I realized today, apropos of nothing, that I could name five comic-book characters off the top of my head that were modeled on movie stars. Fred MacMurry was famously the inspiration for Captain Marvel, while Marvel's Fandral was based on Errol Flynn, Hogun was based on Charles Bronson, Percival Pinkerton (of the Howling Commandos) was modeled on David Niven and DIno Manelli was quite clearly Dean Martin.
Oh, wait, there's a sixth -- the Ultimate Universe Nick Fury was based on Samuel Jackson.
With the exception of Jackson (who gave his permission for his likeness to be used), I sometimes wonder if those stars were just completely unaware of their images being lifted, or simply didn't care. Or is it just too hard to prove? I remember in 1990 Butch Guice using an image of Amy Grant from the cover of one of her albums, and Grant's lawyers getting on Marvel's case for making it look like the Christian singer was endorsing Dr. Strange. (Marvel settled out of court.)
Anyway, can anyone think of any more? I sometimes see famous mugs being used in comics for non-recurring faces (especially in Greg Land books) but I'm thinking more of ongoing characters.
Sometimes I'm embarrassed to live in this state. Come to think of it, I'm always embarrassed -- it's just a matter of degree on a given day.
PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod said:
A school district in eastern Tennessee banned the Oz books because of witchcraft.