When I was a kid, I loved Hasbro’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toys. I remember the first time that I convinced (that is, pestered) my parents to buy me a G.I. Joe action figure (Snake Eyes, of course). I clearly recall asking my Dad what “G.I. Joe” meant. My Dad said that the term was a nickname for American soldiers, which made perfect sense and satisfied my curiosity, so my investigation into the origin of the term “G.I. Joe” ended; after all, I had to play with Snake Eyes!
However, I recently learned that the nickname “G.I. Joe” originated with a comic strip published in the 1940s.
Comic books based on licensed characters or concepts from other media (like television shows, movies, cartoons, toys, etc.) or dormant comics creations (like T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents or Jack Kirby’s Captain Victory) are common. Licensed comic books offer fans of licensed properties new adventures and stories featuring their favorite characters, and can expose new readers to the broader comics medium (for example, the first comic book that I ever read was a licensed comics adaptation of the film King Kong, and many years later, here I am…)
There’s plenty of competition among comics publishers to secure the licenses of popular media franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who, but there are some underutilized properties that could be sensational comics. Below is a list of some media properties that I think would make great licensed comic books (as well as my suggestions for the creative teams that should work on these comics).
Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita, Sr., Marvel Comics villain Wilson Fisk, the “Kingpin of Crime”, was introduced to readers in Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967). Since then, the character has become a popular villain, challenging Spider-Man, Daredevil, and The Punisher over the years. The villain’s appearance was inspired by a real-life actor.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the start of Nothing But Comics! To celebrate, rather than look back at all the great articles we wrote over the past year, the NBC! team wanted to give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at some of the articles we DIDN’T publish this past year, for various reasons. Below is a list of some of our best unpublished articles (of course, we might be pulling your leg!)