Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Fyodor Dostoyevsky?
Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 at 04:23:14 am EST (Viewed 215 times)
Reply Subj: Fyodor Dostoyevsky?
Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 at 03:08:12 pm EST (Viewed 306 times)

    This image is from Pinterest site. It looooks like a Marvel House Ad. Sorta. Does anyone know and if so what issue/year was Marvel Heroes namedropping Fyodor Dostoyevsky?

    Sidebar: Was Dostoyevsky ever referred to in a Marvel tale? Some writer had to, eh.

I seem to recall Stan Lee referring to Dostoyevsky in one of the "Origins of Marvel Comics" books in the 1970s; I think it was in the context of the frustrations of having to be much briefer as a writer of comics than Dostoyevsky was in his novels.

J. Marc DeMatteis is a great admirer of Dostoyevsky's novels, and this predilection made him choose Kraven the Hunter as the main antagonist for the classic 1987 six-parter "Kraven's Last Hunt".

In a later storyline he made the Chameleon Kraven's illegitimate half-brother and gave him the original civilian identity Dmitri Smerdyakov. This is a direct reference (shout-out) to "The Brothers Karamazov". In that novel Pavel Smerdyakov is the illegitimate half-brother of the titular three brothers Dmitri, Ivan and Aleksei Karamazov. Pavel Smerdyakov worked as a servant to the Karamazovs, while Dmitri Smerdyakov started out as servant to his half-brother Sergei Kravinoff aka Kraven the Hunter.

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