Stolen Characters Marvel And DC Don’t Want You To Know

Welcome to Humor Nation. Today we will be talking about comic books! When comic book creators create superheroes and villains, they are allowed to draw the inspiration from all kinds of sources. Now it can be real people, yes they can create superheroes or villains based on people they know personally or some famous people that they admire. The characters can also be based on some fictional characters, but sometimes it’s pretty obvious that these characters are obvious rip-offs of the other comic book characters that are already in existence. DC and Marvel may be arch rivals, but this rivalry didn’t stop them from taking inspiration from each others’ characters and create their own new characters.

In some cases, Marvel and DC went to an extent that you can clearly say they stole characters from each other. Now whether it’s the character’s appearance, the character’s name, the character’s powers, abilities, or even its general concept. Constantly coming up with constantly cool comic characters definitely use that line because of how awesome alliteration is, it’s a very tiring process. And sometimes the well of ideas run dry and so maybe these characters are a little bit similar by coincidence, but it may be that Marvel pulls a little inspiration from the incredibly successful DC. As they say imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery. But DC is also not innocent of sneaking ideas from their competitor.

It is a known fact that many DC and Marvel characters were actually copied, they were rip-offs. Today we will be talking about the superheroes that are actually stolen by DC and Marvel.

So Let’s Take A Look At 10 Stolen Characters Marvel And DC Don’t Want You To Know!

  1. Marvel’s Infinity War big bad evil Thanos and DC’s Darkseid.

10 Stolen Characters Marvel And DC Don't Want You To Know

2. Sentry is a poor imitation of Superman.

3. Captain America’s Red Skull And DC’s Black Mask.

4. Marvel’s Thor And DC’s Shazam.

5. Marvel’s Lizard And DC’s Killer Croc.

6. Marvel’s Mr. Fantastic and DC’s Plastic Man.

7. Marvel’s Angel And DC’s Hawkman.

8. Marvel’s Juggernaut and DC’s Bane.

9. Marvel’s Magneto And DC’s Dr. Polaris.

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10. Marvel’s Ant Man And DC’s Atom.

11. Marvel’s Man Thing And DC’s Swamp Thing. They are both composed of vegetable matter, they are both large and strong, and otherwise horrific. Except Marvel’s Man Thing came out 2 months ahead of DC’s swamp thing. It is clearly a rip off, right?

12. Marvel’s Wasp And DC’s Bumblebee.

13. Marvel’s Sandman and DC’s Clay Face.

14. DC’s Catwoman appeared in Batman #1 back in 1940 and was an immediate hit so it was only natural that Marvel wanted to join the fun in 1979 and come up with their own sexy animal lady. Both the ladies play the role of a hero or villain whenever they feel like it. Marvel Black Cat who first appeared in Spider-Man comics has been inspired from the Cat Woman, a Batman Character.

15. Green Lantern is the inspiration behind Quasar of Marvel.


16. He was a half human, half Atlantean, trident weilding, and has served on multiple teams such as the Avengers and the X-Men. Whereas we have DC’s Aquaman, who came around in 1941, and is half human, half Atlantean, and has served on multiple teams such as the Justice League and the others. Marvel’s Namor inspired DC to come up with Aquaman. Yes Aquaman, the dude who talks with the fish.

17. This is pretty obvious, Green Arrow came first. Hawkeye of Avengers is copied from Green Arrow.

18. It is debatable that The Flash is the fastest comic character, but it’s sure that the Flash is the inspiration behind Marvel’s Quicksilver. The difference between the two is that one is fast as the lighting and the other is well..well he’s pretty quick. But the Flash is the original speedster making his debut as Jay Garrick in 1940. Quicksilver lags behind the race, joining the comic book world in 1964. 

19. Another instance where Marvel ripped off DC’s character. Ultron is cheap Brainiac.

20. Now DC’s Black Lightning is copied from Marvel’s Electro.

21. This one is shocking. Who do you think is more powerful, Hulk or Solomon Grundy?

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22. He is a hellfire consumed stunt cyclist who offered his soul to the devil to save the life of his dead. On the other hand, we have the first atomic skull, Albert Michaels, who DC published in 1976. A scientist who became the agent of a criminal organization in exchange for a cure for his neurological disorder. Both characters made deal with the wrong people for personal gain. Come on DC, like seriously? You just copied Ghost Rider and creates a cheap Atomic Skull.

23. Although their costumes and appearances might be similar, but Deadpool and Deathstroke have totally different personalities.

24. Batman beats Moon Knight any day or night. DC wins here clearly.

25. Many people don’t know that DC’s Dr. Fate came first, he was created before Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

26. Who do you think would win the battle between Vision and Martian Manhunter? I’d pick the latter one.

27. Marvel’s famous Captain America debuted in 1941 and is one of the best known superheroes to date. Now DC’s commander steel of 1978 was a creation of Captain America writer Gerry Conway, who wrote a five-issue series about the hero that never really took off. Though the character might not carry a shield, but the physical similarities between the two are striking. Seriously DC? That’s the best you can come up with? Commander Steel in response to Captain America!

Anshay Tomar
A movie buff, an Otaku, huge MMA and pro-wrestling follower. I'm a tumblr addict, have many fandoms and I'm also an aspiring artist. Works as a Content Writer.


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