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The Hodag
06-26-2008, 07:43 AM
Millar had someone using it in the second ish of 1985, but I don't remember the word entering the vernacular till at least 1990, maybe even a few years into the 90s.

Of course, there's lots of dialogue in 1985 that doesn't quite ring true, but fanboy is the one the popped at me. Were things different over in Britania-Land, maybe, where 1985's set? Were they using fanboy way back when? And maybe already listening to C&C Music Factory?

EdNEMO
06-26-2008, 07:47 AM
The earliest published uses of the word "fanboy" have been dated to 1982. One reference is to the cover of the "Official Underground and Newave Comix Price Guide". On this cover page are sketched overweight, overzealous comic book collectors wearing T-shirts that state "Fanboys of America," who are describing the extreme measures they would go to, including moving to San Francisco, to preserve their comics.

Shwicaz
06-26-2008, 07:49 AM
Millar had someone using it in the second ish of 1985, but I don't remember the word entering the vernacular till at least 1990, maybe even a few years into the 90s.

Of course, there's lots of dialogue in 1985 that doesn't quite ring true, but fanboy is the one the popped at me. Were things different over in Britania-Land, maybe, where 1985's set? Were they using fanboy way back when? And maybe already listening to C&C Music Factory?


C&C music factory's first album was #2 on the charts in 1990. So, If Millar used them as a reference in 1985 he was a bit off.

(picking up my issue today)

Joe Kalicki
06-26-2008, 07:50 AM
Lobo hates fanboys.

NATE!
06-26-2008, 07:50 AM
First place I ever saw it used was "BITE ME FANBOY" from Lobo.

Alexander Hamilton
06-26-2008, 07:50 AM
The earliest published uses of the word "fanboy" have been dated to 1982. One reference is to the cover of the "Official Underground and Newave Comix Price Guide". On this cover page are sketched overweight, overzealous comic book collectors wearing T-shirts that state "Fanboys of America," who are describing the extreme measures they would go to, including moving to San Francisco, to preserve their comics.

That's actually pretty interesting. Thanks for the info.

The first time I heard the term was in the early 90's. I wasn't aware it had been around so long.

Patch
06-26-2008, 07:50 AM
Fanboy was first introduced as a member of the Legion of Substitute Superheroes in Adventure Comics #307, 1963.

NATE!
06-26-2008, 07:50 AM
Lobo hates fanboys.

HIVEMIND

Joe Kalicki
06-26-2008, 07:51 AM
Fanboy was first introduced as a member of the Legion of Substitute Superheroes in Adventure Comics #307, 1963.

That's a very esoteric reference.

The Hodag
06-26-2008, 07:55 AM
That's a very esoteric reference.

I'm 98% Patrick was goofin', but I'm not sure if you were. It's all so confusing here.

Dios mio!

The Hodag
06-26-2008, 07:56 AM
C&C music factory's first album was #2 on the charts in 1990. So, If Millar used them as a reference in 1985 he was a bit off.

(picking up my issue today)

Heh, no, there wasn't any C&C Music Factory in there. I was just goofin' at the idea that he was inadvertently channelling the 90s.

Joe Kalicki
06-26-2008, 07:58 AM
I'm 98% Patrick was goofin', but I'm not sure if you were. It's all so confusing here.

Dios mio!

I'm sure he was kidding, but he got the year right for the issue number he gave, so it was a pretty solid reference anyway.

The Hodag
06-26-2008, 08:00 AM
The earliest published uses of the word "fanboy" have been dated to 1982. One reference is to the cover of the "Official Underground and Newave Comix Price Guide". On this cover page are sketched overweight, overzealous comic book collectors wearing T-shirts that state "Fanboys of America," who are describing the extreme measures they would go to, including moving to San Francisco, to preserve their comics.

That IS interesting.

I guess that makes it a technically fair reference, even if it wasn't common parlance till the 90s.

Fourthman
06-26-2008, 08:00 AM
When did "otaku" get coined?

The Hodag
06-26-2008, 08:01 AM
I'm sure he was kidding, but he got the year right for the issue number he gave, so it was a pretty solid reference anyway.

You've gotta admire that degree of wiliness.

EdNEMO
06-26-2008, 08:03 AM
When did "otaku" get coined?

appears to have been coined by the humorist and essayist Akio Nakamori in his 1983 series An Investigation of "Otaku"

Shwicaz
06-26-2008, 08:05 AM
Heh, no, there wasn't any C&C Music Factory in there. I was just goofin' at the idea that he was inadvertently channelling the 90s.

ah, I see.

SteveFlack
06-26-2008, 08:19 AM
Thanks to time travel, the word "fanboy" was actually coined in 2347.

-Steve!