8 forgotten comic book characters
8 forgotten comic book characters
Marvel and other publishers of comic books have had a long history of creating popular heroes; these fictional figures were a part of many people’s childhoods and there are many adults as well who haven’t forgotten their passion for comic books. The worldwide gallery of comic book figures is immense and also includes some characters that have been discontinued or forgotten for one reason or another. Do you know any of the forgotten characters in the list below? Then you must be a real comic books fan!
This Marvel character was created by Aaron Lopresti for the Earth-9047 universe. Its first appearance was in 1964 in Avengers #19. Swordsman was Clint Barton’s mentor when he came to the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders; although Clint tried to become his equal, he never achieved to reach his master’s level. With the purpose of trying to get away with his crimes, The Swordsman tried to infiltrate the Avengers. However, he was identified by Clint, now the heroic Hawkeye, and subsequently sent away.
The sexy heroine was created by French comic book artist and writer Jean-Claude Forest in 1962. The V magazine made Barbarella a quick success and her emancipation made her a symbol of the sexual revolution that lasted from the 60s to the 80s. The blonde adventurer was translated into multiple languages and reprinted by the American magazine Heavy Metal in 1978. Barbarella’s name was linked to various celebrities, including Jane Fonda who starred as Barbarella in a 1968 movie, and the Duran Duran band, who took their name after one of Barbarella’s characters, scientist Durand Durand. Unfortunately no other movies have been made and the Barbarella comic book was discontinued.
3. Lady Death
Back to the United States with this dark heroine, who was created by Brian Pulido and Steven Hughes and published by Eternity Comics in 1991. Her looks are quite scary – white hair, white skin, no eyeballs, and dressed in black or purple, with a cape and carrying a sword. Multiple comic books have published her, and her last appearance dates from 2004, when Lady Death inspired a Korean animated movie.
Dark characters have always fascinated audiences, and this is also the case with Vampirella, a sexy heroine created by Forrest J. Ackerman and Trina Robbins in 1969. The last issue where Vampirella appeared was published in 1983. The beautiful vampire comes from a planet called Drakulon, where rivers that used to feed vampires blood ran dry; she reaches the Earth in an attempt to save her dying race with blood from humans. The character’s looks have been inspired by former model and actress Barbara Leigh.
Shamrock is a Marvel heroine with Irish origins. Her real name is Molly Fitzgerald, and she first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes: Contest of Champions #1, in June 1982. Shamrock hosts Irish poltergeists who were victims of wars or innocent victims of crimes. Shamrock gets any leftover luck these people didn’t use and thus is capable of affecting probability fields within twenty feet around her. Unlike other forgotten comic book characters, Shamrock is scheduled to make a return in a short story published in Girl Comics #2.
6. The Spirit
Few people remember this character because it was featured in a series of comic books published by Quality Comics in 1940. The main character in the book, Denny Colt, seems to die in the first issue, but in reality he is placed in suspended animation through an experiment performed by Dr. Cobra. Denny choses to fight crime as his alter ego, called The Spirit. His true identity is known only by his assistant Ebony White and by Commissioner Dolan.
7. American Eagle
This Native American hero is one of the few Indians who have made it to the comic book universe, in spite of the very rich Native American folklore. Many comic books enthusiasts feel this demographic is underrepresented in comic books, although it can deliver very interesting heroes and villains. American Eagle, also known as Jason Strongbow, gained his superpowers as he tried to stop a mining company; the sound ray that blasted him in combination with uranium made Jason Strongbow superhuman and provided him with enhanced senses.
Kalimán first started as a radio program in 1963, created by Rafael Cutberto Navarro and Modesto Vázquez González. The concept was made into a comic book which was published for almost three decades until the 1990s. Kalimán is a beautiful character with blue eyes and wearing a white outfit; of Indian origin, he is a descendant of the Kali goddess. The character has been adopted by King Abul Pasha who found him as a baby floating in the river. Instead of following his adoptive father on the throne, he prefers to travel the globe and do justice for people who cannot defend themselves.
What other comic book character would you include in this list and why? We know there are many other forgotten heroes who would have deserved more and could have been successful even today, and we are looking forward to continuing this list.