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Old 19-10-2012, 22:28
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most likely a stupid question, but I wondered last night, if there was ever a superhero, who was a comic book character (in the main verse, be it DC, Marvel whatever) but somehow via some plot twist they were a real hero in that verse?
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Old 19-10-2012, 23:03
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Alan Moore's "Supreme" in which the hero eventually realises he's in his own comic book with its own universe and multiple versions of himself.
Weird, even by Moore's standards, but definitely wonderful.
Not as well known as it should be but right up there with "Watchmen" etc.
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Old 19-10-2012, 23:26
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very interesting thanks
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Old 20-10-2012, 09:00
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You're welcome.
Moore also did something slightly similar with "Miracleman" in which MM discovers that his supposedly real, early adventures were just an illusion fed to him whilst he was in suspended animation.
These adventures were based on the original "Marvelman" comic book published in the 50s.
The name change was a result of heavy-handed legal action by Marvel Comics.
There's an issue of the Flash in which he has to get people to read and believe a comic book featuring himself to prevent his disappearance from his own universe.
In an "Astro City" story by Kurt Busiek, a comic book character is made real and projected into the book's reality with no way back. Being a cartoon lion doesn't make his plight any easier.
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Old 20-10-2012, 14:17
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Astro City sounds the must interesting.

Guess its near impossible to find something a comic has not done.
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Old 20-10-2012, 15:16
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"Astro City" is excellent and Alan Moore's "Top 10" is even better.
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Old 20-10-2012, 15:28
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I would say why are some of these not movies, but I suspect alot of them are best told in an episodic format (be that TV or comic)
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Old 20-10-2012, 17:39
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I would say why are some of these not movies, but I suspect alot of them are best told in an episodic format (be that TV or comic)
I doubt anyone could afford to do them justice, particularly "Top 10" which is set in a megalopolis where every single person has superpowers.
There was a pilot made based on Bendis and Oeming's "Powers" but it wasn't picked up. A slightly less ambitious scenario than "Astro City" or "Top 10" others, it's a series about a police unit dealing with superhero-related crime. Perhaps "Alphas" beat them to it.
It seems that if it's not Marvel or DC no one wants to know.
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Old 20-10-2012, 17:51
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I guess Marvel and DC, are quite traditional (certainly the movies), heroes against a normal world back drop, which is an easier sell. Meanwhile they are the comics (non comic) people know alot more of, so its logical they become movies.
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Old 20-10-2012, 19:00
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Moore also did something slightly similar with "Miracleman" in which MM discovers that his supposedly real, early adventures were just an illusion fed to him whilst he was in suspended animation.
These adventures were based on the original "Marvelman" comic book published in the 50s.
The name change was a result of heavy-handed legal action by Marvel Comics.
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'The Red King Syndrome' was the first comic story I read that made me start to feel like I was reading something grown up, and not just the usual super-hero shenanigans.

I still rate Marvel/MiracleMan as some of Moore's finest work.
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Old 20-10-2012, 21:05
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'The Red King Syndrome' was the first comic story I read that made me start to feel like I was reading something grown up, and not just the usual super-hero shenanigans.

I still rate Marvel/MiracleMan as some of Moore's finest work.
I agree. The only book of his I didn't take to was "Promethea" which got off to a good start but then went totally off the reservation.
I think "Top 10" is also something special: just the right balance of comedy, tragedy and extreme violence. He even manages to fit in a nod to General Jumbo with the character of Toybox.
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Old 24-10-2012, 22:03
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not quite the same but i remember when captain america (steve rogers) was the guy in captain america comics who illustrated captain america comics.
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Old 24-10-2012, 22:17
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not quite the same but i remember when captain america (steve rogers) was the guy in captain america comics who illustrated captain america comics.
they did have some Comics based on Captain America, in the movie, its not that unusal. They did it in Hellboy as well (and I think Spiderman as well) Also for some reason im thinking it happened in Watchmen and Iron Man as well.
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Old 25-10-2012, 01:02
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not quite the same, but the jasper fforde "thursday next" novels are about book characters come to life.
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Old 25-10-2012, 08:32
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they did have some Comics based on Captain America, in the movie, its not that unusal. They did it in Hellboy as well (and I think Spiderman as well) Also for some reason im thinking it happened in Watchmen and Iron Man as well.
Well, Silk Spectre (I) had a Tijuana Bible about her, but in the Watchmen universe Pirates were the stars of the comics, rather than Superheroes.
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Old 25-10-2012, 08:51
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"The Boys" has a bunch of appalling heroes who feature in their own books, which help con the public into thinking they're not out of control sociopaths.
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