Marvel Comics: 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know

The King of Pop considered buying Marvel to play Spider-Man, according to Stan Lee.

1. Michael Jackson Wanted Spider-Man

Artist Dave Cockrum's resignation letter made it into Iron Man No. 127, as Jarvis' resignation.

2. Resignation Letter in Iron Man

George Lucas drew inspiration from Marvel's Doctor Doom for Darth Vader.

3. Darth Vader Inspired by Doctor Doom

After "Tale of the Zombie," Marvel trademarked "zombie" but later realized enforcement was difficult.

4. Marvel Trademarked "Zombies"

Marvel's fictional company, Damage Control, cleans up superhero and supervillain messes.

5. Damage Control

Deadpool, originally a spoof of DC's Deathstroke, evolved into a smartass anti-hero.

6. Deadpool Spoofed Deathstroke

Nick Fury's resemblance to Samuel L. Jackson predates the movies.

7. Nick Fury Resembles Samuel L. Jackson

DC and Marvel merged characters in Amalgam Comics, creating unique hybrids like Dark Claw and Super-Soldier.

8. Amalgam Comics

Spider-Ham, a pig parody of Spider-Man, is a real Marvel Comics character.

9. Spider-Pig

Throg, a frog version of Thor wielding Frogjolnir, shares powers with the Thunder God.

10. Throg