Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side comics, is teaching himself digital art and has started to make new comics again. thefarside.com/new-stuff
A comic strip in 1986 called Doonesbury ridiculed a Palm Beach law requiring all "servant" workers to register with the police and get fingerprinted. This ridicule was so effective that they passed a new law banning the practice, called The Doonesbury Law. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, never approved a Hobbes plush toy. He said the comic strip is ambiguous as to whether Hobbes is a real tiger or a child's stuffed animal and creating a toy would destroy the magic. It's estimated he lost out on over $300 million in merchandising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Marge Simpson's hairstyle was originally designed to hide rabbit ears for an eventual reveal that she was secretly a rabbit from Matt Groening's comic strip "Life in Hell." cbr.com/tv-legends-reveal…
When Miles Morales was introduced in Marvel Comic books some people believed he was replacing the original Spider-Man. He was actually replacing the β€œUltimate” version of Spider-Man, a new adaptation of the comics, while the original was untouched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In 1964 Andy Warhol directed a feature film where Batman battles Dracula, imaginatively titled β€œBatman Dracula”. The film was never released as Warhol failed to get permission to use the character from DC Comics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
When a (usually animated, comic book, etc.) character seems to summon an item from thin air, it's supposed to be called the 'hammerspace' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Civil rights legend John Lewis once attended Comic-Con dressed as himself during the March on Selma. He led the children in a march around the convention center wearing the same kind of coat and backpack as he did at Selma. businessinsider.com/john-…
The British publisher of the Tintin comic book The Black Island was so annoyed by its portrayal of the UK having dozens of errors that the book had to be redrawn for the British version. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The use of the word "milquetoast" to mean someone ineffectual or weak derives from the name of a once hugely popular American Newspaper Comic Strip character, "Caspar Milquetoast", who appeared in the comic strip "The Timid Soul" from 1925 - 1953. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
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-…
Mark Hamill went to Comic-Con dressed as a stormtrooper and took photos with a bunch of unknowing fans cnn.com/2018/07/23/entert…
In the late 1990's Michael Jackson nearly bought Marvel Comics so he could star as Spider-Man in the first movie. Michael Jackson and Stan Lee were going to buy the company together. When the deal fell through, he also attempted to play Professor X in the first X-Men movie cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The Umbrella Academy comic was written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The idea behind the relocation of the Abu Simbel temples in Egypt was given by an Italian Donald Duck comics story, where Scrooge McDuck cuts the giant statues into blocks. ventennipaperoni.com/2019…
The Tick originated as a mascot for the newsletter of a chain of comic book stores in the Boston area en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic…
Today I learned about the "Milverine" a man in Milwaukee who resembles the comic book hero Wolverine. He walks around shirtless outside, and is such a local hero he has his own bobblehead and beer. youtu.be/HDxixx4i7fg
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…
Pope John Paul II got a biographical comic book published by Marvel Comics in 1982 catholicnewsagency.com/ne…
Today I learned of Ian Levine who created early Hi-NRG dance track So Many Men, So Little Time (1983) and was a fan of Doctor Who, responsible for the return of many of its lost episodes. He also once owned a collection containing every DC comic book sold at retail from the 1930s to 2004 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian…
Following his loss to Muhammad Ali, George Foreman fought five heavyweights consecutively, over the course of 33 minutes, in one night. Ali provided commentary throughout. The event was described by the New York Times as "a carnival atmosphere that often was more comic than competitive." thesportsman.com/features…
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…
[] The term "yellow journalism" was coined in the mid-1890s to characterize the sensational journalism in the circulation war between Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal. The comic character "The Yellow Kid" featured heavily in this competition. wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow…
The Flash Gordon comic strip is still ongoing. comicskingdom.com/flash-g…
Comic Sans was created for Microsoft Bob, "..one of Microsoft's more visible product failures..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Readers voted via telephone calls whether to kill or save Robin for the Batman: A Death in the Family Comic (#428 issue). Approximately 10,614 calls were received. Of those, 5271 backed Robin while 5343 voted to kill him. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Since comics were banned on the set of X-Men by Bryan Singer, Kevin Feige (a mere associate producer at the time) would slip Hugh Jackman some of his favorite Wolverine comics to help him learn more about the character slashfilm.com/no-comics-o…
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…
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…
For April Fools, 1997, comic strip artists pulled a switcheroo and drew each other’s comic strips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The basketball term "Alley Oop" actually comes from football, which in turn took it from a syndicated comic strip created December 5, 1932. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Marvel Comics' Thanos and DC Comics' Darkseid, as well as sharing many other similarities, were created by the same person en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Neil Gaiman is a huge fan of David Bowie and Lucifer from the comic book series The Sandman was made to resemble David Bowie at Neil Gaiman's request. bookriot.com/remembering-…
In the comic Avengers #19, it is revealed that Tony Stark, aka "Ironman", bought Area 51, when it was quietly put up for sale by the government. screenrant.com/marvel-iro…
One Piece, a Japanese comic book, is the best selling comic book series made by a single author guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The Simpsons had an official Death Note crossover comic in treehouse of horror #14 where Bart Simpson is Light Yagami and Lisa Simpson is L and Krusty the clown is Ryuk simpsonswiki.com/wiki/The…
Marvel, DC, and other major comic book publishers adopted the "Comics Code" in 1954. Under the Code, criminals could not be depicted sympathetically, and police, judges, and government officials could not be shown as corrupt. The code was revised over time and was abandoned in the 2000s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Comic Sans is one of the best fonts for people with dyslexia arcstone.com/blog/designi…
The creator of Comic Sans has only used the font once, to send a letter complaining about his broadband. He received a Β£10 refund theguardian.com/artanddes…
Chris Evans portrayed a DC comic book character between his Human Torch and Captain America roles mtv.com/news/1635649/the-…
The Far Side's cartoonist, Gary Larson, has three species of of insects, one a chewing louse, named after him to thank him for the celebration of science in the comic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
In the 2007 comic book series of "The Boys", Hughie was modeled off Simon Pegg... who then later played as Hugie's father in the Amazon Prime Show in 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
One of the most widely recognized statements about internet culture is a New York comic from the 1990s that says, "Nobody on the internet knows you're a dog." This kind of passing as something else is much easier using social media, hence "passing as a dog". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, briefly did a comic strip about Mr. Potato Head in the early 2000s middletownpress.com/news/…
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…
Comic books were linked to juvenile delinquency and subjected to censorship vox.com/2014/12/15/732660…
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…
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…
Herge published his comic book 'The Adventures of Tintin: Explorers on the Moon' in 1954, 15 years before Neil Armstrong became the first man to land on the Moon en.tintin.com/albums/show…

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