Hello! Do you think that you are an expert on the comic book characters? Are you sure? Because these ten mind-blowing facts about the greatest superheroes and super-villains will make you go insane. Let's go!
1. Peter Parker got molested as a child
We begin the list with the creepiest one! That's right! Peter Parker got molested as a kid. In a crossover story of Spider-Man and Power Pack, the hero overhears a naughty babysitter trying to insult a kid. Spidey crashes in this neighboring apartment and stops her. He then tells a story to little Tony: The story of a kid named Peter Parker. Peter once befriended a friendly guy named Skip (the friendly pedophile of your neighborhood). Peter and Skip spent some time together, but the man wanted more from the poor student. We don't know WHAT happened, but something happened. Something bad. Peter then encourages Tony to say what happened to his parents. It was an interesting story.
2. The infamous Ghost Rider canceled crossover story
I remember Casper, the friendly ghost, and his little innocent adventures. I also remember Ghost Rider, the demon hunter from Hell. I remember his flaming skull and his magical chain, which burned the souls of the criminals. The idea of the Ghost Rider/Casper crossover was suggested by the comic book writer Ivan Velez. In this story, the friendly ghost would have changed positions with the vicious punisher. While Casper spends time in Hell's Kitchen stopping bank robberies, Ghost Rider starts ruling the Harvey universe. This is not a parody. I'm serious.
3. Tony Stark is based on Howard Hughes
According to Stan Lee, Iron Man is based on Howard Hughes. Who is this guy? Basically, a real-life Tony Stark. Hughes was an inventor, a ladies man, a philanthropist, a business magnate and a very eccentric person. The similarities are obvious. This was the man who inspired Stan Lee.
4. Carnage was based on the Joker
That's right. Artist Erik Larsen draw Carnage based on the Joker. Well, this is pretty obvious. Cletus Kasady, the public identity of Carnage, was a sadistic killer and a maniac, just like The Joker. They have the same insane smile. The nose, the hair, the face! There are many similarities. Both of them are pretty mad and dangerous.
5. Werewolves were banned at Marvel
I know what you're thinking. That's crazy! Well, the organization known as the Comics Code Authority tried to make the comic books more kid-friendly. How did they accomplish that? By cutting down on violence? No! They banned Werewolves. Marvel tried to create new animal-human hybrids with the development of a character named Sauron. Sauron was a weird man/pterodactyl hybrid. Fortunately, the code was revised in 1971.
6. Batman and Robin shared a bed
This is something that haunted the Batman comics for years. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson shared a bed in Batman #84. This controversial picture led many fans to believe that Batman and Robin were gay. The homosexual and pederastic interpretations are now part of the academic study of Batman's mythos. The accusations were made by Dr. Fredric Wertham, who wrote the famous 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent. Many fans accuse him of trying to destroy the comics. Sadly, many people lost their jobs. Acclaimed writer Alan Grant stated that those claims were untrue. I agree. The only Batman who could have been homosexual is Joel Schumacher's.
7. The fans killed Robin
You think that the Joker killed him? The real killers were the fans and the readers. Jason Todd was much more annoying than his predecessor, Dick Grayson. Seeking a new way to interact with fans, Dc set up two 1-900 number 50-cent hotlines giving callers the ability to vote for or against Jason's death. The results? 5,343 votes for Jason to die and 5,271 for him to live. Jason was murdered brutally by the Joker in Batman: A Death in the Family. Although he later returned as Red Hood, his death was one of the most tragic in the entire comic book history.
8. All of the members of the first Justice League have died
The deaths in comics are notorious. Most of the dead characters are revived some years later. Marvel follows this rule too, but Dc often kills the MAJOR characters. Superman was killed by the monstrous villain Doomsday. Wonder Woman was sent to Hades by the demon Neron. Darkseid killed Batman with his Omega Beams. Martian Manhunter was murdered by Libra and the Secret Society. Flash sacrificed himself in order to stop the Anti-Monitor. Aquaman was killed in Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis. Hal Jordan died saving the Earth, by reigniting the sun. All of them were resurrected later.
9. Superman isn't as good as you think he is
Supes started as a big, bad bald guy bent on world domination! Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first drew him as a villain in "The Reign of the Super-Man". It is obvious that Lex Luthor took the role of the bad guy and the writers reimagined Superman as a hero. However, he isn't such a boy scout. Superman has murdered many times. He has killed many of his enemies, like Imperiex, Doomsday, Doctor Light, Brainiac and even a Kryptonian Dragon. In some parallel universes, he has also killed Lex Luthor, Batman, Mr. Mxyzptlk and Lois Lane. Other versions of him are dictators or puppets of the government like the one in Red Son and in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
10. Magic isn't Superman's "weakness"!
This is something inaccurate. Superman's weakness is Kryptonite. Magic can hurt him. Magic can hurt him like it could hurt every other ordinary citizen. He is just not invulnerable to magic. The Kryptonians don't have a specific weakness on sorcery or something like that. Superman's powers are the result of a natural phenomenon, not supernatural. This is why he is affected by most forms of sorcery.
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