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8 Times DC Copied Marvel’s Designs And Improved Them

In the lengthy history of comic books, there have always been two front-runner publications: DC and Marvel comics. Both films feature Superman, Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, and other well-known heroes. The Justice League, Avengers, Teen Titans, and X-Men are just a few of the fan-favorite groups they’ve created.

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It’s no surprise that the two firms share ideas or even take inspiration from certain personalities throughout history. They bounce ideas off of each other, share skills on the spur of the moment, and have even worked together on large events such as JLA/Avengers. Below is 8 times DC copied idea superheroes from Marvel and somehow makes it even better.

Black Racer (Silver Surfer)

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Following the success of the Silver Surfer following his debut in 1966, DC decided to develop their own cosmic speedster: The Black Racer. The identity was created from William Walker’s astral projected ego, who donned skis and a knight’s headgear. Indestructible, soaring, fast, and with a “touch of death,” he was an ethereal figure. He’s a component of death in some more modern incarnations, bringing the entire “other-worldly being” vibe even closer.

Bumblebee (Wasp)

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The Wasp was always a fascinating contrast to Ant-Man’s clumsy antics. Bumblebee was developed in 1976 because DC saw the fierceness and charm of a hero disguised as an insect. Karen Beecher was a member of the Teen Titans and the girlfriend of a teammate who went on to become a superhero. Even though the hero is a blatant rip-off, both intelligent females are astute enough to appreciate everything they get.

Cyborg (Deathlok)

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Deathlok’s design is strangely similar to Cyborg’s, with the exception that Cyborg is more compassionate while Deathlok is more satanic. Victor Stone’s transformation occurred as a consequence of an accident that left him near-dead, whereas Michael Collins was mistakenly implanted into a Cyborg body as part of Roxxon Oil’s ‘Deathlok Scheme,’ a project to develop super-soldiers.

Atomic Skull (Ghost Rider)

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Because both characters depict a skull-headed flaming madman with a passion for leather, it’s clear that DC’s Atomic Skull was significantly influenced by Marvel’s Ghost Rider. Atomic Skull, on the other hand, is a supervillain with radioactive abilities, whilst Ghost Rider is a supernatural figure with demonology roots. Their abilities are the result of a Satanic Firestorm-like fusion between the host and Zarathos, a Demon.

Zatanna Zatara (Scarlet Witch)

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Scarlet Witch is homo superior or ‘mutant,’ whereas Zatara is a ‘homo magi,’ a sub-species of humans with innate magical abilities. Both of these heroines had dads who steered them down a bad road before they turned around and became more heroic. Scarlet Witch was successful in nearly eradicating mutants, but Zatanna’s continued use of mind-wipe spells resulted in Identity Crisis in their own realms.

Swamp Thing (Man-Thing)

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Despite his terrifying appearance, Swamp Thing is a valiant protector who is dedicated to preserving his swamp environment. Swamp Thing was essentially a rip-off of another Marvel character, Man-Thing, despite his prominence. Man-Thing debuted in 1971, two months before Swamp Thing emerged from the marshes and into DC Comics. He was an empathetic monster in the Everglades. Ted Sallis, who was altered by a combination of the super-soldier serum and the Everglades themselves, was once known as Man-Thing.

Guardian (Captain America)

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Captain America is one of Marvel’s most popular and well-known superheroes. Though no one compares to Steve Rogers, Guardian appeared in DC comics a year after Captain America (1941). At first, the copying seemed obvious. Guardian, like his Marvel counterpart, donned a battle helmet and had an unbreakable shield. Except for the color changes in the clothes, they were nearly similar. The Guardian has grown into its own persona over time. Whether it’s Michael, Jim Harper, or anybody else, they symbolize a more severe vision of justice and defense.

Imperiex (Galactus)

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Galactus is a giant and a cosmic-level danger who has piqued the interest of several Marvel characters, most notably the Fantastic Four. In the year 2000, DC unleashed its own monstrous cosmic beast. He’s the same size as Galactus, the 1960s sci-fi man-in-a-purple-suit, but he wears a much more retro costume that’s a little less cheesy. The biggest distinction is that Imperiex is an incarnation of chaos instead of being a hungry cosmic devourer.

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