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Comic Book Legends Revealed #743

Welcome to the seven hundred and forty-third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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See The First Superman Comic Story Censored By the Government!

Was Spider-Man Foe, Mad Jack, Created Without a Secret Identity?

Did a Comic Change Names Due to a Lawsuit Over the Word ‘Funnies’?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #742

Welcome to the seven hundred and forty-second in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

Each part of this week’s legends has their own link.

Did the Government Cut Short a Superman Comic Strip About Atomic Power?

How a Rejected Will Eisner Baseball Comic Became An Issue of Spirit!

The Sad Origin of Legendary Comic Artist Nick Cardy’s Pen Name

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Did Eddie Murphy Get His SNL Gig After Another Comedian Forgot to Sign His Contract?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Eddie Murphy’s spot on Saturday Night Live was only available because another comedian forgot to sign his contract.

Reader Jim S. wrote in to ask about the following piece of information that he had read about how Eddie Murphy was cast on Saturday Night Live in 1980’s Season 6. From TV Tropes, it states that Robrt Townsend “[a]uditioned for season six and was chosen to be a cast member, but everyone else (save Jean Doumanian) saw potential in an up-and-coming stand-up comedian at the time named Eddie Murphy. Also, Robert Townsend forgot to sign his contract.”

Robert Townsend, of course, was a talented stand-up comedian in the early 1980s who later gained a good deal of acclaim for his film work, especially his 1987 satirical film, Hollywood Shuffle, which he wrote, directed and starred in (Townsend would also later create and star in Meteor Man and the sitcom, The Parent’Hood).

It is true that when Jean Doumanian became the producer of Saturday Night Live for its sixth season, when she had to put together an entirely new cast, she was looking to hire just a single black actor for the cast. She also did, in fact, want Townsend at one point but she eventually was convinced to hire Eddie Murphy, who, of course, became a superstar…

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #741

Welcome to the seven hundred and forty-first in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

Each part of this week’s legends has their own link.

Which Comic Book Superhero Was Sued Over Its Similarity to Batman?

Where Did The Name ‘Timely Comics’ Come From?

How Being Sued for Copying Batman Got an Artist Hired to Draw Batman!

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #740

Welcome to the seven hundred and fortieth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Who Really Created Mister Mxyztplk?

Did a Comic Book Company Have a Series That Just Re-Sold Unsold Comics?

When Underworld Unleashed and Power of Shazam Had the Same Ending!

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #739

Welcome to the seven hundred and thirty-ninth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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The Hidden Watergate Connection in Avengers/Defenders War

Why Mary Worth Refused to Introduce a Black Cast Member in the ’60s

Did Jim Lee Kill Off a Major Savage Dragon Character In a Fill-In Issue?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #738

Welcome to the seven hundred and thirty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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The Comics Code’s Hidden Role In The Original ‘Woman in Refrigerator’

When a Teen Titans Writer Was Fired And Had His Final Story Rewritten

The Great Walt Disney Shadow Theft of the 1950s and 60s

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #737

Welcome to the seven hundred and thirty-seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Neal Adams’ First Attempt at Changing Robin’s Costume

The ‘Nightwing and Starfire Sharing a Bed’ Outrage That Really Wasn’t

Was Deathwing Originally From the Dark Multiverse?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #736

Welcome to the seven hundred and thirty-sixth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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When J. Jonah Jameson Was Barred From Marvels #1!

Was The Hulk vs. Thor Avengers/Defenders Battle Forced to be a Tie?

Which DC Superhero Was Takion Originally Going to Be?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #735

Welcome to the seven hundred and thirty-fifth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Was Phoenix Always Part of the All-New, All-Different X-Men Team Plan?

Which Model Did Marvel Stop Using As A Visual Inspiration for Phoenix?

Was Phoenix Not Originally Intended to Remain Cosmically Powerful?

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