Captain America, Iron Man, Superman, Batman… Go imagination that some have to create all these characters and their universes, right? Yes, it is true that it takes a lot of imagination but you can also use real stories to create fictitious stories.
Then you’ll be able to discover what the characters of comics are inspired by real people.
The people behind the characters
1 – The Flash
The alter ego of the Flash is Barry Allen, who is inspired by two people very famous in the world of entertainment during the 50’s. Julius Schwartz, editor for DC Comics of the era, was inspired by the broadcaster Barry Gray, and in the presenter Steve Allen to create man ray.
2 – The Joker
Many actors have played this character in the many versions of the Batman movies, but few know that it is based on a character from the film The man who laughs.
It is a silent film, inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel, which tells the story of a man, Gwynplaine, whose face was disfigured as a child and has a laugh that scares a lot.
3 – Iron Man
The rich entrepreneur of Marvel is based on Howard Hughes, an entrepreneur, adventurer, millionaire, inventor and conqueror of women. In fact, the father of Tony Stark is called Howard Stark.
4 – Professor X
The legendary professor Xavier, of the X-Men, is based physically on Yul Brynner, but his ideals were conceived from the Martin Luther King, Jr. On the contrary, Magneto is based on the historical figure Malcolm X.
5 – J. Jonah Jameson
The editor of the newspaper where he works, Peter Parker, Spiderman, is inspired by Stan Lee, creator of many Marvel characters.
6 – Bruce Wayne
The alter ego of Batman combines the name of two fighters historical for free: Robert The Bruce and Anthony Wayne.
7 – Soldier of Winter
Bucky Barnes, the Soldier of Winter, is one of the best friends of Captain America. Your name is what got Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America, who was inspired by one of his best friend, Bucky Pierson, who was also a star of the basketball team.
8 – Superman
Obviously his powers are all fiction, however, her physical appearance is inspired by the actor Douglas Fairbans Sr.
9 – Wonder Woman
Little is known of the origins of this comic, what we do know for sure is that it is based on two women: Elizabeth Holloway, wife of his creator, and Olive Byrne, his assistant and lover.