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The great irony here is that I didn’t just copy-paste certain Wikipedia entries to make this article.
Recently a good buddy of mine informed me that Black Spider was DC’s version of Spiderman. While I can see why they’d think that, I couldn’t find any proof to support their theory.
I did find, however, that there are a lot more seemingly-copy-pasted characters between DC and Marvel than I knew about. They may have been made that way on purpose, or they may have been happy accidents.
But let’s take a look at some of them nonethless, shall we?
And just to keep it interesting, I’m going to completely make up one of the entries. Why not see if you can guess which one it is? The answer can be found at the end of the article. Kind of. You’ll see.
DC and Marvel Ripoff Characters – Deadpool Vs Deathstroke
Who was first? Deathstroke – by over 10 years.
There’s a certain comic character who often wears a mask, gloats in combat by mocking his opponents, and is quite skilled with katanas and guns.
But that’s enough about Wolverine, let’s discuss Deadpool and Deathstroke.
The origins of Deadpool are actually quite controversial, but it’s generally accepted that Rob Liefeld created his look and name, and Fabian Nicieza created his personality (and presumably his feet).
Basically, Rob was like ‘Yo Fabes, check out this new character I just created’ and Fabian was like ‘Well done, you just created Deathstroke, good job’. Apparently Rob actually meant for that to happen, but that doesn’t really make it any more original or creative.
Deathstroke is named Slade Wilson. Deadpool is named Wade Wilson. I mean, do I even need to say more? (Probably, yes – The Editor)
They both have a healing factor as their actual superpower, their past is basically ‘ex-military and then experiment’, and they’re both mercenaries who are highly skilled at gunplay and martial arts.
However, Deathstroke mainly uses a staff as his main weapon nowadays, so they’re now both completely and wildly different and I don’t know why I even bothered with this entry.
Man, what a long entry. SURE WISH THERE WAS SOME WAY I COULD SUMMARISE QUICKER!
Fun fact: Death in the Marvel Universe is an actual character and Thanos is in love with her. However, she’s in love with Deadpool, which means you get two fun facts for the price of one: Deadpool is immortal, and Thanos is a cuck.
DC and Marvel Ripoff Characters – Superman Vs Sentry
Who was first? Superman – by decades
DC’s Superman is a superpowered illegal immigrant whose name is the anglicised version of the German term ‘Ubermensch’, and he was created by two Jewish gentlemen. Presumably, all of this is because ‘fuck Nazis’.
Marvel’s Sentry is also a superpowered illegal immigrant (according to The Age of The Sentry miniseries). He was introduced to Marvel comics in 2000 as a washed-up ex-superhero who everyone keeps forgetting about. And I don’t mean the readers, I mean the characters in the comics.
Sentry isn’t so much a ripoff of Superman as Marvel’s deconstructionist take on Superman, right down to falling for a love interest whose initials are LL.
Superman sure has a type. Lana Lang. Lois Lane. Lex Luthor.
Fun Fact: The first slashfic couple was Captain Kirk and Mr Spock. Look it up if you don’t believe me!
DC and Marvel Ripoff Characters – Batman Vs Moon Knight
Who was first? Batman – by decades.
DC’s Batman is a non-superpowered sociopathic billionaire (he said, as if there were any other kind) who uses his vast fortune to buy bat-themed gadgets and is well known for his brutality.
Marvel’s Moon Knight is a non-superpowered billionaire who uses his vast fortune to buy moon-themed gadgets and is well known for his brutality. However, Moon Knight is less of a sociopath and more of a psychopath so, you know – he’s got that going for him.
The main difference between the two is that Moon Knight actually questions his sanity, whereas Batman is perfectly fine with literally being the most famous furry in the world.
Fun Fact: These entries aren’t getting shorter, you’re just imagining it.
DC and Marvel Ripoff Characters – Morpheus Vs Gaslight
DC’s Morpheus AKA Sandman is the creation of British writer Neil Gaiman. Sandman is a thin pasty goth/emo twink who likes to play games with peoples minds but is basically a good guy.
Marvel’s Gaslight is the creation of British writer Johnathon Thomas. Gaslight is a thin pasty goth/emo twink who likes to play games with peoples minds. In fact their powers come directly from other peoples confusion (even if it’s tainted by the Gates of Hell first).
While Gaslight rarely appears in person, when they do they tend to look a lot like Morpheus’s sister, Death. Because, well, you know – Gaslight.
DC and Marvel Ripoff Characters – Aquaman Vs Namor
Who was first? Namor – by about two years
DC’s Aquaman is a member of the royal family of Atlantis. He has super strength, can talk to ocean animals, is impervious to most human weapons, and can manipulate water (in at least one of his incarnations).
Marvel’s Namor is a member of the royal family of Atlantis. He has super strength, can talk to ocean animals, is impervious to most human weapons, and can manipulate water (in at least one of his incarnations), and no I didn’t just copy-paste that although I probably should have.
Unfortunately, both are considered a bit of joke.
Jason Momoa’s Aquaman character has sidestepped that stigma, but sadly his Aquaman movie is more of a joke than a chicken crossing a road after having watched an Englishman, a Frenchman, and an Irishman walk into a bar.
Fun Fact: Some people believe that Namor is the first superhero, but Superman precedes him by roughly a year.
DC and Marvel Ripoff Characters – Wonder Woman Vs Captain Marvel
Who was first? Wonder Woman – by decades
DC’s Wonder Woman is a superpowered female who was created as a response to the rise of feminism during World War II.
Marvel’s Captain Marvel is a superpowered female who was created as a response to the rise of feminism after the Vietnam war. For the record, she was actually called Ms Marvel at the time, if you’d like to read more about that then check out this article about Captain Marvel.
Both of them owe their powers to otherworldy origins, powers which include super-strength, damage resistance, and flight.
Fun Fact: Wonder Woman was created by the guy who invented the polygraph (lie detector).
Speaking of lies…
So which one of these entries was fake?
I feel like the answer is pretty obvious, but if not: It’s the entry which features no ‘Who was first?‘ or ‘Fun Fact‘.
Although the artwork for them belongs to a DC character, the second character in that entry is completely made up. By me. For a DnD homebrew game I once Dungeon-Mastered. You’re welcome.
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