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User Info: Garioshi

Garioshi
4 weeks ago#1
Not a Marvel guy, very curious.
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User Info: thoul

thoul
4 weeks ago#2
So they can have multiple books featuring a character running at one time. For example, Amazing Spider-Man and Spectacular Spider-Man. At other times it is to represent a shift in tone or story; Immortal Hulk has a very different tone than Incredible Hulk.

User Info: tommybel89

tommybel89
4 weeks ago#3
The adjectives were there off the bat in the 60's. Mighty, Amazing, Astonishing, Incredible, etc. I don't remember if X-Men was just a plain name or if it was Uncanny X-Men off the bat.

When characters would get new series, they would add adjectives or remove them to signify that it was a different series. Spider-Man went from Amazing Spider-Man and eventually spun out into Spectacular Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, and the self-titled Spider-Man series.
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User Info: 60fps

60fps
4 weeks ago#4
Yeah, it was just there to make the book sound exciting.

Except X-men. I'm not sure when they added "Uncanny" to the title.
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Cthulhu_Fhtagn
4 weeks ago#5
60fps posted...
Yeah, it was just there to make the book sound exciting.

Except X-men. I'm not sure when they added "Uncanny" to the title.


Looks like #115 from 1978. Before that it was the All New All Different X-Men
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60fps
4 weeks ago#6
Thanks. Weird how long that took. Maybe the book wouldn't have struggled if it started as Uncanny.
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User Info: TheRealKal-El

TheRealKal-El
4 weeks ago#7
Stan Lee liked three things in life:

Being bombastic, Alliteration and Schwa.

Well, also taking credit from others, but that’s for another conversation.

Everything had to be bombastic in order to generate more attention. So while DC and others would just name their comics with nouns, Stan included a hyperbolic adjective in almost all of them.

Also just like how he designed characters to have alliterative names: Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Bruce Banner, etc, he also tried to do the same with titles:

Spectacular Spider-Man
Fantastic Four
Silver Surfer

All those are alliterative.

He also liked the Schwa. That sound used for non-stressed vocals in the English langauge.

Amazing Spider-Man
Uncanny X-Men
Incredible Hulk

All those begin with a Schwa sound.
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