Secret Wars #8 (1984)
The origins of the Venom symbiote in the comic: on an alien planet, Thor and Hulk told Spidey there was a machine that could repair his costume…and Spidey used the wrong machine.
The idea of a the new costume came from a fan, Randy Schueller In a writing contest organized by Marvel, he submitted the idea of a black costume made from the same unstable molecules than the Fantastic Four costumes, and designed by the Wasp. The unstable molecules would flow into Peter’s pores and allow him to cling to walls better. Marvel bought the idea for $220 and asked Schueller to write a story. The story wasn’t accepted. One year later, in Secret Wars, the black costume appeared, in a very different way. More details here.
Do you know the complicated history of the Captain Marvels ?
– 1940: Captain Marvel (alias of Billy Batson, a kid transformed by magic) appeared in Whiz Comics, published by Fawcett Comics. In the mid 1940′s, he is the most popular superhero in the US (more than Superman), selling more than 1,4 million copies an issue. Fawcett created an entire family of spin-off characters.
– 1940′s: DC Comics sued Fawcett, alleging Captain Marvel was too similar to Superman (even if their alter ego, Clark Kent and Billy Batson, are very different). After a long legal dispute, DC won in 1951. At this time, the super-heroes popularity was declining, Fawcett abandoned the fight. They paid $400,000 in damages to DC and cancelled all their super-hero publications in 1953.
– 1966 : A small company, M.F. Enterprise, created a new character, an alien robot named Captain Marvel, not very popular or memorable. Marvel Comics (previously known as Atlas Comics, they changed their name in 1961) didn’t like the apparition of a hero named “Marvel” outside of their publications. They convinced M.F. Enterprises to cease their series after five issues, paying M.F. a settlement of $4,500.
– 1967: Marvel Comics saw an opportunity to license the “Captain Marvel” name, so they created a new hero, a Kree officer, Captain Mar-Vell. To keep the rights, Marvel had to publish the title at least once every two years since, leading to a number of ongoing series, limited series, and one-shots featuring a range of characters using the Captain Marvel alias.
– 1967: In a Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) story, first appearance of Carol Danvers, an Air Force officer. In a 1977 comic, she acquired super powers and became Ms. Marvel. In 2012, she became the new Captain Marvel.
– 1972: DC Comics licensed the Fawcett characters and added them to their universe. But Marvel had the rights for the title “Captain Marvel”, so DC renamed their book Shazam ! In a 2011 relaunch, Shazam became the official alias of Billy Batson.
– 2019: Release of a Shazam! (Billy Batson) film and a Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) film. Both films are an attempt to add something new to their respective universe: a lighter film for the DCEU and a leading super heroine for the MCU.
source: Toonopedia and wikipedia articles about the various “Captain Marvel”.
A tribute to Christopher Reeve’s Superman on his 66th birthday.
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