Marvel and DC have been around for nearly eighty years, raising up many generations with their amazing stories, and colorful, extraordinary characters. Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Iron Man have defeated many villainous megalomaniacs, have found a lot of girlfriends, and have gone through tragedy multiple times. In fact, their adventures are so many, that even the hardcore comic book readers usually have trouble remembering the tiny details.
With the superhero movies conquering the big screen, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of these small details in the history of the Marvel/DC superheroes, the fun facts you didn't know about, the shady, controversial, and interesting parts of the superhero tales you're not going to find in the movies anytime soon!
1. Peter Parker Was Molested As A Kid
We begin the list with the creepiest one! In a crossover story of Spider-Man and Power Pack, the hero overhears a naughty babysitter trying to force herself on a small kid. Spidey crashes in the boy's apartment, stops her, and then he tells a story to little Tony: the story of a kid named Peter Parker. Peter once befriended a guy named Skip-- who apparently was your friendly neighborhood pedophile. Skip convinced Peter to spent some time together, but he soon showed his true colors. We never get to learn what happened, but something DID happen. The story ends with Spidey encouraging Tony to tell his parents about the incident with the babysitter.
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 who had a flaming skull for a head and a magical chain wrapped around him, which burned the souls of the criminals. For some reason, comic book writer Ivan Velez though that having these two in a crossover would be a huge success, suggesting a story where the friendly ghost would have changed positions with the infamous vigilante, spending time in Hell's Kitchen stopping bank robberies. Unfortunately, the idea didn't get the green light, and we never got to see Ghost Rider in the Harvey universe.
3. Michael Jackson Wanted To Buy Marvel
There's no doubt Michael Jackson was a very talented singer, songwriter, and musician. Although he has appeared in a small number of films, he obviously wanted to enrich his resume with more acting credits, since he tried to buy the company because he wanted to play Spider-Man in a movie. Unfortunately for the King of Pop, the deal never happened.
4. Carnage Was Based On The Joker
Carnage is a recurring Spider-Man foe and one of the greatest supervillains in the Marvel Universe. He made his debut in the 90s and he is the brainchild of writer David Michelinie and artists Erik Larsen and Mark Bagley. Despite the fact the creators were obviously inspired by Venom, another Marvel character, Erik Larsen confirmed that Carnage was also based on the Joker, Batman's arch-rival.
5. Tony Stark Was Inspired By Howard Hughes
Tony Stark undoubtedly is Marvel's secret weapon since the Iron Man films paved the way for all the other MCU motion pictures. Interestingly enough, Stan Lee has stated that he created Stark drawing inspiration from Howard Hughes, an eccentric American businessman, investor, and philanthropist who also produced many critically acclaimed movies like the first Scarface (1932).
6. Batman And Robin Shared A Bed
This is something that haunted the Batman fans for years. Although modern fans might not know about it, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson shared a bed in Batman #84. This controversial picture led many of the readers to believe that Batman and Robin were gay. In fact, the homosexual and pederastic interpretations are now part of the academic study of Batman's mythos. The first accusations were made by Dr. Fredric Wertham, who wrote the famous 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent.
7. The Fans Killed Robin
The real mastermind behind Jason Todd's death are the comic book readers, who found Jason Todd was very annoying and an unworthy successor to 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. Unfortunately for Todd, 5,343 votes for him to die and 5,271 for him to live. As a result, Jason was murdered in cold blood by the Joker and even though he later returned as the Red Hood, this tragic loss scarred the Caped Crusader for life!
8. All Of The Members Of The First Justice League Have Died At Least Once
The comic book deaths are like a field trip: you're out of town for a few days and then you return relaxed and renewed!
It will probably come as no surprise for you to learn that all of the founding members of the Justice League have died at least one time. Superman was murdered by Doomsday, and Batman was vaporized by Darkseid's Omega Beams in Final Crisis. Aquaman died in Sword of Atlantis but was later brought back in Blackest Knight. Wonder Woman sacrificed herself to save the Justice League in JLA: League of One. Green Lantern also sacrificed himself to reignite Earth's sun, while the Flash died in an attempt to stop the villain Anti-Monitor in Crisis on Infinite Earths. And last but not least, the Martian Manhunter was murdered by the supervillain Libra in front of the Secret Society.
9. Superman Isn't As Good As You Think He Is
Supes started off as a big, bad bald guy bent on world domination--kind of like Lex Luthor. In The Reign of the Superman, a simple man named Bill Dunn agrees to participate in an experiment which grants him psychic powers. Drunk with power, Bill murders the scientist who invented the miraculous formula which made him power and decides to conquer the world using his newfound abilities. However, he quickly discovers that the effect of the potion is temporary and loses his powers, changing back to his ordinary self.
10. Magic Isn't Superman's "Weakness"
It has been stated many times that Superman has two weaknesses: Kryptonite and magic--three, if you count the red sun radiation, too. This is partially true. Yes, magic CAN hurt Superman, just like it can hurt every other normal person. He's just not invulnerable to magic. The Kryptonians don't have a specific weakness against 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. So, saying that ''magic is Superman's weakness'' is like saying that ''magic is Batman's/Flash's/Green Lantern's/every other non-magical superhero's weakness''.