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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 26 October 2019 at 10:12pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Saw this posted on Facebook in a group I follow. Does anyone here know anymore to this story?

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Rob Ocelot
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Posted: 26 October 2019 at 11:46pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Here's a head scratcher:

Why does animated Mysterio look like Spock?

Airdate for "The Menace of Mysterio" is listed as Sept 23, 1967.   That's almost a full year after the premiere of STAR TREK in Sept of 1966 and plenty of time for Spock's appearance to influence the character design.   The question is.... why?

Arguably, Ditko had helmet-less Mysterio sporting bowl-cut bangs and odd eyebrows long before Spock hit the scene.   I was tempted to think that the Grantray Lawrence animators had reused a SubMariner character model from their earlier limited animation MSH show but that doesn't appear to be the case either.

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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 27 October 2019 at 10:57am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Making Spock an alien was easy enough - and cheap enough. Pointed ears, a wig with bangs, some eye shadow and a little green make-up - et voila.

The audiences would want him looking exotic but not scary - the point was to attract viewers. I should say that Mr. Roddenberry succeeded with Mr. Spock.

As for his similarity to Namor - to be fair, Namor was around since 1939. That was almost 30 years for Roddenberry to have seen it and made use of most of the features. I would ascribe this to coincidence, personally.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 27 October 2019 at 11:27am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Nimoy wasn’t wearing a wig.
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Paul Lloyd
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Posted: 30 October 2019 at 2:59pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The Spider from UK comic, Vulcan.
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Steven McCauley
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Posted: 30 October 2019 at 3:09pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

My best friend's girlfriend (now wife) upon seeing JB's Fantastic Four poster with all the guest stars pointed to Namor and asked, "What's up with Aqua-Spock?"
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Robbie Moubert
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Posted: 30 October 2019 at 5:06pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

For the sake of accuracy, The Spider originally appeared in Lion (Vulcan was a reprint comic) from June 1965. Jerry Siegel wrote many of his adventures.
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 23 November 2019 at 4:04pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

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