The Donster wrote:Have you ever come up with names and concepts for comic or cartoon characters, only to be beaten to the punch by someone else? I'm sure we've all just thrown out names for characters like Deathblood and Otterman and drew them up then saw same named characters show up in comics.
okay, i'll bite:
two instances that come to mind....
back in 1974 when marvel's DEATHLOK first appeared, i thought it was the niftiest thing ever.....so i started doodling my own ultra-violent cyborg superhero....his costume was less "patchwork" than deathlok's, more traditionally "superheroic", basically a head-to-toe purple body-suit with shiny goggles, and he didn't shoot people, he just beat the livin' snot out of 'em....when MACHINE MAN came out a few years later, i instantly realized that kirby had ripped me off! okay, my guy didn't have telescoping limbs, but other than that, they were nearly identical (visually anyway).....coincidence? I THINK NOT!
of course, i have no idea how kirby had gotten ahold of my jr. high school notebooks ....
then, when i was in college, i "inherited" my mom's car (she had developed a severe phobia about driving, so hey, lucky me)....it was a '74 mercury monterey, this HUGE family sedan.....my brothers and i had dubbed the car "matilda", after this toy aircraft carrier we'd had when we were kids, caled "mighty matilda"....funny thing is, i really felt matilda had a "personality", she was fussy and tempermental (and i was convinced she DEFINITELY didn't like the girl i was dating).....i thought it might make a good movie idea, a haunted car with a jealous streak....but then i thought, "naah, haunted car, that's corny as shit, and besides, somebody already made a haunted car movie, THE CAR, and it sucked"....cut to: three or four years later, stephen king's "christine" was burning up the bestseller list, and then john carpenter turned it into a pretty good little movie.....and i'm still waiting for my royalty checks, stevie-boy!
(and my dad still drives dear ol' matilda to this day....)