History HilariousInHindsight / ComicBooks

20th Jan '18 12:00:14 PM lillolillo
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* Then-current ''Adventures of Superman'' writer Jerry Ordway would often say "Let's just kill 'im!" whenever the Superman writing team are stuck on ideas. When their proposed "Superman marries Lois Lane" story arc was temporarily shelved to avoid conflict with the ''[[Series/LoisAndClark Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman]]'' TV series (which also planned to marry Superman and Lois in a future episode), Ordway, at the next meeting, said, "Let's just kill 'im!" The end result was ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman''.



* [[http://superdickery.tumblr.com/post/33538729043/comicbookcovers-action-comics-317-october This]] comic, depicting Superman's face turning various colours from different emotions. Including [[Franchise/GreenLantern "yellow from fear".]]
* During [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Grant Morrison's run]] on ''ComicBook/ActionComics'', there was a one-shot issue about an AlternateUniverse version of Superman who literally began life as a comic character. In the story, it's stated that the corporation that owned Superman made him DarkerAndEdgier to [[WereStillRelevantDammit appeal to a modern audience]], thus missing the entire point of the character. Then ''Film/ManOfSteel'' came out the following year, with one of the major complaints being that WB had tried too hard to make Superman DarkerAndEdgier, to the point that he [[spoiler: killed General Zod]].



* From ''ComicBook/TheSupermanAdventures'', the title "Jimmy Olsen vs. Darkseid", come ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', when Jimmy does briefly have a battle with the lord of Apokolips.
* Creator/{{Seanbaby}} joked about [[http://www.seanbaby.com/superfriends/supermanc.htm rainbow Kryptonite that turns Superman gay]]. Later on, the comics would introduce pink Kryptonite, which reverses nearby Kryptonians' sexual orientations.

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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Action_Comics_Vol_1_317 This]] comic, depicting Superman's face turning various colours from different emotions. Including [[Franchise/GreenLantern "yellow from fear".]]
** During [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Grant Morrison's run]] on ''ComicBook/ActionComics'', there was a one-shot issue about an AlternateUniverse version of Superman who literally began life as a comic character. In the story, it's stated that the corporation that owned Superman made him DarkerAndEdgier to [[WereStillRelevantDammit appeal to a modern audience]], thus missing the entire point of the character. Then ''Film/ManOfSteel'' came out the following year, with one of the major complaints being that WB had tried too hard to make Superman DarkerAndEdgier, to the point that he [[spoiler: killed General Zod]].
** Then-current ''Adventures of Superman'' writer Jerry Ordway would often say "Let's just kill 'im!" whenever the Superman writing team are stuck on ideas. When their proposed "Superman marries Lois Lane" story arc was temporarily shelved to avoid conflict with the ''[[Series/LoisAndClark Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman]]'' TV series (which also planned to marry Superman and Lois in a future episode), Ordway, at the next meeting, said, "Let's just kill 'im!" The end result was ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman''.
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From ''ComicBook/TheSupermanAdventures'', the title "Jimmy Olsen vs. Darkseid", come ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', when Jimmy does briefly have a battle with the lord of Apokolips.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In ''Action Comics #270'' (1960), Superman dreams he has travelled to the future, and Linda Lee works as a reporter in the Daily Planet. Linda never was a reporter in the comics, but in 2016 she became one in ''[[Series/Supergirl2015 her Live-Action show]]''.
** Linda Danvers worked for San Francisco news station KSF-TV in the 1971-1972 period. Some years later a real life San Francisco TV station with call letters similar to the one in the Supergirl comics was started. The station is KTSF-TV, channel 26. It is an independent station broadcasting mostly in Chinese, serving the Chinese community there.
** In ''ComicBook/Supergirl1982'' 2 #17, Linda thinks about adding glasses to her disguise [[http://www.cbr.com/and-of-course-how-supergirl-changed-her-hair-from-blonde-to-brunette-and-back-again/ but discards the idea]]. Flash-forward several years and her disguises usually include glasses.
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Creator/{{Seanbaby}} joked about [[http://www.seanbaby.com/superfriends/supermanc.htm rainbow Kryptonite that turns Superman gay]]. Later on, the comics ''ComicBook/ManyHappyReturns'' would introduce pink Kryptonite, which reverses nearby Kryptonians' sexual orientations.
19th Jan '18 3:41:30 PM Corlagon
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** The entire reason Marvel declined to publish ''Comicbook/StarWarsShatteredEmpire'' and gave up the license to Star Wars altogether was that they thought nobody could possibly be interested in the franchise anymore. [[CashCowFranchise Hindsight is always 20/20, huh?]]
* An issue of Creator/MarkWaid's ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' run had [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent someone mistakenly referring to the hero]] as "Red Franchise/{{Batman}}". Cut to a few years later when it was announced that Creator/BenAffleck would be playing Batman in the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice sequel]]...

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** The entire reason Marvel declined to publish ''Comicbook/StarWarsShatteredEmpire'' ''Comicbook/DarkEmpire'' and gave up the license to Star Wars altogether was that they thought nobody could possibly be interested in the franchise anymore. [[CashCowFranchise Hindsight is always 20/20, huh?]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'':
** In an early issue, a character mentioned a TV series called "Agent of Comicbook/{{SHIELD}}". This was referencing ''Comicbook/NickFury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'', a then-current feature in another corner of Marvel's 'verse. 49 years later, we got ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' as an actual TV series. (Aw, just one letter off )
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An issue of Creator/MarkWaid's ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' run had [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent someone mistakenly referring to the hero]] as "Red Franchise/{{Batman}}". Cut to a few years later when it was announced that Creator/BenAffleck would be playing Batman in the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice sequel]]...
13th Jan '18 5:19:04 AM erforce
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* A 1996 issue of ''{{ComicBook/Excalibur}}'' has Pete Wisdom, in a wheelchair and a bald cap, humorously pretending to be Professor Xavier, including a reference or two to [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]] while he's at it. Four years later, Creator/PatrickStewart was in fact cast to play Xavier in the ''Film/XMen'' films.

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* A 1996 issue of ''{{ComicBook/Excalibur}}'' has Pete Wisdom, in a wheelchair and a bald cap, humorously pretending to be Professor Xavier, including a reference or two to [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]] while he's at it. Four years later, Creator/PatrickStewart was in fact cast to play Xavier in the ''Film/XMen'' films.''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.



** In an issue of Creator/KurtBusiek's ''Avengers'' run, [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] mocked D-Man and suggested that he go join the Comicbook/XMen, since they have much lower standards when it comes to recruitment. Namor later ended up joining the X-Men and played a major role in the ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' CrisisCrossover.

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** In an issue of Creator/KurtBusiek's ''Avengers'' run, [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] mocked D-Man and suggested that he go join the Comicbook/XMen, ComicBook/XMen, since they have much lower standards when it comes to recruitment. Namor later ended up joining the X-Men and played a major role in the ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' CrisisCrossover.



** A major reason Marvel cancelled ''The Avengers'' and relaunched it as ''New Avengers'' was because they wanted to get rid of the "dead weight" (characters who weren't in [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy live action]] [[Film/XMen movies]]) and focus on their A-listers like Franchise/SpiderMan and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, with ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and the Scott Lang version of Comicbook/AntMan specifically chosen to die because editorial thought they were worthless characters. Now, of those "dead weight" heroes, Hawkeye was one of the stars of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' (one of the highest-grossing films of all time), ComicBook/TheFalcon, ComicBook/ScarletWitch and ComicBook/TheVision are all Avengers as of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', and Film/AntMan and ComicBook/TheWasp, ComicBook/BlackPanther and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] are all getting their own solo films, while the X-Men are supposedly being buried because Marvel doesn't have the rights to make movies off of them, and Spider-Man may only be escaping that fate because Marvel and Sony were able to reach a deal to integrate Spidey into the MCU. What a difference a few years makes...

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** A major reason Marvel cancelled ''The Avengers'' and relaunched it as ''New Avengers'' was because they wanted to get rid of the "dead weight" (characters who weren't in [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy live action]] [[Film/XMen [[Film/XMenFilmSeries movies]]) and focus on their A-listers like Franchise/SpiderMan and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, with ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and the Scott Lang version of Comicbook/AntMan specifically chosen to die because editorial thought they were worthless characters. Now, of those "dead weight" heroes, Hawkeye was one of the stars of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' (one of the highest-grossing films of all time), ComicBook/TheFalcon, ComicBook/ScarletWitch and ComicBook/TheVision are all Avengers as of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', and Film/AntMan and ComicBook/TheWasp, ComicBook/BlackPanther and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] are all getting their own solo films, while the X-Men are supposedly being buried because Marvel doesn't have the rights to make movies off of them, and Spider-Man may only be escaping that fate because Marvel and Sony were able to reach a deal to integrate Spidey into the MCU. What a difference a few years makes...
11th Dec '17 5:55:02 PM nombretomado
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** Even more hilarious, Patrick Stewart related a tale from that comic while on the ''TheDailyShow'' promoting ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. Apparently, he was told about the comic during its production, as well as the fact that Picard and Xavier would be "facing off" on the cover. Sir Stewart jokingly objected, claiming "If I took that role someday, I'd be on the cover twice. That just doesn't seem fair." It's good to know that Sir Patrick Stewart himself appreciates this trope.

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** Even more hilarious, Patrick Stewart related a tale from that comic while on the ''TheDailyShow'' ''Series/TheDailyShow'' promoting ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. Apparently, he was told about the comic during its production, as well as the fact that Picard and Xavier would be "facing off" on the cover. Sir Stewart jokingly objected, claiming "If I took that role someday, I'd be on the cover twice. That just doesn't seem fair." It's good to know that Sir Patrick Stewart himself appreciates this trope.
2nd Dec '17 12:03:16 PM fruitstripegum
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* The original ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Kathy Kane, was introduced in the '50s in response to [[MoralGuardian Dr. Frederic Wertham's]] allegations that Batman and Robin were [[HoYay lovers]]. The current version of Batwoman, Kate Kane, is a lesbian.




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* "National Comics #18" depicted [[ComicBook/FreedomFighters Uncle Sam]] defending Pearl Harbor from an air assault. It was released a ''month'' before the real attack on Pearl Harbor.
14th Oct '17 2:07:51 AM jormis29
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* In 1996 Marvel and DC made a crossover ({{Elseworlds}}) Batman & Captain America. No comment about the story itself, however epilogue has a very significant detail. Batman and Robin found frozen Cap, and save him. Then they reveal that Batman is now Dick Grayson former Robin (and Bruce retired now), and Robin is... Bruce Wayne Jr. son of the original Batman! Now where have i heard that one before?

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* In 1996 Marvel and DC made a crossover ({{Elseworlds}}) Batman & Captain America.''ComicBook/BatmanAndCaptainAmerica''. No comment about the story itself, however epilogue has a very significant detail. Batman and Robin found frozen Cap, and save him. Then they reveal that Batman is now Dick Grayson former Robin (and Bruce retired now), and Robin is... Bruce Wayne Jr. son of the original Batman! Now where have i heard that one before?
25th Sep '17 5:52:40 AM jormis29
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** Similar WordOfGod tripping-up occurs in the afterword to ''[[ComicBook/TheFlash The Return of Barry Allen]]'', a storyline in which Barry Allen does not actually return (yet). Mark Waid hyperbolically describes being driven up a bell tower with a rifle out of sheer exasperation at people asking him to bring back Barry.

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** Similar WordOfGod tripping-up occurs in the afterword to ''[[ComicBook/TheFlash The Return of Barry Allen]]'', ''ComicBook/TheReturnOfBarryAllen'', a storyline in which Barry Allen does not actually return (yet). Mark Waid hyperbolically describes being driven up a bell tower with a rifle out of sheer exasperation at people asking him to bring back Barry.
25th Sep '17 12:35:23 AM Anicomicgeek
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** Another one with Spider-Man. Creator/PeterDavid wrote that Ned Leeds was the original Hobgoblin. Not only was this questionable, but the original writer of the Hobgoblin mystery, Roger Stern, came back to do a miniseries where it was revealed Leeds wasn't the original Hobgoblin at all. [[http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.peter-david/msg/4e9186e3c4855006?hl=en& Even if David himself doesn't appreciate the irony]], one does have to find it a little funny that the same thing happened to him about the (Green) Goblin mystery in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099''. That said, you can't really place the blame on Creator/PeterDavid, though, since it was all a [[http://www.spideykicksbutt.com/SquanderedLegacy/SquanderedLegacyPart2.html massive editorial imbroglio]]. Not quite as bad as the Clone Saga, but every time the writer or editor on Amazing Spider-Man was changed, the Hobgoblin story got further and further from where Stern had meant it to go. [[spoiler:And with the current comic pulling CanonDiscontinuity on everything that happened after David left, as was able to do what Stern did with Roderick Kingsley and reveal that Father Jennifer is the Goblin]].

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** Another one with Spider-Man. Creator/PeterDavid wrote that Ned Leeds was the original Hobgoblin. Not only was this questionable, but the original writer of the Hobgoblin mystery, Roger Stern, came back to do a miniseries where it was revealed Leeds wasn't the original Hobgoblin at all. [[http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.peter-david/msg/4e9186e3c4855006?hl=en& Even if David himself doesn't appreciate the irony]], one does have to find it a little funny that the same thing happened to him about the (Green) Goblin mystery in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099''. That said, you can't really place the blame on Creator/PeterDavid, though, since it was all a [[http://www.spideykicksbutt.com/SquanderedLegacy/SquanderedLegacyPart2.html massive editorial imbroglio]]. Not quite as bad as the Clone Saga, but every time the writer or editor on Amazing Spider-Man was changed, the Hobgoblin story got further and further from where Stern had meant it to go. [[spoiler:And with the current comic pulling CanonDiscontinuity on everything that happened after David left, as he was able to do what Stern did with Roderick Kingsley and reveal that Father Jennifer is the Goblin]].
23rd Sep '17 8:34:03 PM nombretomado
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** The tie-in to ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' has a scene where a group of NSA employees discuss the public backlash stemming from the death of Goliath, and one of them claims that it's irrelevant since the black vote won't matter in the next presidential election anyway. [[BarackObama He was slightly off with that prediction]].

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** The tie-in to ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' has a scene where a group of NSA employees discuss the public backlash stemming from the death of Goliath, and one of them claims that it's irrelevant since the black vote won't matter in the next presidential election anyway. [[BarackObama [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama He was slightly off with that prediction]].
4th Aug '17 2:23:07 PM comicwriter
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*** In another Disney-related coincidence, in ''The Avengers'' #87, the story that recounted Black Panther's origin, Goliath referred to Wakanda as a "jungle version of Disneyland."

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*** In another Disney-related coincidence, Goliath referred to Wakanda as a "jungle version of Disneyland" in ''The Avengers'' #87, the story that recounted Black Panther's origin, Goliath referred to Wakanda as a "jungle version of Disneyland." origin.
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