This Is Why Teens Generally Don’t Get to Choose Their Names

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In 2008 19-year-old George Garratt legally changed his name to “Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.” He said he wanted to “be unique.”

Not to be outdone, these guys went a step further a couple of years later. 

They still didn’t match the complexity of this fellow, whose given name at birth may have lacked comic book references but surpassed everyone else as measured by mouthfuls. 

Meet the Man Who Made Us Marvel

Fun Facts about Stan Lee Marvel ComicsStan Lee has almost mythical standing among comic book aficionados. Without him, the world would never have heard of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, or any of the other 350 comic book characters that sprang from his fertile mind (see the list here).

Born Stanley martin Lieber on December 28, 1922, Lee revolutionized the comic book industry and American culture with his creativity. Here are some facts about the Man behind Marvel Comics. Continue reading

Want Their Autographs? It Will Take a While To Write All of It

Two friends, formerly known as Daniel Knox-Hewson and Kelvin Borbidge
Two friends, formerly known as Daniel Knox-Hewson and Kelvin Borbidge

Daniel Knox-Hewson and his friend Kelvin Borbidge of Nottingham, United Kingdom, decided in 2011 to have their names reflect their love of sci-fi and comic books.

Daniel formally changed his name to “Emperor Spiderman Gandalf Wolverine Skywalker Optimus Prime Goku Sonic Xavier Ryu Cloud Superman HeMan Batman Thrash.” He goes by “Emperor Thrash,” for short.

Kelvin also changed his name. He is now officially known as “Baron Venom Balrog Sabretooth Vader Megatron Vegeta Robotnik Magneto Bison Sephiroth Lex Luthor Skeletor Joker Grind,” or “Baron Grind,” among friends.

Mr Grind said he was looking forward to seeing his new name on his bank card.

“I wonder how they will fit it all on?” he said.

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You Mean Peter Parker Wasn’t the First Spider-Man?

Shortly before the start of the Marvel Era of comic books, Journey Into Mystery #73 published “Where will you be, when… The Spider Strikes!” In it, a common household spider was doused with radioactive rays. Instead of biting an unsuspecting high school student named Peter Parker, the spider instead began to develop the intelligence of a human being and grow to massive proportions. Able to speak and even shoot his own web fluid, this man-spider of sorts was killed by the story’s end, just in time for the so-called “Marvel Age of Comics” to begin.

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He Really Put Himself Into His Work

Mark Gruenwald was best known for his work with Marvel comics and serving as Executive Editor of Captain America and Iron Man. After a fatal heart attack in 1996, an interesting request was discovered in his will: He was to be cremated and his ashes were to be mixed with ink that could be used to print comic books—and they were.

Comic Books — Not Just for Kids Anymore

Got a few extra dollars laying around? Here’s what it will cost you to get these classic comic books:

 Amazing Fantasy #15 — First appearance of Spider-Man – $1,100,000

Flash Comics #1 — $289,000

Action Comics #1 — First appearance of Superman — $1,500,000

Detective Comics #27 — First appearance of Batman — $1,380,000