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Subj: Re: Any And All Similiarities Are VERY Recent...
Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:43:36 pm EDT (Viewed 112 times)
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Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 03:21:25 pm EDT (Viewed 110 times)

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True, there were other companies with no Superman in their initial publishing line-up (Charlton for one) but given they had nothing like the prominence, size, of impact Marvel Comics had my points stands. I wasn't citing shortlived and long forgotten publishers, especially not from the Golden-age..

For instance here were company's other than Fawcett in the Golden-age doing 'Superman', but around so briefly no one remembers them... Will Eisner's Wonder man for example lasted exactly one issue before DC comics shut them down for copyright infringement, Fawcett Comics being bigger took a while longer to bring to account, but succumb they did. And these examples are precisely why Stan Lee would have balked at going for a blatant Superman pastiche, Doctor Fate/Strange yes, but not Superman. Too big a fish.
Dynamo and the Thunderagents, like Fawcett, are another example of a self contained universe with a 'Superman' of sorts at the heart of its success. Dynamo as with Stan Lee's Wonder-man avoids too closely adopting blatant Superman motifs but the similarities are there to see nonetheless.
But you're splitting hairs, as the point I made is that when publishing companies decide to create their own superhero universe they don't do a 'Thor' or 'Hulk' to headline it, 99.9% of the time they go with a clear Superman analogue...

Stan Lee was smart when he created the "marvel Superman", as Thor was too much different a character to have him risked being taken to court over!

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