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Subj: Re: Code Names: DC v. Marvel
Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 10:08:45 pm EST (Viewed 87 times)
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Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 11:01:27 pm EST (Viewed 176 times)

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So, over on the X-Men board we've had a question a day that we've been answering (and you should too!), and the last ones have been about the best and worst code names in the X-verse and it brought back up a question that I've had the past few years: What's with the disparity in the code names in the DC and Marvel universes?

Maybe its just me...but do you think that you can guess which universes a character is from based upon the name? Sure some are questionable, e.g. name of animal-man, but others seem pretty delineated. At least on the DC side.

Basically I guess I'm asking, could any of Flash's Rouges show up in the current Marvel-verse and be taken seriously? I just think that the names Captain Cold and Weather Wizard are..I dunno...too campy for Marvel? Maybe its Marvel taking itself too seriously?

Any thoughts?

Let's look at GA Flash's villains:

The names Shade, Ragdoll, Eel, Thinker, Rose and Thorn, Star Sapphire, and Rival I can completely see fitting in the Marvel Universe. The MU has an Eel who's pretty popular. I'm also seeing a lot of nouns by themselves, which doesn't really fit mjyoung's theory.

Turtle and the Fiddler... not so much, but maybe. Turtle is a lousy name in any universe... right up there with Walrus.

It's really the Silver Age that is known for the huge campiness feeling. Marvel was busy pushing the limits in the Silver Age. It was part of it, but only partially. The only SA Flash villain names I can see fitting at Marvel are the Trickster and Heat Wave.

I don't see any problems with more modern Flash villains.

I see zero problem with any of any Green Lantern villains. Well, maybe the "Made-of-wood" Killer.

I don't see any problems with any of Superman's villains, going back to 1940. Many of his villains had unique/alien names, but even not counting those, the names would be welcome in the MU.

I've never been a fan of Batman's rogues gallery, except as they were shown on the 60s ABC tv series. The names, however, are fine.

Not really seeing any problem with Wonder Woman's villains either, apart from the fact that hers are mostly lame, of course.

So, I'm going to have to say, "Generally no." The only problem seems to be Silver Age Flash.

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