By Deadcool 5 Comments
One of the things that I have always find annoying in comicbooks is how is this influenced by media instead of being its own thing.
A good example about this phenomenon is Superman, when he was created he had a good powerset, limited, with basic stuff, open to a lot of possibilities, he wasn't invincible, his powers basically consisted in Superstength (More powerful than a locomotive), Superspeed (Faster than a speeding bullet), Super Leapt (able to leap tall buildings in a single bound) and a certain level of Invulnerability, so, what happened? Superman became popular enough that the character had his own Radio show, there elements like the Super sight, Super breath among other Superpowers made their own appearence, also the Kryptonite, Perry White and Jimmy Olsen made their first appearence in the radio. Also, some consider "flight" as one of Superman's most known powers (he even says Up, Up and Away), but, Do you know where does he got that power? it was from other media, being more specific, Superman's TV Show, it was too difficult for the animators to make him leap, to they add the flight in Superman's powers.
However, I don't perceive all these influences as something negative, they try to make this character easy to digest for the people. One of the influences that I have loved the most was in Mr. Freeze character from "Batman: The Animated Series" as kid, I loved the character (I even own a Action figure of the character and even now I still loving his episodes) that was perfect, but in a long time they were unable to use the character in the right way.
And we can make a list with all the recent elements that came from other media to comicbooks...
- Chloe Sullivan (from Smallville to Action Comics).
- Organic Web (from San Raimi's Spider-man to Amazing Spider-man).
- Phil Coulson (from Marvel Movies to Marvel Comics).
- Samuel L. Fury (From the Universe 1610 to the Marvel Movieverse to the Universe 616).
- Avengers Assemble (From Avengers Movie to the Universe 616).
(That is all that came to my mind).
... But regardless of whether that influence is positive or negative the comics would never grow and became recognized by being influenced by the other media.
They would always be on the shadow of the other that made them popular, I hate that, even now that Disney has the rights over Marvel Comics, they don't even try to make these comics popular, surely, they make cartoons, movies and other crap about the characters, but they don't make popular the comicbooks as comicbooks, I am happy with Warner because they surely have done stuff to make their comics popular by being comics.