July 10, 2014

What you may not have known about Marvel Comics

Buzzfeed has a list of 36 Things You Probably Donít Know about the comics giant. Here are some of the facts that I (amazingly) did not know:

  • 2. Stan Lee put a hyphen in Spider-Manís name so it would look different from Superman in print.

  • 5. Marvel had a rule in the mid-í70s that Wolverine did not have arm hair while in costume, but could have arm hair when he was in regular clothing.

  • 9. Martin Goodman tried to talk Stan Lee and Steve Ditko out of introducing Spider-Man because he insisted that kids hate spiders.

  • 10. Neal Tennant, the lead singer of the Pet Shop Boys, was an editor at Marvelís U.K. office in the late í70s.

  • 17. Michael Jackson looked into buying Marvel Comics in the late í90s because he wanted to play Spider-Man in a movie.

OK, a big WTF to that last one.

How about #7 -- Marvel had an opportunity to acquire DC's characters?? (That's Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, etc. in case you somehow didn't know.) Astonishingly, Marvel declined ... because it thought the characters "weren't very good"?

Interestingly, #16's info about Marvel owning the trademark to the term "zombie" doesn't include the fact that the company actually could not use that term in its comics during the time-frame noted due to Comics Code rules. The term "zuvembie" was used as a substitute, as was the case in some issues of The Avengers circa the mid-#150s.

And #26 should come as no surprise. Rob Liefeld ... and a rip-off? It's not as if it hadn't happened before!

Posted by Hube at July 10, 2014 12:28 PM | TrackBack

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I don't even want to know what Michael Jackson as Spider-Man would've entailed.

Posted by: Carl at July 11, 2014 02:34 AM

@ Carl

Still probably would've been better than "One More Day."

Posted by: tops116 at July 14, 2014 12:45 AM

#7 has always intrigued me, given that Marvel integrating DC into their universe would have made for some great crossover action (JLA/Avengers, X-Men/Titans, etc). I didn't know they had just declined, though...

Posted by: Starfire at July 16, 2014 08:09 AM

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