Comic Book Urban Legends

The Comics Should Be Good blog is creating a database of comic book urban legends. I don't recognize all the names and characters referred to, but it makes for interesting reading anyway. Here's a few samples (full explanations for all of these at Comics Should Be Good):

Wolverine's costume was patterned in part on the uniforms of the Michigan Wolverines football team. (False)

Joker was originally killed off in his SECOND appearance! (True)

Wolverine was initially intended to be a genetically mutated wolverine. (True)

Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston invented the polygraph test! (False)

Marvel Comics licenses the use of the name "Hulk" to Hulk Hogan. (False, now... but it used to be true)

Marvel HAS to publish a Captain Marvel comic book. (For all intents and purposes, True)

DC had a Superman storyline set during the Holocaust that did not mention the word "Jew" or "Jewish." (True)

Nicolas Cage took his last name from Luke Cage, Hero For Hire. (True, depending on when you talk to Nicolas Cage)

Literature/Language Urban Legends

Posted on Mon Feb 13, 2006


you mean william molton marston DIDNT invent the polygraph test??? ive read in several books that he did... and it used to be such an interesting "strange but true" fact
Posted by joeodd  on  Mon Feb 13, 2006  at  12:35 AM
It appears that William Molton Marston actually invented specifically the notion of testing systolic blood pressure to detect deception, which became a component of the polygraph test which was invented by John A Larson.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Mon Feb 13, 2006  at  01:04 AM
The polygraph machine was invented by a genetically mutated wolverine who's last name was Cage, who was killed on his second appearance by Hulk Hogan durring the Holocaust.
Posted by Zoe  on  Mon Feb 13, 2006  at  08:37 AM
hahahahaha Zoe
Posted by UsuallyDark  on  Mon Feb 13, 2006  at  10:49 AM
Funny you should say that Zoe, Wolverine's first appearance was on the last page of The Incredible Hulk #180.
Posted by MadRat  on  Mon Feb 13, 2006  at  03:10 PM
Now, now Zoe, dont go making fun of the guy who is The Best At What He Does, But What He Does Does Is Not Very Nice. I'd have to kill you if you did that in excess.
Posted by Lady Hedoniste  in  Chilling with 14 other tiny people in your head.  on  Mon Feb 13, 2006  at  07:30 PM
So Steve Englehart was John Harkness! That explained a lot.
Posted by eriC draveS  in  Over here somewhere  on  Mon Feb 13, 2006  at  10:29 PM
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