History EarlyInstallmentWeirdness / ComicBooks

25th Jun '16 12:10:08 AM Pichu-kun
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* The original ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' looked nothing like their more familiar look. It had the more realistic style of most 1940s comics before becoming stylized like it is today. Archie looked more like [[Magazine/{{MAD}} Alfred E. Neuman]] than anything. The characters were also younger and it initially lacked the signature BettyAndVeronica (Betty was part of the strip since day one, but Veronica did not show up until the fifth or sixth appearance).

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* The original ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' looked nothing like their more familiar look. It had the more realistic style of most 1940s comics before becoming stylized like it is today. Archie looked more like [[Magazine/{{MAD}} Alfred E. Neuman]] than anything. The characters were also younger and it initially lacked the signature BettyAndVeronica (Betty was part of the strip since day one, but Veronica did not show up until the fifth or sixth appearance).issue).
25th Jun '16 12:08:58 AM Pichu-kun
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* The early ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comics were very comedic and often even stranger than what we have today, with lots of [[NoFourthWall fourth wall demolition]], BetterThanABareBulb, and HurricaneOfPuns. This was more due to following ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' and using a few video game stages in the early days, as well as the fact that Michael Gallagher was the head writer. Sally was seen with varying colors of fur (red fur with blonde hair in her first appearance, pink fur with black hair up until issue 16) and Rotor was known as "Boomer" until about issue 6. Roboticization was shown differently with people with hypnotized eyes instead of out and out robots. The series wouldn't reach the [=SatAM=] levels until Dulcy showed up in issue 28 and a few characters will still seem odd looking back at them (for instance, look at Metal Sonic in issue 25 and look at him today). Once Gallagher backed off as head writer, the series began to resemble what it does now.

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* The early ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comics were very comedic and often even stranger than what we have today, with lots of [[NoFourthWall fourth wall demolition]], BetterThanABareBulb, and HurricaneOfPuns. This was more due to following ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' and using a few video game stages in the early days, as well as the fact that Michael Gallagher was the head writer. Sally was seen with varying colors of fur (red fur with blonde hair in her first appearance, pink fur with black hair up until issue 16) and Rotor was known as "Boomer" until about issue 6. Roboticization was shown differently with people with hypnotized eyes instead of out and out robots. The series wouldn't reach the [=SatAM=] levels until Dulcy showed up in issue 28 and a few characters will still seem odd looking back at them (for instance, look at Metal Sonic in issue 25 and look at him today). Once Gallagher backed off as head writer, the series began to resemble what it does now.



* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' was just as bad. For a while it was full of one-shots that barely related to each other, often with OffModel drawings. It took several issues for it to become plot-orientated, and even afterwards it took a while for it to drop the oneshot routine.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' had a bit of unevenness in the beginning: in addition to being a bit more violent than it is now, non-mammals and humans are seen in crowd shots and two human/oids have speaking roles [[HumansAreBastards (they're both villains)]]. Currently the only non-mammal characters are Lord Hebi, a giant snake, and his human boss Lord Hikiji, [[TheFaceless whose face hasn't been seen in ages.]] We can only speculate what foreigners could look like since [[MisplacedWildLife lions, tigers, and rhinos]] already live in Japan.
** Stan Sakai has stated that he regrets having made Hikiji human.

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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' was just as bad. For a while it was full of one-shots that barely related to each other, often with other (often featuring OffModel drawings.drawings). It took several issues for it to become plot-orientated, and even afterwards it took a while for it to drop the oneshot routine.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' had a bit of unevenness in the beginning: in addition to being a bit more violent than it is now, non-mammals and humans are seen in crowd shots and two human/oids have speaking roles [[HumansAreBastards (they're both villains)]]. Currently the only non-mammal characters are Lord Hebi, a giant snake, and his human boss Lord Hikiji, [[TheFaceless whose face hasn't been seen in ages.]] We can only speculate what foreigners could look like since [[MisplacedWildLife lions, tigers, and rhinos]] already live in Japan.
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Japan. Stan Sakai has stated that he regrets having made Hikiji human.



* The original Franchise/ArchieComics looked nothing like their more familiar, modern look. It had the more realistic style of most 1940s comics before becoming stylized like it is today. Archies looked more like [[Magazine/{{MAD}} Alfred E. Neuman]] than anything. The characters were also younger and it initially lacked the signature BettyAndVeronica (Betty was part of the strip since day one, but Veronica did not show up until the fifth or sixth appearance).

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* The original Franchise/ArchieComics ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' looked nothing like their more familiar, modern familiar look. It had the more realistic style of most 1940s comics before becoming stylized like it is today. Archies Archie looked more like [[Magazine/{{MAD}} Alfred E. Neuman]] than anything. The characters were also younger and it initially lacked the signature BettyAndVeronica (Betty was part of the strip since day one, but Veronica did not show up until the fifth or sixth appearance).
22nd Jun '16 11:02:00 PM EternityofSpirits
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*** Likewise, in his early appearances, Brainiac was just an alien scientist who collected cities in bottles. It wasn't for six years when it was established that he was a super-computer, a characterization that has stuck every since.


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* ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} made his first appearance as villain in a 1950 Batman story wearing an unrecognisable suit and having none of his later attributes. It wasn't until Dennis O Neil's run on ''Detective Comics'' that he was given his design and personality that would make him the face of the ComicBook/SuicideSquad.
5th Jun '16 5:59:52 PM comicwriter
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* Comicbook/{{Thanos}} was much slimmer in his first appearance, and had an outfit similar to Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}'s, complete with bare legs and a sleeveless top. Also, the Titans were uniformly shown to have purple skin, while later stories would establish that most Titans resembled humans, and that Thanos' odd skin color was the result of his Deviant genes.
4th Jun '16 9:20:58 PM Anicomicgeek
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* The ComicBook/FantasticFour wore civilian garb in their first two issues.

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* The ComicBook/FantasticFour wore civilian garb in their first two issues.issues and operated out of the fictional Central City.
7th May '16 11:01:00 PM NESBoy
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*** Clark Kent and Lois Lane didn't originally work for the Daily Planet in the fictional Metropolis. Instead, they worked for the Evening News in Cleveland, Ohio.
18th Apr '16 4:25:56 AM Arivne
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*** The first [[ComicBook/TheAtom Atom]] didn't have the character's signature size-changing powers, just superstrength and an "atomic punch. His costume was also totally different, with a yellow shirt and a cape.

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*** The first [[ComicBook/TheAtom Atom]] didn't have the character's signature size-changing powers, just superstrength SuperStrength and an "atomic punch.punch". His costume was also totally different, with a yellow shirt and a cape.
7th Apr '16 9:59:22 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** More related to later media, but some TF fans reading the original run might be shocked with little Megatron actually leads the Decepticons. After Shockwave enters the plot at the end of issue 4, Megatron is ousted from leadership and, when he returns, it's a in a duel leadership with Shockwave that ends in Megatron seemingly committing suicide. The Decepticons actually cycle through about six leaders over the series run, even more in the UK comics.

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** More related to later media, but some TF fans reading the original run might be shocked with how little Megatron actually leads the Decepticons. After Shockwave enters the plot at the end of issue 4, Megatron is ousted from leadership and, when he returns, it's a in a duel dual leadership with Shockwave that ends in Megatron seemingly committing suicide. The Decepticons actually cycle through about six leaders over the series run, even more in the UK comics.
31st Mar '16 2:44:31 PM HeadacheJohn
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** Furthermore, in Doom's first appearance, he doesn't have the grudge with Reed Richards that has come to define his character - they just happened to be at college at the same. His plot is a little less world-shattering as well - kidnapping the Fantastic Four to STEAL BLACKBEARD'S TREASURE. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And he didn't have a cape.]]
20th Mar '16 2:04:06 PM comicwriter
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* Moonstone from the ''Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' originally appeared in ''CaptainAmerica'' as a gun-toting [[BodyguardBabes henchwoman]] for Doctor Faustus. She didn't have any powers, nor were her trademark scheming and manipulative tendencies apparent.
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