Do you think you know all there is to know about your favorite comic book heroes and villains? We all think we know what our favorites were up to during their entire comic book period. However, there are things lost in history or things that were changed in time periods that we do not know of now.
Whether it is DC Comics, Marvel, or any other platform, the comic book world has a lot of secrets and hidden material lost in time. Usually this happens because our attention is drawn to another thing and something gets lost from the world.
What is most interesting is when these things are revisited. At times, the comic world goes into reset, and sometimes the movie world does this as well. The X-Men franchise was reset completely on the movie side of things, which not only allowed for us to remove the bad material from the last few movies, but it also allowed us to see the Deadpool movie due to the change.
Without this, we would never have been given the new material we’re getting now from that world. Meanwhile the worlds of DC and Marvel seem to be getting hotter, but you may be noticing a lot of new things on screen that you probably didn’t know of. We at The Richest want to help with that. So sit back and take a look at the top 10 things you didn’t know about your favorite comic book characters.
10. The Joker Wasn’t Supposed To Live After First Batman Appearance
The Joker is a crazed maniac that seemingly dressed like a clown and loved to create chaos and havoc wherever he went. He always loved messing with Batman and the one thing he never wanted to do throughout the comic books and movies was kill Batman. He loved the challenge of what would happen next.
However, potentially the greatest villain in the history of comics almost never was. Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, was all about using villains in a short-stop-shop sort of way. He liked to have them come in and then die off in some sort of fatal accident. The same was going to happen to The Joker.
That was until the editor Whitney Ellsworth saw potential in the character and convinced Kane to keep The Joker alive. He agreed and the comic geniuses added a panel showing The Joker coming back to life toward the end of the comic.
The Joker showed back up a bit later on and the adventures of Batman and The Joker began.
9. Venom Was Supposed To Be A Woman
We all know about the Spider-Man villain Venom, a Symbiote that creates an evil alien suit on the host it attaches to. The first real host it had that we know of well was Peter Parker’s bully Eddie Brock. However, that was not the original plan. Writer David Michelinie didn’t really know what to do with the Symbiote once Spider-Man discarded it, but we obviously needed it to make an appearance later on. David then was able to come up with a crazy idea.
He wanted the host to be a woman. Michelinie wanted for the woman to hate Spider-Man so much that she would want to kill him.
The story was a bit crazy, but this is how it was supposed go down. A very pregnant woman would be traveling in a taxi cab when the driver was distracted by Spider-Man. The driver would then somehow crash into this woman’s husband, because clearly him not being with her when she was so close by makes sense.
Sadly, the husband would then die in front of the wife’s eyes. Dark, dark twist here. She then loses her baby due to the shock, which sounds a bit medically inaccurate for the term we are talking about. Anyway, all of this would pretty much drive her mad. So she would be institutionalized due to a mental illness. She promises herself that she will kill the ones responsible for the death of her unborn child and her husband.
Michelinie would move over to The Amazing Spider-Man comic where he pitched this idea, but the boss in charge of the comic thought that a woman would not be realistic enough to be a physical threat to Spider-Man, who is obviously a superhuman. Eventually, the writer came up with the Eddie Brock character, which made a lot of sense.
Now Brock is the one we all associate with the Venom character in comics, television shows, and movies for Spider-Man.
8. Marvel Thought The Spider-Man Character Would Scare People Too Much
Speaking of Spider-Man, he almost didn’t come to be. Spider-Man has now become one of the most popular and beloved characters in the entire Marvel Universe, so to know he almost didn’t happen is quite alarming for fans to grasp.
As you’re probably aware, Stan Lee created the character of Spider-Man. He helped to create every major hero and most of the villains in the Marvel Universe in fact. However, his Spider-Man character was close to being canned when Martin Goodman, the head writer of Marvel at the time, thought the Spider-Man character was a “rotten idea.”
He felt that the people of the comic book world would be afraid of Spider-Man rather than see him as a great hero. His assumption was that people are scared of spiders so they would be scared of Spider-Man. Clearly the character does not look like an actual spider, but we’re glad Lee pushed this character along.
As usual, the legend was right when it came to his character.
7. Wolverine Has More Hidden Gems Than You Can Throw A Stick At
The Wolverine character is synonymous with the X-Men franchise nowadays, but the original plan was for him to just play a small role as a character called The Badger. Writers decided last minute that the Wolverine name was best. He actually made his first appearance in a comic book, not within the X-Men franchise, but as a hunter in The Incredible Hulk comic in 1974. He was responsible for tracking down Hulk and taking him out. He and Hulk had an amazing fight but Wolverine didn’t best him.
Wolverine is also Canadian, which is never really spoken about in the movies a lot but they did go back to those roots in the solo Wolverine movie. Another thing is that he was supposed to be a teenager, with the idea was that he would potentially come off pretty well with kids as one of them…but creators saw Wolverine better as a middle-aged guy who never left this age bracket with his looks. This idea then floated around a bit and eventually landed well with Spider-Man.
Creator Len Wein once thought about making Wolverine turn into a humanoid creature with animistic instincts. Due to the healing factor he has which allows him to not age or die, as well as the popularity of the character, Marvel writers have thrown Logan into a lot of random historical events over the years in the comics. One such example was having him fight alongside Captain America in World War II.
Another story that people forget about with Wolverine has to do with his role in the Ultron saga. When Ultron killed off most of the Marvel heroes, Wolverine figures the only thing he can do to save the world is to go back in time and make sure the robot was never built. So he does just that and in order to stop the build, he kills the creator Hank Pym. Thinking this would solve things, he goes back to find that the world is worse and that he has actually created rifts in time. The way he goes back in time is never revealed.
This story was the inspiration for the Days of Future Past movie we saw a little while back.
6. Cyclops Has Two Confirmed Brothers, Others Are Possible
One thing people do not know about when it comes to the infamous X-Men character Cyclops is that he has a huge history all his own, similar to Wolverine. One of the biggest things it seems no one speaks of regarding Scott Summers is that he has brothers, one of which made the last few movies we saw.
Dedicated X-Men comic readers know all about the Summers brothers’ mystery and how it evolved throughout the comics. However, those who are new to the comic world or do not know about the early material may not know about this.
One of his brothers is named Havok, whom you saw in the last two movies. The third brother is named Vulcan, who is the youngest of the two brothers. He is also said to be the most powerful of the three. He is also a villain in the series, which is a nice turn.
Interestingly, Havok and Cyclops are immune to each other’s powers. The same cannot be said for Vulcan, who again, is stronger than his brothers. Vulcan is resistant to both Havok and Cyclops while Cyclops is not immune to Vulcan. The only one who is immune completely is Havok, which is most likely due to the fact that he can absorb energy.
There are rumors of other brothers, but only three Summers brothers are known of so far.
5. Nick Fury Was White
When it comes to people, color does not matter. The skin color you possess makes you unique and awesome in your own way. However, when it comes to a character that is one skin color at one point, then another the next…there is some weirdness involved.
The Nick Fury character is white in the comic books, or was at least. In fact, he had his own movie in which David Hasselhoff played the role of Fury. It wasn’t a bad movie either…although I would not spend a lot of money on it.
However, in 2000 there was a new “Ultimate Universe” added in from Marvel. This re-imagined various characters and Nick Fury was part of the change big time. Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, the creators of Fury for the Ultimate world, actually modeled the character after Samuel L. Jackson if you can believe it.
This led to Jackson getting the part in the movies we know and love today. Weird how things change like that.
4. Lobo Was Considered To Be A Satire Character
Lobo has always been a personal favorite of this writer, but what is so funny is that he has created quite a following for himself after being around far less than some of the biggest characters in comic history. Lobo is quite an interesting guy, or alien, or something.
Lobo is basically an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. He’s like Deadpool if Deadpool was on steroids for 50 years and could travel from galaxy to galaxy. The character of Lobo is awesome. So it should come to the surprise of many that he was not always intended to be awesome.
He originally appeared in the Omega Men #3 comic back in June of 1983, but he was sparingly used in the comics. A new version of the character came about in the ’90s when he headlined his own comic, which was cool to see. He was a bit different from the original and was a huge biker type of guy with muscles galore. It was definitely overkill, but that was the point.
Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, the creators of Lobo, actually made him as a satire joke originally. Lobo was supposed to be a knock on the over-the-top changes to various characters like Thor and Spider-Man, who were getting new looks as highly muscular figures and not the normal looks they had before.
Keith Griffen as a creator did not get the love for Lobo, which is hilarious. He said in a 2006 interview with Newsarama: “I have no idea why Lobo took off… I came up with him as an indictment of the Punisher, Wolverine hero prototype, and somehow he caught on as the high violence poster boy. Go figure.”
It was over the top and clearly not cool for fans of the comics prior. Lobo was a shot at that. DC Comics basically shot out at Marvel and other companies with Lobo. It worked out for them as the other comics got laughed at for their crazy new art direction while Lobo became beloved.
3. There Is A Cocaine-Fueled Super Villain In DC Comics
Yes, DC has a super villain in their history that gets his power from cocaine. A villain called Snowflame, a Colombian bad dude, was first introduced in the New Guardians #2 comic in 1988. The New Guardians was a popular comic series among collectors as the comic only lasted a year. However Snowflame made this comic infamous.
Always loving a good high, Snowflame was a Colombian crime lord who was able to gain major powers from inhaling a ton of cocaine. Once he was sufficient in his awesome high, he would then talk about how cocaine was his God of sorts. Dude had a serious problem.
He also had an interesting look as he dressed in what can only be described as the tightest clothing you have ever seen on a man. It reminds you of something you would see in the world of figure skating.
Unsurprisingly, this was his first and only appearance as he died in the comic. A drug addict dying? I know, comics are so out of touch with real life.
2. Kryptonite Was Literally Created To Give Someone A Break
We always talk up our weakness as Kryptonite. We use this because it is the only weakness of Superman. Anything from his own planet that seems to shine green always seems to get to the Man of Steel.
The first time it was ever mentioned was not in a comic, funny enough, but rather a radio show in June of 1943 called The Adventures of Superman. Back during this time, television was just an idea and the internet was a fantasy. Radio companies knew that comic books were popular among the youth so they felt it would be good to add some radio content for those people, which is why this radio show got started.
Now iconic radio voice Bud Collyer supplied the voice for Superman in the show. After doing so many shows however, the man felt he needed a vacation and thus the writers of the show had to come up with a good idea to make people believe Superman could be gone for a while.
They created Kryptonite as a way to give Bud a much needed break, and the use of this radioactive substance has occurred in the Superman and DC Comics since. So literally, the most iconic weakness was created to give a man a break. Superman must hate radio.
1. Clark Kent Actually Works For Bruce Wayne
In one of the most hilarious twists you probably didn’t know of, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent are tied together in a funnier way than most realize.
We all know that Clark Kent, aka Superman, works as a reporter for The Daily Planet. This is the same place he meets Lois Lane and the same place he continues to work at for the entire existence of his comic book life.
Meanwhile Bruce Wayne is a highly wealthy person who owns and operates Wayne Enterprises. The company owns a lot of stuff, but what you may now know is that they actually own The Daily Planet. It’s true.
Wayne Enterprises owns a lot of stuff from shipping areas to an airline. So it is not surprising to believe they own a paper.
The Planet was formerly owned by Lex Luther, well before Kent or Lane ever worked for the paper. The point was addressed in the post-Crisis Comic. It claimed that Luther owned the paper only for Wayne Enterprises to somehow buy it out and it has remained under their banner ever since.
That means that Clark Kent has worked for Bruce Wayne ever since he joined The Daily Planet. While it is never spoken of between the two it seems, Wayne basically writes Kent’s checks. Therefore, if Superman ever did get on the bad side of Batman, he could fire him. He already makes terrible money as a reporter, so being jobless may not hurt the Man of Steel but it surely wouldn’t be good.