History GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff / ComicBooks

28th Mar '18 1:43:21 PM EDP
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* A famous example are the Creator/{{Disney}} Comics. Largely faded out of American culture (especially once WDC&S went into the prestige format, and it started to be marketed to collectors rather than children, in general making it really hard to get besides actually subscribing), these continue to be produced in most other areas of the world, especially Europe, where they continue to outsell SuperHero comics. More specifically, relatively obscure characters can get their own books (such as Italy's love for Clarabelle Cow), or familiar ones can get very different interpretations; Mickey as a gritty detective, Donald as a GentlemanThief (see ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures''), Goofy as a Comicbook/{{Superman}} parody, etc. This may be related to their look, which is closer to old FrancoBelgianComics than to American comics. Another possibility in some countries is a long history of '''really good''' {{Woolseyism}}.

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* A famous example are the Creator/{{Disney}} Comics. Largely faded out of American culture (especially once WDC&S went into the prestige format, and it started to be marketed to collectors rather than children, in general making it really hard to get besides actually subscribing), these continue to be produced in most other areas of the world, especially Europe, where they continue to outsell SuperHero comics. More specifically, relatively obscure characters can get their own books (such as Italy's love for Clarabelle Cow), or familiar ones can get very different interpretations; Mickey as a gritty detective, Donald as a GentlemanThief superhero [[UnscrupulousHero with little qualms about hurting the villains]] (see ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures''), Goofy as a Comicbook/{{Superman}} parody, etc. This may be related to their look, which is closer to old FrancoBelgianComics than to American comics. Another possibility in some countries is a long history of '''really good''' {{Woolseyism}}.
24th Mar '18 10:57:20 PM nombretomado
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* SuperHero comics first appeared in Poland in TheNineties, thanks to the publisher TM-Semic. As a result, TM-Semic's three main initial titles ( ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', ''ComicBook/XMen'' and ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'') have much larger fanbases than other Creator/MarvelComics heroes or teams (the biggest Polish Marvel fansite evolved from a strictly X-Men website, then ran out of material). And because the only three DC titles TM-Semic published were ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', and ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'', while later they brought a few Image comics, much more people will recognize {{Spawn}} than WonderWoman (who possibly never even appeared in any TM-Semic comics). However, Vertigo titles and European Comics are still much more popular than the SuperHero genre.

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* SuperHero comics first appeared in Poland in TheNineties, thanks to the publisher TM-Semic. As a result, TM-Semic's three main initial titles ( ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', ''ComicBook/XMen'' and ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'') have much larger fanbases than other Creator/MarvelComics heroes or teams (the biggest Polish Marvel fansite evolved from a strictly X-Men website, then ran out of material). And because the only three DC titles TM-Semic published were ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', and ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'', ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'', while later they brought a few Image comics, much more people will recognize {{Spawn}} ComicBook/{{Spawn}} than WonderWoman (who possibly never even appeared in any TM-Semic comics). However, Vertigo titles and European Comics are still much more popular than the SuperHero genre.
26th Jan '18 2:17:55 PM DaibhidC
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* When Comicbook/BlackCanary joined ''Comicbook/BatgirlAndTheBirdsOfPrey'', the fact Dinah had been in a band in her own pre-Comicbook/DCRebirth title more or less got glossed over, they'd been kind of popular for a while, but that was ''months'' ago. Then there was a single-issue story set in Paris, and ''everyone'' recognises her as D.D., lead singer of Black Canary, because they'd been ''really big'' in France.

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* When Comicbook/BlackCanary joined ''Comicbook/BatgirlAndTheBirdsOfPrey'', the fact Dinah had been in a band in her own pre-Comicbook/DCRebirth title more or less got glossed over, over; they'd been kind of popular for a while, but that was ''months'' ago. Then there was a single-issue story set in Paris, and ''everyone'' recognises her as D.D., lead singer of Black Canary, because they'd been ''really big'' in France.
26th Jan '18 2:17:26 PM DaibhidC
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* When Comicbook/BlackCanary joined ''Comicbook/BatGirlAndTheBirdsOfPrey'', the fact Dinah had been in a band in her own pre-Comicbook/DCRebirth title more or less got glossed over, they'd been kind of popular for a while, but that was ''months'' ago. Then there was a single-issue story set in Paris, and ''everyone'' recognises her as D.D., lead singer of Black Canary, because they'd been ''really big'' in France.

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* When Comicbook/BlackCanary joined ''Comicbook/BatGirlAndTheBirdsOfPrey'', ''Comicbook/BatgirlAndTheBirdsOfPrey'', the fact Dinah had been in a band in her own pre-Comicbook/DCRebirth title more or less got glossed over, they'd been kind of popular for a while, but that was ''months'' ago. Then there was a single-issue story set in Paris, and ''everyone'' recognises her as D.D., lead singer of Black Canary, because they'd been ''really big'' in France.
26th Jan '18 2:17:04 PM DaibhidC
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* When Comicbook/BlackCanary joined ''Comicbook/BatGirlAndTheBirdsOfPrey'', the fact Dinah had been in a band in her own pre-Comicbook/DCRebirth title more or less got glossed over, they'd been kind of popular for a while, but that was ''months'' ago. Then there was a single-issue story set in Paris, and ''everyone'' recognises her as D.D., lead singer of Black Canary, because they'd been ''really big'' in France.
27th Dec '17 7:14:44 AM SeptimusHeap
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*** This concept was used again in 2008, in an Italian story arc called ''Ultraheroes'', which saw even more characters taking a costumed secret identity, along with the already-established ones: John D. Rockerduck and Peg Leg Pete (wearing a [[{{Spider-Man}} Doc Ock]]-like costume) on the villains' side, Gladstone and Gus Goose with the good guys, the latter as an ''ComicBook/IronMan'' parody.

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*** This concept was used again in 2008, in an Italian story arc called ''Ultraheroes'', which saw even more characters taking a costumed secret identity, along with the already-established ones: John D. Rockerduck and Peg Leg Pete (wearing a [[{{Spider-Man}} [[Franchise/SpiderMan Doc Ock]]-like costume) on the villains' side, Gladstone and Gus Goose with the good guys, the latter as an ''ComicBook/IronMan'' parody.
4th Sep '17 5:56:31 AM UchuuFlamenco
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** Gyro Gearloose is very popular in France, so much in fact that his French name ("Géo Trouvetou" which can be translated as "Geo Finditall") is widely used to describe a GadgeteerGenius in France even by people who don't actually know the character. He is still to this day featured in French Disney publications in his own titled comics almost as often as Scrooge McDuck, Donald, and Mickey comics. Little Helper (or rather "Filament") even has some comics of his own from time to time in mostly silent comedy-type adventures.

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** Gyro Gearloose is very popular in France, so much in fact that his French name ("Géo Trouvetou" which can be translated as "Geo Finditall") is widely used to describe a GadgeteerGenius in France even by people who don't actually know the character. He is still to this day featured in French Disney publications in his own titled comics almost as often as Scrooge McDuck, [=McDuck=], Donald, and Mickey comics. Little Helper (or rather "Filament") even has some comics of his own from time to time in mostly silent comedy-type adventures.
27th Aug '17 3:52:47 PM Waddle
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** Gyro Gearloose is very popular in France, so much in fact that his French name ("Géo Trouvetou" which can be translated as "Geo Finditall") is widely used to describe a GadgeteerGenius in France even by people who don't actually know the character. He is still to this day featured in French Disney publications in his own titled comics almost as often as Scrooge McDuck, Donald, and Mickey comics. Little Helper (or rather "Filament") even has some comics of his own from time to time in mostly silent comedy-type adventures.
26th Jul '17 4:40:07 PM bfunc
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** Duffy is an especially interesting case. He was originally created as purely "merchandise" (you could buy a Duffy bear at a toy shop in Disney World, but he wasn't an existing character from a movie, book or TV show). Then the owners of Tokyo Disneyland/Disney Sea (which is a separate company, ''not'' the Disney corporation) latched onto him and popularized him in Japan to the extent that he eventually got re-imported ''back'' into the US parks (though he's still not as popular there as he is in Japan).
26th Jul '17 4:24:35 PM bfunc
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** Even the creator disliked the name "Peanuts" (his original title, "Li'l Folks", was considered too similar to the existing features "Li'l Abner" and "Little Folks" and the name "Peanuts" was basically forced upon him by his syndicate). A lot of people even in the US tend to refer to the entire strip by the name of its most popular character, Snoopy, so it may be a better example of BreakoutCharacter than of this trope.
*** Cedar Fair Entertainment licenses many of the Peanuts characters for use in their amusement parks. The ''Peanuts'' themed area in each of the parks is known as "Camp Snoopy" and/or "Planet Snoopy", which is pretty good evidence that this is not an "outside the US only" thing.
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