes years before they eventually did, but DC backed out mid-story.
Nearly a week’s worth of Get Fuzzy was censored by a number of newspapers across the country because of jokes about marijuana.
#278 – The Huron Road Building in Cleveland was the inspiration for the Daily Planet building.
A rejected Disney cartoon formed the basis for the first Carl Barks duck tale!
DC’s first Graphic Novel consisted of unused comic book inserts that were meant to go with a video game.
#279 – The Batcave was created due to budget constraints on the first Batman film serial.
A writer took his name off of an issue of Star Wars because Lucasfilm changed the message of his issue because they felt that, more or less, pacifism was wrong in the Star Wars Universe.
Guy Gardner was originally going to be in the John Stewart role as the guy whose actions led to the destruction of Xanshi in Cosmic Odyssey.
#280 – Steve Englehart, Len Wein and Gerry Conway had an unauthorized inter-company crossover well before the first official Marvel/DC crossover.
Postal restrictions led to some strange characters appearing in a couple of Carl Barks’ Gyro Gearloose tales.
The Squadron Sinister were modeled after the Crime Syndicate
#281 – One of the reasons the Marvel G.I. Joe comic book was made was to get around advertising restrictions involving animation.
The Archies were created for Filmation’s The Archie Show.
The Doom Patrol character Mister Nobody was based on an old Betty Boop cartoon.
#282 – Marvel produced two full issues of a Fallen Angels sequel mini-series before canceling the project.
A translated version of the Dan Dare radio show led to a “brand new” Spanish comic book hero!
DC considered using Steve Rude to re-draw the Superman faces in the style of Jack Kirby when they reprinted Jack Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen stories.
#283 – Chuck Dixon planned on having Tim Drake become Blue Beetle for a few months while Stephanie Brown became Robin.
Squirrel Girl was created by Steve Ditko decades before her first appearance in 1991.
A centuries-old woodcut drawing intended for the first issue of Matt Wagner’s The Demon mini-series was accidentally omitted, leaving a drawing oddly blank.
#284 – A recent issue of New Mutants had some profane dialogue “hidden” in translated demon dialogue.
DC Comics cannot reprint Flex Mentallo.
In a way, Dick Sprang got credit from Marvel before he ever got credit from DC!
#285 – A British comic strip celebrated D-Day by showing full front nudity of its female lead for the first time.
Steve Englehart had an interesting farewell to Marvel in the original pages of Avengers #149.
A comic book writer sued over comments another writer made over what his comic book work said about his mental state.
#286 – A short-lived 1960s Captain Marvel series caused all sorts of trademark issues with names.
Disney censored a large chunk out of Carl Barks’ classic original story, “Back to the Klondike.”
Robin was forced upon Bob Kane.
#287 – An ethnic slur accidentally made its way into an issue of Wolverine.
Otto Binder and C.C. Beck teamed up to create a new hero called Captain Shazam for a new comic book company in the late 1960s.
After losing their distributor and being forced to cut their line of comics dramatically to stay in business, Atlas/Marvel Comics worked almost entirely off of inventory for about a year.
#288 – A Neil Gaiman Superman/Green Lantern project was halted at the script stage because of a conflict with recent Superman continuity.
An ad parody for Mad Magazine featuring Ringo Starr changed Frank Frazetta’s career dramatically.
Julie Schwartz came up with the idea for Wonder Woman changing her costume via twirling her lasso.
#289 – Todd McFarlane worked Felix the Cat into issues of his comics as a treat for a friend of his.
The Wonder Woman TV series adapted their costume change from the comics.
John Buscema drew the entire Wizard of Oz story for Marvel and DC’s MGM’s The Marvelous Wizard of Oz just by memory of seeing the film decades earlier and got the story almost exactly correct.
#290 – Devo took the lyrics for one of their songs from the pages of a Silver Age DC Comic.
Editor Mark Waid insisted that Keith Giffen kill off Blok in Giffen’s “Five Years Later” Legion of Super-Heroes run because Waid hated the character.
Frank Frazetta quit comic books because of a Buster Crabbe film.
#291 – Two comic book experts discovered a multi-million dollar string of forgeries.
Buck Jones died in an accident the same month his comic book ceased publication.
Superman and Asterix had an official team-up.
#292 – Marvel and George Romero spent two years developing a comic/film project that never got off of the ground.
The writer of Secret Agent X-9 wrote a hit song based on a character in the strip and then promoted the song in the comic strip!
The song “Linda” was written about a different character in the Secret Agent X-9 strip.
#293 – O.M.A.C. was originally a “Captain America in the future” concept.
Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio had a specific X-Traitor in mind when they introduced the concept.
Chronos was not canceled by DC!
#294 – Mickey Mouse fought the Nazis in a series of comic strips during the 1940s
Revell never actually gave away the full-sized replica of the Gemini spacecraft.
A quote from an odd little comic about heroin abuse in 1966 ended up in in the Principia Discordia!
#295 – The Green part of the Green Hornet’s name came about because they could not trademark the name “The Hornet.”
Dan Reid debuted on the Green Hornet radio series before there ever was a Reid on the Lone Ranger radio series.
J. Edgar Hoover compelled the Green Hornet show to change their opening because it was disrespectful to the FBI.
#296 – Planned Parenthood once put out an official Spider-Man comic book where Spidey fights a villain who has a villainous plot involving teen pregnancy.
Marvel had to change their ratings system after a complaint from the Entertainment Software Rating Board
The boom in Sheena knock-off comics led to one comic book publisher putting out a second knock-off title by just re-drawing a story from their FIRST Sheena knock-off comic!
#297 – The phrase “grim and gritty” first appeared in connection with Batman…on the 1960s Batman TV series!!
In a recent DC animated short, Greg Weisman picked up a plot point that he was going to explore 25 years earlier in a mini-series that was scrapped when Mike Grell took over the Green Arrow mythos.
“John Warner” was a pseudonym used by Steve Englehart during the 1970s.
#298 – The Green Lantern villain Black Hand was based on Batman co-creator Bill Finger.
An issue of Sgt. Fury was furiously re-drawn and re-written to get it away from being too close to the film Casablanca.
The comic book writer Joe Kelly also writes for the television sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
#299 – Bob Kane wrote a pop song that was released on a record.
An interesting artistic complaint was worked into the background of a panel of the last issue of the Marvel series Weapon X.
Judd Winick’s Pedro and Me won a Pulitzer Prize.
#300 – Stan Lee never finished the screenplay he was working on with famed French New Wave director Alain Resnais.
Neal Adams was the original artist for God Loves, Man Kills.
Warren Ellis adapted his rejected 1999 Marvel maxi-series, End Times, into Ultimate Extinction.
George Perez drew a non-Avenger into his Avengers 30th Anniversary Poster then removed him 11 years later.
Neil Gaiman reneogiated his contract with DC so that his permission would be needed if anyone ever wanted to use Death because he was angered over the usage of Death in an issue of Captain Atom.
Alan Moore warned J.H. Williams III before Williams was about to draw an issue of Promethea that the issue might bring bad luck with it, and Williams ended up going to the emergency room while drawing it!
Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers was originally going to be a Justice League mini-series based on the Avengers!
Frank Quitely was censored on his very first issue of The Authority!
Jack Kirby was the first comic book artist to draw splash pages.
Alan Moore’s concerns over the copyrights to his Marvel UK work dramatically changed Chris Claremont’s plans for the Uncanny X-Men post-#200.
#301 – The creation of World’s Fair Comics eventually led to dramatic change in both the Superman and Batman mythos.
Black Hand was originally intended to appear in Grant Morrison’s JLA: Classified storyline.
Charles Addams’ Addams Family cartoon was used to diagnose lunacy.
#302 – Alan Moore took over the Captain Britain strip because of a disagreement Alan Davis had with the previous writer over a story involving Northern Ireland.
Warren Ellis’ Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis is a re-worked Excalibur script.
Alan Moore wrote and drew a BJ and the Bear story.
#303 – Before Malibu had a bullet hole cut through an issue of the Protectors, a small comic book company decided to put an ACTUAL bullet hole in an issue of their comic!
Wolverine’s classic costume got its distinct cowl because of a Gil Kane mistake on a comic book cover that Dave Cockrum liked so much that he adopted it – even after Cockrum had drawn the costume differently throughout the actual comic!
Charles Addams was driven insane by one of his own cartoons.
#304 – Before becoming a hit for The Archies, Don Kirshner offered “Sugar, Sugar” to the Monkees who turned it down because it was “too bubblegum pop.”
Before he hit it big as a comic book artist, Frank Miller drew Hostess fruit cake advertisements.
Howard Chaykin and Rich Buckler effectively just took the characters they were doing for Atlas Comics to Marvel when they each left Atlas.
#305 – An artist amusingly misunderstood a script direction by Peter David regarding the term “helicopter shot.”
The depiction of Aquaman’s telepathic powers as concentric circles emanating from his forehead came from the Filmation Aquaman cartoon from 1967.
A Charles Addams cartoon was used to test the intelligence level of mentally challenged adults.
#306 – Stan Lee invented the idea of Captain America throwing his shield.
Wonder Woman was the first female member of the Justice Society of America.
Paul Levitz’ first superhero comic book assignment came about directly because of Bill Finger’s death.
#307 – Batman: The Brave and the Bold changed the name of a character so as to not interfere with the release of a new DC comic book series.
A script miscommunication eventually led to an Aquaman storyline.
A Charles Addams cartoon was used to test the sense of humor of different nationalities, with Germans in particular not “getting” the joke.
#308 – A Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! cartoon led to “The Star Spangled Banner” becoming the national anthem of the United States of America.
A Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! was one of the first places to establish the myth that the Great Wall of China could be seen by the moon, and it made the claim decades before space travel existed!
Charles Schulz’s first published drawing was in a 1937 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
#309 – Jim Shooter did not intend for Hank Pym to punch Janet Van Dyne in Avengers #213.
Otto Binder wrote a “scholarly” article about nuclear radiation creating “Homo Superior” in 1953, ten years before X-Men #1!
Jack Kirby drew the first double-page spread in a comic book story.
#310 – DC forced Siegel and Shuster to “prettify” Lois Lane in the early 1940s.
The Avengers came about because of a delay in getting Daredevil #1 ready for publication.
Howard the Duck got enough write-in votes in the 1976 Presidential Election to appear on the national charts.
#311 – DC felt that Joe Shuster was making Superman look “too gay” in the comic strips.
John Byrne came up with the idea of making James Rhodes black.
During World War II, some comics had just one staple in them due to war rationing!
#312 – Marvel changed a Spider-Man story because of terrorist threats, including a bomb threat that emptied the building where Marvel had its offices.
Kaminski replaced Tony Stark with James Rhodes in part because he couldn’t see a “capitalist” as a hero.
Kaminski produced hundreds of “bootleg” tape cassettes for the Scare Tactics fan club that DC wouldn’t let him use.
#313 – Making the “S” symbol on your chest is the sign for “super” in International Sign Language.
Safari Animal Cards led to at least three new characters in Amazing Spider-Man during the 1980s.
At an early disabled athletic competition, Charles Addams’ “The Skier” was re-created by competitors.
#314 – Jack Kirby pitched a comic strip based on the Frank Zappa song “Valley Girl.”
Erik Larsen works the image of a friend of his into pretty much every comic that he draws.
DC won a copyright infringement case against The Wild World of Batwoman and got them to change the film’s name to She Was a Hippy Vampire
#315 – Grant Morrison was going to do Zoids for Star Comics until Marvel scrapped it because his plotline was too adult-oriented.
Jim Woodring designed Rubik the Amazing Cube.
A rejected storyline for Heroes Reborn Captain America became a Green Lantern/Green Arrow crossover.
#316 – Jack Kirby had a special meeting with Paul McCartney in 1975.
Will Eisner testified that he was hired by Victor Fox to do a Superman knock-off called Wonderman.
DC had an editorial mandate in the late 90s/early 00s that Green Arrow had superpowers.
#317 – In a number of 1970s Star Trek tie-in comics, Sulu was black and Uhura was white!
Paramount had a rather odd reason for not wanting to have a Superman/Star Trek crossover.
Dreadstar and Star Trek had a surreptitious crossover via Peter David, who was writing both titles.
#318 – Four years after the Batman TV series finished, Yvonne Craig played Batgirl one more time in a public service announcement about equal rights for women!
The first original Star Wars story after the film appeared in the pages of Pizazz!
The “thwip” sound effect was not used in Spider-Man comics until John Romita took over the art duties.
#319 – Steve Englehart was going to have Daredevil join the West Coast Avengers.
Englehart knew what the bargain between Patsy Walker and Beast in Amazing Adventures #15 was from the beginning.
Star*Reach nearly featured a brand-new Englehart/Rogers Batman story!
#320 – Sadie Hawkins Day was invented by Al Capp in his Li’l Abner comic strip.
A worker for the Colorado Department of Revenue stole over $100,000 to spend on comic books.
During the Silver Age, there was a rule against duplicate powers in the Legion of Super-Heroes.
#321 – Disney nearly had a Vertigo line before DC even had a Vertigo line!
The most recent Superman balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is and will always be the largest balloon in the history of the parade.
DC gave us a sneak peek of future Green Lantern Kyle Rayner in the Hawkworld Annual tie-in to Armageddon 2001.
#322 – A decimal error in the 1870s led to an erroneously believed fact in the 20th Century that inspired Popeye’s strength-inducing spinach.
Donkey Kong was originally a Popeye video game with Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto in place of Mario, Pauline and Donkey Kong.
Terry Austin is a huge Popeye fan and as such, often hides Popeye in comics that he works on as a penciler or inker.
#323 – SlimKid3, of the rap group The Pharcyde, produced a rap song that the Human Torch performed in an episode of the 1990s Fantastic Four cartoon.
Marvel had an almost imperceptible crossover between one of their “main” comic books and an issue of What If…?
The first fictional private detective to be a Vietnam veteran was the comic book hero, Sarge Steel.
#324 – Clark Kent has very rarely changed into Superman in a phone booth, including not once on the 1950s Superman TV series!
Peter David was given permission to use Death in Incredible Hulk #418, with one interesting qualification.
Stan Lee was so impressed with Werner Roth’s sample “good girl” artwork that he not only hired Roth, but created a comic book just for Roth to draw!
#325 – The Brave and the Bold for a time had hints hidden in their issues revealing who the team-up would be in the following issue.
Rob Liefeld and Jim Valentino pitched a Young Avengers series before New Warriors debuted.
Grant Morrison did not originally intend for Xorn to be Magneto.
#326 – The writer/artist of the Popeye daily comic strip was fired for a series of strips involving jokes about abortion.
The band Killing Joke was named after Batman: The Killing Joke.
Del Close wrote a comic book.
#327 – All but one of the X-Men were scrapped from a planned appearance in the Marvel animated adaptation of Secret Wars because producers did not want to fly the voice actors to California.
Human League is named after Judge Dredd comic books.
Justice Leaguer Manitou Raven was meant to be Apache Chief.
#328 – Aunt May and Uncle Ben appeared in an issue of Strange Tales two months before Peter Parker debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15.
The 1990 Flash TV series was originally part of a much larger superhero TV series proposal.
A comic book writer killed off Grant Morrison’s character from Animal Man.
#329 – E. Nelson Bridwell coined the famous Lone Ranger/Tonto joke “what you mean…we”?
Disney had another artist change the ending of a Carl Barks story because the story ended with Donald as an arsonist.
Had the 1990s Spider-Man Animated Series continued, Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson would have gotten married.
#330 – Larry Niven wanted to reveal Guy Gardner was an alien in 1989/1990.
Universal Press Syndicate banned a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon featuring a joke about Calvin playing in a washing machine.
Famed Clash drummer Topper Headon gained his nickname from a comic strip.
#331 – Harold Gray originally pitched the strip as starring an orphan named Otto.
Gray used his strip to specifically harass the clerk who turned him down for an increase in his gas rations during World War II.
Gray had Daddy Warbucks kill himself rather than to live through another Presidential term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
#332 – Elzie Segar’s use of spinach in the Popeye comic strip led to a 33% increase in spinach in the United States.
The Comics Code made a bizarre change to a 1950s Superman story involving a tiger biting Superman.
Geoff Johns had a letter in a 1991 issue of Flash that foreshadowed the usage of a particular character in both Mark Waid AND Johns’ later run on Flash.
#333 – The number one women’s tennis player in the world retired from amateur competition and then became a writer and editor on Wonder Woman’s comic book.
Joe Kelly’s last issue of Deadpool was originally the last issue of the series period.
Jimmy Cheung did collages of old artwork for the backgrounds of his Young Avengers Presents covers.
#334 – Chester Gould did a story based on the Lindbergh kidnapping while the Lindbergh kidnapping was an ongoing matter..with morbid results.
A comic book character beat Dick Tracy tot the 2-way wrist radio by four years!
Chester Gould, via Dick Tracy, coined the term “Crime Does Not Pay.”
#335 – George McManus was involved in a stock trading scheme where he would alert the others through hints in the dialogue of his comic strip, Bringing Up Father.
DC once canceled a comic book because Mort Weisinger hated it.
Now’s Green Hornet comic had to make an abrupt change with who their Kato was because of the licensors.
#336 – A comment by Stan Lee in a Bullpen Bulletins led to a response in a Legion of Super-Heroes story that then led to a response in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man!
The plot of Fantastic Four #176 was changed after the editor of the comic received Jack Kirby’s cover for the issue.
Alan Davis requested that Marvel run only filler issues on Excalibur until he could take over the title.
#337 – Gerard Christopher was cast as Superman in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman until producers discovered that he had played Superboy on the Superboy TV series of the late 1980s.
A Sunday Terry and the Pirates comic strip was read into the Congressional Record the next day.
James Robinson planned to do a Silver Age follow-up to his Elseworlds mini-series The Golden Age.
#338 – Michelle Pfeiffer was close to portraying Vicki Vale in the first Tim Burton Batman film.
Storm’s mohawk haircut was originally a joke by Paul Smith.
Lobo was removed from R.E.B.E.L.S. ’95 due to reader complaints over his inclusion in the title.
#339 – When he was first created, Mister Mind was not yet a worm.
Superman was the inspiration for the Vulcan nerve pinch.
Quantum and Woody and Black Panther had a unique type of crossover.
#340 – “The Trial of Reed Richards” came about in response to a two-page bit in an issue of Uncanny X-Men.
Peter Milligan originated the idea for Knightfall.
The Katzenjammer Kids got a name change during World War I.
#341 – Alan Moore’s decision to let Marvel reprint his Captain Britain stories came about due to an interesting meeting at a British pub.
Over two decades after making a one-off joke in an issue of Howard the Duck, Steve Gerber made good on the joke.
What If…? #4 was decided after the fact that it was not an alternate reality.
#342 – Will Eisner was tricked into starting a “feud” with Al Capp.
Will Eisner recycled a rejected comic strip into Spirit stories.
Midnight was created to replace the Spirit during World War II.
#343 – There was nearly a Superboy TV series in the 1960s!
Robert E. Howard created Shuma-Gorath.
There was going to be a sequel to the 1986 Neal Pozner/Craig Hamilton Aquaman mini-series.
#344 – “Mickey Mouse” was the code word for the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
Jerry Robinson helped secure the release of a Uruguayan political prisoner through a bogus art award.
Mad Magazine has had to change their front cover a number of times in their history due to tragic coincidences.
#345 – Red Sonja was too close to Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya character for Marvel to have gained an independent copyright on the character.
Red Sonja’s famous bikini was designed in a non-commissioned sketch (which also got said artist the gig drawing Red Sonja’s first solo comic book story).
Ed Brubaker used a “dead” character as a major supporting character in his Catwoman series because he did not know the character had been killed off.
#346 – Snake-Eyes was based on Larry Hama’s design for a Nick Fury outfit.
Greg Evans backed away from having a gay character in Luann because of his worries over possible backlash.
Unused Superboy TV scripts ended up as Superboy comic book stories.
#347 – Alfred E. Neuman existed well before Mad Magazine ever came about.
Mad Magazine used to sell actual straight jackets!
Every Mad cover has an easter egg of the letters “ind” to form Mad Mind.
#348 – Rorschach’s speech patterns were based on Herbie, the Fat Fury.
The Human Torch was based on Carl Burgos’ earlier android hero, the Iron Skull.
DC nearly did an adaptation of Hamlet…starring Batman!
#349 – DC produced a pilot for a series starring little people dressed as dogs as “The Adventures of Superpup.”
The X-Men villain S’ym was based on Dave Sim.
Wild Child was originally intended to be the son of Sabretooth.
#350 – Marvel sued Dave Sim over his use of the character Wolveroach.
The makers of the Spider-Man film were sued over their use of a billboard within the film.
When Flash Gordon appeared in Australia, his name was changed to Speed Gordon.
#351 – DC initially gave Robin just a one-issue try-out before sales dictated that he stick around.
Steve Gerber based a super-villain on a newspaper writer who gave his work a bad review.
One of DC’s Dial H for Hero superhero suggestions came courtesy of Harlan Ellison.
#352 – The creation of Spider-Ham was inspired by Dave Sim’s Marvel parody characters in Cerebus.
A baseball team made up of comic book creators was one of the teams in the Ken Griffey Jr.’s Winning Run video game.
Gravity initially was going to become the new Captain Marvel.
#353 – Huntress was originally going to die at the end of No Man’s Land.
DC had a violation of Marvel’s trademark on the covers of their Shazam comics for more than a year.
Bud Fisher sneaked a copyright notice into one of his strips to gain ownership of the strip.
#354 – The Greatest American Hero began life as a Superboy TV series.
Warren Ellis used the WildC.A.T.s/Aliens one-shot at a loophole to kill the Stormwatch characters.
A Mutt and Jeff comic strip showed the pair committing suicide.
#355 – The creator of the Crow, James O’Barr, tried to do a Batman story for DC Comics for years.
Black Adam died in his first appearance and then never made another appearance in a Fawcett comic book.
Starhawk of the Guardians of the Galaxy originally was going to appear in the pages of Marvel Super-Heroes.
#356 – DC refused to publish the cover of an issue of Static because it showed sex.
The sport of Chess Boxing was inspired by a comic book.
The first daily comic strip was canceled because William Randolph Hearst found it too obscene and/or too vulgar.
SPECIAL EDITION – Batman never actually carried shark repellent in his utility belt.
#357 – Flash Gordon owes its existence to John Carter of Mars.
Spider-Ham’s visual design was based on Cerebus.
DC began redrawing Superman’s face on Justice League of America covers after years of Mike Sekowsky drawing them himself.
#358 – Dave Sim and Chris Claremont once planned a Cerebus/X-Men crossover.
A new member of the New Titans was introduced in, of all places, a Marvel vs. DC trading card insert set.
Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams snuck Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew into an issue of Green Lantern/Green Arrow as villains…with Nixon as a little GIRL!
#359 – Alan Moore was hired by DC to bring Charlton’s characters to DC Comics.
A popular Australian comic book series saw some difficulties after its creator was convicted of some fairly heinous crimes.
John Rozum broke into comics through a surreptitious use of a post-it note.
#360 – Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman did an X-Men parody comic in the early 1980s.
Jerry Siegel wrote Thor comics under the name R. Berns.
A Teen Titan went through two new superhero identities…in two concurrent issues!
#361 – Steve Seagle was going to have Jean Grey become Phoenix during his Uncanny X-Men run.
Jackson Guice used a photograph from an adult magazine as the basis for a panel during his New Mutants run.
The actress who was the voice of Meowth in Pokemon used to write comics for Marvel and Milestone.
#362 – Wonder Woman’s special bracelets were based on the bracelets worn by William Moulton Marston’s lover.
The Mexican affiliate of Mego produced a Green Lantern figure.
One of the Gibborim was based on Milhouse from the Simpsons.
#363 – Psylocke was originally intended to die in the Psi-War.
Marvel editorial nixed Fabian Nicieza’s plans for Cyclops and Psylocke to have an affair (psychic or otherwise)
Fabian Nicieza missed an issue of Uncanny X-Men, which led to a continuity mistake with Psylocke that he had to fix ten issues later.
#364 – Larry Hama invented Rage as a substitute when he was denied the use of Luke Cage in the Avengers.
Jemm, Son of Saturn was originally supposed to be from Mars.
Milton Caniff wrote a real life war hero into Terry and the Pirates as a regular character while World War II was ongoing.
#365 – An issue of Avengers West Coast was edited at the last moment because of a scene that could be interpreted as one character performing oral sex on another.
Stan Lee wrote the lyrics to the 1966 Marvel Super Heroes TV series, including most famously “When Captain America throws his mighty shield”…
Captain America’s origin was changed because of the Comics Code.
#366 – Larry Hama’s band, The K-Otics, performed in the G.I. Joe episode “Cold Slither.”
Hasbro named a new member of the G.I. Joe team Ghost Rider, leading to an interesting usage of the character in the comic books.
A 1993 issue of G.I. Joe was mostly written and drawn in 1982.
#367 – Jack Kirby designed the costumes for a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
An issue of Spider-Man: Reign was recalled because of a drawing of what appears to be Spider-Man’s genitals.
Hasbro had Larry Hama make a point of naming all of the characters each issue.
#368 – A 1977 arrest of Evel Knievel led to the creation of Team America.
The first issue of Team America was re-written and re-drawn over one night.
Jack Kirby based the Thing on a character from an issue of Strange Tales.
#369 – Donald Duck debuted in a 1931 illustrated Mickey Mouse book three years before debuting in a cartoon.
Larry Hama developed Bucky O’Hare for DC Comics.
Dave Sim pitched Marvel on a Spider-Ham series.
#370 – Marv Wolfman was going to have J. Jonah Jameson kill off Black Cat during his Amazing Spider-Man run.
Uderzo drew Captain Marvel Jr. for a Belgium comic book company during the 1950s.
Dave Sim was going to contribute to the Fables graphic novel 1001 Nights of Snowfall, but the project fell apart in the contract stages.
#371 – Marvel had a ban on characters using the words “hell” and “damn” in the early 1990s.
The classic EC Comic tale “Judgment Day” was adapted from a Ray Bradbury short story.
Larry Hama used to write a postcard response to every fan letter he received back when he was writing G.I. Joe for Marvel Comics (not counting hate mail or no-prize requests).
#372 – Dave Gibbons dressed up as a sort of costumed superhero mascot for a spin-off comic to 2000 A.D.
William Moulton Marston began having Wonder Woman exclaim “Suffering Sappho!” as a form of protest to Fredric Wertham
Jim Starlin nearly did a Shazam! series a few years ago.
#373 – Superman first flew in the Fleischer animated films.
Jonathan Frakes inadvertently inspired a classic Spider-Man story.
Pantha was not originally going to be the Titan killed by Superboy Prime.
#374 – Rorschach was originally going to be part of Countdown: Arena.
In an early issue of his Superman run, John Byrne had a panel that featured a word balloon from over a dozen other titles released that month!
Herbert “Herblock” Block coined the term “McCarthyism.”
#375 – A government agency paid DC to do an anti-drug comic storyline in Batman: Shadow of the Bat.
Marvel canceled Satana at the last minute because their new line of horror comics now had to be Comics Code approved.
The New 52 Supergirl #1 had a page featuring dialogue from at least three other New 52 books that month.
#376 – When William Marston invented Wonder Woman’s lasso, it made people tell the truth.
Ivan Velez Jr. had to remove parodies of Archie from a Blood Syndicate crossover with DC Comics.
Warren Ellis re-worked his Satana scripts into the series Strange Kiss.
#377 – DC Comics canceled Detective Comics in the late 1970s.
Batman and Jon Sable nearly had a crossover during the 1980s.
Bill Finger does not have a living heir.
#378 – Bill Finger nearly received credit on the Tim Burton Batman film.
Warren Ellis’ City of Silence was originally intended for Marvel Comics.
Douglock was a continuation from Fabian Nicieza’s Cyberlock character.
#379 – Stan Lee and Steve Ditko excised the whole “failed to stop the thief who then killed his uncle” aspect of Spider-Man’s origin in Amazing Spider-Man #1!
Mort Walker frequently would create racy versions of his Beetle Bailey comic strip as a gag.
Alan Moore came up with Earth-616
#380 – The Spider-Man villain the Shocker was originally named the Vibrator.
A 2006 Beetle Bailey comic strip was censored by the syndicate because it made one of the characters a car thief.
Alex Ross drew a character nude in Marvels to see if anyone would notice.
#381 – During 1904, there were dueling Wizard of Oz-based comic strips.
Chris Claremont planned to explain Kitty Pryde’s absence during his second X-Men run.
Paul Grist’s Jack Staff was based on a rejected Union Jack series proposal for Marvel Comics.
#382 – Wendy from Super Friends was originally going to be Batman’s niece.
There was an unaired live action Archie pilot in 1964.
David Caruso appeared as Archie in a 1976 failed pilot.
#383 – David Michelinie did not know what the deal was with Peter Parker’s parents when they “returned from the dead.”
Robert Kanigher had a subtle protest/response to Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent in the pages of Wonder Woman.
There was a super strong comic book characters more than thirty years before Superman!
#384 – A lawyer recently submitted a comic as a brief in a case.
Jim Valentino left Marvel for Image Comics after being told that he was less valuable on Guardians of the Galaxy than anyone else on the book?
The classic Nintendo video game Hogan’s Alley is based on the Yellow Kid, in a roundabout way.
#385 – John Wagner named Judge Dredd after the reggae artist Judge Dread.
Early Judge Dredd artists drew Dredd with different ethnicities.
A classic Judge Dredd story has been banned from being reprinted because of its usage of trademarked characters.
#386 – Talon was a replacement for Wolverine.
Talon was intended to be gay.
Valentino and Keith Giffen planned on doing a series that would have continued their stories from Guardians of the Galaxy and Legion of Superheroes, respectively.
#387 – At one point, Cable was going to be an older version of Cannonball.
There was a Winnie the Pooh comic strip where the characters acted a lot more aggressively than most Winnie the Pooh fans are used to.
Manhunter was originally intended as an updated version of the Jack Kirby Manhunter
#388 – The Metal Men were created over a weekend.
Buster Brown was named independently of Buster Keaton.
Jackson Guice paid tribute to his fellow DC creators in the first issue of the post-Crisis Flash series.
#389 – Eric “Thunderstrike” Masterson was always destined to die.
Jack Kirby never drew blood in a comic.
The Chicago Sunday Tribune had a comic crossover over a hundred years ago!
#390 – Jamie Delano originally wanted to call Hellblazer “Hellraiser.”
Grant Morrison had to invent Willoughby Kipling because they were denied usage of John Constantine in Doom Patrol and then Phil Foglio had to invent Ambrose Bierce in Stanley and his Monster because he was denied usage of John Constantine AND Willoughby Kipling.
John Constantine was American in the Constantine film because of actor Keanu Reeves.
#391 – George Lucas personally took issue with the character Jaxxon.
Walter Simonson and David Michelinie accidentally came up with a major plot point for Return of the Jedi before the film came out.
There are six issues of Marvel’s Star Wars that have never been released in the United States.
#392 – DC was originally going to call Hellblazer “Hellraiser.”
Bucky O’Hare was based on Jaxxon
The idea of Alfred raising Bruce Wayne after Bruce’s parents were killed was introduced in an episode of Super Powers.
#393 – DC changed Doomsday’s origins after protests from mental health organizations.
Hasbro changed Zartan’s profile after complaints from mental health organizations.
A special Blondie comic book was produced for a New York mental health group.
#394 – The Death of Superman was based on a Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner pitch.
Nearly thirty years after the fact, Lucasfilm allowed a Hungarian bootleg adaptation of Star Wars to be officially finished.
Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Luthor mini-series was originally part of an interconnected group of titles.
#395 – The comic book series Trouble WAS originally intended as the origin of Peter Parker’s birth (and therefore, Aunt May was going to be Peter Parker’s birth mother)
Batman’s grappling hook debuted in the comics before the film
Walt Kelly did a Pogo comic as a Primer for Parents.
#396 – Nintendo’s Mario made his first comic book appearance during Valiant’s early days.
Ryan Dunlavey and ToyFare magazine invented a fake 1980s cartoon series and a toy line that went with it.
Walter Simonson wrote/drew himself into an issue of Star Wars.
#397 – Chris Claremont killed off Psylocke in X-Treme X-Men with the intent to return her to life very soon after
Jim Starlin did an issue of Warlock that was approved by the “Cosmic Code Authority.”
Reed Richards was based visually on the Professor from Gilligan’s Island
#398 – A reporter was exiled from Yugoslavia for reporting on the censorship of a Mickey Mouse comic strip.
Gardner Fox just added the Three Stooges to the pages of the Flash.
John Romita Sr. did not consider himself to be a co-plotter on Amazing Spider-Man with Stan Lee.
#399 – There was a notable Peanuts comic strip about Snoopy asking to be removed from the IRS’ mailing list.
The FBI examined Pogo comic strips searching for hidden messages.
DC tried to block the Australian comic strip Swamp from getting a trademark on the name Swamp because of their Swamp Thing.
#400 (Part 1) – Steve Ditko did not want the Green Goblin to be revealed as Norman Osborn.
New York City detectives went to DC Comics for help during the Son of Sam investigation.
Archie Comics did a superhero version of the Shadow during the 1960s.
#400 (Part 2) – Alan Moore was going to write a Superman ongoing title after Crisis.
The Governor of Pennsylvania once banned editorial cartoons!
Kurt Busiek and George Perez created an Avengers supporting character to honor a devoted Avengers fan who had recently died.
#400 (Part 3) – Jackie Kennedy Onassis was a comic book editor.
Complaints about a minor continuity error in an early issue of Justice League of America led to a highly acclaimed Adam Strange story.
Alan Moore’s Top 10: The Forty-Niners was originally planned as a mini-series but was changed to a graphic novel over fears regarding the gay relationship at the heart of the story.
#401 – Al Plastino created a few month’s worth of Peanuts strips in case Charles Schulz ever became ill and needed back-up.
An issue of Cable from 2008 predicted a “super storm” in New Jersey in 2012.
A seven-year old got a co-plotting credit on an issue of Power Rangers.
#402 – Joe Shuster based Lois Lane’s appearance on the future wife of Jerry Siegel.
The original bad guy behind Countdown to Infinite Crisis was Mr. Jupiter from the Teen Titans.
Peter Milligan wanted to end Shade the Changing Man with #50.
#403 – Federico Fellini wrote a Flash Gordon bootleg comic strip in Italy during the late 1930s.
Charlton Comics was formed in prison!
Mike Allred’s characters The Horn and Carla were originally invented as X-Force/X-Statix characters.
#404 – The Playboy Club played a major role in Batman getting his own TV series.
ABC originally considered a Dick Tracy TV series and even did a pilot for a Dick Tracy show once Batman became a hit.
Airing two Batman episodes a week in the style of an old-time serial was part of the original plan for the Batman series.
#405 – Chris Claremont secretly wrote three issues of X-Men before his official return to the titles in 2000.
Marvel tried to do a comic book adaptation of Atlas Shrugged in the early 1990s with Steve Ditko doing the adaptation!
There is a notable Peanuts strip where Charlie Brown shoots arrows and then draws targets around wherever they land, making it look like he was dead on each time.
#406 – Frank Miller was inspired by the character of Molly from the first Batman episode in creating Carrie Kelley.
Before becoming a cast member of Batman for Season 3, Yvonne Craig nearly had her own series as Batgirl.
An episode of Batman worked in references to all of the series’ sponsors.
#407 – William Marston was specifically told in a memo to cut down on Wonder Woman being chained up by 50-75%.
A British firm was denied a trademark of the word “Batsman” in relation with cricket gear because of DC Comics’ Batman trademark.
There was a little-known early Peanuts character who walked around with a cloud following him (not a dust cloud like Pigpen)
#408 – According to Bob Kane, the Batman TV series saved the Batman comic book from cancellation in the 1960s.
When Julie Schwartz and Carmine Infantino took over the Bat-titles, the book was near cancellation.
Gardner Fox retconned an issue of Detective Comics to make it work with Batman’s sales popularity to star in an issue of JLA.
#409 – Actor Scott Leva was cast as Spider-Man in the ill-fated 1989 Cannon film adaptaton of Spider-Man.
Jerry Siegel nearly wrote “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow”
An issue of What If…? indirectly led to the whole “Ms. Marvel gives birth to her boyfriend who mind controls her until she leaves this dimension with him” plotline.
#410 – Batman was first deputized in the 1960s TV Series.
The Goblin in Spider-Man 2099 was revealed to be someone other than who Peter David intended it to be.
In early 2000s reprints of Cheryl Blossom appearances, Archie Comics edited Cheryl into the new character Ginger Lopez.
#411 – Lady Mastermind was invented because two X-Men writers were using the first female Mastermind at the same time
Victor Fox was working as DC Comics’ accountant when he saw the sales of Action Comics #1 and immediately formed his own comic book company.
Marvel used to have a “rule” that Wolverine did not have arm hair while in costume.
#412 – Cyclops and Jean Grey were originally going to get married in the pages of X-Factor.
Steve Englehart revealed that before he was changed by the Red Skull into being a hero, the Falcon worked as a pimp/Steve Englehart was going to reveal that the Red Skull’s revelations about the Falcon were a lie.
A worker was fired for posting a Dilbert comic strip at work.
#413 – Marvel was going to do a backwards issue of Amazing Spider-Man that you would need a mirror to read.
Chris Claremont wrote a year’s worth of X-Treme X-Men stories before learning he couldn’t use Beast on his team.
Hepzibah of the Starjammers was effectively a Pogo character in an X-Men comic.
#414 – Kryptonite was first introduced on the Superman radio show as a way for the actor playing Superman to take time off the show.
Grant Morrison added Beast to his New X-Men run after his original choice for the role of “scientist” in the group was killed off before he took over the title.
Adam Strange was created due to an odd proclamation by DC’s editorial director.
#415 – A rich man paid DC to make a special Superman comic book for his son’s Bar Mitzvah.
Was “For the Man Who Has Everything?” the first time Superman used his heat vision offensively?
The classic Superman story “Under the Red Sun” has a major plot hole that DC actually FIXED when they reprinted it in a 1979 comic!
#416 – A “create a character” contest entrant was nearly a member of the X-Men but instead did not appear for nearly THIRTY years!
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis began as a failed Archie TV series.
DC corrected a major plot hole in the classic Superman tale “The Last Days of Superman” when it was reprinted in a 1977 Treasury Edition.
#417 – There was once a Batman/Pokemon crossover.
The demon-possessed Presidential candidate in Elektra Assassin was modeled after Dan Quayle.
DC edited a Superman story when it was reprinted because it incorrectly described the attributes of Red Kryptonite.
#418 – Marvel had permission from Samuel L. Jackson before using his likeness for Ultimate Nick Fury.
A typo in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man gave a hint as to a future Superior Spider-Man story.
Marvel “fixed” a plot hole in a classic Lee/Ditko Spider-Man story when they reprinted it, and also added a Dukes of Hazzard reference to the story!
#419 – Bob Layton wrote an unpublished Spider-Man graphic novel with Spidey romancing a mob wife.
Brian K. Vaughan offered to reveal the secret identity of a character to the first person who discovered a crude joke in a Batman story he wrote.
Marvel updated the looks of the Steve Ditko Spider-Man supporting cast when they reprinted the comics in the 1980s.
#420 – Larry Hama based a G.I. Joe arc on an old screenplay that may have also influenced the film Armageddon.
Mary Jane Watson’s first name was a sly reference by Stan Lee to marijuana.
Neal Adams had a drawing “defending” Batman from a Bill Sienkiewicz cover
#421 – DC Comics published a comic story mocking Bill Finger a couple of years after his death.
The DC villain Firefly was accidentally confused with the DC villain Firebug and became a fire-based villain.
After approving the use of Star Trek: The Animated Series characters for the second volume of DC’s Star Trek, the characters were denied approval…AFTER being drawn!
#422 – Marvel decided not to make Ultimate Captain America black after seeing the response to their series Truth: Red, White and Black.
Stan Lee canceled Conan the Barbarian after just seven issues.
In response to Neal Adams drawing a monster with a mouth that looked like female genitalia, Roy Thomas had John Buscema draw a monster that had, in effect, testicles.
#423 – Superman’s S was not a Kryptonian symbol until Mario Puzo came up with the idea for Superman the Movie.
Jerry Siegel reviewed Philip Wylie’s novel, Gladiator, in the pages of his fanzine.
DC had a series of odd edits based on Superman’s super-vision not being able to see through time.
#424 – Did the U.S. Government tell the Superman radio show to quit using kryptonite on the show during World War II?
Bob Kane swiped Todd McFarlane for a Batman drawing.
The term “What this country needs is a really good five-cent cigar” was actually coined by a cartoonist, not Vice President Thomas R. Marshall.
#425 – Mark Gruenwald’s ashes were also mixed in with a Marvel Comics poster.
Venture Brothers was originally intended as a comic book.
John Romita based his Black Widow re-design on Emma Peel from the Avengers TV series.
#426 – Superman comic books about the dangers of landmines inadvertently led to children in Bosnia going into minefields because they wanted to meet Superman.
The Dreadnoks were originally going to be fuzzy creatures like Ewoks.
A Lady Satan story was reprinted twice in ten years, with a different character starring in the comic each time!
#427 – Marvel edited a photo of Stan Lee posing nude out of a comic book.
There was nearly a Thor spin-off in the mid-1970s.
Charlie Brown’s baseball team never won a game.
#428 – The Comics Code made Stan Lee and Jack Kirby edit a panel where the Thing threatens to spank the Invisible Girl.
Argentinian author Julio Cortázar wrote a comic book featuring Fantomas.
Another Golden Age comic book character had the same story edited into three separate comic stories featuring three different characters.
#429 – Hugh Jackman got the role of Wolverine due to Dougray Scott being unable to do the role due to an injury.
Apocalypse was intended to be the brains behind Weapon X in Barry Windsor-Smith’s Weapon X storyline.
A rejected facial design for Wolverine ended up becoming Sabreooth!
#430 – Christopher Priest (then Jim Owsley) was ordered to have Iron Fist killed due to his editor’s anger over the cancelation of the title.
Before he was fired from the title, Roger Stern was planning on Power Man joining the Avengers and Iron Fist brought back to life.
Tyrone King was originally meant to be a vampire.
#431 – Wonder Woman and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) were going to date in the late 1970s.
Marvel staffers intentionally included extra negative letters in the letter columns of Jack Kirby’s titles in the mid-1970s.
Herb Trimpe snuck an amusing “salute” into an issue of G.I. Joe.
#432 – Chris Claremont intended nearly every Sabretooth appearance for the first fifteen years or so of the character to be a clone.
Did John Byrne quit Sensational She-Hulk because of a dispute over the She-Hulk shaving her legs?
Julio Cortázar wrote a comic book.
#433 – Jack Kirby originally intended Doctor Doom to have only a small scar on his face.
DC wouldn’t let John Byrne draw Superman into a Powerpuff Girls pin-up for an issue of PowerpuffGirls…by DC Comics.
X-Files and Animaniacs had a team-up!
#434 – John Byrne wanted to reveal that every Doctor Doom since Jack Kirby and Stan Lee was a Doom-Bot.
DC made Kevin Smith edit out a reference to the Powerpuff Girls in Green Arrow.
Adam Strange was originally going to join L.E.G.I.O.N. instead of Captain Comet.
#435 – Magneto was originally going to be the main villain of BloodTies.
John Byrne pitched an Asian Batgirl a year before Cassandra Cain was introduced.
Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo put in a proposal for Aquaman.
#436 – Kitty Pryde was originally going to be part of a brand-new team of X-Men
DC was going to reboot the Huntress character before Chuck Dixon decided to use her in the pages of Detective Comics.
Charlie Brown’s first home run came about in the reverse order than you’d expect.
#437 – Marvel was originally going to kill off Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #400.
Mr. Monster and Swamp Thing nearly had a crossover.
Marvel comic characters appeared in the Beatlemania film.
#438 – Superheroes from DC and Marvel teamed-up in a comic written by Kurt Busiek in 1978 for…the Boston Symphony Orchestra?!
Dave Cockrum created a new member of the X-Men to be introduced in Uncanny X-Men #150 but pulled her back from use.
Cyclops’ eye beams come from another dimension.
#439 – At one point, Stan Lee was going to have Magneto and Professor X be brothers.
A Rugrats character was banned from the Rugrats comic strip because of complaints by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League.
Doctor Doom’s mask appeared in a Marvel comic before Doctor Doom did!
#440 – George R.R. Martin was the very first comic convention attendee.
Angela Bowie lost out on the lead role on the Wonder Woman TV series to Lynda Carter.
Angela Bowie once owned the TV rights to Daredevil and Black Widow.
#441 – Alan Moore split from DC Comics over his dissatisfaction over how DC was handling Watchmen.
Chris Claremont had to get legal permission from DC Comics before he used Neal Conan in Sovereign Seven.
The U.S. Military used to not allow servicemen and women to have Mjolnir appear on their tombstones.
#442 – Stan Lee invented Thor on his own.
The font Comic Sans was based on Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns
John Byrne nearly returned to Marvel a few years ago to continue his Fantastic Four run.
#443 – Marvel and DC Comics both passed on Marvelman in the 1980s.
There was a DC Comics supervillain in the 1980s who was powered by cocaine.
John Byrne’s X-Men: The Hidden Years was a finite series designed to replace the issues of X-Men that were reprints during the early 1970s (before the All-New, All-Different X-Men took over)
#444 – Jack Kirby’s New Gods characters were originally intended as Thor characters.
Walter Simonson had a Thor storyline planned called “Saga of the Vengeance of Thor”
Tom DeFalco and Paul Ryan pitched a Superman/Thor crossover
#445 – Scarlet Witch was originally going to be killed off during Siege before Marvel decided to kill off the Sentry instead.
John Cale and Lou Reed used to dress up as Batman and Robin for kid’s birthday parties before the Velvet Underground hit it big(ger).
The Death of Superman had an unusual way of counting down to the final issue.
#446 – Mort Weisinger alluded to the alleged John F. Kennedy/Marilyn Monroe affair in a Superboy comic book story.
John Byrne and Roger Stern were nearly the first creators to establish that Wolverine was old enough to fight in World War II.
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World was originally intended as an ongoing series.
#447 – Did Curt Swan illustrate an X-Rated “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex”?
Jeph Loeb was originally going to do All-Star Batman and Robin with Jim Lee and Art Adams.
Chris Claremont introduced the idea that Black Widow was a child during World War II.
#448 – DC had to make Man of Steel to fulfill a legal obligation.
Conan was not known as Conan the Barbarian before the Marvel series.
Barry Windsor-Smith’s Freebooters series was an adaptation of his Archer and Armstrong series.
#449 – Knightfall was inspired by the success of The Death of Superman
The point of Knightfall was to point out why Azrael should NOT be Batman.
A health scare by Denny O’Neil led to a change in how Azrael was written off.
#450 – Before he wrote Marvelman for Dez Skinn, Alan Moore’s first job for Skinn was a Santa Claus two-pager!
Marvel Team-Up was originally intended to be strictly a Spider-Man/Human Torch team-up comic.
Carl Barks was censored by Disney on his classic Christmas story “The Golden Christmas Tree.”
#451 – The Spider-Man villain The Answer was a parody of Steve Ditko’s creation The Question.
A dispute over the rights to Red Sonja led to Chris Claremont ending up as the owner of the rights to the character Marada the She-Wolf.
Valiant brewed a special beer to promote Archer and Armstrong in the early 1990s.
#452 – Stan Lee debated Fredric Wertham and/or Gershon Legman on their views about comic books.
Conan appeared in a comic book years before Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian.
An issue of Doctor Strange was accidentally lettered using a different script than the published comic book.
#453 – Peter David nearly wrote the first Star Wars: Infinities series and it would have featured Luke as Leia’s consort!
Chris Claremont and John Byrne almost did an issue of What If…? in the late 1970s featuring what would happen if Magneto formed the X-Men.
Vin Sullivan came across Superman for Action Comics #1 by writing his friend Sheldon Mayer looking for discarded strips that could work for the title.
#454 – Jack Kirby intended to finish his Fourth World epic with both Darkseid and Orion killed.
DC came up with a clever way of paying Jack Kirby royalties for his Fourth World characters.
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World stories influenced the musician Jon Hassell.
#455 – DC has a trademark on the telescopic style of letters in Superman’s logo.
Denny O’Neil had an amusing reaction to the Batman credit card scene in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin.
Logan’s Run the comic book was canceled due to low sales.
#456 – Marvel took the idea for Wolverine from a fan submission to a contest.
Al Milgrom going freelance led to Art Adams’ big break.
Unused Logan’s Run comics became a Bizarre Adventures story.
#457 – Marvel nearly had a Northstar ongoing series from John Byrne over 20 years ago.
Marvel owns a trademark on the use of the word “Marvel” in comic book titles.
Peter David “celebrated” the firing of a nemesis of his in the Paramount licensing department with a special Star Trek comic book story.
#458 – DC changed Supergirl’s costume to match the Supergirl movie, which then didn’t use the new costume themselves.
Jack Kirby changed his ending to his Fourth World Saga after seeing Return of the Jedi.
Since working on American comics, Alan Moore has followed a strict rule for how many words he would use on each page.
#459 – Allied spies would use the secret code from Superman comics.
After Hasbro bought the company that made the equivalent of G.I. Joe toys in England, the comic adaptation had to transform the Action Force main villain into Cobra Commander!
Marvel had to pulp the original printing of their Battlestar Galactica adaptation because they didn’t have approval from their licensor.
#460 – Marvel banned the color green from covers during the 1970s.
Jack Larson almost starred in a Jimmy Olsen spin-off from The Adventures of Superman
John Byrne poked a little fun at Rob Liefeld’s art style and his swipes in an issue of She-Hulk
#461 – Marvel had to pull a series of house ads bragging about winning DC vs. Marvel.
Al Capp invented the Li’l Abner prototype Big Leviticus while working for Ham Fisher.
John Byrne’s parody swipe of Rob Liefeld in Sensational She-Hulk was a swipe of a swipe OF Byrne!
#462 – Bruce Lee refused to film a scene where Kato lost a fight to Robin.
Dave Cockrum had a rather racy protest to Ms. Marvel’s original costume.
A Donald Duck cartoon was once nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
#463 – Stan Lee coined the phrase “Nuff’ Said!”
John Byrne quit drawing Uncanny X-Men based on the opening page of Uncanny X-Men #140.
Larry Hama was forced to add words to a silent issue of Wolverine.
#464 – Kellogg’s squelched plans for a Superboy TV series in the 1960s.
The Comics Code wouldn’t allow Batman to go without pants on the cover of Batman #244
Hulkling was originally created as a girl.
#465 – Jack Kirby created two new possible costumes for Captain America in case Marvel lost a lawsuit filed against them by Joe Simon over the rights to Cap.
Bud Sagendorf befriended E.C. Segar when he was just a newspaper boy!
Jim Davis did a series of Garfield strips where the cast is killed.
#466 – At one point, DC Comics planned on having Jimmy Olsen die of AIDS
The terrorist organization Hydra existed in Marvel Comics before either S.H.I.E.L.D. or Nick Fury debuted!
Veterans complained about a seemingly offensive Garfield comic strip during Veteran’s Day.
#467 – Fawcett Comics created a code of ethics to eliminate the racial stereotype character, Steamboat.
A group of schoolchildren successfully appealed to Fawcett to get rid of Steamboat.
Kieron Gillen took the job of writing Loki’s series in Journey Into Mystery thinking Loki was still an adult.
Al Hirschfeld’s hidden mentions of his daughter in his drawings were used by the military to train pilots
#468 – Marvel’s 2002 Captain America series was launched in response to 9/11.
Marvel originally intended to address the “death” of Captain America in the series preceding the Marvel Knights series.
There was a pilot made for a Metamorpho cartoon series during the 1960s.
Fawcett Comics created a hero as a piece of propaganda for the government.
#469 – Aunt May was the original victim of the Green Goblin’s rampage.
Gwen Stacy was killed off without Stan Lee’s knowledge.
Stan Lee made the mistake of mixing up the George Washington Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
#470 – Grant Morrison almost did a Spider-Man version of Batman: Arkham Asylum
The first black doll was produced by a comic strip artist.
Originally Barry Allen was going to be found guilty in his trial and become a fugitive hero!
#471 – A fan gave DC the idea for doing the Justice League of America.
Marvel kept using Godzilla after their license to the character ran out.
Walter Simonson and Chris Claremont invented the Source Wall during their Uncanny X-Men/New Teen Titans crossover.
#472 – Dave Cockrum had a hand in the creation of Wolverine.
The X-Men Animated Series led to Cyclops and Jean Grey getting married in the comics.
Marvel completed a Thunderbird series but never published it.
#473 – Nightcrawler has two penises
The British Ministry of Information kept Ham Fisher abreast of General Montgomery’s progress during the Battle of Tunisia so Fisher could keep up in his Joe Palooka comic.
EC Comics made an exception to their standard strict script rules for the classic story “Master Race.”
#474 – Age of Ultron was originally going to end with Marvelman entering the Marvel Universe.
Nightcrawler’s original father was going to be the Dr. Strange villain, Nightmare.
Pat Boone actually drew a comic in his official comic book.
#475 – Todd McFarlane used to hide spiders on the covers of Amazing Spider-Man
Charles Schulz originally intended to end Peanuts with Charlie Brown finally kicking the football.
Professor X was originally a cast member of Age of Ultron.
#476 – Len Wein originally wanted Madrox the Multiple Man to be called Zerox the Multiple Man!
Jim Balent drew a cat on every cover of Catwoman.
Rube Goldberg sued the makers of the board game Mousetrap.
#477 – Len Wein originally intended to make Madrox a member of the All-New, All-Different X-Men.
The All-New, All-Different X-Men originally were going to continue to star in Giant-Size X-Men.
Don Rosa would hide mocking portrayals of Mickey Mouse in his comics.
#478 – The original ending of the first attempt at a Watchmen movie was going to be that they were turned into comic book characters!
Chris Claremont planned on Jean Grey’s SISTER being part of X-Factor
The Superman writers after John Byrne went in a drastically different direction to distance themselves from Byrne having Superman kill.
#479 – Superman’s adopted father gave him the “With Great Power…” speech fifteen years before Spider-Man got it from Uncle Ben!
There was a Hagar the Horrible brand soda.
The Ventriloquist was originally intended to be a Judge Dredd villain.
#480 – Barry Allen’s long murder trial inspired DC to kill him off in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Damian Wayne was originally going to die in his first storyline.
A French newspaper paid tribute to Herge upon his death by having every photo in the paper be a Tintin drawing.
#481 – The Joker was originally going to dress like Madonna in Arkham Asylum.
Azrael’s tenure as Batman was shortened due to fan reaction.
Harley Quinn made her comic book debut in Mad Love.
#482 – Todd McFarlane quit Spider-Man over a panel of the Juggernaut getting stabbed in the eye.
Blondie was launched with a strange stunt involving her lingerie.
War Games featured the revelation that Leslie Thompkins killed Stephanie Brown.
#483 – A creamery made a sexually suggestive Mickey Mouse ad back in 1934.
Casper the Friendly Ghost helped give us the Silver Age return of The Spectre.
Marv Wolfman had a plan to keep the Flash alive after Crisis on Infinite Earths.
#484 – The first Batman story was a re-working of a then-recent Shadow story.
Bob Kane actually drew the introduction of Joe Chill.
Joel Schumacher fired Robin Williams from Batman Forever and replaced him with Jim Carrey
#485 – The late 1970s Spider-Man live action TV series was canceled in spite of its good ratings.
Firestar originally was going to be Mary Jane on the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends cartoon series
Paul Jenkins re-wrote Howard Mackie’s Amazing Spider-Man #25, which crossed over with Jenkins’ Peter Parker: Spider-Man #25.
#486 – The Human Torch wasn’t on Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends over fears that kids would set themselves on fire.
The Beyonder was not originally going to appear in the Fantastic Four story “Hero.”
A Brazil comic book teamed up Captain Marvel with the original Human Torch in 1964.
#487 – Anarky was created with the intent of him becoming the new Robin.
Jack Kirby didn’t know what color the Thing was going to be when he designed him.
Iron Man made a rather lewd proposition to Captain America in a 1974 issue of Captain America.
#488 – Gardner Fox wrote Batman’s origin
Frank Miller got his start on Daredevil due to Frank Robbins retiring one issue into a run on the title.
Kingpin had a different name in the French version of the Spider-Man comic strip.
#489 – The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) paid Marvel to do an anti-marijuana comic starring Spider-Man.
Frank Miller taking over Daredevil led to him dropping a potential run as the artist on Doctor Strange.
Mark Gruenwald regretted creating Scourge.
#490 – Paul Dini was inspired to create Harley Quinn based on an old episode of Days of Our Lives.
Joe Simon helped with the development of Superman.
NBC insisted that Firestar’s ass be altered on Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.
#491 – Harley Quinn came about because Paul Dini and Bruce Timm needed someone to jump out of a cake.
Frank Quitely drew a complete issue of Lobo that was never published.
Frank Miller named James Gordon’s wife Barbara as a tribute to Barbara “Batgirl” Gordon, who Miller had made so that she was no longer Gordon’s daughter.
#492 – Andrea accidentally took on the facial features of her dead sister.
Robert Kirkman accidentally spoiled the death of a major character a dozen issues before the character actually died.
Rick and Lori were originally going to break up in Walking Dead #18.
#493 – Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum originally had healing as one of Wolverine’s mutant powers.
An added in “snikt” turned Wolverine into a killer for the first time.
Wolverine was going to keep the costume he took from the Imperial Guard member Fang.
#494 – Twin Peaks almost continued as a graphic novel series.
Marvel has a trademark on the words “Snikt” and “Thwip.”
Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse’s first appearance was published six issues after her debut?
#495 – Robin was originally going to be in the classic (and very dark) Batman graphic novel, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
Peanuts coined the term “security blanket.”
Mockingbird was originally going to be black.
#496 – Neil Gaiman originally pitched his idea for Sandman as a story in the Wildcards anthology.
Larry Hama was a cast member in Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning Pacific Overtures.
Jim McCann came up with the idea for bringing Mockingbird back to life during Secret Invasion.
#497 – Peter David killed off Betty Banner because someone close to him passed away.
The Teen Titans had a secret crossover with the DNAgents.
Marvel nearly spoiled the Thunderbolts reveal in the solicitations for the issue of Hulk they first appeared in.
#498 – Alan Davis quit Detective Comics over the size of Batman’s gun on the cover to Detective Comics #575.
Elliot S! Maggin was fired by DC for allowing Superman to appear in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Challengers of the Unknown.
Adi Granov and Jon Favreau came together to work on the first Iron Man film through MySpace.
#499 – The letterer on Amazing Spider-Man hid an insult of departing artist Todd McFarlane into an issue of Amazing Spider-Man.
In the failed 1990 She-Hulk TV series, She-Hulk was going to be gold!
Mafalda was invented as an advertising gimmick.
#500 (Part 1) – A misreading of the script for Pryde of the X-Men resulted in Wolverine being turned Australian in the episode.
Wolverine was forced to become Australian because of the popularity of Austalian cinema.
Wolverine’s mutated wolverine origin was squelched because of Spider-Woman taking the origin.
#500 (Part 2) – Frank Miller’s first issue of Daredevil was pushed up an issue due to the Comics Code.
Jack Kirby secretly laid out the first issue of Daredevil.
An issue of Born Again was released without the Comics Code.
#500 (Part 3) – Frank Miller wrote a script for a Batman Year One film where Bruce Wayne is a cab driver.
A company sued Warners because The Dark Knight Rises used the name of their property as a fictional item.
Neil Gaiman was Dave McKean’s model for Batman in Batman: Arkham Asylum
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