Was Superman a Spy? by Brian Cronin
And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

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Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture

Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry, including:

* Elvis Presley's trademark hairstyle was based on a comic book character (True)
* Stan Lee featured a gay character in one of Marvel's 1960s war comics (False)
* Wolverine of the X-Men was originally meant to be an actual wolverine! (True)
* What would have been DC's first black superhero was changed at the last moment to a white hero (True)
* A Dutch inventor was blocked from getting a patent on a process because it had been used previously in a Donald Duck comic book (True)

With many more legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must-have for the legions of comic book fans and all seekers of "truth, justice, and the American way."


 

About Brian Cronin

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BRIAN CRONIN is the creator of the “Comics Should Be Good” blog, which has been running for five years and gets over 30,000 hits a day. He lives in Astoria, New York.
 
Published March 24, 2009 by Plume. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Comics were reprinted completely out of order (like FF #47 – part 2 of a 2-parter – was published months before FF #46 – part 1 of a 2-parter – etc.), newer stories were mixed with older stories in one issue and the translations of the names were pretty inconsistent in the first issues.

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TV, Comic Books.

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Outside of the famous opening story, “To Kill a Legend,” by Alan Brennert and Dick Giordano, Detective Comics #500 had a series of short stories by different writers – Len Wein wrote one with Jim Aparo starring Slam Bradley, one of the original features in Detective Comics (in the pre-Batman days...

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Beyond that, Marvel is turning their attention to “Super Hero Squad.” Marvel feels that Mini Marvels will confuse their Super Hero Squad branding too much, so there are currently no plans to continue Mini Marvels.

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Marvel put adds in their books months before X-Factor 149 was cancelled stating that issue 150 of X-Factor we were supposed to learn the identity of Graydon Creed’s killer.

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So, coupled with the many accounts of his baseball acumen from the people who knew him as a youth, plus the fact that Frazetta has consistently told the story over the years (with just the specifics moving a bit as time goes by), I’m willing to say that yes, Frazetta did, indeed, turn down a prof...

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His first story in a comic book and Lee is already adding to comic book lore!.

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TV, Comic Books.

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In recent Comic Book Legends Revealed installments, I’ve discussed the false legends that Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons were used to test lunacy (in the sense that if you understand them, you must be crazy) and that Addams himself was driven insane by one of his cartoons (including a cartoo...

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I’m not sure if the comic came out as the interest in the toys was dying or if it was my interest in the toys that were dying, but the toys seemed to disappear sometime after the comic came out.

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Boy Comics was published all the way up to 1955, making Crimebuster one of the only superheroes besides Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to survive and thrive beyond the 40’s and into the age of the Comics Code Authority.

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When you compare Lee and Kirby’s comics or Lee and Ditko’s comics to the comics written by Kirby and Ditko solo, it becomes obvious that Lee was still doing most (but not all) of the plotting throughout his credited runs.

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