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8/08/2020 5:03 am  #1


Comics that never existed!

Movies and television (and sometimes novels) have frequently invented comics that never existed to use in their stories, rather than using real comics they might have to pay to use. So I thought it might be nice to put together as definitive a list as possible of such things, including (if available) images and "creator" details. 

 

8/08/2020 5:10 am  #2


Re: Comics that never existed!

To start us off:
Where: Friday the 13th: The Series.
Comic: Tales of the Undead.
Creator: Jay Star.
Publisher: Peerless Comics.
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Tales of the Undead featured the adventures of the robotic (or maybe cybernetic) Ferrus the Invincible. In Friday the 13th: The Series, the show's concept was that a warlock had cursed various items for the Devil, then sold them from his pawn shop; now the warlock was dead, his heirs were seeking to retrieve the items and stop them causing death and mayhem. One of the cursed items was a rare first issue of Tales of the Undead, which could transform people into a murderous version of Ferrus. The transformation sequence saw the user first assume an "illustrated" appearance:
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before then becoming "real world."
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8/08/2020 5:34 am  #3


Re: Comics that never existed!

[Edit: as requested below, separating out my original post. Leaving the third example in to same me recopying the text and image]

Comics themselves sometimes have comics that never existed, even though the companies obviously have access to the real thing, because a real comic wouldn't fit a particular narrative. In Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, there are sometimes panels of Just'a Lotta Animals comics drawn by Captain Carrot's alter ego Roger Rodney Rabbit:
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8/08/2020 5:40 am  #4


Re: Comics that never existed!

Where: Hustle (TV series)
Comic: Black Storm
Creator: Leonard Wright
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The British TV series Hustle was about a team of grifters (con artists), and in the second season episode Missions they decided to trick an investor buying a forged copy of the cover artwork for the first issue. Per the episode, Black Storm was one of the original superheroes, published in 1934, and the first issue was considered the "Mona Lisa of comic book artwork." They bought a genuine copy at auction, used it to fool the auction house's authenticators when they resold it for even more, but switched the art and gave the investor buyer the forgery, while reselling the real artwork to a genuine fan at a high, but more reasonable, price.

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8/08/2020 5:41 am  #5


Re: Comics that never existed!

Andy E. Nystrom wrote:

I couldn't find an images of the comic (if there were any) but Fantasy Island season 3 episode 23 "Eagleman/Children of Mentu" May 17, 1980 referenced an Eagleman comic book.

The opening credits to Orgazmo (1997) has a montage of Orgazmo comics in 1930s-1990s style (somewhat NSFW; mind you a lot of people are working from home these days anyway). Swipes of Joe Shuster and Jim Lee are recognizable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiXaT_1I-vw

Comics themselves sometimes have comics that never existed, even though the companies obviously have access to the real thing, because a real comic wouldn't fit a particular narrative. In Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, there are sometimes panels of Just'a Lotta Animals comics drawn by Captain Carrot's alter ego Roger Rodney Rabbit:
 

Cool info, but for the sake of later indexing, let's stick to one title or show per post please.

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8/08/2020 5:46 am  #6


Re: Comics that never existed!

Okay, separating things out. From the start of my original post:
I couldn't find an images of the comic (if there were any) but Fantasy Island season 3 episode 23 "Eagleman/Children of Mentu" May 17, 1980 referenced an Eagleman comic book.


 

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8/08/2020 5:46 am  #7


Re: Comics that never existed!

And the last bit of my original post (originally the second example):
The opening credits to Orgazmo (1997) has a montage of Orgazmo comics in 1930s-1990s style (somewhat NSFW; mind you a lot of people are working from home these days anyway). Swipes of Joe Shuster and Jim Lee are recognizable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiXaT_1I-vw

Adding images (the NSFW bit is partly the song)
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/IuVTlvChWSs/hqdefault.jpg

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BYzMxZDM4YmQtNDNhMC00YjUyLTk3OTQtZjJkNmY5MjdkMDcxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTc4Njg5MjA@._V1_.jpg

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8/08/2020 5:54 am  #8


Re: Comics that never existed!

Where: Hustle (again)
Comic: Warrior Women / Wild Avenger
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Same episode as above. Less info about these issues, as they were hidden among genuine comics in a scene set in a comic shop. The fake titles were used for two reasons: firstly, because they were the issues we saw in close-up, and second, because they needed comic covers with oversexualised women, so the female con artist could sigh and comment how "sad" they were. Unfortunately, while an otherwise enjoyable episode, the writer did feel the need to play all the standard negative stereotypes about comics and comic readers - the comic shop owner who was one of the potential buyers for the art is portrayed as a socially inept geek who is clueless around women (and yes, I know there are fans like that, but it'd be nice not to have movies and TV portray EVERY fan like that). 

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8/08/2020 6:00 am  #9


Re: Comics that never existed!

Andy E. Nystrom wrote:

Okay, separating things out. From the start of my original post:
I couldn't find an images of the comic (if there were any) but Fantasy Island season 3 episode 23 "Eagleman/Children of Mentu" May 17, 1980 referenced an Eagleman comic book.


 

We do have some depicting what the character's costume looked like, as someone in the episode dresses up as him. 
https://comicvine1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/original/8/85763/7507274-4164598926-bd5.j.jpg
and, in the background, you can see what would seem to be comic art of the character!
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8/08/2020 6:10 am  #10


Re: Comics that never existed!

Throughout Watchmen (original limited series 1986-1987), Bernie (the kid at the newsstand) reads a Tales of the Black Freighter comic story Marooned written by Max Shea and drawn by Walt Feinberg.
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8/08/2020 6:16 am  #11


Re: Comics that never existed!

Where: The Lost Boys
Comic: Destroy All Vampires / Vampires Everywhere
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Fake vampire comics created as props for the 1980s movie The Lost Boys, which from the covers are some what "Tomb of Dracula"-esque. Unlike the other comics mention, you CAN buy these though! A few years ago someone got the rights and produced facsimiles of the props, complete with interior stories that obviously weren't shown in the movie (not sure if they props had interior stories or not, and so unsure whether the facsimiles made up a new story or reproduced unseen material that was actually made for the movie - but I suspect the former). And these facsimiles are available to purchase.
 

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8/08/2020 6:45 am  #12


Re: Comics that never existed!

Where: The Chronicle (TV series)
Comic: Captain Vigilant
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In the short lived series The Chronicle, about a tabloid reporting on genuine supernatural events, the 16th episode Man and Superman featured them investigating what appeared to be a real-life superhero. They eventually discovered that their hero was actually a telekinetic comic fan reproducing events from the comic Captain Vigilant, a title that had been popular in the 1980s until the crash in the comic industry killed it. It ran for at least 23 issues, as the show's resident comic book fan (for once not portrayed as a socially inept loser, and clearly written by someone who genuinely knew comics, given some of the references he dropped) mentions events that happened in "Captain Vigilant#23." We only get a glimpse of the comic cover, and a little more of the interiors.

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8/08/2020 10:14 am  #13


Re: Comics that never existed!

Where: The Avengers
Comic: The Winged Avenger
Created by: Arnie Packer
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In the episode "The Winged Avenger" of 1960s British TV series The Avengers, a comic character is impersonated by a criminal and murderer. The actual art used was mostly by real life British artist Frank Bellamy, one of the top artists in British comics,
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though in some cases the production team stuck illustrations of the character (not necessarily drawn by Bellamy) over real world comic panels.
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8/08/2020 10:44 am  #14


Re: Comics that never existed!

An interesting subcategory is comics that eventually existed:

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8/08/2020 3:26 pm  #15


Re: Comics that never existed!

zuckyd1 wrote:

An interesting subcategory is comics that eventually existed.
 

Agreed. Comics that were fictional when first mentioned but then went on to be published in the real world as a result definitely count.

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8/11/2020 3:39 am  #16


Re: Comics that never existed!

Where: Condorman
Comics: Condorman, Laser Lady, Zowie Comics
Creator: Woodrow Wilkins
Publisher: Woodrow Wilkins Publications.
No image of the Condorman comic itself, though there are copies of "Woodrow's" design sketches:
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https://comicvine1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/original/8/85763/7512471-6706634706-780x4.jpg

and there are images of the other two comics, plus some interior pages of Laser Lady:
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https://comicvine1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/square_medium/8/85763/7508377-4645405735-37593.jpg

https://comicvine1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/original/8/85763/7512472-5312466119-780x4.jpg

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9/14/2020 4:58 am  #17


Re: Comics that never existed!

Guardians of the Galaxy (cartoon), Season 3, episode 14, and

the Guardians are individually trapped in fake realities. Drax finds himself in a comic world where he is Drax-Man, living a life that merges his 616 history (his origin as depicted is the 616 version, more or less - Arthur Douglas' car is blasted off the road by Thanos, Arthur is reborn in a new body given to him by Kronos) with Spider-Man (he's working at a newspaper for J. Jonah J'Son, an amalgam of J. Jonah Jameson and Star-Lord's father J'Son, and this JJJ hates Drax-Man the way 616 JJJ used to hate Spidey, and demands Drax gets photos of Drax-Man that paint the hero in a bad light) with Superman (Drax's main disguise is wearing a pair of spectacles).

As part of this story, we see some covers of the comic Drax-Man:
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