Marvel is one of the most well-known and highly regarded comic book publishers in the world. However, despite the fact that the company has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about Marvel. Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!
Number Ten: Hulk Wasn’t Always Green
In fact, the iconic character was gray when he was first introduced. However, his color was changed from gray to green in the 1960s in an effort to compensate for the poor color separations used at the time.
Number Nine: The History of Wolverine’s Arm Hair
It’s no secret that Wolverine has a lot of hair on his arms. Interestingly, in the mid-’70s, Marvel had a rule stating that Wolverine could have arm hair in regular clothing but not when he was in costume.
Number Eight: Marvel’s Founder Could Have Died on the Hindenberg
Martin Goodman, the founder of Marvel Comics, was slated to be on board the Hindenberg on the fateful day it exploded. Thankfully for comic fans everywhere, he ended up changing his plans at the last second.
Number Seven: It Owned the Rights to the Word ‘Zombie’ for Over 20 Years
It might sound ridiculous, but it’s true. Marvel owned the rights to the word “zombie” from 1975 to 1996. However, after realizing it was nearly impossible to enforce their trademark, they dropped it.
Number Six: The Character of Sauron Stemmed From a Ban on Werewolves
The company was banned from featuring werewolves in its comics from 1954 to 1971. This forced the creators to be more imaginative than ever, which led to the creation of Sauron – a were-pterodactyl with powers similar to a vampire.
Number Five: She-Hulk Was a Rushed Effort
After learning that a female Hulk would be introduced in the Incredible Hulk television series, Marvel was forced to rapidly create one of their own so they could hold onto the trademark and copyright. They released the first issue of The Savage She-Hulk in time to nab it.
Number Four: Beast Was a Huge Stoner
Well, sort of. Steve Englehart, a writer for Avengers, depicted the character of Beast as close to a stoner as he could in the 1970s. Though he wasn’t allowed to make explicit drug references, he described the character as a “young, intellectual guy who’d gotten hip.”
Number Three: The X-Men Are Mutants Because Marvel Wanted to Save Money
The company was able to avoid extra taxes on their X-Men figurines by claiming the figurines were mutants, not humans. Toys that resemble humans have an extra tax associated with them.
Number Two: It Has an Interesting Connection to Game of Thrones
The author of the Game of Thrones series, George R.R. Martin, used to write to Marvel’s letter columns in the 1960s. Martin was a huge fan of Marvel. We can’t blame him!
Number One: Captain America, Dr. Strange, C-3PO, and Linda Ronstadt Walk Into a Room…
…And they started a band together. An ’80s magazine called Pizzazz depicted Ronstadt, Captain America, Dr. Strange, and C-3PO in a band together, resulting in a hilariously iconic cover. Thanks for reading!