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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Marvel Characters Super Post!

Marvel isn't as crazy about canon immigrants as DC is.  This means that there are fewer of them, but it also means that the characters that do immigrate generally become popular and are used in the long-term.

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure that Dazzler should be featured here.  But I'm going to do it anyway for the sake of completeness, and also because the story's interesting.  In the mid-1970s, Casablanca Records (the people behind KISS, the Village People, Parliament, and others) approached Marvel Comics with a cross-promotion idea that would feature a comic book character, a real-life singer, and a movie.  The character was changed several times in preliminary stages - going through such names as the Disco Queen and the Disco Dazzler - before Casablanca backed out of the deal altogether.  However, Marvel had already been promoting the character for several months and she had already premiered as The Dazzler in Uncanny X-Men #130 (February 1980), so Marvel decided to go ahead with their plans and released Dazzler #1 in March 1981.

HERBIE (Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics) first appeared in the first episode of the Fantastic Four animated series (1978).  He first appeared in comics in Fantastic Four #209 (August 1979)

 Firestar first appeared in the first episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981).  She first appeared in comics in Uncanny X-Men #193 (May 1985) as a member of the Hellions, but she later joined the Avengers.

Ms. Lion
 Ms. Lion first appeared as Firestar's dog in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981).  She first appeared in comics as a member of the Pet Avengers in Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1 (July 2009).

Videoman first appeared in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode of the same name (1981) as a creation of Electro, and then later as an actual supervillain (1982), and later still as a superhero (1983).  He made the jump to comics in  Spider-Man Family Featuring Amazing Friends #1 (October 2006).

Orange Hulk
 Orange Hulk first appeared as an unlockable character in the video game Marvel Vs. Capcom (1998).  He later appeared as a member of the Black Legion in Uncanny X-Force #12 (July 2011).

The Spike
 Spyke, aka Evan Daniels, first appeared in the X-Men: Evolution episode "Speed and The Spyke" (2000); he was a student at Xavier's school and Storm's nephew.  He later made the transition to comics in the form of The Spike, aka Daran Elliot, a new member of X-Force (X-Force #121, December 2001).

 X-23 is a female clone of Wolverine that first appeared in an episode of X-Men: Evolution called "X-23" (2003). She first appeared in comics in NYX #3 (December 2004) as a prostitute, though she has since joined the X-Men and X-Force and gotten her own series.

Reptil is another of those cases of the character being created for a show but appearing in the comics first.  He first appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "To Err is Superhuman" (September 2009), but first appeared in comics in Avengers: The Initiative - Featuring Reptil #1 (May 2009).

The Next Avengers
 The Next Avengers first appeared in the direct-to-dvd movie Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (2008).  They first appeared in comics in Avengers #1 (July 2010).

Whiplash (Anton Vanko)
This version of Whiplash was created for the movie Iron Man 2 (May 2010), where he is named Ivan Vanko, and is an amalgam of Whiplash and the first Crimson Dynamo (Anton Vanko).   The character was brought over to the mainstream Marvel Universe in the Iron Man vs. Whiplash miniseries (December 2009-March 2010) in anticipation of the film's release, and because the movie character was dissimilar to any other version of Whiplash in the comics. You can see on the right that he even resembles Mickey Rourke.  He has made several appearances since then, but sharing a name with Crimson Dynamo seems to be a coincidence in-universe.

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