Tuesday, October 16, 2012

If it didn't bear repeating, I wouldn't be repeating myself

This year's release of the Avengers motion picture was a catalyst for me to make some hard decisions about what I was willing to financially support in the comic book market; I refused to see the film in theaters, but just recently borrowed a copy of the DVD from a friend. Having finally seen it, it occurs to me since my primary issue with comics today is the lack of compensation given to those who created the stories and characters, wouldn't it be interesting to identify where elements in this movie originated from?

If you see something I overlooked or identified incorrectly, do let me know. Updated 11/21/2013: thank you Steven & Neil!

The Avengers, a team of super heroes including Thor, Hulk & Iron Man, banded together as "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" because of the instigation of Loki, who plans to turn the heroes against the Hulk: Derived from the Avengers#1 (1963) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

The Tesseract, a glowing cube possessing massive cosmic power: derived from the Cosmic Cube of Tales of Suspense#79 (1966) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Loki, Thor's evil brother who possesses the power to cast illusions; Asgard, home of the Norse Gods which connects to Earth via Bifrost; Odin, father of Loki & Thor: derived from Journey into Mystery#85 (1962) by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby.

The Chitauri, an extraterrestrial army who battle the Avengers: derived from the Ultimates#8 (2002) by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, but based on the Skrulls of Fantastic Four#2 (1962) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

S.H.I.E.L.D., an international espionage agency, headed by a council and directed by Nick Fury; Nick Fury wearing an eyepatch; Life Model Decoys; the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, their mobile headquarters designed like a flying battleship; the enemy group Hydra: Derived from Strange Tales#135 (1965) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Nick Fury, an experienced soldier: Derived from Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#1 (1963) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Nick Fury as an African-American man: Derived from Ultimate Marvel Team-Up#5 (2001) by Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Allred.

Nick Fury depicted as Samuel L. Jackson with visible scars around his left eye; the Avengers as a team organized and run by S.H.I.E.L.D. under Fury's guidance; the Hulk resulting from an attempt to recreate Captain America; Iron Man's eyes & unibeam glowing light blue; S.H.I.E.L.D. presenting a new costume to Captain America after his revival: Derived from the Ultimates#2 (2002) by Mark Millar & Bryan Hitch.

Maria Hill, next in line to command S.H.I.E.L.D.: Derived from Secret War#5 (2005) by Brian Michael Bendis & Gabriele Dell'Otto.

The S.H.I.E.L.D. insignia, an eagle within a circle: Derived from Strange Tales#154 (1967) by Roy Thomas & Jim Steranko.

Hawkeye, an expert marksman who wields trick arrows (such as explosive arrows and cable line arrows) and has a personal relationship with the Black Widow; Iron Man's chief weapon, repulsor rays: Derived from Tales of Suspense#57 (1964) by Stan Lee & Don Heck.

Hawkeye's real name, Clint Barton: Derived from the Avengers#64 (1969) by Roy Thomas & Gene Colan.

Hawkeye & the Black Widow as fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents recruited into the Avengers; Hawkeye's costume: Derived from the Ultimates#7 (2002) by Mark Millar & Bryan Hitch.

Loki's power of mind control: Derived from Journey into Mystery#88 (1963) by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby.

Thor, Norse god of thunder, defender of Earth, wields hammer Mjolnir which can control storms, can only be lifted by those who are worthy and always returns to his hand; Thor's blue costume with plated chest, bare arms and red cape: Derived from Journey into Mystery#83 (1962) by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby.

The Avengers logo with enlarged "A": Derived from the Avengers#96 (1972) by Gaspar Saladino.

The Black Widow, alias Natasha Romanoff, a Russian spy, originally a villain: Derived from Tales of Suspense#52 (1964) by Stan Lee, Don Rico, Don Heck & Jack Kirby.

The Black Widow as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Derived from the Avengers#38 (1967) by Roy Thomas & Don Heck.

The Black Widow as an Avenger: Derived from the Avengers#111 (1973) by Steve Englehart & Don Heck.

Iron Man, alias Tony Stark, a playboy philanthropist and former weapons designer who wears a high-tech suit of armour which includes enhanced strength and the power of flight; has shrapnel embedded in his heart and needs pacemaker to survive, pacemaker also powers his armour: Derived from Tales of Suspense#39 (1963) by Larry Lieber, Don Heck, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

The Hulk, alias Bruce Banner, an expert in gamma rays who took a massive dose of gamma radiation which causes him to transform into a superhuman monster; Banner and/or the Hulk seen wearing the colour purple; the Hulk describing others as "puny": Derived from the Incredible Hulk#1 (1962) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Bruce Banner as a physician: Derived from the Savage She-Hulk#1 (1980) by Stan Lee & John Buscema.

Bruce Banner's transformations into the Hulk caused by extreme stress or anger: Derived from Tales to Astonish#60 (1964) by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko.

The Black Widow wielding handguns: Derived from Bizarre Adventures#25 (1981) by Ralph Macchio & Paul Gulacy.

The S.H.I.E.L.D. Council seen as shadowy figures on monitors; the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier falling out of the sky: Derived from Marvel Graphic Novel#18 (1985) by John Byrne.

The "Avengers Initiative," a government-run program used to operate the Avengers: Derived from Civil War#7 (2007) by Mark Millar & Steve McNiven and Avengers: the Initiative#1 (2007) by Dan Slott & Stefano Caselli.

Captain America, alias Steve Rogers, a World War 2 super hero wearing a red/white/blue costume with star on chest and "A" on mask; Captain America's original triangular shield: Derived from Captain America Comics#1 (1941) by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby.

Peggy Carter, Captain America's war-time love interest: Derived from Tales of Suspense#75 (1966) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Captain America frozen in ice during World War 2, revived in contemporary times, joins the Avengers: Derived from the Avengers#4 (1964) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Howard Stark, father to Tony Stark: Derived from Iron Man#28 (1970) by Archie Goodwin & Don Heck.

Howard Stark's past connection to Captain America: Derived from Captain America Annual#9 (1990) by Randall Frenz & Mark Bagley.

Iron Man's armour coloured red & gold: Derived from Tales of Suspense#48 (1963) by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko & Jack Kirby.

Iron Man's unibeam in the center of his armour: Derived from Tales of Suspense#40 (1963) by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein & Jack Kirby.

The design of the Iron Man armour: Derived from Iron Man#75 (2004) by Adi Granov.

Pepper Potts, Tony Stark's assistant and romantic interest: Derived from Tales of Suspense#45 (1963) by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Don Heck & Jack Kirby.

Stark Tower, Tony Stark's New York skyscraper: Derived from New Avengers#3 (2005) by Brian Michael Bendis & David Finch.

Iron Man's armour applied using mechanical apparatus: Derived from Iron Man TV series (1995) by Tom Tataranowicz.

Jarvis, Iron Man's artificial intelligence assistant who helps design the armours: Derived from HOMER of Iron Man#298 (1993) by Len Kaminski & Tom Tenney and named after Edwin Jarvis of Tales of Suspense#59 (1964) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Tony Stark & Pepper Potts in a romantic relationship: Derived from Invincible Iron Man#15 (2009) by Matt Fraction & Salvador Larroca.

Abraham Erskine and his Super-Soldier Serum which empowered Captain America: Derived from Captain America Comics#1 (1941) by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby and Tales of Suspense#63 (1965) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

S.H.I.E.L.D. agents dressed in blue jumpsuits: Derived from Strange Tales#139 (1965) by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott.

Captain America's round shield; Captain America's mask fastened to his costume: Derived from Captain America Comics#2 (1941) by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby.

Captain America throwing his shield so that it ricochets and returns to his hand: Derived from the Avengers#5 (1964) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

The wings on Captain America's mask drawn flat on the sides of his head: Derived from Captain America: Reborn#1 (2009) by Ed Brubaker & Bryan Hitch.

Thor's beard: Derived from Thor#367 (1986) by Walter Simonson.

Captain America's belief in God: Derived from the Avengers#113 (1973) by Steve Englehart & Bob Brown.

Odin called "the All-Father" Derived from Journey into Mystery#97 (1963) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Loki as Thor's foster brother: Derived from Journey into Mystery#112 (1965) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Thor called "Odinson": Derived from Namor the Sub-Mariner#13 (1991) by John Byrne.

Iron Man's armour absorbing energy: Derived from Iron Man#3 (1968) by Archie Goodwin & Johnny Craig.

Captain America & Iron Man having a tense, argumentative relationship: Derived from the Avengers#153 (1976) by Gerry Conway & John Buscema.

Jane Foster, Thor's love interest: Derived from Journey into Mystery#84 (1962) by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby.

The Black Widow's all-black costume with Widow's Bite wrist weapon; the Black Widow's red hair: Derived from the Amazing Spider-Man#86 (1970) by Stan Lee & John Romita.

The red widow icon on Black Widow's belt: Derived from Journey into Mystery#517 (1998) by Scott Lobdell & Randall Green.

Bruce Banner attempting suicide but failing because the Hulk won't let him die: Derived from the Incredible Hulk#467 (1998) by Peter David & Adam Kubert.

S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell: Derived from Strange Tales#144 (1966) by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Howard Purcell.

The Hulk having green skin: Derived from the Incredible Hulk#2 (1962) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Hulk battling Thor and attempting to lift Mjolnir: Derived from the Avengers#3 (1964) and Journey into Mystery#112 (1965), both by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

The Destroyer: Derived from Journey into Mystery#118 (1965) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Black Widow being redeemed and rescued by Hawkeye: Derived from the Avengers#30 (1966) by Stan Lee & Don Heck.

Thor's modified costume with chainmail sleeves: Derived from Thor#1 (2007) by J. Michael Stracynski & Olivier Coipel.

Hawkeye's modular design arrows: Derived from Hawkeye#1 (1983) by Mark Gruenwald.

Captain America as Avengers leader; Hawkeye as an Avenger: Derived from the Avengers#16 (1965) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

"Hulk smash" quote: Derived from Tales to Astonish#88 (1967) by Stan Lee & Gil Kane.

The Hulk performing massive leaps through the air: Derived from the Incredible Hulk#3 (1962) by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.

Captain America's motorcycle: Derived from Captain America Comics#27 (1943) by Alex Schomburg.

Thanos, an extraterrestrial villain: Derived from Iron Man#55 (1973) by Jim Starlin & Mike Friedrich.

Thanos questing after the Cosmic Cube: Derived from Captain Marvel#27 (1973) by Jim Starlin & Mike Friedrich.

Thanos in love with Death: Derived from Captain Marvel#28 (1973) by Jim Starlin & Mike Friedrich.


Steven said...

Nice work.

Gaspar Saladino was the designer of the modern Avengers logo. Check this out: http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/495/

Michael Hoskin said...

Thank you Steven, I've added it!

Nitz the Bloody said...

Two more credits for the Ultimates team of Millar and Hitch;

--Captain America having separate uniforms for his WW2 adventures and his present day life

--Iron Man's unibeam/heart glowing blue, with predominantly blue energy effects for the suit's other functions

Michael Hoskin said...

Included as well, thanks Nitz!