Dedicating myself with one of the most beloved Marvel monsters of all time, Man-thing, I decided to share the interesting story as to how the "Man-Thing and Swamp Thing Rip-Off" myth came to be and the possible true story behind the similar creations of the two famous Swamp monsters. Which Monster is a Rip-Off?
Biggest question for comic fans spotting the striking similarity between both monsters and the fact they both were introduced on the same year, the question of which monster is a rip-off begins rise. With Man-Thing being introduced in May 1971, Swamp Thing would make his introduction a month after in July 1971. What made more of an interesting discovery was how both monsters shared the exact same origins. So with both monsters being closely introduced into comics, one would predict an instant lawsuit between DC and Marvel for copyright infringement. Even with the fact that both artists for both monsters were rooming together when creating both of these characters, Marvel decided not to pursue legal action against DC.
Technically Swamp Thing would be a Rip-Off from Man-Thing despite how writer Len Wein claimed that he was unaware of the resemblance between both monsters. But what made this whole situation much more interesting and why Marvel decided not to pursue legal action was by the fact that both swamp monsters would closely resemble another monster that made his appearance in 1942.
Roy Thomas, Co-Creator of the Man-Thing was known to be a huge fan of the original Heap monster and desperately tried to have the monster revived. Of course Thomas never wanted to treat Man-Thing as a revived version of the Heap, even though the Marvel writer did favor his new swamp monster creation. Plus the idea for Man-Thing did originate along with Editor and Chief, Stan Lee, which of course both men neglected to care for the striking resemblance that Man-Thing had with the Heap.
With Gerry Conway co-writing Man-Thing’s first black and white story, Wein would write Man-Thing’s second issue where the monster would ally with Ka-Zar against AIM. It was during this time Wein was roommates with Conway and that Wein was also working on his own title for DC known as Swamp Thing. By the time Marvel realized that both Man-Thing and Swamp Thing held similar origins, Marvel at first planned to take legal action and decided to drop it, possibly because of how Man-Thing closely resembled the Heap and that that Man-Thing was also probably a copyright.
Of course most fans grow curious as to which monster is a rip-off, but the possible truth is that both of them would be a rip-off.
Thank you for Reading and checkout more of Man-Thing within my Vlog.
This month I decided to go through a cast of monsters within both Marvel and DC to see which rampaging monster takes the top. Of course super villainy and misunderstood heroes naturally come into play when seeing an oversized monster having a smashing good time within comics, but finding which monstrous creation stood out the most was something very difficult to choose. Anyways, here’s the list of the rampaging, bloodthirsty, colorful cast of comic monsters that may have been known as the greatest monster within comics for me.
Please note that this list and vlog are entirely based off of personal belief and is respectful to those whom may disagree and that this list isn't in order.
Possibly the greatest Frankenstein related villain that managed to successfully fly straight with his whole “Me am Superman” career. Bizarro has always been loved for his colorful personality that probably stresses the hell out of writers when they go above and beyond to make this guy as backwards and horribly distorted version of Superman as they possibly could. With a couple Bizarro versions holding the same origins compared to Frankenstein, for me Bizarro didn’t take top monster within comics because of how he was mostly seen and treated as a DC villain with interest and curiosity rather than a rampaging monster.
Marvels Universal Monster Cast
The Werewolf, Dracula, and even Frankenstein from Marvel Comics were three characters that I thought each of being the greatest monster of all time. But despite how much Marvel favored these three monsters during the 70’s doesn’t take away the fact that vampires, wolf-men, and even Frankenstein are out dated monsters that seem to gain much more attention through movies and horror books rather than trying to fit within the Marvel Universe.
Just imagine Batman going toe-to-toe with a real bat creature of the night, possibly an ironic twist that really captured interest when flying onto comics. Man-Bat hasn’t really captured my interest that much, but has respectfully earned himself to be recognized as a monster that pursued a successful career when performing a rampaging sky fight with Batman throughout Gotham. Personally Man-Bat was one of the few who came close on being recognized as the greatest monster of all time because of how Man-Bat was more of a full-fledged independent monster, but when being compared to a few other monsters, I would say that there were others (very few others) that were a better and successful monster.
Yes, even one of Marvel’s greatest heroes smashed himself onto my list seeing how Hulk is very well known as one Marvel’s greatest monsters. Even though Hulk’s temper tantrum’s cost a great amount of city damage and a team of Avengers to stop him, Hulk didn’t take the top because of how he’s mostly a misunderstood creature who’s goal is to be left alone. Mostly I didn’t choose Hulk because of how I see a monster that’s lived a long career of being treated as a monster when in reality…he isn’t.
Formerly a villain compared to the original Phantom of the Opera (which was an one inspiration for creating Karlo Basil) that now turned into one of DC’s creepiest monsters. Even though Clayface is more monster than man, for me I see Clayface as a psychotic villain rather than a rampaging monster because of how he still retains human emotions rather than anything animalistic or monstrous.
Same goes for another Batman monster known as Killer Croc, a monstrous villain who tends to act more human than monster, which was a reason why I didn’t see either Batman villain as the greatest monster within comics.
When I first saw Marvel Zombies, I couldn’t get over how horrible these monsters were after seeing them munching down on poor Magneto. Even the fact that their own limited series displayed them as both desperate and nearly unstoppable because of their need for fresh meat, I had to have these guys in mind when thinking of the Greatest Monsters in Comics. But much like the whole Zombie franchise itself, Marvel zombies found itself dying after their fourth or fifth limited series.
Because of his history on being a relentless zombie monster and having one of my favorite origins for a monstrous villain, Grundy was my second choice that made me choose between two monsters out of favoritism. Personally I find Grundy as a perfect byproduct of a comic monster because of how he holds many traits that capture my interest. He’s old school that never seemed to fade, has held a career that found himself encountering nearly all heroes, his full range powers are unknown and mysterious, and till this day I still see him as ever more of a great villain for DC comics.
What’s also interesting and funny about Grundy is how I tend see some comic fans claim that he’s a rip-off from the Hulk, when in reality it was Grundy who was introduced into comics way before Hulk made his first debut.
Venom (Eddie Brock)
The famous and true Venom does earn to be respected as a monster for his famous (and short) career as a Marvel anti-hero. The slobbery mouth, needle teeth, and snake like tongue was probably the most perfect monster that Marvel ever had. But when judging Venom, there were two things that made me realize that Venom wasn't the best monster within comics. 1) is the fact that Venom was half a monster and half a man, a religous fanatic and an alien symbiote combined into one, makng the real Venom half of a monster (please note that there is a difference between psycho's and monsters, and that Venom was performing Brock's need's along with the Symbiote's urges). 2) Is the fact that Venom is now an alien symbiote who's passed on to other hosts who are slowly becoming less monstrous (and less famous) than the prior. Maybe the fact that Venom had the Mcfarlane touch to it that slowly faded away, but having a monster who's recognized as a good and long missed memory wasn't something that I personally would recognize as the greatest monster monster within comics, even when there are other equal monsters
So after reading the monsters that I had to choose from, there was one monster that truly stood out the most and has been a fan favorite ever since being introduced. A perfect byproduct of a monster indeed and a monster that Marvel is very well proud of having within their Marvel Universe. Of course I can understand if there are some disagreement with my choice, but for me my number 1 choice is and possible always will be unarguable. And of course I decide to pull the same stunt like last year with my “Most Creepiest Villain of all Time” video and make a video over my number one selection. I hope you enjoy and thank you for reading and watching.
Next month I’ll be choosing the most scariest villain of all time, please feel free to give me any nominee’s for the next video.
Another video attempt to reach Comicvine’s 3-minute expert, and possibly the most stressful video that I’ve done. Mostly because of how I was pronouncing Mxyzptlk’s name constantly (which wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be), and that the editing constantly caused my computer to crash.
Mister Mxyzptlk is a well respected villain that was once loved and was brought back into comics by popular demand after DC writers requested that their readers to send postcards that stated of wanting more comic appearances from Mr. Mxyzptlk. But that was early 40’s and by now Mxyzptlk is mostly seen as nothing but a sad joke of a Superman villain who went through the worst moment of his long career in the hands of Superboy-Prime and the ridicule of the DC fanbase. But is Mxyzptlk truly a much more dangerous villain than his prankish routine? And could he be Superman’s greatest enemy?
Well as much as I like to answer those questions within my video, I decided to leave that answer within Alan Moore’s “Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow”. The one story that actually gave me the motive to make a video of Mxyzptlk and how I see this annoying villain is much more differently than what most modern day comicfans see. (Writing a review over the Two-Part storyline sometime this weekend)
Of course adding something more serious and dangerous to Mxyzptlk’s character does have a new focus on how we currently see other less-respected villains. It’s quite possible that there’s a darker nature within them that would define these less repected villains to be much more dangerous and serious than what we intended them to be. Maybe in the hands of a talented writer, we would be seeing something not only shocking, but something very creative and challenging that should be praise-worthy.
Anyways, here is another addition to my accumulated Youtube collection and I do hope you enjoy the video.
I've always wanted to do a video of Poison Ivy because of several reasons, the greatest reason is because I never did any of my videos about any female characters within either Marvel or DC. Maybe it's because I have a comic crush over the female villain, or maybe she's the type of villain who I enjoy reading because of how much of a dark character she truly is, but either way I'm surprised how well my video turned out for Poison Ivy. I thankyou for watching (if you watched it) and I hope you enjoy the video.
After making a handful of decent videos for Youtube, it was common that I started getting requests for several villains. But I shunned myself from doing requests because of how some characters were a bit difficult to shine in the light. Meaning the first request video I did (Venom), I felt that it didn't turn out very well and trying to meet somebody's expectations was something very challenging for me. What's really bad is when I have to drop videos because of how they didn't turn out so well, and most of those videos were requests. But even though I still get requests, I'm surprised as to how I'm getting constant requests for Sinestro. At first I never knew a damn thing about the Green Lantern villain until his EPIC appearance within The Sinestro Corp event. For a long time I wanted to do Sinestro, and show why he's loved by so many. It was after reading the entire Sinestro Corp storyline, where I had the idea of making not only a video review of Sinestro, but a 3-part video review of the Sinestro Corp event plus two additional villains. This is the first part of the Sinestro Corp, starring Sinestro. I hope you enjoy and thankyou for watching.
For Marvel Comics, the 90’s must be a rare chapter to the growing business when we see a constant chain of rising moments to the worst ideas that could ever be produced by a comic industry. With both Marvel and DC spending their great moments producing deaths, new destructive characters, a constant chain of first issues, the Marvel 90’s at some point have been a highlight for most comic fans that lived through this era.
Even though we could think of the worst and the best moments, the 90’s would be the first step where I would become a fan of comics. The early 90’s would be a chapter in my life where my superhero collection wasn’t made of comics, but a massive collection of collectable trading cards. With stories shared on this website of how others started their interest in comics, this video journal would be my story of how I became interested in comics.
But with what is said about my history as a comic fan, I wonder if both Marvel and DC produced collectable cards like they originally did, would they be as famous as they were back then or just another bad idea?
Collecting cards were special with both Marvel and DC that only seemed to attract a younger audience (depending on the cards itself). With the type of cards that I first collected in the video, it’s understandable why anybody would take up card collecting, seeing how most fans idolize artwork. But with artwork being expressed on the covers of comics and with the following variants, could collectable cards be far away from ever being produced again?
Despite what is said about collectable cards, it is a fact that out of all the sets that were ever produced, the first set of Marvel Masterpieces would never be forgotten with their realistic and dynamic style that brought out the best for the famous characters within Marvel.
If you haven’t read the Captain America storyline known as Streets of Poison, you would probably be surprised as to how this seven issue storyline has a little too much of what a fanbase would probably want.
Streets of Poison is a Captain America storyline that took place right after the Acts of Vengeance. With Red Skull making his return from the grave (again), Streets of Poison shows us how much of a pain in the ass he could really be for other major villains.
Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime once had an issue with the Red Skull when he was duped into believing that he ran a Hydra branch in Las Vegas. Little did Fisk knew that Red Skull was the true leader the entire time and only used Fisk to gain Captain America’s attention. Making the notorious crimelord look like a complete dumbass after realizing what happened, Kingpin would find himself troubled by Red Skull once more when the Red Skull decided to take up drug dealing on Kingpin’s turf. Adding fuel to the fire, Red Skull obviously had no idea what the hell he was peddling and was only doing this for “experimental” purposes. So with the combination of Bullseye, Crossbones, Daredevil, Captain America on Red Skull’s experimental crack, his assistant Diamondback, and Black Widow, you can guess as to what happened from there within the seven issues that became the build up to the fight between Red Skull and the Kingpin.
So after causing several fights (some pointless and some interesting) and pointless chaos, both Kingpin and Red Skull decided to settle score in hand to hand combat.
So question is, why are they doing this in their undies?
Answer to that question would rely on their character during the time this fight took place, the fact that both men acted like serious James Bond villains because of the gimmicks and traps that they set up for their enemies (mostly the Red Skull). So with both men wanting a “fair” and “even” fight, this resulted with both men being stripped down to their undergarments and locked inside a huge dome to fully ensure that both Red Skull and Kingpin would keep their bargain of a fair fight.
Sadly this wasn’t a fight to the death, but more like a submission fight. What’s unique about this fight besides that it’s both Red Skull and Kingpin being one step away from nude fighting is that this is the first time we get to see a revived Red Skull use his new clone body on a serious opponent. Outside of the dome also shows the first time we get to see both Captain America and Crossbones in a fight as well.
But despite how many ninja kicks Red Skull could offer, Kingpin would prove victorious by doing the unthinkable… by falling on him (no joke).
Unable to bear Kingpins massive weight, Red Skull cried “uncle” and stopped his experimental drug peddling on Kingpins turf.
With Streets of Poisoning offering a handful of one-on-one fights, I would say that the Red Skull vs Kingpin undie fight really made itself an unbelievable highlight. Despite how tricky both of these criminal masterminds can be, being stripped down to their undies for a fair fight just doesn’t seem to be in their character, mostly with a man like Red Skull. As anticipating and well-deserved this fight may be, seeing two of Marvel's most dangerous villains settling their problems in their undies isn't really necessary and obviously wasn't needed for these two criminal titans to successfully go toe-to-toe. In my personal opinion, I strongly think that this fight was focused on the shirtless fighting fade where we see two men show off their flex before sharing a series of un-called for "HAH's" and "YAH's", something that obviously belongs in a watered down 80's Action Flick.
After his first appearance with Amazing Fantasy #15, Spiderman finally landed himself a series of his own as a struggling teenage hero who was on his first steps to an EPIC career within Marvel Comics. In Amazing Spiderman #1, we got to see Spiderman’s first “super” villain known as the Chameleon, a spy who was bent on stealing secret government plans. So with Spidey encountering Fantastic Four, capturing the elusive Chameleon, and saving the son of the arrogant Jonah James Jameson, you know that Spiderman was already off to a great start.
Then came the second issue that not only shows us two extra opposing villains, but raises a question about what Stan Lee was trying to get at with this issue. You’ll notice how this issue introduced two extra villains known as the Vulture and Tinkerer for Spiderman to face against. Now comparing these two villains and obviously finding how these two are elderly men who should be in a retirement home, raises the question as to why they are fighting against a teenager. Now I know that the remaining issues that carried on didn’t have a unique coincidence like this one, but it’s believable that some kids began wondering why Spiderman is beating up evil grandfathers. Was this issue trying to explain something else besides the typical hero and villain routine? Was it about the elderly attacking the youth?
Anyways, after Dr Octopus came in within the next issue and b**ched-slapped Spiderman silly (which is exactly what he did), the raising concern of Stan Lee’s first choice of Spiderman villains seemed to be a forgotten memory until reading the series once more.
But, what was he trying to get at and what inspired him to make the second issue?
I do know that there are some (or many) elderly who are relentless against the younger children and adults, which raises the question if Stan Lee had a creepy old ranting man living on his street that he was afraid of. Or a grandfather/father who gave Stan Lee a hard time because of his childish and immature ideas that obviously made him famous later on. I do know that Stan Lee shared the fear of spies and communism within Amazing Spiderman #1, but do you think he shared a fear for the elderly in the second issue as well?
Who knows, it’s possible seeing how father figures can be strict and relentless, or maybe it was just coincidence with Amazing Spiderman #2.
When it comes to reading comics, it’s very rare to see anything that’s strongly related to horror within both DC and Marvel. Usually we get the violent, the disturbing, and the shocking experience within some comics, but what about the experience that gives you the suspenseful and frightening rush as a single comic takes you into a horrifying world that would only be thought of in your darkest dreams?
Marvel has tried their attempts with the horror genre and proved quite successful with their very own werewolves, vampires, and Man-things when first introducing them. But a new age screams for new horrors as media gave the horror genre a new face. When having the young audience defining the true meaning of horror to the likes of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, sadly we see Marvel’s famous monsters struggling for comic sales and steady flow of appearances.
Both Marvel and DC has shared their attempts on giving off horror stories and made several attempts on reviving the original horror. But with the attention that heroes and major story arcs give, there’s little room for any original horror that once bloomed into fame among the Comic Industries.
However, there is one concept (and yes by personal definition it is a concept because of how it is treated) that has successfully grew into a horror story of it’s own. Perfectly fitting into the modern age and respectfully gaining a great amount of attention as the most successful place that has defined horror in a new and most confusing way. By personal experience in the horror genre, it’s quite difficult on trying to define and display insanity, until DC comics successfully accomplished this since 1989. We were introduced into a hell like none other, a hell that rides on both insanity and death. The horror that wasn’t introduced as a monster, but as the result of man’s failures formed into a hell of it’s own.
What is the most scariest thing in comics? Is a challenging and interesting question that had me proudly answer that question with some research and comparison. But the real challenge for me was finding a way to convince my choice to the audience, and proudly I found myself giving something that Comicvine or any 3-minute expert video never gave or probably would never give.
Channel Badguy proudly gives you terror, the creepiness, and the scariest thing successfully made within comics, with an additional smile to it.
Over the past year, Brian Michael Bendis has found himself hated and despised by a great amount of fans, mostly by me because of how I see him sit on a remarkable idea and fail to use it within his storytelling that could boost his popularity and introduce something completely new and interesting.
Even though I’ve noticed how Comicvine respectfully steers away from smear remarks about Bendis and his works, it’s quite an interesting subject as to how a man is becoming more famous and receiving such a horrible fan base by several comicfans at the same time. April 1 a Comicvine commentator played a prank on here claiming that Bendis was taking over the Secret Avengers, even though the commentator was only playing a joke, he didn’t realize the reaction that many people gave towards his blog. Never have I thought of how so many people would look down on a man who’s still pursuing and increasing his status among Marvel Comics. It is a fact that Bendis is creative for his former works and does have an influenced fanbase for what he did. But thinking as to how a man could continue on with no dependability towards his storytelling and no hope from the majority of Marvel fans, it raises the question if Bendis is actually at fault for his increased hatred from the Marvel fanbase.
Creativity is a valuable thing to have and it is a very fragile gift when it comes in control of other people, personally I know from experience.
I could personally relate to that because of how I grew up with a rare mental disorder that had good and bad outcomes for me. At a very young age I showed abnormal signs of creativity. Growing up I still continued to draw comic characters, monsters, or whatever influenced me. I had a dark view of my artwork that really captured a lot of attention through my years in school. This creativity followed me until it came to an end after joining the Marines. Some people are creative when they produce what they only want, and not from other people want. As my former bosses took notice of my creativity, I was forced into drawing/painting their ideal pictures, not ideas of mine and mine alone. When I mean by forced, it was a mandatory deadline that was extremely short and if I didn’t meet that deadline in time, I wouldn’t get to go home to see my wife until I’m fully done (the whole 24/7 Marine crap that was an excuse to deprive you from your own family). So you can guess how this turned out, I stopped drawing and hid my creative talents seeing how it completely screwed my life up.
Now how does this relate to Bendis’s creativity in writing?
It’s quite simple when thinking of one question, is Bendis in full control of what he wants write? Or is Marvel forcing him to write what they want him to write?
I know that Bendis isn’t going through the exact same thing that I went through, but it does make sense as to how a third party stepping into another man’s creativity and idea’s can be devastating. Behavioral Psychology has mentioned creativity being a fragile gift that some people take a lot of pride in and may not want another’s involvement from what they produce that would define who they really are.
So is Bendis really at fault for a majority of hating fans within Marvel? Or is it Marvel Comics itself?