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leafinsectman
02-28-2010, 04:44 PM
I've always liked Doom, with his face getting scarred and who knows if its still fucked up inside the mask or not (like how it may even be just a small scar but Doom is so vain that he has to put a mark on to hide it). And him fucking things up further or something like that by putting on the red hot mask. And how if he wasn't such a dick then he'd still probably have a pretty face. But I don't know, its probably not the best origin ever.

I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of others which is why the thread.

TIP
02-28-2010, 04:46 PM
US-1's acquisition of a CB Skull.

Gangy
02-28-2010, 04:47 PM
Doom is good. Silver Surfer too maybe.

Lineofdeath2
02-28-2010, 04:50 PM
Mine is probably a tie between Spider-Man, Wolverine...
and Penance :D

John M. Coker (Johnny C.)
02-28-2010, 04:51 PM
Green Arrow

Cable, in all it's convoluted glory

Echo

RickLM
02-28-2010, 04:54 PM
Silver Surfer's messianic rebellion against Galactus is just fantastic. Stan and Jack were insane.

leafinsectman
02-28-2010, 05:15 PM
Good call on Silver Surfer, my brain is fried and I forgot about that.

Georgie
02-28-2010, 05:27 PM
Silver Age Green Lantern.
Batman
Green Arrow
Cyclops
Rogue

WhindamPryce
02-28-2010, 05:34 PM
Batman.

Because it could happen to YOU!!!

modungo
02-28-2010, 05:35 PM
Nexus.

Andreas
02-28-2010, 05:44 PM
Captain ☠☠☠☠! :D

The Crushtacean
02-28-2010, 05:47 PM
Wonder Woman.
Pinoko, from Black Jack.
Orion/Mr. Miracle.
Concrete.
Jason Blood/Etrigan.
Magneto.
Beta Ray Bill.
ROM.

MAK15
02-28-2010, 05:48 PM
Lobo.
Toxin
The Tick
Two-Face

The Hodag
02-28-2010, 05:51 PM
It's Superman or it ain't no one.

Magnum V.I.
02-28-2010, 05:52 PM
Sentry. Because at the heart of it it's a story about two dudes. Who knock dicks. They touch tips.

dasNdanger
02-28-2010, 05:52 PM
Wolverine
Spidey
Penance
Wraith (Kree with no name)

There might be others, just can't think of 'em off the top o' me head.


das

CapnChaos
02-28-2010, 05:57 PM
Captain ☠☠☠☠! :D

Hell yes! And in a related vein; Kyle Rayner. Ganthet just says, "Fuck it, you'll do" and he ends up being the savior of the Green Lanterns. :lol:

juampi
02-28-2010, 05:59 PM
Captain ☠☠☠☠! :D

Right on!

(I miss Nextwave :()

Supreme Convoy
02-28-2010, 05:59 PM
Specific takes on origins... Ultimate Spidey, Batman: Year One, and The Man Without Fear. Love those stories.

Supajoe
02-28-2010, 06:01 PM
The Pro

Kurt Russell Crowe
02-28-2010, 06:02 PM
Cassandra Cain

juampi
02-28-2010, 06:02 PM
The Pro

Well played! :lol:

CapnChaos
02-28-2010, 06:03 PM
Who else is good... Impulse/Kid Flash is fun.

I also like the hero guy in Empowered who was turned into a horrible monster from alien VD.

Benel Germosen
02-28-2010, 06:03 PM
The Flash II

Supajoe
02-28-2010, 06:03 PM
Well played! :lol:

:)

CapnChaos
02-28-2010, 06:04 PM
Cassandra Cain

Yes. So sad they screwed up with such a fantastic character.

MAK15
02-28-2010, 06:29 PM
Who else is good... Impulse/Kid Flash is fun.

I also like the hero guy in Empowered who was turned into a horrible monster from alien VD.

oh, god, I know who yer talking about.
It's like... proteus or something. something about protein.

Humphrey_Lee
02-28-2010, 06:30 PM
Arseface

Supreme Convoy
02-28-2010, 07:04 PM
Arseface

:rofl: Excellent.

Roger
02-28-2010, 07:19 PM
Silver Surfer's messianic rebellion against Galactus is just fantastic. Stan and Jack were insane.

that was all jack baby!!!!!

UltimateQuintessa
02-28-2010, 07:27 PM
Atrocitus

Kman00001
02-28-2010, 07:33 PM
Christian Walker, specifically the "Forever" arc.

McGill
02-28-2010, 07:43 PM
Loki's origin in JMS's run was fucking awesome

BriRedfern
02-28-2010, 07:45 PM
Phoncible P. Bone.

Kedd
02-28-2010, 07:53 PM
Captain ☠☠☠☠! :D
Agreed

Sentry. Because at the heart of it it's a story about two dudes. Who knock dicks. They touch tips.
Why does that sound...familiar?:mistrust:



I'll add Xombie to the list. Superman's origin is a classic of course. Grant Morrison's one page retelling was incredible. Seriously. Cloak and Dagger, though I don't think it's ever been executed very well.

hamgravy
02-28-2010, 07:53 PM
Specific takes on origins... Ultimate Spidey, Batman: Year One, and The Man Without Fear. Love those stories.

Good stories, all.

I feel like there are two ways to answer this one - the essential one-page call-to-action hero origin or the longer "how the man became the man who was called to action" story.

Of the latter, I'm partial to "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck," Jessie Custer's back story in Preacher, and Luba's "Poison River" in Love and Rockets.

Stupendous Man
02-28-2010, 07:54 PM
Superman is the best, beautiful in it's simplicity.

other great ones:
Iron Man
Batman
Wolverine

nick maynard
02-28-2010, 08:23 PM
x-men #1.

Mikie
02-28-2010, 08:34 PM
Batman.

Because it could happen to YOU!!!


But my parents aren't rich and I'm well past the age of nine.

Mikie
02-28-2010, 08:36 PM
Captain ☠☠☠☠! :D

For the win! :D

siguy
02-28-2010, 08:38 PM
The dickhead guy from the Bluntman and Chronic 1-shot atisterized by the one and only Michael Avon Oeming.

King of Mars
02-28-2010, 08:47 PM
I still love Spider-Man's origin. It's great on so many levels. It explains his inherent decency, his drive to do what he does, and the feelings of inadequacy that make him a humble, 'everyman' hero, despite all the bad ass things he can do.

Plus, there's a goofy, old school, comic nature to the acquisition of his powers that I find appealing. You really can't find a way to make it realistic, gritty, or sad. It's pure, Stan Lee cheesiness...and I love it.

Phil Hester
02-28-2010, 10:24 PM
Once again, I enter your thread to solve all conflict. Correct answers are:

Silver Surfer. If you think it's all Jack- who is my God- you discount the best part of his origin which is Norrin Radd's sacrifice for Zenn La.

Spider-Man. Guilt is good.

Superman. Moses is a super hero.

Dr. Strange/Iron Man. More guilt, plus a Christmas Carol epiphany.

Captain Marvel. I have a soft spot for Shazam's mythic simplicity.

Carry on.

Maestro
03-01-2010, 12:10 AM
mine is X-23: Innocence Lost.

NeverWanderer
03-01-2010, 12:59 AM
Silver Surfer has probly the best origin story of all time.

Batman is classic, and the archetype from which almost all others are derived.

Wolverine is so awesome, he's got TWO.

James W
03-01-2010, 01:10 AM
Intentional or not, there's something brilliantly fucked up about Daredevil being an awful hypocrite and a liar in creating his superhero persona.

NeverWanderer
03-01-2010, 01:15 AM
Ooooo, I forgot about Daredevil. Yes. He's definitely up there too. Especially if we're talkin' Man Without Fear.

evilgenius
03-01-2010, 01:39 AM
Best origin story..... hmmm, I'm gonna have to go with Deadpool's.

Since it lasted for about that entire series of his.

Edit: That or Wolverine's , since we haven't gotten to it yet.

panco
03-01-2010, 02:06 AM
Batman The long Halloween.
I know it's not Bats origin story but it's Harvey Dent's and it's awesome.

TIP
03-01-2010, 02:12 AM
The Pro

Move your head!!!

Mister Mets
03-01-2010, 02:43 AM
Spider-Man

Honorable Mentions...
Doctor Manhattan
Superman
Batman (in the words of Barney Stinson, he decided to be awesome.)
Captain America
Miss Misery

McGill
03-01-2010, 03:57 AM
I forgot about Daken. that was pretty fuckin interesting

modungo
03-01-2010, 04:46 AM
It's Superman or it ain't no one.

Y'know I went for an interesting answer but that is totally the correct answer.

Doug
03-01-2010, 05:47 AM
I love the classics:
Superman
Batman
Spider-Man

Gregory
03-01-2010, 05:53 AM
Mark Waid wrote a JSA story where Hourman gave a new origin story. As he sat in his darkened parlor and pondered how he could strike fear into the hearts of criminals, someone threw a clock through his window.

SMACK!
03-01-2010, 07:17 AM
Mine is probably a tie between Spider-Man, Wolverine...
and Penance :D
Good call with Penance. I really think that the character has the chance to be the next breakout character in the Marvel U. If they don't fucking retcon him back into being a weak Peter Parker clone.

jason hissong
03-01-2010, 07:20 AM
Dr. Manhattan.

That single issue is my all time favorite single issue.

GelfXIII
03-01-2010, 07:25 AM
Sandman (the Endless)
Spider-Man
Fantastic Four (how brilliant was it to include their personalities and elemental natures as facets of their power bases)
Doc Ock (I'm a sucker for a good 'Science runs amok' story)

Marcdachamp
03-01-2010, 07:27 AM
It's Superman or it ain't no one.

Funny, I was about to say this about Spider-Man.

The Hodag
03-01-2010, 07:27 AM
Y'know I went for an interesting answer but that is totally the correct answer.

Thanks.

Actually, I got plenty of others including my first fave superhero - Spider-Man - but if I've gotta pick one, it's Superman. Spider-Man's maybe got the best origin for the neurotic second half of the 20th century, but Superman includes the neuroses, too (classic dual identity issues), along with a Moses allegory, a testimonial to avarage decent folks in the Kents, and a planet that fucking EXPLODES!

Someone already mentioned the Morrison summation, so yeah, let's bring it up on the screen...

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/all%20star%20superman%20_1%20origins.jpg

Boom.

MAK15
03-01-2010, 07:30 AM
Atrocitus

He's a good one, I also Like Larfleeze's and Sinestro's ain't bad, either.

St. Walker also has a good origin story.

The Hodag
03-01-2010, 07:33 AM
Supes is my main pick, but I've got a few others, popular and not:

Spider-Man
Batman
The Hulk
Thor
Green Lantern (Hal)
Dr. Strange
Daredevil
Wonder Woman (Perez/Len Wein version)
Green Arrow
Captain Marvel
Rom
Power Pack
The Runaways

Good bit of Stan Lee in that list.

artimoff
03-01-2010, 08:00 AM
Captain Marvel. Every 10 year old wants to be a super-hero.

MAK15
03-01-2010, 08:00 AM
I like the Hood's origin story, also.

and Man-Thing

RickLM
03-01-2010, 08:11 AM
These origin stories blew my mind as a kid and I still like them:

Swamp Thing
Kamandi (not really original, but still fun)
Adam Strange

MAK15
03-01-2010, 08:15 AM
oh god, Human Flame is the best.

Simply because some goon figured out that Martian Manhunter can't stand fire, he makes a suit that shoots flame outta his nipples.

TIP
03-01-2010, 08:24 AM
oh god, Human Flame is the best.

Simply because some goon figured out that Martian Manhunter can't stand fire, he makes a suit that shoots flame outta his nipples.

Why does it hurt...when I lactate?

T
(with apologies to Frank Zappa)

hamgravy
03-01-2010, 08:29 AM
Yeah, Dr.Manhattan's wins points for combining science accident and "god as man" myths and spinning it out like a Tale from the Crypt.

I'd say Alan Moore also did a great service to Swamp Thing's origin with "Anatomy Lesson."

Phil Hester
03-01-2010, 08:34 AM
Yeah, Dr.Manhattan's wins points for combining science accident and "god as man" myths and spinning it out like a Tale from the Crypt.

I'd say Alan Moore also did a great service to Swamp Thing's origin with "Anatomy Lesson."

Yeah, Swamp Thing could legitimately appear on this list twice.

The Hodag
03-01-2010, 08:52 AM
Speaking of "The Anatomy Lesson", I was under the impression that the science underlying the core reveal (you know, with the planarian worms) was now discredited. Doesn't make it a bad story - it's still one of my all-time faves - but it's sort of a bummer.

The Dean
03-01-2010, 08:54 AM
The Silver Surfer is pretty epic...

Nexus is probably the second most epic with Thor's "being punished to live among men to learn a lesson" a close third.

Kedd
03-01-2010, 08:57 AM
Good call with Penance. I really think that the character has the chance to be the next breakout character in the Marvel U. If they don't fucking retcon him back into being a weak Peter Parker clone.
Hunh, not the Penance I thought he was talking about. I miss Generation X. :(



http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/all%20star%20superman%20_1%20origins.jpg

Boom.
That's it. I love that page.

Dreg
03-01-2010, 09:42 AM
If we count his complete journey to the Flash mantle, Wally West.

modungo
03-01-2010, 09:47 AM
Thanks.

Actually, I got plenty of others including my first fave superhero - Spider-Man - but if I've gotta pick one, it's Superman. Spider-Man's maybe got the best origin for the neurotic second half of the 20th century, but Superman includes the neuroses, too (classic dual identity issues), along with a Moses allegory, a testimonial to avarage decent folks in the Kents, and a planet that fucking EXPLODES!

Someone already mentioned the Morrison summation, so yeah, let's bring it up on the screen...

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/all%20star%20superman%20_1%20origins.jpg

Boom.
Of the many, many versions of the Superman origin, that ones my favorite.

The Hodag
03-01-2010, 09:51 AM
Of the many, many versions of the Superman origin, that ones my favorite.

I was thinking about it and...

It's beautiful in its simplicity, like some a comic book haiku of his legend, but...

If you don't already know the story it occurs to me it'd probably be a bit nonsensical.

modungo
03-01-2010, 10:05 AM
I was thinking about it and...

It's beautiful in its simplicity, like some a comic book haiku of his legend, but...

If you don't already know the story it occurs to me it'd probably be a bit nonsensical.

But everyone knows the story, y'know? I can't remember ever learning Superman's origin. I just knew it. Same with Batman. Those 2 are such a part of the culture that I think most little boys know the story before they are ever presented with the story.

The Hodag
03-01-2010, 10:13 AM
But everyone knows the story, y'know? I can't remember ever learning Superman's origin. I just knew it. Same with Batman. Those 2 are such a part of the culture that I think most little boys know the story before they are ever presented with the story.

Yeah, I figure the audience for the book makes it all fine, but something about Superman makes me want his stories to be approachable and understandable to everyone, even folks in other countries. And I figure some kid in Romania might not know the origin.

Why does Grant hate Romania?

modungo
03-01-2010, 10:17 AM
Yeah, I figure the audience for the book makes it all fine, but something about Superman makes me want his stories to be approachable and understandable to everyone, even folks in other countries. And I figure some kid in Romania might not know the origin.

Why does Grant hate Romania?

Because all Romania's are Vampires! duh!

Mister Mets
03-01-2010, 10:24 AM
I do have to say that the MAX Kingpin in Jason Aaron's Punisher is probably one of the best villain origins.

I'd also add to the list Bendis's version of the Ultimate Lizard and Magneto (from "Fire in the Night.")

chazbot
03-01-2010, 10:32 AM
Tommy Monaghan :)

Zac Goyette
03-01-2010, 12:57 PM
Daredevil
Superman
Hulk
Wolverine
Iron Man

ManOfMiracles
03-01-2010, 01:14 PM
Alan Moore's retelling of The Swamp Thing

yeamon
03-01-2010, 01:19 PM
Shang-Chi

A shout-out for Fu Manchu's kid.

Hyperstorm
03-01-2010, 01:20 PM
Hunter Zolomon ... Zoom.

The fact that he thinks he is actually doing good by doing bad makes him an awesome villain too.

Mikie
03-01-2010, 01:37 PM
I still love Spider-Man's origin. It's great on so many levels. It explains his inherent decency, his drive to do what he does, and the feelings of inadequacy that make him a humble, 'everyman' hero, despite all the bad ass things he can do.

Plus, there's a goofy, old school, comic nature to the acquisition of his powers that I find appealing. You really can't find a way to make it realistic, gritty, or sad. It's pure, Stan Lee cheesiness...and I love it.

I read Trouble too and I didn't get any of that from the story.

Adrian B AWESOME
03-01-2010, 01:41 PM
Doom, because it was that accursed Richards' fault!