As you folks know (or, well, SHOULD know), the biggest influence, by far, for this series has been the impressive work of Barbara and David Mikkelson and their website, Snopes.com, which examines urban legends, confirming them or debunking them. They do a great job over there, and since I wouldn’t want to repeat something they’ve already covered, I figured I’d take this time to do a special bit where I post you links to a couple of prominent comic book urban legends that they have done over the years, just in case folks wonder why I have not covered these particular urban legends here.
URBAN LEGEND: Blood from KISS band members was mixed with the red ink used to print the first KISS comic book.
Click here to read about it!
URBAN LEGEND: Donald Duck was once banned in Finland because the character doesn’t wear pants.
Click here to find out how this rumor got started!
As an added treat, I found a nice piece in the Snopes FAQ that I thought described Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed quite nicely as well, so I figured I would share it with you all.
Q: Is everything on this site about ‘urban legends’?
A: In a strict folkloric sense, no. Urban legends are a specific type of folklore, and many of the items discussed on this site do not fall under the folkloric definition of “urban legend.” We are following the more expansive popular (if inaccurate) use of “urban legend” as a term that embraces not only urban legends but also common fallacies, misinformation, old wives’ tales, strange news stories, rumors, celebrity gossip, and similar items.
That describes Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed quite nicely. So put me down for a “what they said.” So if the term “urban legend” is quite sacred to you, and it causes you a good deal of stress to see it sullied so, well, I (and Snopes, apparently) am sorry for the inconvenience, but this format will continue this way. But I acknowledge how the term is most likely inaccurately applied!
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