Has anybody else ever noticed that the comic book heros of Marvel and DC have a symbiotic relationship similar to that between ancient Greece and Rome?
You know. Greece had Zeus, Aphrodite, Hades, Hermes, and Ares, and Rome had Jupiter, Venus, Pluto, Mercury and Mars.
Same thing with the DC and Marvel characters. There’s usually a counterpart over in the other camp.
Aquaman = The Sub Mariner
Plastic Man = Mr. Fantastic
The Flash = Quicksilver
The Atom = Ant Man
Hawkman = The Angel
You get the idea.
It occurs to me that the only thing the Greeks lacked were trademark/coryright laws and some good lawyers. Comic book puplishers have plenty of these at their disposal. Do they ever use them? Is there an unwritten agreement that allows them to steal ideas from each other?
(If my examples seem a little archaic, it’s because I haven’t picked up a comic book in about 20 years.)