Comic book urban legends

CBR’s “Comics Should Be Good!” column has a regular feature on Comic Book Urban Legends that I just discovered. Some of these are very intriguing.

Steve Ditko uses his priceless artwork as cutting boards.
Anyone can produce a Phantom Lady, Human Bomb or Black Condor comic book.
James Robinson did not ask to kill off a slew of characters in Starman #38.
Triumph was gay.
A Batman Musical by the guy respondible for Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” as well as Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has been in development for years.
Bob Kanigher had to come up with a new G.I. Combat story on his lunch hour because a notation to drop cover artwork an inch led to the announcement on the cover that it contained a story called “Drop An Inch”

Others are puzzling. “For almost a decade, there were born again Christian comics produced starring the Archie characters.” How is that an urban legend? I guess it is just my Christian upbringing; I saw Spire Christian Comics everywhere when I was a kid.

Oh, and if you ever sent away for Sea Monkeys, hoping to see those weird humanoids who build their own societies and live in family units, only to get microscopic crustaceans that didn’t do much besides die off… you can thank Joe Orlando!

There are over 240 urban legends that are confirmed or debunked so far. You can probably spend hours there. I know I have!

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