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Did famed filmmaker Federico Fellini really write an Italian bootleg Flash Gordon comic in the late '30s? Did Charlton Comics get its start in a PRISON? And where's Mike Allred's "X-Force" character The Horn?
This week, was Lois Lane based on Jerry Siegel's wife? Plus, who was the original killer in "Countdown to Infinite Crisis" and did Peter Milligan plan to end "Shade, the Changing Man" earlier than DC wanted?
Did Supergirl creator Al Plastino draw months worth of "Peanuts" strips in case Charles Schulz got ill, or were the motivations behind the strips more sinister? And did an issue of "Cable" correctly predict Hurricane Sandy?
In the first of CSBG's three-part 400th edition celebration, learn whether Steve Ditko really disagreed with Norman Osborn being the Green Goblin! Plus, how did the Son of Sam investigation lead to DC Comics' offices?
This week, did Charles Schulz really write a famous "Peanuts" strip criticizing the IRS? Did the FBI really investigate Walt Kelly's "Pogo" for hidden subversive messages? Find out the answers and more!
How did Mickey Mouse lead to a reporter's exile from Yugoslavia? How did the Three Stooges show up as Flash characters? And what's the deal with John Romita and Spider-Man plotting credit?
Was Psylocke's first death meant to be x-tremely temporarily? Who came first, Reed Richards or the Professor from "Gilligan's Island?" And what, exactly, is the Cosmic Code Authority?
This week, where did Mario make his surprising first appearance? Is that really Walt Simonson fighting alongside Luke Skywalker? And what is the bizarre mystery of the Bearriors?!
In this classic installment of CSBG's Comic Book Legends Revealed, be amazed by the series of comics from 1930 featuring Mickey Mouse attempting to kill himself in a variety of ways, based on an idea by Walt Disney himself!
Was Aunt May really once going to be revealed as Peter Parker's birth mother? Where did Batman's grappling gun come from, the movies or comics? And what can Pogo tell us about TV watching?
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Superman, CSBG has collected all of their Comic Book Legends Revealed columns about the event in one easy to read list! Neil Gaiman! Doomsday! "Lois and Clark" And more!
Did Neil Gaiman almost write the "Death of Superman?" Plus, learn the fascinating tale of a thirty-year old bootleg Star Wars comic that is just now finishing...with official approval! And what, exactly, was DC Comics' "Superstorm?"
In the first of a two-part celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Superman, was Doomsday's origin changed due to mental health advocate protests? And was GI Joe's Zartan's origin changed for similar reasons?
This week, did DC really initially name "Hellblazer" "Hellraiser?" Is there a connection between Bucky O'Hare and a Star Wars character? And what surprising place did the idea for Alfred raising Bruce Wayne originate?
With Marvel and Lucasfilm both Disney-owned companies, we take a look at Marvel's Star Wars comics! Was there a character Lucas hated? Did the comic accidentally predict a major "Return of the Jedi" plot point? Plus, more!
In this week's Halloween CSBG, was "Hellblazer" originally titled "Hellraiser?" Who are Willoughby Kipling and Ambrose Bierce and what do they have to do with John Constantine? And did Keanu Reeves turn Constantine American?
Did Jack Kirby really never draw blood? Was Thunderstrike always destined to die? Was there a comic crossover over a HUNDRED years ago? Find out the answers to these questions in this week's CBLR!
Marvel at the cast of Winnie the Pooh being jerks to each other in a syndicated comic strip that needs to be seen to be believed in this week's CBLR! And was Cable intended to be an older version of Cannonball?
In honor of the release of DREDD 3D, this is an all-Judge Dredd edition of CBLR! Check out the origin of Dredd's name, how he was originally drawn and the censored Dredd story where he fights Ronald McDonald!
This week, the comic book filed as an official legal brief in a U.S. District Court! Plus, the comic origins of the classic Nintendo video game, "Hogan's Alley," and did an insult of Jim Valentino make him leave Marvel for Image?
This week, it's the short-lived return of Spider-Man's parents! Was there was a Wonder Woman comic protesting Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent?! Plus, Hugo Hercules: the first comic superhero?
This week, it's an all TV-related CBLR! Did David Caruso really play Archie Andrews on a TV series? And was Wendy from "Super Friends" originally meant to be related to Batman?!
The bizarre tale of the dueling "Wizard of Oz" comic strips from the turn of the 20th Century! Was Jack Staff originally going to be a Union Jack comic book? And what did Chris Claremont have planned for Kitty Pryde?
This week's installment of CBLR looks into the origins of Spidey villain the Shocker, censored "Beetle Bailey" strips and Alex Ross sneaking Namor's naughty bits into his and Kurt Busiek's "Marvels."
This week, learn how Spider-Man's origin was changed - in his second appearance! Plus, the not-safe-for-work side of Beetle Bailey?!?! Also, who coined Marvel's "616'" designation?
Discover the amazing tale of how tantalizingly close Bill Finger came to receiving credit on Tim Burton's "Batman!" Plus, legends about Warren Ellis and Fabian Nicieza!
An all-Batman edition of CBLR! Did DC Comics actually cancel Detective Comics in the late '70s?! Was there almost a Batman/Jon Sable crossover? Plus, discover the amazing tale of Bill Finger's only living heir!
Learn the history of Wonder Woman's lasso of truth! Which non-Comics Code approved comic did Warren Ellis re-work for his adults-only "Strange Kiss?"What parody did DC Comics want removed from a DC/Milestone crossover?
This week, did a government agency pay DC to do an anti-drug Batman storyline? Plus, what 1990s Marvel Comic by Warren Ellis was killed before the first issue was even released? Also, a hidden reference in the New 52!
Was Rorschach originally going to fight against Batman in a DC Comics miniseries? And discover the bizarre issue of Superman where he literally listens in on the rest of the DC Universe! You have to see it to believe it!
This week, did Superman first fly by accident? Plus, how did "Star Trek's" Jonathan Frakes inadvertently inspire a classic Spider-Man tale? And which Titan was originally going to die in "Infinite Crisis" #4?
This week, before "Watchmen," was Dave Gibbons a superhero!?!? Plus, did Wonder Woman creator William Marston intentionally have the Amazon princess mention sappho to irritate Fredric Wertham?
This week, did Marvel Comics really have a ban on the words "hell" and "damn" during the 1990s? Plus, was the classic EC Comics story "Judgment Day" based on a story by the late Ray Bradbury?
This week, learn whether the Black Cat was nearly killed early in her career - by J. Jonah Jameson!? Plus, a decade before Asterix, see Uderzo's art on "Captain Marvel Jr."! Plus, a legend about Dave Sim and "Fables!"
In this classic installment of Comic Book Legends revealed, learn the clever way the late Ray Bradbury handled EC Comics publishing unlicensed adaptations of his stories during the 1950s.
Did Donald Duck appear in a comic years before he officially first appeared in a cartoon? Plus, legends about other funny animal comics, including "Bucky O'Hare" and Dave Sim's pitch for "Spider-Ham!"
How did Evel Knievel inadvertently lead to the creation of one of Marvel's goofiest comics of the late 1970s?! Plus, learn the amazing story of how the first issue of that comic was made!
Jack Kirby meets Shakespeare! Spider-Man has a wardrobe malfunction! And did Hasbro dictate Larry Hama's "G.I. Joe" writing style?
As they say, knowing is half the battle, and you'll be prepared for that half with this week's All-G.I. Joe edition of CBLR! Did Larry Hama's band perform on an episode of "G.I. Joe?" Did Hasbro name one of their figures Ghost Rider?
A special all-Avengers CBLR! Discover the "Avengers" issue edited at the last minute because of a ribald sequence, learn whether Stan Lee wrote the Captain America theme song, and how the Comics Code changed Cap forever.