Welcome to the five hundred and forty-third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, did Kraven’s Last Hunt originate as a Wonder Man story? Why was Wonder Woman pulled from Justice League Europe? And was Bishop always meant to be Aboriginal?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Kraven’s Last Hunt originated as a Wonder Man story.
Kraven’s Last Hunt is one of the most famous Spider-Man storylines of all-time. Written by John Marc DeMatteis and drawn by Mike Zeck and John Beatty, it is based on the idea of the old Spider-Man villain, Kraven the Hunter, taking his fight with Spider-Man to a whole new level (a level Spidey is clearly not prepared for) in a shocking scene…
Kraven then dresses as Spider-Man and “bests” him at that, too (well, in Kraven’s mind, as well). Meanwhile, Spider-Man is buried alive. His love for Mary Jane, though, pulls him through, in a brilliant sequence…
As I’ve written before in an old CBLR, before the story was a Spider-Man story, it was a Batman story.
However, before THAT even, the idea originated as a WONDER MAN story!
You see, DeMatteis had an idea of a Wonder Man mini-series during the mid 1980s that would deal with Wonder Man and his brother, the villain the Grim Reaper. It would involve at one point Wonder Man being buried alive and digging himself out of the grave. This would sort of evoke Wonder Man’s joining of the Avengers, where he first appeared as a zombie after “dying.”
When editor Tom DeFalco turned the pitch down, DeMatteis reconfigured it as a Batman story and it ultimately became one of the most famous Spider-Man stories ever.
It’s funny how stuff turns out, huh?
Thanks to reader Samuel for suggesting this one!
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On the next page, why did Wonder Woman quit Justice League Europe after just one issue?
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