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30th Jan '16 4:45:53 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/LarryNiven did the prestige format "Ganthet's Tale" for ''GreenLantern'', and inserted his own hard science twist to Hal Jordan's known abilities. Hal has to defeat a rogue green lantern, but they are too evenly matched. So Hal uses his ring to fly at near-lightspeed - backwards, away from the target. He then lets loose with a green energy beam of power. But because Hal is moving away at near-light, the beam is red-shifted, and transforms into a YELLOW beam, which bypasses the other lantern's defenses. This was used [[ItOnlyWorksOnce little if it all afterwards]]. Bizarrely enough, one of the few other places this turns up in was ''{{Superfriends}}'', where Hal Jordan is able to free himself from a bubble created by Sinestro this way.
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* Creator/LarryNiven did the prestige format "Ganthet's Tale" for ''GreenLantern'', and inserted his own hard science twist to Hal Jordan's known abilities. Hal has to defeat a rogue green lantern, but they are too evenly matched. So Hal uses his ring to fly at near-lightspeed - backwards, away from the target. He then lets loose with a green energy beam of power. But because Hal is moving away at near-light, the beam is red-shifted, and transforms into a YELLOW beam, which bypasses the other lantern's defenses. This was used [[ItOnlyWorksOnce little if it all afterwards]]. Bizarrely enough, one of the few other places this turns up in was ''{{Superfriends}}'', ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'', where Hal Jordan is able to free himself from a bubble created by Sinestro this way.
20th Dec '15 7:26:53 PM nombretomado
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* Just about every SilverAge ''Comicbook/TheFlash'' story is solved using a random law of physics, expressed by Barry Allen (a forensic scientist) as a "Flash Fact". Wally West, thankfully, remembers the lessons from his days as Kid Flash, though now he has the Speed Force to help him with all the [[RequiredSecondaryPowers stuff that can't be done by physics]].
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* Just about every SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Comicbook/TheFlash'' story is solved using a random law of physics, expressed by Barry Allen (a forensic scientist) as a "Flash Fact". Wally West, thankfully, remembers the lessons from his days as Kid Flash, though now he has the Speed Force to help him with all the [[RequiredSecondaryPowers stuff that can't be done by physics]].
19th Dec '15 4:12:11 AM DaibhidC
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* The creators of Comicbook/{{Asterix}} will frequently fudge dates for the sake of a story, or engage in blatant AnachronismStew for the sake of a gag, but they also frequently demonstrate that they ''do'' know a lot about Gaulish and Roman culture and history. For example, the horoscopes in ''Asterix and the Missing Scroll'' use authentic Celtic tree astrology.
6th Nov '15 3:44:49 PM nombretomado
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* When it comes to adding random (albeit often relevant) factoids into the dialogue, PeterDavid can outdo Creator/BrianKVaughan any day. * In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' the writers intended to have [[ComicBook/GothamCentral Renee]] [[TheQuestion Montoya]] be an actual alcoholic, not a light-hearted HardDrinkingPartyGirl. To help illustrate this, in one scene she takes a pair of aspirin while on a stakeout. The panel where she puts the pills in her mouth was specifically drawn to give the impression that she was chewing the pills and not just swallowing them; this is, apparently, "an old drunks' trick."
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* When it comes to adding random (albeit often relevant) factoids into the dialogue, PeterDavid Creator/PeterDavid can outdo Creator/BrianKVaughan any day. * In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' the writers intended to have [[ComicBook/GothamCentral Renee]] [[TheQuestion [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Montoya]] be an actual alcoholic, not a light-hearted HardDrinkingPartyGirl. To help illustrate this, in one scene she takes a pair of aspirin while on a stakeout. The panel where she puts the pills in her mouth was specifically drawn to give the impression that she was chewing the pills and not just swallowing them; this is, apparently, "an old drunks' trick."
21st Oct '15 4:23:33 PM nombretomado
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** In one ComicBook/{{X-Men}} story involving the space shuttle nearly everything was correct - and this comic was written before the first time a shuttle actually went into space. Props to Creator/ChrisClaremont! * {{Disney}} comics are not usually known for their accuracy, with one notable exception: Stories by the renowned comic book writer and illustrator Creator/DonRosa often present surprisingly accurate and well-researched history, geography and even science (for example, if you see some mathematical formula in some comic of his, you can be pretty certain the formula is, in fact, real and accurate). Rosa is known for the amount of research he makes for some of his stories.
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** In one ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen story involving the space shuttle nearly everything was correct - and this comic was written before the first time a shuttle actually went into space. Props to Creator/ChrisClaremont! * {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} comics are not usually known for their accuracy, with one notable exception: Stories by the renowned comic book writer and illustrator Creator/DonRosa often present surprisingly accurate and well-researched history, geography and even science (for example, if you see some mathematical formula in some comic of his, you can be pretty certain the formula is, in fact, real and accurate). Rosa is known for the amount of research he makes for some of his stories.
8th Oct '15 8:08:39 PM jormis29
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* In ''ExMachina'', everyone slips statistics or historical factoids into their dialogue without missing a beat. Then again the main cast is the Mayor of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and his staff. Politicians are usually pretty good at spewing out statistics. This is lampshaded when Creator/BrianKVaughan and Tony Harris meet by a statue (yes, inside the comic) and Brian starts to say something about the statue, until Tony interrupts him and pleads him not to say random factoids.
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* In ''ExMachina'', ''ComicBook/ExMachina'', everyone slips statistics or historical factoids into their dialogue without missing a beat. Then again the main cast is the Mayor of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and his staff. Politicians are usually pretty good at spewing out statistics. This is lampshaded when Creator/BrianKVaughan and Tony Harris meet by a statue (yes, inside the comic) and Brian starts to say something about the statue, until Tony interrupts him and pleads him not to say random factoids.
15th Aug '15 1:44:17 PM Dragon_Feathers
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** Film/SkyHigh also used this.
7th Jul '15 3:22:34 PM nombretomado
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* Early on in ''TheLosers'', some random criminals are ambushed while doing a deal at a dock, near their car. One advises his colleague to hide near the wheel well of the car, since bodywork won't stop their attackers' bullets, while the engine probably would. There are not many people who know this. [[WriterOnBoard There are even less who would mention it in the middle of an ambush]].
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* Early on in ''TheLosers'', ''ComicBook/TheLosers'', some random criminals are ambushed while doing a deal at a dock, near their car. One advises his colleague to hide near the wheel well of the car, since bodywork won't stop their attackers' bullets, while the engine probably would. There are not many people who know this. [[WriterOnBoard There are even less who would mention it in the middle of an ambush]].
7th Jul '15 5:59:51 AM Midna
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* Following the CosmicReboot of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', the writers needed to quickly refill the cast with new characters to replace the ones that had been written out - basically, any that hadn't been created by either Sega or [=DiC=]. To do this, instead of creating an entirely new cast of supporting characters, they decided to look to the more obscure bits of Sonic's history for inspiration, ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' in particular. This resulted in re-imaginings of such characters as Breezie the Hedgehog, Wes Weaselly, and even Professor Von Schlammer from "Boogie Mania" (the "pingas" episode).
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* Following the CosmicReboot CosmicRetcon of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', the writers needed to quickly refill the cast with new characters to replace the ones that had been written out - basically, any that hadn't been created by either Sega or [=DiC=]. To do this, instead of creating an entirely new cast of supporting characters, cast on short notice, they decided to look to the more obscure bits of Sonic's history for inspiration, ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' in particular. This resulted in re-imaginings of such characters as Breezie the Hedgehog, Wes Weaselly, and even Professor Von Schlammer from "Boogie Mania" (the "pingas" episode).
7th Jul '15 5:58:36 AM Midna
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* Following the CosmicReboot of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', the writers needed to quickly refill the cast with new characters to replace the ones that had been written out - basically, any that hadn't been created by either Sega or [=DiC=]. To do this, instead of creating an entirely new cast of supporting characters, they decided to look to the more obscure bits of Sonic's history for inspiration, ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' in particular. This resulted in re-imaginings of such characters as Breezie the Hedgehog, Wes Weaselly, and even Professor Von Schlammer from "Boogie Mania" (the "pingas" episode).
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