Superheroes are the fictional characters we rely on saving the world of comic books. They can fly, read minds and drive around in invisible jets. Some have powers, others, like Batman, just buy really cool gadgets and use them. But superheroes capture our imagination, because in them we can imagine humanity as better versions of ourselves.
Here are some fun facts about superheroes and their creators.
1. The creator of Wonder Woman also created the first lie detector test. William Moulton Marston was a con artist and one creative guy. He came up with the idea for the first lie detector test, by guessing that people’s blood pressure changed when they lied. His lie detector test has been disproved by multiple studies. But his comic book hero, Wonder Woman, who he created with his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston, lives on.
2. Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, is named after two real people. His first namesake is Robert the Bruce, who was King of Scots from 1309 to 1329. Robert the Bruce was a fierce warrior and is a national hero in Scotland. The other hero is Anthony Wayne, a founder of the United States and a politician, whose Hulk-like temper earned him the name “Mad Anthony.”
3. Captain America was created during World War II. He was created in response to the war — an image of an American super soldier who could defeat all evil. In his biography, Captain America creator Joe Simon said he initially named his hero Super American, but decided against it, because the world of superheroes had too many “supers.”
4. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, “created by Lee Falk (USA), the first superhero was The Phantom, who debuted in his own newspaper comic strip on 17 Feb 1936.” The Phantom’s name is Kit Walker and is a kid who dons a mask to become a walking ghost.
5. Superman, who first appeared in comic books in 1938, was the first superhero created with super powers.
6. The first two women superheroes didn’t appear in comic books until 1940. Fantomah was the first woman introduced with superhuman powers. The Woman in Red was the first human-born woman to be a superhero.
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