Donald Duck is an extremely popular pop-icon in Germany, where you can buy his comics at most newsstands. In their version, Donald uses a highly sophisticated level of language and "many Germans credit him with having initiated them into the language of the literary classics". mhpbooks.com/donald-duck-…
Nicolas Cage's copy of Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman and worth $2 million, was stolen from his house and found in an abandoned storage locker 11 years later. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Nicholas Cage spent $150 million on a 70-million-year-old dinosaur skull, a tomb, a $150,000 first edition Superman comic, pygmy heads, two European castles; one worth $10 million and the other $2.6 million, and 15 residences. He later had to return the skull to the Mongolian govt. cnbc.com/2019/08/09/why-n…
Matt Groening based The Simpsons off the locally well known comic strip "The Broons". His distant Scottish relatives used to send him the yearly annuals theporridge.co.uk/post/80…
In 2002, a Marvel comics writer based an alternate version of Nick Fury on Samuel L Jackson, using his image without permission. Jackson discovered this and nearly took legal action. Marvel offered to cast him as Fury if the character was ever in a movie. Jackson took the deal. time.com/5533325/nick-fur…
In the 1970's you could order a real live squirrel monkey from an ad in the back of comic books. Kids were shocked when they opened the box and a wild live squirrel monkey jumped out. boingboing.net/2008/11/03…
The U.S. Army promoted Donald Duck to the rank of Sergeant and retired him from active duty on his 50th birthday because Donald was never officially separated from service in any of his wartime cartoons or comics. headstuff.org/culture/his…
The first person to register for the first comics con, held in New York in 1964, was George R.R. Martin. syfy.com/syfywire/who-bou…
There are bronze statues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and Splinter) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, donated by their comics co-creator & university alum Peter Laird. umass.edu/gateway/feature…
When Don Rosa, creator of the immensely popular modern Donald Duck comics (and "The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck") tried to submit a comic book set in ancient Greece to the US mag Lexington Herald, its editor rejected it, stating: "We gear our comics toward a less intelligent audience". kentucky.com/news/state/a…
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby intended the Hulk to be gray. But the printing press kept having trouble with the Hulk's color and he kept coming out green. So he only spent the first few issues of his comic being gray. io9.gizmodo.com/the-many-…
In 1996 Marvel and DC comics created Amalgam Comics, which was the literal fusion of their two universes together, merging their characters into new ones, such as Darkclaw (Batman/Wolverine), Super Soldier (Superman/Captain America), and Iron Lantern (Green Lantern/Iron Man). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Spiderman was featured in an anti-drug comic book series in 1993. In the first issue, Spidey helps a kid's hockey team say "NO" to drugs comics.org/issue/86054/
The famous Spider-Man quote "With great power comes great responsibility" is NOT said by Uncle Ben, but originally appears in a narrative caption of the comic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
Love, Death, and Robots is a decedent of Heavy Metal an 1980 animated film based on the comic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Cartoonist, Mike Diana, whose comics often dealt with sexuality, violence and religion, was the first person in the United States to receive a criminal conviction for "Artistic Obscenity". The court also ruled that Diana was to submit to warrant-less searches, by police and the Salvation Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
During WWII, in the Philippines, **Rod Serling** and his platoon were watching platoon member Melvin Levy deliver a comic monologue when a supply crate dropped from above and decapitated Levy. One version of the story has the two men posing for a picture when it happened. honorstates.org/index.php…
Comic Sans was inspired by the lettering in Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The Japanese, Korean and Chinese words for "comics" are all derivatives of the Chinese term "manhua," which means "impromptu sketches." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In 1944 Lex Luthor was the first character in a comic book (and one of the first in fiction) to use an atomic bomb. The United States Department of War asked this story line be delayed from publication, which it was until 1946, to protect the secrecy of the Manhattan Project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex…
Rolling Stone Magazine published a 6-page article of future stand-up comic Bert Kreischer while he was attending Florida State University. The article, naming him the top partyer at the nation’s number one party school, became the inspiration for National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
In Marvel comics, The Beatles are actually a group of rogue skrulls who came to Earth to invade it but decided that the money and power was better. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Live squirrel monkeys were advertised - for real - for sale on the back of comics and magazines in the late 60’s/early 70’s. They sold for the low low price of $18.95. Many were purchased by children. Many of the monkeys attacked when opened. The attached is just one account. npr.org/2014/04/25/306868…
The double-edged sword used by Thanos in Endgame was inspired by the ThanosCopter; a bright yellow helicopter with THANOS written on the tail that he piloted in early comics. webbedmedia.com/2019/05/0…
Dr Zoiberg was in a superman comic. screenrant.com/futurama-d…
One reason Action Comics #1 from 1938 is so valuable is because it had a coloring contest which required entrants to tear out the last page of the Superman story in order to enter coinbooks.org/esylum_v16n…
There is a Marvel comic titled "Demon in a Bottle" in which Iron Man battles alcoholism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Christian Cooper was a writer and editor for Marvel comics and introduced the first gay male character in Star Trek Comics, Yoshi Mishima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Ching Chow, a comic strip that was filled with stereotypical Chinese jokes managed to stay in papers until 1990 and was popular among gamblers as they thought it contained secrets for sports betting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
During a meeting with Steve Jobs, Disney CEO Bob Iger brought an encyclopedia of Marvel characters to explain what Disney what be buying. Jobs claimed that he never read a comic book in his life and added he hated them more than video games superherohype.com/comics/…
Pat Morita, Mr. Miyagi, started out as a stand up comic and considered Redd Foxx his mentor youtube.com/watch?v=490Ts…
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon was created to sell the toy line by Playmates. They'd produce toys based on the darker indie comic only if they got a cartoon to promote it. They got different colored masks so kids could tell them apart and toned down drastically so parents wouldn't mind mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Today I learned of Mr. Skygack, from Mars. Running from 1907 to 1911, it is considered to be the first science-fiction comic, featuring the first extraterrestrial character in comics history. It also inspired the first cosplay, where a man wore a Mr. Skygack costume to a masquerade in 1908. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
While Comic Sans is hated by many people, it is very helpful for those with dyslexia. The irregular shape of letters in Comic Sans allows those with dyslexia to be able to read the letters properly. thecut.com/2017/03/the-re…
Today I learned about Utah’s β€˜otherworldly’ Cinamon Hadley β€” ballerina, goth queen and comic book character. The woman who inspired the look of the DC Comics character known as DEATH, by creator Neil Gaiman. sltrib.com/artsliving/art…
Andy Kaufman demanded that his alter ego, Tony Clifton, a drunken, cigarette smoking lounge singer/insult comic, have guest appearances on Taxi with his own separate contract. After showing up to set with 2 prostitutes, Clifton was fired. A week later, Andy showed up as if nothing had happened. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
The cartoon/comic strip staples of censoring swear words with *!?#& symbols (grawlixes), using starbursts or circles above a character's head to denote drunkenness (squeans), and wavy rising lines to indicate steam or heat (indotherms) were all invented by one cartoonist: Mort Walker fastcompany.com/1673017/q…
There’s a DC Comics superhero who’s a parody of Popeye. Captain Strong is an exceptionally strong sailor who gains super-strength by eating a mysterious seaweed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
George Clooney was in talks to play Nick Fury in the early '00s but pulled out after reading a Garth Ennis comic book in which Fury strangled a man with his own intestines businessinsider.com/georg…
Charles Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, hated the name of his comic, which was chosen by his syndicate (he wanted to call it Li'l Folks). As a result, most Peanuts collections and animated specials, such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, don't actually use Peanuts in the title. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Robin Williams, who was a big fan of the Ninja Turtles, provided Judith Hoag (who plays April O'Neil) with information regarding her character through his comic book collection. tulsaworld.com/news/local…
The original comic book Superman couldn't fly but only leap tall buildings. It wasn't until the 1940s, when animators for a new animated series decided it would be too difficult to routinely draw him bending his knees, that it was decided that Superman could take off into the air. newsarama.com/5489-10-thi…
The SHAZAM comic inspired Elvis Presley's look, from his hair to his costume - specifically the character Captain Marvel Jr. (aka Freddy Freeman). nerdist.com/article/shaza…
DC Comic's Watchmen was originally intended to use existing heroes from a company DC had just purchased. DC liked the proposal for the Watchmen but didn't want their new characters killed or made into villains. The Watchmen creative team reworked the Charlton heroes into similar substitutes. tcj.com/a-portal-to-anoth…
In the early comics, Aquaman went to college to learn about fish, where he gives himself the clever alias "Mr. waterman" only to out himself as Aquaman to the swim coach. youtu.be/qjzxS8SJ7Eo?t=18…
Marvel comics filed for bankruptcy in 1996 eonline.com/news/33907/ma…
In 1982, the comic strip The Far Side jokingly referred to the set of spikes on a Stegosaurus's tail as a "thagomizer". A paleontologist who read the comic realized there wasn't any official name for the spikes and began using the new word; Thagomizer is now the generally accepted term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
In a 1940 comics issue of "Look", Superman zooms off to Germany, where he picks up Hitler by the scruff of his neck. Superman repeats the process in Moscow with Stalin. He takes the two dictators to Geneva, Switzerland, where he delivers them to the League of Nations’ World Court for trial sequart.org/magazine/2369…
The city of Hutchinson, Kansas renames itself "Smallville" in honor of Superman's hometown every year for a few days while a comic convention takes place there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut…
During WWII, DC Comics featured a fictional President Roosevelt who asked all heroes to directly support the war effort. Comics often advocated for kids to support the war by buying war bonds or stamps and many schools held β€œWar Bond drives” nww2m.com/2015/10/home-fr…
Ann B. Davis, who later played Alice on The Brady Bunch, was the original inspiration for Pepper Potts in the Iron Man comic books. After a few issues it was decided the depiction was too obvious and the character was redesigned. cbr.com/foggy-ruins-of-ti…
Katie, the white-faced capuchin monkey who played Ross' monkey "Marcel" on Friends is still acting. She'll be in a new show this year as the companion to the last man on Earth in an adaptation of the post-apocalyptic comic series Y: The Last Man. theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
A Calvin and Hobbes comic from 1992 referred to the start of the universe as the Horrendous Space Kablooie, saying that "The Big Bang" was too boring. The term Horrendous Space Kablooie (or HSK) has since become popular among scientists, and has been used in books and university courses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
The crew manual for the WW2 German Tiger Tank was a comic book. darkroastedblend.com/2007…
Batman during the golden age of comics was very different from modern interpretations and he often used guns and had no problems killing people. gizmodo.com/7-times-batma…
The spiked tail of a stegosaurus didn’t have a scientific name until one was made up in the β€˜Far Side’ comics. Paleontologists loved the joke so much that they began using β€˜thagomizer’ formally. discovermagazine.com/2007…
Count Juan Raphael Dante, a director of the US Karate Association until 1962, didn't like the focus on ceremony, tradition, and protocol, over "effectiveness", so he created the "Dance of Death" system, taught in a mail-order booklet, World's Deadliest Fighting Secrets, advertised in comic books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Today I learned of Jim Shooter, a Comic Book writer who started writing comics at the age of 13 and sent them in to DC comics. The head of DC liked them so much that he immediately commissioned Shooter to write Superman stories. Shooter got a regular position at 14, working to support his struggling parents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Comic Sans was created for Microsoft Bob. A designer who had worked on child-oriented fonts felt Times New Roman was too formal for the younger users, so he based his work on comic books, specifically, The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. While too late to be used in Bob, 3D Movie Maker used it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Gerard Way, co-founder and lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance, is also the creator and writer of the comic book series, The Umbrella Academy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
George RR Martin (Game of thrones author) coined the term Metahuman (DC Comics) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
There's a 1971 essay written by science fiction author Larry Niven where he explains, in great detail, why having sex with Superman would almost certainly kill Lois. This essay is believed to inspire certain scenes in the infamous comic series, "The Boys" syfy.com/syfywire/the-boy…
There was a comic book series chronicling an alternate Superman timeline where he lands in the Soviet Union instead of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Joe Shuster, comic book artist best known for co-creating Superman, spent 6 years trying to find a publisher. As part of the deal which saw Superman published in Action Comics, Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to the character in return for $130 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Archie Comics is built on an idealized American city frozen in time, inspired by MGM’s Andy Hardy films of the 1930s. Archie himself debuted in December 1941, in Pep Comics No. 22, but the visual aesthetic first established by artist Dan DeCarlo in the late 1950s defined Archie vox.com/culture/2017/1/26…
Nintendo created a video game based on the Popeye comic strip, but could not acquire licensing rights for the characters. Rather than scrap the work that was done, it released with a new cast - a plumber, his girlfriend, and a gorilla - and was renamed "Donkey Kong" after the game's antagonist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
, JFK had a role in Action Comics #309, wearing a Clark Kent mask to protect Superman's identity when he appeared on a TV talk show. birthmoviesdeath.com/2013…
Tossing and turning in bed one night in 1934, twenty year old Jerry Siegel came up with the idea of Superman. He teamed up with his friend Joe Shuster and it took them six years to find a publisher for their comics timelineindex.com/content…
In the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics, the turtles enjoyed beer and not pizza youtu.be/VLZlPPzWp0o
"The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" is the featured story in issue #27 of Detective Comic which introduced the popular DC Comics superhero Batman in 1939. At the end of the story, it is revealed to the reader that Wayne is in fact the Bat-Man en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A near-mint copy of Action Comics No.1 dating from 1938 (the first comic book to feature Superman) now sells for $3.2 million fortressofsolitude.co.za/…
Stan Lee, co-creator of Daredevil, worried that blind people would be offended at how far he exaggerated the way a blind person's other senses are enhanced, until he started receiving letters telling him that blind people greatly enjoyed having Daredevil comics read to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Doom Patrol was designed by Italian illustrator Bruno Premiani, who was expelled from Italy for his anti-Benito Mussolini work. Premiani's last known original comics story was the three-and-a-half-page "Please Let Me Die" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
After a wedding between Clark Kent and Lois Lane was postponed, a writer jokingly suggested that they should kill Superman. News broke that DC Comics planned β€œThe Death of Superman" and received unprecedented coverage from the mainstream media. The comic book sold over six million copies. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_De…
Coheed and Cambria's music ties into an overarching storyline known as The Amory Wars which is told in a series of comic books written by the band's front man, Claudio Sanchez. grammy.com/grammys/news/c…
Neal Adams, artists behind the Batman comics, is a vocal proponent of the Expanding Earth Theory and has dedicated the last several decades to proving that our planet grows and continental drift is a fantasy. youtube.com/playlist?list…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles initially started off as a single-issue self-published parody by its two creators, parodying Daredevil and similar comics. It slowly but surely achieved mainstream recognition after it was noticed by a licensing agent, and became a major bestselling success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…
For a long while, in Christianity, Satan was not feared. He was more 'comic relief' and the butt of jokes. It was the increased belief in Witchcraft which eventually caused Satan to be feared. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Marine biologist, Stephen Hillenburg, created an educational comic book about tide pool animals called "The Intertidal Zone" to help educate his students. In later years after becoming an animator he began developing those same characters and concepts for what became "SpongeBob Squarepants." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Thor (MARVEL comics) conceived himself after he had incestuous sex with his sister. In Mighty THOR #296-298, Thor in a mortal form named Siegmund, rescues and falls in love with Sieglinda, his twin sister. After his death Sieglinda gives birth to his child Siegfried, who is actually Thor marvunapp.com/Appendix7/s…
In the Spawn comic book, Marvel and DC superheroes are imprisoned in Hell with their creators, making a meta-commentary on corporate vs indie publishers cbr.com/meta-messages-spa…
The Mayans created scenes very similar to today's modern comics, including speech bubbles, stink lines and naughty jokes. In one scene, a cheeky rabbit (dubbed the "Mayan Bugs Bunny") tells an old man to "smell your sweat, wizard penis." bbc.com/future/story/2016…
In the Peanuts cartoon the absence of adults and using a trombone to act as their voice was done to give Peanuts a unique point of view, bringing the comic down to the level of children, and not children from an adult's viewpoint. peanuts.fandom.com/wiki/A…
The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, created in 1827, was the first comic book printed in the U.S. and America's first newspaper comic. Its caricaturist Rodolphe TΓΆpffer described comics as a medium appealing particularly to children and the lower classes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
DC Comics published 7 different Supergirl series from 1972 to the present day. The release of the last issue of Supergirl in the first series was delayed for several months due to a nationwide paper shortage in 1974 and the 1994 edition was only 4 issues long en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The spiked tail of a stegosaurus is called a β€˜Thagomizer’ after a joke in a 1982 Far Side comic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Famed EC Comics artist John Severin refused to draw any horror stories for moral reasons. When publisher William Gaines suggested he was making excuses and just couldn't draw the style, Severin drew something so horrific that it gave Gaines nightmares. lambiek.net/artists/s/sev…
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge Comic Which Started in 1952 Is Still Ongoing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
Today I learned of Chicken Man. American radio series created by Dick Orkin that spoofs comic book heroes, inspired by the mid-1960s Batman TV series. It aired every day from 66-69 and was aired on 1,500 radio stations. It has been translated into German, into Dutch, into Swedish." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In 1987, Matt Groening intended to pitch a series of animated shorts based on his comic strip "Life in Hell". While waiting in the lobby, he realized it would require giving up his publishing rights, so instead, he hurriedly formulated his version of a dysfunctional family called "The Simpsons". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a third Raimi brother, Ivan, who is a practicing Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), but has also co-written numerous movies, TV shows and comic books with his brother Sam, and usually starring his other brother Ted. Including Darkman, Army of Darkness and Spider-Man 3 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
Marvel Comics writer Mark Gruenwald, upon his death in 1996, by request had his ashes mixed in with the printing ink for the collected edition of his series Squadron Supreme. Most first printings of the book likely contain his remains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Marvel Comics G.I. Joe #21 (1984) was a completely silent issue. Writer/Artist Larry Hama wanted a complete story - beginning, middle, end, conflict, characterization, action, solid resolution - without the word balloons, captions, and sound effects. gijoe.fandom.com/wiki/Sil…
Olive Oyl was a comic strip character for 10 years before Popeye was created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
A Spanish archives director who only showed up to work to sign-in & sign-out for 10 years. During the time that he was "working," he ran a male brothel and was an erotic comic book artist who created a busty superheroine named Fallarela "who hurls flaming Valencia oranges at her enemies" news.com.au/finance/work/…
The designer of the notorious font Comic Sans also designed Trebuchet, one of the most commonly-used fonts on the internet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
The "Thagomizer", the spiked tail on a stegosaurid dinosaur, didn't have an official name till the cartoonist Gary Larson did a comic about it, named it, and the scientific community just accepted it and started using it too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
When attending Comic Con 2013, Bryan Cranston disguised himself by wearing a mask of Walter White over his own face. People told him he sounded like Bryan Cranston, but didn’t realise it was him. The charade only ended when he removed the mask at the Breaking Bad panel. businessinsider.com/bryan…
Marvel has to publish a Captain Marvel comic at least once every two years to not lose their trademark on the name, leading to several different characters using the name as an alias en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…

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