Comic Book Legends Revealed #658

Welcome to the six hundred and fifty-eighth 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.

Why the ‘Ultimate Punisher Story’ Will Never be Told

Was Gambit Going to be an Avenger Post-House of M?

The X-Men X-Mas Story John Byrne Feared a Lawsuit Over

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Which Love Actually Character Was Originally Going to be an Angel?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to see all the Movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: One of the characters in “Love Actually” was meant to be an angel the whole movie.

Just the other day, we did a Movie Legends Revealed about how an entire romance was cut from the film, Love Actually, due to the film being too long. When we posted that article, reader Marc H. wrote in about another fascinating aspect of the original film that was cut, although this did not get past the original script (unlike the romance between the school headmistress and her lover that was definitely filmed and cut from the final movie).

As it turned out, one of the characters in the film originally was intended to be an angel the whole time. Can you guess who?


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December 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #657

Welcome to the six hundred and fifty-seventh 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.

Mary Jane’s Shocking Kiss With…Mary Jane?!

How Daredevil’s VIllain, the Owl, Became Apocalypse

Was Ernst in New X-Men Supposed to be Cassandra Nova?

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Was Frosty the Snowman Originally Not a Christmas Story?

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: “Frosty the Snowman” was not originally a Christmas story.

One of the most famous Christmas animated TV specials is “Frosty the Snowman,” which debuted in 1969. It was by Rankin/Bass Productions, the same company that produced the classic Christmas animated special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which debuted five years earlier. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special involves a magic hat that transforms a snowman, Frosty, into a living being. The magician who owned the hat wants it back now that he knows it contained actual magic, so the kids had to get together and find a way to bring Frosty to the North Pole to keep him from melting. However, once there, Frosty sacrifices himself to warm up the little girl, Karen, who took him to the North Pole. He melts, but Santa Claus explains that Frosty is made out of special Christmas snow and thus can never truly melt. Frosty then comes back to life and everyone has a Merry Christmas.

Again, as noted, the special is a Christmas classic and the soundtrack is beloved, as well, including not just the title track, but a great version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” However, did you know that originally, “Frosty the Snowman” wasn’t about Christmas, at all?
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December 21st, 2017 | Posted in TV Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Was There a Lesbian Romance Cut From Love Actually?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to see all the Movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: There was a lesbian romance cut out of “Love Actually”.

Today, we take a look at a legend from a modern Christmas classic, 2003’s “Love Actually”.

The film (written and directed by Richard Curtis) follows a disparate (but, as it slowly turns out, all somewhat interconnected) group of British people who are dealing with all sorts of dramas involving love around the Christmas season – familial love, unrequited love, illicit love, platonic love, it’s all covered in the film. One area, though, that the film did not get into was same sex love. However, originally that was not the case! Read on to learn about the lesbian romance that was cut out of “Love Actually”!
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December 20th, 2017 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Was ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ Almost Too Depressing to Exist?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to see all the Movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” nearly never existed because it was too depressing.

It comes as little surprise to any moviegoer out there that the soundtrack to a film musical plays a major role in how the story of the film is presented. We’ve discussed in the past how the song “Let it Go” literally changed the whole focus of Disney’s hit film, Frozen, turning Elsa from a villain to a hero. Similarly, though, if you don’t want to change the story of your film, then you will have problems if the songs you are given don’t fit the story of the film. This was the key conflict that very nearly led to the classic Christmas song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” never being released.

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December 19th, 2017 | Posted in Movie Urban Legends Revealed | No Comments

Comic Book Legends Revealed #656

Welcome to the six hundred and fifty-sixth 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.

There is a bonus legend this week, as part of Fred Van Lente Day!

Who Were Coldmoon and Dragonfire from Marvel Point One #1?

Did Milestone Almost Do a Marvel Comic Line in 1995?

How Was the Joker Allowed to be Anarky’s Father?

Was War Machine’s Armor Based on a ‘What If..?’ Story?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #655

Welcome to the six hundred and fifty-fifth 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 Stan Lee Almost Narrate the X-Men Animated Series?

The Comic Book That Was Destroyed for a Non-Spoiler

Did DC Pulp a Superman Comic Over a Tragic 9/11 Coincidence?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #654

Welcome to the six hundred and fifty-fourth 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.

Was War Machine Inspired by a Rejected Punisher Story?

Was Punisher Initially Going to Die in His First Series?

Is Marvel Sitting on a Savage Land Punisher Comic?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #653

Welcome to the six hundred and fifty-third 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.

The Batman/Daredevil Crossover That Almost Was

The Secret Origin of Archie Meets the Punisher?

Is Jughead Really a Mutant?!

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