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Comic Book Legends Revealed #258

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #258

COMIC LEGEND: The tagline for the film Barb Wire originated as a shot against another Dark Horse Comic.

STATUS: I’m Going With False

When the film adaptation of Dark Horse Comics’ Barb Wire came out in 1996, starring Pamela Anderson…

one of the taglines for the movie was “Don’t Call Me Babe.”

This is a reference to the cover of the first issue of Barb Wire’s ongoing series, by the great Adam Warren…

(Barb Wire debuted in 1993 as part of Dark Horse Comics’ “Comics’ Greatest World” project…


Many, many places (including the Wikipedia page for the Barb Wire movie which I am about to quote – but it is really LOTS of places) state:

The entire “Don’t call me Babe” leitmotif of Barb Wire comes from the original advertising for the Barb Wire Dark Horse comic book, in which she said those words to differentiate herself from a buxom, slightly airy comic book heroine named “Babe” created by John Byrne.

Only problem, of course, is that not only did Barb Wire debut in 1993, but the specific comic where she makes the “Don’t Call Me Babe” line ALSO came out before Byrne’s Babe made her comics debut (a few months later).

So it is extremely doubtful that they are making a joke reference to a character who had not yet actually appeared in a comic book. Heck, even if it DID come out after Babe, I think it’s a bit of a reach to presume its intent was to take a shot at the comic Babe.

I’m pretty darn certain that the joke is a fairly standard bit where Barb Wire is meta-fictionally taking issue with how Dark Horse is promoting her.

And the film’s producers undoubtedly liked the line so used it in advertising for the film.

Okay, that’s it for this week!

Thanks to the Grand Comics Database for this week’s covers! And thanks to Brandon Hanvey for the Comic Book Legends Revealed logo!

Feel free (heck, I implore you!) to write in with your suggestions for future installments! My e-mail address is

As you likely know by now, last April my book finally came out!

Here is the cover by artist Mickey Duzyj. I think he did a very nice job (click to enlarge)…

If you’d like to order it, you can use the following code if you’d like to send me a bit of a referral fee…

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See you all next week!

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