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Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Entertainment.
Marvel was created in 1939 by Martin Goodman. Being one of America's best known comic book producers, Marvel's best-known comics titles include Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, Captain America, and X-Men. Most of Marvel's fictional characters are depicted as inhabiting a single shared world; this continuity is known as the Marvel Universe.
Candice brings Micah several Marvel comic books, including Hulk: Gray, Daredevil: Yellow, and Silver Surfer, Issue #1. Incidentally, the Hulk and Daredevil stories were illustrated by comic mainstay Tim Sale, the real-life artist behind Isaac Mendez's artwork.
Hiro, mentally reverted to his ten year old self, finds himself in at a comic book store in Tokyo. He is shocked and dismayed at the developments in the Marvel Universe since he was ten. Specifically, he is shocked that Captain America has died, that Peter Parker has revealed his identity, and that The Hulk is now red. The store also sells issues of X-Men.
At Sam's Comics in Lawrence, Sam tells Hiro that he's got plenty of Hulk: Red issues. The comic book store sells issues of Avengers, Excaliber, Magik, Infinity Crusade, Alpha Flight, Ultimate X-Men, Secret Invasion: Inhumans, Hulk #1, Captain America: White, Spider-Man, She-Hulk, and Iron Man.
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When Hiro buys every back issue of 9th Wonders! from Sam's Comics, he throws in a copy of Ultimate X-Men, Issue #96, written by Aron Coleite. Later, Hiro runs into the comic book store's bathroom, where a picture of Captain America hangs. Additionally, the store has issues of The Punisher, Balder the Brave (Issue #1, The Sword of Frey), and Phoenix on display.
- In a blog entry, Hiro dreams about picking up a copy of X-Men so he can meet Stan Lee or Tim Sale. He signs off the post with the oft-repeated theme of Spider-Man: "With great power comes great responsibility".
- Hiro blogs that Charlie corrected him on his Kitty Pryde reference.
- Hiro's blog refers to Charlie saying, "Charlie wasn't my Marle, she was my Gwen Stacy. "Marle" refers to the character from a video game called Chrono Trigger. "Gwen Stacy" is a Spider-Man character.
- In Hiro's Blog 1784.0, Hiro says, "To fly like Superman, to heal like Wolverine, to be strong like the Hulk. Who would have thought all my dreams would come true." This is most likely an allusion to the abilities of Nathan, Claire and Niki, respectively.
- A crossword puzzle clue on Hiro's blog reads "Kitty family"; the answer is "Prydes". Another clue reads "Mulligan's aunt, a Diego"; the answer is "Scream", referring to Patrick "Toxin" Mulligan's aunt, Donna "Scream" Diego, from the comic book Venom/Carnage.
- Hiro is actually wrong about his Kitty Pryde reference. Kitty Pryde's time traveling story actually occurs in X-Men #141-142. However, Hiro did note this error in his blog, stating that Charlie corrected him. However, he misspells Kitty's last name as "Pride" while doing so. These mistakes could have been avoided if the reference originally written were used instead: in the script for the unaired pilot, Hiro says he learned about time travel from "X-Men, issue 117, when Wolverine breaks into Professor Xavier's lair".
- Given that Hiro is in his 20s, he would have had to have joined the "Merry Marvel Marching Society" prior to his birth. Of course, it's possible he made his own membership card.
- Many people have compared the powers of Heroes with those of the X-Men. For instance, Claire and Wolverine both regenerate, D.L. and Kitty Pryde both phase, Matt and Professor X are both telepaths, Peter and Rogue both mimic others' powers, and Sylar and Jean Grey are both telekinetic. There are, however, vast and notable differences between the levels, limits, and capabilities of these powers.
- Peter's apartment number is 1407. This is confirmed as an homage to 1407 Graymalkin Lane, the address of Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters from X-Men.
- Agents Quesada and Alonzo may be named for Joe Quesada and Axel Alonso, both editors at Marvel Comics.
- Stan Lee, known as the father of Marvel Comics, cameos as a bus driver. (Unexpected)
- According to Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite, Kirby Plaza is named for Jack Kirby, the well-known Marvel artist.
- Behind the counter at Sam's Comics in Lawrence is a promotional display for Secret Invasion: Inhumans, Issue #1 (The Eclipse, Part 1). Joe Pokaski wrote that issue.
- Hiro and Ando's business Dial a Hero was originally called "Heroes For Hire" in early drafts of the scripts. (Kimiko even calls the company by this name in Acceptance.) "Heroes for Hire" is a venture described in Marvel Comics, where a pair of superheroes charge people for their services.
- Adrian Pasdar provided the voice of several Marvel characters in animated television shows: Tony Stark (in Iron Man and Ultimate Spider-Man), Captain America (in Black Panther), and Hawkeye (in The Super Hero Squad Show).
- Milo Ventimiglia is the actor behind the voice of the character "Wolverine" ("Logan") in the television series Iron Man, Wolverine, and Blade. He also does the voice for a playable character in the video game X-Men: Destiny.
- A number of the Heroes crew have also worked for Marvel Comics.
- Props: Tim Sale, Dave Stewart
- Artists: Robert Atkins, Dennis Calero, ChrisCross, Michael Gaydos, Tom Grummett, Phil Jimenez, Staz Johnson, Jim Lee, Alitha Martinez, Dan Panosian, Alex Ross, JG Roshell, Michael Turner
- Editors/Producers: Nanci Quesada
- Colorists: Brian Buccellato, Edgar Delgado, Antonio Fabela, Richard Isanove, Annette Kwok, Eric Nguyen, Ryan Odagawa, Mark Roslan, Beth Sotelo, Chris Sotomayor, John Starr, Peter Steigerwald
- Writers: Joe Casey, Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Kelly, Chuck Kim, J.T. Krul, Joe Pokaski, Duncan Rouleau, Harrison Wilcox, David Wohl
...and Silver Surfer, Issue #1.
Promotions for Hulk: Red...
...and Captain America are displayed at Sam's Comics.
Captain America stands sentinel of Sam's bathroom.
Cap hangs on the wall at Sam's Comics.
- For references to Marvel's superhero team Fantastic Four, see Fantastic Four.
- For references to Marvel's character The Hulk, see The Hulk.
- For references to Marvel's character Spider-Man, see Spider-Man.
- For references to Marvel's superhero team X-Men, see X-Men.
- Marvel.com — Official Website
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