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Marvel were the second publisher to print Star Trek comics. They produced a small number of comics in the Motion Picture movie era from 1979 until 1982.

In 1996 Marvel reaquired the Star Trek license and published numerous comics spanning the Star Trek saga and even started two original comic series of their own and ran a cross-series story the Telepathy War.

Marvel's first Star Trek comic

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First run

Marvel's first Star Trek comic series began in 1980 with a three part adaptation of the recently released movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the series continued to a total of eighteen issues, finishing in 1982.

The series had a number of writers, starting with Marv Wolfman and followed by Mike Barr, Tom DeFalco, Martin Pasko, Michael Fleisher, Allan Brennart and J.M. DeMatteis.

Second run

Early Voyages

Early Voyages began in 1997 and ran for seventeen issues until 1998. The series was set on the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) under Captain Christopher Pike. The series began before the events of the TOS pilot episode, The Cage, presented that story from the point of view of Mia Colt and then continued on after. The series also featured a multipart story arc depicting an alternate future in the TOS movie era in which Captain Pike remained in command of the Enterprise and Enterprise-A.

The entire series was written by Dan Abnett and Ian Edgington.

Untold Voyages

Untold Voyages was a five part Star Trek: The Original Series miniseries set between Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. All five issues were written by Glenn Greenberg.

Starfleet Academy

Marvel Comics Starfleet Academy #1

Starfleet Academy was a series which began in 1996 and ran for nineteen issues until 1997. It told the story of a group of Starfleet Academy cadets; Omega Squad and there various exciting exploits.

The entire series was written by Chris Cooper

Deep Space Nine

Deep Space Nine was a comic series of the eponymous TV series. Marvel's series ran for fifteen issues between 1996 and 1998.

Issues 1, 2, 6 and 7 were written by Howard Weinstein, 3-5, 8 and 9 were by Mariano Nicieza and 10-15 were by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels.

Voyager

Voyager was a comic series of the eponymous TV series. Marvel's series ran for fifteen issues between 1996 and 1998.

The majority of the series was written by Laurie Sutton who was joined by Gwen Sutton for the last two issues. Issues 3 and 4 were written by Howard Weinstein, followed by a three part story by Ben Raab and single issue by Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton.

Following the series Marvel also released a four part Voyager miniseries also by Laurie Sutton, called Splashdown.

Unlimited

Unlimited was a ten part comic series which ran from 1996 until 1998. The series largely concentrated on stories set in The Original Series or The Next Generation.

The first five issues each contained two stories, one TOS, one TNG. Issue 6 was part of the Telepathy War crossover event. Issue 7 was a TOS/TNG crossover story and issue 8 told three stories, one of which was a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine story. The final issues each told a single extended story, issue 9 a TOS story, issue 10 TNG.

Issues 1-9 were written by Dan Abnett and Ian Edgington, the final issue was by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels.

One Shots

In addition to their ongoing series Marvel produced a number of one shot stories, two of which were crossovers with their X-men franchise.

Issue Title Writter Artist Cover Artist Published Image
- Star Trek: First Contact John Vornholt Terry Pallot, Philip Moy & Rod Whigham Jeff Pittarelli November 1996
- Operation Assimilation Paul Jenkins Steve Erwin & Terry Pallot Hajime Sorayama April 1997
- Fragile Glass Tom DeFalco Mark Bagley & Larry Mahlstedt Mark Bagley & Larry Mahlstedt February 1997
- Telepathy War

Reality's End
Chris Cooper Patrick Zircher & Steve Moncuse - November 1997
- Riker - The Enemy of my Enemy Dan Abnett & Ian Edginton Andrew Currie & Art Nichols - July 1998
X-Men
- Star TreX Scott Lobdell Marc Silvestri, Billy Tan, Anthony Winn,
David Finch, Brian Ching, Batt,
D-Tron, Aaron Sowd, Joe Weems,
Victor Llamas, Team Tron, Jose "Jag" Guillen,
Viet Troung & Mike Manczarek
Marc Silvestri & Batt December 1996
- Second Contact Dan Abnett & Ian Edginton Cary Nord & Scott Koblish Cary Nord & Scott Koblish
or
Vince Evans
May 1998

Connections

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DC Comics

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Character Template Character Template
Marvel

Real Name
William Joseph "Billy" Batson
Current Alias

Aliases
Captain Marvel, The Big Cheese, the World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Whitebread, Captain Thunder

Identity

Alignment


Relatives
C.C. and Marilyn Batson (parents, deceased); Mary Batson (Mary Marvel, sister); Ebenezer Batson (uncle); Sinclair Batson (cousin, deceased), Thaddeus Sivana (uncle)

Universe

Base Of Operations

Characteristics
Gender

Height
5' 6" (as Billy); 6'3" (191.5 cm) (as Captain Marvel)

Weight
125 lbs (57 kg) (as Billy); 250 lbs (113.4 kg) (as Captain Marvel)

Eyes

Hair
Black, (Formerly White)

Unusual Features
None; formerly when in Captain Marvel form, Billy changes his physical from his true age as teenager to a fully adult human male.

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
None at present. Formerly employed as a radio announcer. Formerly magical Wizard; Keeper of the Rock of Eternity; Guardian of the Seven Sins of Man.

Education
Former High School Student suggested drop out. Formerly vast Occult Knowledge and later Omniscience now lost

Origin
Origin
Orphan Billy Batson met the wizard Shazam and was granted the powers of Captain Marvel. With the death of the Wizard Shazam, Batson was now granted the power that once belonged to the wizard if not more. With the Wizard Shazam's return to his spirit form and Batson's choice of supporting his sister as an evil acolate of Black Adam, Batson was stripped of all powers and abilities and has returned to being a mere human teenager.

Place of Birth
United States of New Earth

Creators

Original Publisher
Fawcett Publications

First appearance

[[New Earth origin and basis - Powers of Shazam Vol 1 1
(Historical - Whiz Comics |New Earth origin and basis - Powers of Shazam #1
(Historical - Whiz Comics #2)]]
Image:Quote1.png Brother, you are messing with the wrong god-power-wielding dude. Image:Quote2.png
-- Captain Marvel

Contents

History

The classic Captain Marvel look. Art by Alex Ross.

Billy was separated from his sister Mary following the death of their parents and left in the care of their uncle Ebenezer, his father's half-brother. Unfortunately, Ebenezer threw Billy out and stole the youth's trust fund money which had been set aside for Billy's care and welfare. Left penniless and homeless, Billy eked out a sorrowful existence in Fawcett City as a newsboy. For shelter, he often slept in the subway terminals.

One night, a mysterious stranger - later revealed to be the spirit of Billy's father - convinced Billy to follow him deep into the subway tunnels. There, Billy found a marvelous train decorated in hieroglyphics and mystic runes. Billy and the stranger rode the train deep into the bowles of the earth and arrived in a cavern that held statues epitomizing the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, including Envy, Lust, Greed, Pride, Wrath, Sloth, and Gluttony. Within the cavern, Billy met the ancient wizard Shazam, a champion of mankind for thousands of years. Withered with age, Shazam sat on a throne poised benaeth a giant stone block suspended above him as if by magic.

There, the ancient wizard revealed that he had selected Billy to be his champion to fight for good as the "strongest and mightiest man in the world--Captain Marvel!" To that end, Shazam ordered Billy to speak his name, which was actually an acronym for various legendary figures who had agreed to grant aspects of themselves to a willing subject:

S - for the wisdom of Solomon
H - for the strength of Hercules
A - for the stamina of Atlas
Z - for the power of Zeus (which enhances all Marvel's other physical abilities and allows for interdimensional travel)
A - for the courage of Achilles (which would include invulnerability from ancient mythology)
M - for the speed of Mercury (and, by extension, the power to fly)

Billy then said the wizard's name, and was immediately struck by a magic lightning bolt, turning him into Captain Marvel, an adult superhero. He then learned that he has only to speak the word again to be instantly changed back into Billy.

With that, Shazam was immediately killed by the large granite block that fell from above his throne. Billy vowed to fulfill his bestowed role. Whenever he needed advice, Billy could light a brazier near Shazam's throne, summoning the wizard's ghost.

Marvel's first call to duty was saving the world from the evil mad scientist, Dr. Thaddeus Bodog Sivana, who threatened to silence radio forever unless he was paid a large sum of money. Resuming his regular form, Billy told WHIZ radio mogul Sterling Morris that he could stop the Radio Silencer and Sivana; a disbelieving Morris offered Billy a job on the air if he could do so.

After finding the crooks' hideout, Billy transformed into Captain Marvel, destroyed Sivana's radio silencing machine and apprehended his henchmen. Sivana escaped, setting the stage for a long line of future confrontations. Marvel transformed back into Billy, who presented the captured criminals and destroyed Radio Silencer to Sterling Morris. True to his word, Sterling Morris made Billy an on-air news reporter for WHIZ radio.

Through his adventures, he soon gained a host of enemies, including Adolf Hitler's champion Captain Nazi, an older Egyptian renegade Marvel called Black Adam, an evil magic-powered brute named Ibac, and an artificially intelligent nuclear-powered robot called Mister Atom. The most notorious Captain Marvel villains, however, were the nefarious Mister Mind and his Monster Society Of Evil, which recruited several of Marvel's previous adversaries.

In the early 1940s, Captain Marvel also gained allies in The Marvel Family, a collective of superheroes with similar powers and costumes to Captain Marvel's. (By comparison, Superman spin-off character Superboy first appeared in 1944, while Supergirl first appeared in 1959). Early on marked the debut of the Lieutenant Marvels, the alter egos of three other boys who found that, by saying "Shazam!" in unison, they too could become Marvels. Soon a friend named Freddy Freeman, mortally wounded by an attack from Captain Nazi, was given the power to become teenage boy superhero Captain Marvel, Jr.. Eventually Billy and Freddy met Billy's long-lost twin sister Mary Bromfield, who discovered she could, by saying the magic word "Shazam", become teenage superheroine Mary Marvel.

The first post-Crisis appearance of Captain Marvel was in the 1986 Legends miniseries. In 1987, Captain Marvel appeared as a member of the Justice League. That same year, he was also given his own miniseries, Shazam! The New Beginning. With the four-issue miniseries, writers Roy and Dann Thomas and artist Tom Mandrake attempted to re-launch the Captain Marvel mythos and bring the wizard Shazam, Doctor Sivana, Uncle Dudley, and Black Adam into the modern DC Universe with an altered origin story. In this miniseries, both Sivana and Dudley were Billy Batson's real uncles, who fought over the custody for the boy after his parents were killed (by Sivana) in a car accident. Black Adam is also present in the story as Sivana's partner in crime.

The most notable change that Thomas and Justice League writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis introduced into the Captain Marvel mythos was that the personality of young Billy Batson is retained when he transforms into the Captain (classic-era comics tended to treat Captain Marvel and Billy as two separate personalities). This change would remain for all future uses of the character as justification for his sunny, Golden-Age personality in the darker modern-day comic book world. (Captain Marvel's Justice League teammate Guy Gardner often jokingly referred to the innocent, pure-hearted Captain as "Captain Whitebread"). Another notable change in this version was the relocation of the Shazam characters from Fawcett City to San Francisco.

The Power of Shazam

In this version of the story, Billy's parents - archaeologists C. C. and Marylin Batson - were killed by their treacherous assistant, Theo Adam, while on a dig at the tomb of Rameses II at Abu Simbel, Egypt. Theo Adam was the resurrected non-powered form of Teth-Adam aka Black Adam. He also kidnaps Billy's sister Mary, who ends up missing.

The wizard Shazam is made aware of all of these events, and (just as in the Fawcett origin) has Billy brought before him by the dark-clothed stranger, and grants the boy the power to become Captain Marvel. As Captain Marvel, Billy takes on the form of his late father, which is how Theo Adam guesses his identity, has a revelation about the power of Shazam, and becomes Black Adam using a scarab he stole from the tomb. After subduing Black Adam and his employer, the rich tycoon Doctor Sivana, Billy swears to find his sister as Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel became a member of the revived Justice Society of America and was featured prominently in that group alongside his nemesis Black Adam. Captain Marvel had originally joined the team to keep an eye on Adam, who had joined the JSA claiming to have reformed. Black Adam eventually left the JSA to instigate a takeover of his home country of Kahndaq; he had a fondess for the country, and wished to see the totalitarian regime done away in what he saw as justice. Captain Marvel remained with the team.

During his tenure in the JSA, Marvel dated Courtney Whitmore, also known as Stargirl, which put him in an unusual position; while he could legally date Courtney as Billy Batson, it looked very strange for the grown-up Captain Marvel to be with the teenaged Stargirl. The Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick, another JSA member, confronted Marvel about the issue. Rather than telling Garrick and the team the truth about his age, Marvel chose to follow the Wisdom of Solomon and leave the team and Courtney.

Captain Marvel transforms into Marvel. Art by Howard Porter.

The Marvel Family played an integral part the Infinite Crisis. The climax of the Day of Vengeance saw the Spectre engaged in a cosmic-level battle with the wizard Shazam. At the conclusion of this battle, Shazam was obliterated, and the Rock of Eternity burst apart into Earth's dimension, freeing scores of ancient magicks and evils that had been captured eons ago back into the Universe.

In a later Day of Vengeance one-shot special, Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family then helped Zatanna and several other beings to capture the Seven Deadly Sins and rebuild the Rock of Eternity. Captain Marvel was then required to take over Shazam's role as caretaker of the Rock. Marvel was later shown fulfilling this role, although teetering on the brink of sanity, constantly talking back to the Seven Sins around him. During this time, Marvel was shown helping Black Adam grant Adrianna Tomaz the powers of the goddess Isis. Later that year, Captain Marvel presided at the marriage ceremony of Adam and Isis in Kahndaq. Black Adam's continued attempts to reform, and depicted Adam's formation of, with Captain Marvel's blessing, a "Black Marvel Family". Joining Black Adam in the Black Marvel Family were his wife Isis and her brother Osiris. Isis and Osiris are murdered by the "Four Horsemen", creatures engineered by a team of DC's mad scientist characters (Dr. Sivana among them). As a result, Black Adam takes his revenge out on the entire world, killing millions. Black Adam is halted for a few minutes, just the time needed for Captain Marvel to force a magic lightning bolt on him, turning Black Adam back to Teth-Adam and changing his magic word into an unknown one.

Trials of Shazam!

Batson in his adult Marvel form now with long white hair, has advanced to the role of the wizard Shazam after his one-time associate Freddy Freeman (formerly Captain Marvel, Jr.) successfully proved himself worthy of the powers of Captain Marvel as role of magic guardian of the Earth dimension by successfully overcoming the series of trials of the gods.

Batson had been removed from his position as New Earth Guardian of Magic by Black Adam as part of Adam's plan to recover his dead wife Isis against Felix Faust. (Justice Society (Vol 3) #23). Depowered of his Lord Marvel powers and abilities, Batson sided with his sister Mary who accepted the evil powers of Black Adam and became an evil "Captain Marvel".

Both Batson and his sister Mary were stripped of their magical powers by the reconstituted Wizard Shazam (Justice Society (Vol 3) #25).

It remains to be seen if Batson will be trusted again by the Wizard Shazam and recover his Marvel powers or remain permanently depowered.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Batson has been stripped of any and all magical powers that he held and is presently a regular human with no superhuman powers or abulities.

Captain Marvel vs. the Spectre

Former Powers:

Captain Marvel powers

Power of Shazam: In order to access the powers of Marvel, Batson must be able to call upon the name of the Wizard Shazam, thereby invoking spells involving the energies of those extra-dimensional beings once known as "the gods on Earth". This spell adds almost a hundred pound of impervious godly muscle and tissue to Batson's frame giving him the appearance of a fully adult male.

The powers and abilities granted by the Wizard Shazam will not come to Batson by simply letting the word "Shazam" simply fall out his mouth or in casual conversation referring to the Wizard's name. Batson must specifically invoke the spell in order to call for these powers and they will immediately come to Batson's specific invocation and demands them to.

Batson was able to share his power with others who he thinks as worthy of such power such as his sister who became Mary Marvel and Freddy Freeman who became Captain Marvel Jr., but while in this state, each person is only in possession of a fragment of the full power of "Captain Marvel" as opposed to one person commanding all of it. By calling upon Shazam again, each member of the Marvels can once again return to their normal form and size; thereby allowing one of their number, such as Billy or Mary, to have the full power of the spell. There is one susceptibility to the spell that it can be shared with other personages who are of noble intent and purity, such as Superman, who once switched identities and powers with Captain Marvel, after being in close proximity with Billy Batson during one transformation. It is known that certain gods of sufficient power, such as Thor, can manipulate Shazam's spell and render Captain Marvel back to the human form of Billy Batson once more. When Billy Batson says the magic word "Shazam!", he is transformed into the magical champion, Marvel.

In his empowered form, Batson possessed the following superhuman and magical attributes:

S for the Wisdom of Solomon: In his empowered form, Batson has instant access to a vast amount of scholarly knowledge. The wisdom of Solomon also gives Batson superhuman clairvoyance and provides him with counsel and advice in times of need. In this form, Batson has knowledge of all languages, ancient and modern, and could hypnotize people through this power.
  • Superhuman Knowledge: In his empowered form, Batson has exceptional photographic recall and mental acuity allowing him to read and decipher hieroglyphics, recall everything he has ever learn, solve long mathematical equations instantaneously and make intuitive guesses based on limited data to the point his guesses are almost always correct.
  • Clairvoyance: In his empowered form, Batson possesses an uncanny awareness of his circumstances that allows him to turn disadvantages into advantages, an understanding of divine interactions with the mortal world.
  • Omni-lingual
  • Hypnosis: can occasionally hypnotize people as well, through this power.
H for the Strength of Hercules: In his role as Magical Champion of Earth, Batson has incredible amounts of super strength in his empowered form which gives him strength on par with Superman, which has been consistently shown such as when he stalemated him in arm wrestling contest and so on. Some of Batson's superhuman strength feats show him in his empowered form effortlessly bending steel, punching through steel reinforced walls, and lifting extremely massive objects. Batson's superhuman strength is enough that he was able to fight beings such as Wonder Woman and even Superman. In his role as the Magical Wizard of Earth, theoretically Batson has access to, and is able to directly channel, literally infinite level powers for his physical abilities which would overcome almost any physical resistance. Presently Batson refrains from such power displays such as physically moving planets about though such feats would be within his magical abilities if he so chooses to do so.
A for the Stamina of Atlas: Using Atlas' endurance, Captain Marvel can withstand and survive most types of extreme physical assaults. Additionally, he does not need to eat, sleep, or breathe when in Captain Marvel form.[citation needed]
  • Superhuman Stamina: His Olympian metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities giving him practically inexhaustible stamina.
  • Self-Sustenance: Additionally, he does not need to eat, sleep, or breathe and can survive unaided in space when in Captain Marvel form.
Z for the Power of Zeus: Zeus' power, besides fueling the magic thunderbolt that transforms Captain Marvel, also enhances Marvel's other physical abilities, provides physical invulnerability and resistance against most magic spells and attacks, and allows for inter-dimensional travel. Marvel can use the lightning bolt as a weapon by dodging it and allowing it to strike an opponent or target. The magical lightning has many uses, including creating apparatus, restoring damage done to Marvel, or acting as fuel for magical spells.
  • Magical Resistance
  • Physical Enhancement
  • Inter-dimensional Travel: This can only be used to travel to the Rock of Eternity
  • Spell Source
  • Advanced Healing
A for the Courage of Achilles: Like the wisdom, this aspect is primarily psychological, and gives Marvel superhuman amounts of inner strength from which to draw.
  • Invulnerability: Captain Marvel is virtually invulnerable, and resistant to all types of physical injuries, to the point it is at least on par with beings such as Superman. If he were somehow wounded, his godly energies would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Zeus, Poseidon and Apollo or for a number of Olympian gods of equal power working together to revive him.
  • Superhuman Inner Strength: He is always supported by an innate and harmonious presence of good will and strength of perseverance that he never backs down from a challenge.
M for the Speed of Mercury: By channeling Mercury's speed, Captain Marvel,while not as fast as the Flash, he can easily fly and move at speeds far exceeding Mach 10 (2 miles a second) while in earth's atmosphere, but this is far from his limit as the Speed of Mercury has shown to be able to move at speeds faster than light. He can fly at light speeds while in space.
  • Superhuman Speed: He can move at incredible speeds, possibly equal to Superman. He can move fast enough to not register in the normal peripheral range of humans and seemingly vanish and disappear at will.
  • Flight: Captain Marvel can also mystically fly through the atmosphere through sure act of will, enabling him to soar through the atmosphere at sub-orbital levels and travel across the planet. He is immune from the effects of extreme height. With effort, he can travel from the Earth to the moon, but he requires extra-precautionary paraphernalia for interstellar travel. Thanks to the power of Mercury Marvel can fly at light speed through space.
  • Sorcery: Unused by him but allowing for the ability to wield magics and cast spells.

Lord Marvel powers:

Keeper of the Rock of Eternity: Batson formerly had been advanced to the position of the Wizard Shazam after the Wizard Shazam's spirit had been been dispersed by the Spectre. As the new Guardian of the Rock of Eternity, Billy possessed even more power then he had as "Captain Marvel"

All of Batson's original magical powers as "Captain Marvel" had been increased way beyond those previous levels. As the Guardian of the Rock of Eternity, Batson was one with the Rock as it is a part of him. Batson was able to channel the energies of the primal God-wave and the Greek Lords of Magic through the Rock of Eternity.[citation needed] In that state Batson was infused with the duty to keep the power and the magic of the earth realm in balance. As keeper of the Rock of Eternity Batson also held the dark forces at bay.

Inherent Omnipresent: Apparently possessing the power to be everywhere, at all times (i.e. multiple dimensions and places in time).
Inherent Omniscience: Apparently possessing the power to know anything that he chooses to know and can be known.
Inherent Omnipotent: Apparently possessing the vast magical powers, and ability to make anything he wants.
Telepathy: Ability to read the minds of others and project thoughts.
Sorcery: As the High Lord of Magic, Batson has omnipotent mastery of magics and mysticism. He truly knows magic and can cast any spell to achieve any powerful results. He has unlimited access to Personal, Universal and Dimensional Energies.
Cosmic Awareness: Power to sense the presence of beings and objects in the universe.
Immortal

Abilities

Various. The knowledge he currently possesses is unending, therefore he is capable of anything.

Multilingual: Thanks to the Wisdom of Solomon, he has the ability to understand, comprehend, and speak any language on earth.

Genius-Level Intellect: He also is considered a genius among geniuses.

Smooth Talker: Another facet of his intelligence is ability to talk his way out of situations, as a man with an unprecedented amount of wisdom, he prefers to talk, rather than fight.

Strength level

Class 100 +. As Captain marvel his strength is on par with Superman. When he received the upgrade to Lord Marvel and became the keeper of the Rock of Eternity he was one of the strongest beings in the Universe.

Weaknesses

High Order Magic: Only the strongest of magics can affect him in any particular way, such as those wielded by the Spectre.

Guardian of the Rock Limitation: Marvel is required to remain on the Rock of Eternity, and can only be away from the Rock for twenty-four hours at a time.

Personality: As Batson is still at base a human teenager, despite the enormous powers and awareness of the Guardian of the Rock of Eternity, Batson's emotional state can be overwhelmed or sidestepped over such knowledge and forebearance as shown recently when Black Adam was able to trick Batson out of his empowered form and strip him of the powers of the Guardian of the Rock of Eternity for his own agenda.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

All the mystical items belonging to Shazam.

  • Historama: Shazam owned the Historama that adorns the space near his throne at the Rock of Eternity. It functions as a crystal ball, but with Incredible range and accuracy. He activates the Historama by saying, "Historama show me...". The historama has incredible material strength and provides the following abilities:
  • Clairvoyance
  • Clairaudience
  • Remote Sensing
  • Extra-dimensional Detection
  • True Sight
  • Dimensional Viewing
  • Temporal Viewing: ability to look into the past, and functions just like Dimensional Viewing. These powers allow the Historama to "cleave through the barriers" to show the occupants of the Rock of Eternity what transpires in other dimensions and even other times.

Batson had forgone the original historama and has opted for a more up to date version and has redirected the Rock of Eternity with a multitude of different tv screens which portrays whatever he chooses, just as the original historama.

Transportation

Teleportation, Flight

Notes

Hailed as "The World's Mightiest Mortal" in his adventures (and nicknamed "The Big Red Cheese" by archvillain Doctor Sivana, an epithet adopted by fans as a nickname for their hero), Captain Marvel was (based on sales) the most popular superhero of the 1940s. The Captain Marvel Adventures series sold more copies than Superman's Action Comics and other competing superhero books.[citation needed] Captain Marvel was also the first superhero to be adapted into film in 1941 (The Adventures of Captain Marvel). Fawcett ceased publishing Captain Marvel and Marvel Family comics in 1953. This was due to both a general decline in the popularity of superheroes and a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics alleging similarities between Captain Marvel and Superman. DC licensed the Marvel Family characters in 1972 and acquired all rights in 1980. Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family have been integrated into the DC Universe, and DC has attempted a few revivals. Captain Marvel has not regained widespread appeal with new generations, although a 1970s Shazam! live action television series featuring the character was very popular.

Due to the fact that Marvel Comics trademarked their Captain Marvel comic book during the interim between the original Captain Marvel's Fawcett years and DC years, DC Comics is unable to promote and market their Captain Marvel/Marvel Family properties under that name. They decided to use the word "Shazam" as the title of their comic book and thus the name under which they would market and promote the character. As a result, Captain Marvel himself is sometimes erroneously referred to as "Shazam."

Trivia

  • Captain Marvel's adventures have contributed a number of elements to both comic book culture and pop culture in general. The most notable of these is the regular use of Superman and Captain Marvel as adversaries in Modern Age comic book stories. The Superman/Captain Marvel rivalry has its origins in a popular comics story in MAD Magazine no. 4 from 1953, entitled "Superduperman", which was inspired by the Fawcett/DC legal battles. In the story, Superduperman (an obvious Superman doppelganger) does battle with the Captain Marvel-esque Captain Marbles. Marbles' magic word was not "SHAZAM", but "SHAZOOM", which stood for Strength, Health, Aptitude, Zeal, Ox—power of, Ox—power of another, and Money. After DC revived Captain Marvel in the 1970s, they followed MAD's cue and often pitted Captain Marvel and Superman against each other for any number of reasons, but usually as an inside joke to the characters' long battles in court; they are otherwise staunch allies who get along very well with each other. Notable Superman/Captain Marvel battles in DC Comics stores include All-New Collectors' Edition #C-58 (1979), All-Star Squadron #37 (1984), Superman #102 (1995), the final issue of the Kingdom Come miniseries (1996), and in Superman #216 (2005). The "Clash" episode of Justice League Unlimited, which included Captain Marvel as a guest character, featured a Superman/Captain Marvel fight as its centerpiece.
  • A Captain Marvel try-out homage was used in Superman 276, called Captain Thunder.
  • Captain Marvel was the first major comic book hero to have a young alter ego. Although kid superheroes had generally been neglected before Marvel's introduction, kid sidekicks soon became commonplace shortly after Marvel's success: Robin was paired with Batman in May 1940, and Captain America was introduced with sidekick Bucky in March 1941. The idea of a young boy who transformed into a superhero proved popular enough to inspire a number of superheroes who undergo similar transformations,[citation needed] including Marvel Comics' Darkhawk, Malibu Comics' Prime, and animated/action figure superheroes such as Hanna-Barbera's Mighty Mightor and Young Samson, Mattel/Filmation's He-Man, and Warner Bros. Television's Freakazoid. Other heroes, including Marvel Comics' Thor, undergo similarly magical transformations from a weak human form to a god-empowered form.
  • In pop culture, Billy Batson/Captain Marvel's magic word, "Shazam!", became a popular exclamation from the 1940s on, often used in place of an expletive. The most notable user of the word "Shazam!" in this form was Gomer Pyle from the 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. Elvis Presley was a fan of Captain Marvel, Jr. comic books as a child. Elvis later styled his hair to look like Freddy Freeman's and based his stage jumpsuits and TCB lightning logo on Captain Marvel Jr.'s costume and lightning-bolt insignia. Actor Cary Grant said that some of his younger fans told him they thought he bore an uncanny resemblance to Captain Marvel.
  • Even more than ten years after the character first disappeared, the superhero was still used for jokes, such as in The Monkees when Peter Tork tried to escape the ropes he was tied up in by yelling "Shazam!", only to magically break a mirror and sheepishly note that it's seven years bad luck for Captain Marvel. Several other episodes of The Monkees had Captain Marvel references, including using the name "Freddy Freeman" in dialogue. Captain Marvel also made a cameo in The Beatles song "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill." Another catchphrase popularized by Captain Marvel was his trademark exclamation, "Holy Moley!"
  • In the Fox Network animated series American Dad!, Steve's favorite t-shirt has Captain Marvel's signature lightning bolt insignia on it which he refers to as a "Shazam" shirt. Additionally, Captain Marvel made a cameo appearance in an episode of ABC Network's The Drew Carey Show as part of a dream sequence.

See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

Footnotes


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Muppet

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Baby Kermit surrounded by Marvel Comics superheroes

Marvel Comics is one of the major publishing companies producing comic book properties today, rivaled primarily by DC Comics. Founded by Martin Goodman in 1939, five years after the establishment of DC, the company was initially known as Timely Comics, and later Atlas. By 1961, however, following experimentations with science fiction and funny animal characters, the line was relaunched as Marvel (taking its name from one of their earliest comic titles), and re-focused on superheroes. The company soon became DC's most notable rival, with such properties as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, all of which, like their DC counterparts, have been adapted into animation, films, television, and video games.

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Appearances

In 1974, following the debut of Spider-Man on The Electric Company, Marvel Comics teamed up with the Children's Televisions Workshop to launch Spidey Super Stories. Aimed at younger readers, the series featured Spider-Man, his friends and foes, as well as guest appearances by other heroes, all mingling with Electric Company characters such as Rita the director, Easy Reader, and Fargo North, Decoder. Sam the Robot from Sesame Street appeared (referred to as "Sam the Sesame Street Robot") in Spidey Super Stories #31,[1], in a Star Wars parody titled "Star Jaws." Filling the functions of R2-D2 and C-3PO, Sam seeks Spider-Man's help to rescue a Jedi-like character and save the Earth.

Publications

Between 1982 and 1986, Marvel Comics published three adaptations of Jim Henson feature films, The Dark Crystal, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and Labyrinth. All three debuted as 68 page adaptations in Marvel Super Special, an anthology series which specialized in adapting movie and TV properties, and were later re-printed in individual issues. All three utilized the talents of Marvel's regular artist roster, including John Buscema (veteran of Conan the Barbarian and The Avengers) on Labyrinth.

  • Labyrinth- Marvel Super Special #40, October 1986; November 1986 - January 1987, three issues.
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan adaptation was also featured in Marvel's news magazine, Marvel Age, in August 1984 (issue #17). The Muppet cast appeared on the cover alongside the comic's mascot, Forbush Man.

One of Marvel's imprints, Star Comics, launched in 1984, specialized in cartoon characters and other children's properties. The Star line reprinted the Muppets Take Manhattan mini-series, and in 1985, launched regular Fraggle Rock and Muppet Babies comic book series. In 1988, beginning with issue 17, Muppet Babies was published under the regular Marvel label, and the 8 Fraggle Rock issues were likewise reprinted under the label.

Muppet Mentions

  • In Sledge Hammer #1 (an adaptation of the TV series), a woman watches a Hitchcock festival on TV, featuring Laura Hitchcock's I Was a Teenage Muppet Baby (referring to one of the primary writers for the comic book series). Dialogue from the movies is seen in speech bubbles, detailing a woman's shock at seeing her boyfriend transformed into a frog. He also introduces her to his best friend, a bear.
  • In Marvel Team-Up #74, Peter Parker (alias Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson attend a taping of Saturday Night Live, sitting behind two old men (seen only from the back) named Statler and Waldorf.

References to Marvel Comics

Scooter and his Ghost Rider comic
Marvel meets monsters
  • In a Sesame Street News Flash segment, Kermit interviews Telly and Mona at a daycare center, standing in front of pictures of Marvel heroes Thor and Captain America.
  • Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony episode 24 spoofed the X-Men movie franchise, showing a group of mutants who failed the auditions, including The Blimp, The Invisible Twins, and Beaverine

Connections

Many actors and other crew members have worked on both Muppet/Henson projects and Marvel Comics adaptations. For more connections, see Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk

  • Jessica Alba played Sue Storm in The Fantastic Four (2005 film) and 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2005 film)
  • Ned Beatty played Sam Kolawetz in Captain America' (1990 film)
  • Halle Berry played Storm in X-Men (2000 film), X2 (2003 film)
  • Pat Crawford Brown played a sweet old lady in Daredevil (2003 film)
  • George Buza played Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast on X-Men (animated series, 1992-1997) and related video games and a trucker in X-Men (2000 film)
  • Jim Byrnes played Nick Fury on X-Men Evolution (animated series, 2002-2003)
  • Lyle Conway played Reichardt in Blade (1998 film)
  • Alyson Court played Jubilee on X-Men (animated series, 1992-1997)
  • Alan Cumming played Nightcrawler in X2 (2003 film)
  • Cal Dodd played Wolverine on X-Men (animated series, 1992-1997) and related video games
  • Robert Downey Jr. played Tony Stark/Ironman in Ironman (2008 film) and Hulk (2008 film)
  • Michael Clarke Duncan played Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin in Daredevil (2003 film)
  • Matt Frewer played Russell Trask in Generation X' (1996 TV movie)
  • Jennifer Garner played Elektra Natchios in Dardevil (2003 film) and Elektra (2005 film)
  • Kelsey Grammer played Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006 film)
  • Hugh Jackman played Wolverine in the X-Men films (2000-2009)
  • Samuel L. Jackson played Nick Fury in Ironman (2008 film)
  • Danny John-Jules played Asad in Blade II (2002 film)
  • Udo Kier played Dragonetti in Blade (1998)
  • Jeroen Krabbé played Gianni Franco in The Punisher (1989 film)
  • Kris Kristofferson played Whistler in Blade (1998 film), Blade II (2002 film) and Blade: Trinity (2004 film)
  • Joe Pantoliano played Ben Urich in Daredevil (2003 film)
  • John Stephenson played Dr. Doom on The Fantastic Four (1978 animated series)
  • Patrick Stewart played Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men (2000 film),
  • John Stocker played Greydon Creed Jr. and others on X-Men (animated series, 1992-1997) and Ultron on Avengers (1999 animated series)
  • Joel Tobeck played a redneck in Ghost Rider (2007 film)
  • Lani John Tupu played Laccone in The Punisher (1989 film)
  • Jessica Walter played Morgan LeFay in Dr. Strange (1978 TV movie)
  • Frank Welker played H.E.R.B.I.E. on The Fantastic Four (1978 animated series)

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 A.J. Hays and J. Mishkin, Eds. Spidey Super Stories, Vol. 1, No. 31, Marvel Comics Group, New York, NY: February, 1978.
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Marvel Comics published the HGN

Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc., a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. Affectionately called "The House of Ideas" by the fan press, Marvel's best-known characters include Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor and The Punisher. Most of Marvel's fictional characters are depicted as inhabiting a single shared world; this continuity is known as the Marvel Universe. — It was founded in the 1930s as a group of subsidiary companies under the name Timely Comics, and was generally known as Atlas Comics in the 1950s. However, Marvel's modern incarnation dates from the early 1960s, with the launching of Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Since the 1960s, Marvel has been one of the two largest American comics companies, along with DC Comics.

In 2006, Marvel partnered with Bungie Studios to create Halo's first official comic publication, the Halo Graphic Novel. One year later, it was announced that they would publish Halo's second comic adaptation, the Halo: Uprising series.


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Outside references are deliberately inserted references to Lost from TV shows, movies, and other outside sources.

For cultural allusions in Lost, see Portal:Culture.

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2P Start (comic)

  • In the January 16th, 2008[1] strip, one of the rejected Wii Channels is the Swan countdown timer.
  • In the July 22nd, 2009[2] strip, the Miis on the skydiving plane are Sayid, Hurley, Sawyer and Sun. The final panel is also the series logo.

30 Rock (TV)

  • In the episode "Stone Mountain", Twofer and Frank are showing the movie "The Exorcist" to Jenna. The scene starts with Jenna asking "So, this all started when their plane crashed?" Twofer responds "No, that's Lost." Jenna then says "Oh, right. You know, I met JJ Abrams once. And I don't know what this means, but he said the Island is just Hurley's dream."
  • In the episode "The Source Awards", Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) asks her date Steven Black (Wayne Brady) "So how about Lost this season?"
  • In the episode "Seinfeld Vision", Jerry Seinfeld guest stars. The head of NBC wishes to digitally put Jerry in every NBC show for a week. After Jerry disagrees with the idea, Alec Baldwin gives him the choice of what TV shows he would like to be in, to which Jerry replies "I like Lost. Is that you guys?"
  • In the episode "The Bubble", when Alec Baldwin asks how Tracy Jordan is functioning without Kenneth's help, Kenneth replies "Oh, I'm still doing everything for him. Tonight I have to ride my bike over to his house in New Jersey to hold his hand during Lost."

Alias (TV)

Main article: Alias

American Dad (TV)

  • In this cartoon series, in an episode called "Stan of Arabia", Stan tells his family, "Way ahead of you. I'll find us a satellite so we can watch Lost when I get home. Just because we're stuck in this wasteland doesn't mean it's not Wednesday."
  • In the episode "Home Adrone", Steve and his friends are flying a real unmanned military drone plane mistaking it for a flight simulator, and when they see the drone flying towards them and realize it is in fact a real plane, Barry says "They found us. We are going to get off the island!"

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (video game)

  • A jinjo in the LOGBOX 720 world says that his name is Hurley and that he's "lost on the island". He also says "dude" frequently and tells Banjo to hurry up because it's lunchtime soon.

Beano, The (comic)

  • In an episode[3] of a strip from The Beano titled "Derek the Sheep", Derek gets lost and says, "We're Lost! LOST! Like on that TV show with polar bears and smoke monsters and secret hatches!"

Bo! Selecta (TV)

Bo!'s parody of Charlie.

The Channel 4 (United Kingdom) program Bo! Selecta parodies Lost on a regular basis ("LOST interest"), using its usual format of grossly exaggerating physical characteristics (usually featuring the standard Bo! prosthetic chin device).

The usual targets are:

Brothers and Sisters (TV)

  • Sarah remarks that the Island has more civilization than the town she and her brothers were stranded in.

Cal Ripken's Real Baseball (video game)

An advertisement for Oceanic Airlines in the game Cal Ripken's Real Baseball

Call of Duty: World at War (video game)

  • The numbers can be heard by the power generator on the Nazi Zombie map Verrückt. Someone counts down the numbers, and then the sound of the numbers flipping back to 108 (on the countdown clock in The Swan) can be heard.

Catwoman (comic)

  • The cover of issue #51 of the current ongoing Catwoman comic book series by DC Comics depicts a mugshot of Catwoman with the Numbers as her ID number.
Mugshot of Catwoman

Chuck (TV)

  • In the second episode, first aired on October 1, 2007, a doctor is testing Chuck with a slide show of images designed to trigger secrets stored in his brain. Chuck responds to an image of an airplane by saying, "Oceanic Flight 815 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile...". Although the last part of the phrase is difficult to hear, closed caption confirms the phrase.

Civil War (comic)

Registration card with the Numbers
  • In the Marvel Comics story arc Civil War, Ms. Marvel's super human registration card has the Numbers on it.

Champions Online (video game)

  • There is a chain of quests involving a crashed plane in the Canada zone. One quest involves finding passenger "J.J. Shepherd" (a reference to J.J. Abrams and Jack Shepherd). Another quest involves finding passengers "John" (Locke) and "Furley" (Hurley).

Cloverfield (movie)

A DHARMA logo, similar to The Pearl logo, appears in the first seconds of "Cloverfield" (2008)
  • During the opening titles, a DHARMA logo is visible in the bottom-right corner of screen for a moment.
    • At a Q & A following a screening of Cloverfield on February 12, 2008, screenwriter Drew Goddard (also a writer) for Lost, stated that anything that appeared on screen was deliberate, referring in large part to something splashing into the water at the end of Cloverfield. When pressed if this same logic applied to the flashing of the DHARMA logo at the beginning of the film, and thus if there was a connection between Lost and Cloverfield, he stated somewhat eagerly, "Maybe."

The Colbert Report (TV)

The fake Colbert-Vioxx settlement check
  • J.J. Abrams made an appearance on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report via telephone. Both Abrams and Colbert had been one of 365 celebrities to be included on Mastermedia International's "The Most Powerful People in Media". Each person on the list was given a specific day of the year in which they would be prayed for, J.J. Abrams' was on January 1, 2007. While talking to Colbert over the phone, a picture of J.J. Evans from Good Times was displayed during the interview in place of a picture of Abrams. When asked if anything miraculous happened to him on his prayer day, Abrams replied saying that it was on that day that they had finally figured out just "what the Hell is going on in Lost", claiming that up until that point they had just been making it up as they went along.
Fake resume featuring Lost-inspired references

Coldplay (music group)

  • On their 2008 release "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," the third track is titled "Lost!" and the 4th track is titled "42".

Ctrl+Alt+Del (comic)

  • In one issue, Ethan tries to buy a plane ticket from Oceanic Airlines.
  • In another issue, the video game Command & Conquer 3's usage of famous actors as voice actors for its characters was parodied. Each character was portrayed with the likeness and behavior of a character commonly associated with the voice actor. The character Ajay, voiced by Josh Holloway, looks and acts like Sawyer, calling the reader/player "Twinkle toes" and yelling "We have to get off this island! The Others are coming!"

Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV)

  • In the episode "The TiVo Guy", Larry complains to the TiVo repairman about a technical problem in which he can't watch the latest episode of Lost. The repairman then proceeds in ruining the episode for Larry by stating, "You know the guy that died a couple episodes back? Well it turns out he isn't dead because he shows up." This is most likely a reference to Mikhail's return in "D.O.C.".

Cyanide and Happiness (web comic)

  • In the April 7, 2008 strip of the popular web comic, Lost is parodied along with the infamous Jackface.

The Daily Show (TV)

  • In the Comedy Central news satire The Daily Show, there is a humorous segment where former Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry did a report in which he wanted to try to find out how he could stop being discriminated against because he was a racist. A "TiVo pause list" scrolled by the screen very quickly which listed people he hated, and one of the entries was "Seriously, stop pausing this. What do you think this is, Lost? 4 8 15 16 23 42"
  • A story highlighting the changing demographics of the United States had Samantha Bee declaring (in front of a Lost cast graphic) that "Right now, our country is 67% white, 12% black, 14% hispanic and 4% Asian. The remainder is made up of super hot Arabs, an evil smoke thing, and that polar bear that showed up for some reason. What the hell is up with that island?"
  • While discussing the issue of torture, a short segment was done in which Jon Stewart's heart was debating his brain over whether torture was right or not. During this segment, which is portrayed by a graphic of a heart and a brain, they are soon interrupted by a loud voice exclaiming, "Hey, that chick from Lost is hot!" The voice turns out to be Stewart's penis.
  • In another episode, The Daily Show gets a new correspondent, Wyatt Cenac. Upon asking him what he thought of the Democratic primaries, he responded that they were "cool", though later went on to say they were boring and lacked entertainment, comparing the primaries to popular shows, among them Lost. After a little while he starts focusing on Lost and mentions the polar bear, Season Two, Michael working for the Others and getting Jack and Kate together.

Dane Cook: Rough Around the Edges (stand-up/DVD)

  • In the comedian's stand-up DVD, he makes a joke about recording Lost on TiVo.[4]

Do you ever set your TiVo to record, like, Lost? And when you come home it recorded, like, Antique Roadshow for nine hours? I get so pissed off at my TiVo that I yell at my TiVo, I'm like, "what the f*ck are you doing? I asked you to record Lost. You have one job, and it's to record my sh*t!"

Dane later explains why he likes Lost:

I just want to see Lost because I enjoy being that angry at a television show. Here's my impersonation of me watching Lost, every time it goes to commercial...I'm like this, ready? "What the f*ck is going on here?! I have 42 unanswered questions and now I have 30 more questions, I don't know what's happening here! This is the stupidest show in the history of TV -- oh, it's back! Oh, I like her now, I like her, I used to hate her but now she's my favorite."

He also references the Monster, calling it a "Smokey Dragon", and wonders why no one ever thinks about it when they go into the woods.

Desperate Housewives (TV)

Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed (video game)

  • While exploring Fantasy Atoll (a send-up of Fantasy Island) , the player's character, Crypto, encounters a group of characters who are living out a fantasy of being part of the Lost TV experience. If you listen carefully, some of these characters can we heard talking about numbers and a hatch.

Duel Masters (TV)

  • In the English dub, a character remarks how he let loose polar bears on a deserted tropical island to confuse anyone that ends up there.

Duma Key (novel)

  • In the 2008 Stephen King novel, Edgar Freemantle notes that another character's ease of accepting supernatural happenings is based on being "raised on shows like X-Files and Lost".

The Emperor's New School (TV)

The "Emperor Orientation Video"
  • In the final episode of The Emperor's New School, "Graduation Groove," Kuzco watched an "Emperor Orientation Video". This is an obvious parody of the orientation videos. The video is black-and-white, and is hosted by a man who looks and sounds very much like Pierre Chang.

Entertainment Weekly (magazine)

  • Inside the cover of the Entertainment Weekly Magazine [of which date?), featuring Harry Potter and Voldemort, is a pull tab that reveals a special two-sided advertisement for ABC's new show The Unusuals featuring Harold Perrineau (aka Michael) from Lost. The back of the ad is designed to look like a desk with stuff all over it, and there is a Word Search-type puzzle with the phrase "ONAFTERLOST" circled, and above the puzzle under a coffee mug is a "claim check" (what it is for is uncertain) but the numbers on the claim check are "42 23 16 15 8 4", which are the numbers backwards.

Fallout 3 (video game)

  • In Megaton, players meet a young girl who tells you the combination to a secret safe is 15, 16, 23, 42 (a reference to the numbers).
  • There is also Vault 108 players are able to explore.
  • In the Point Lookout expansion, players meet the ghoul Desmond that mentions use of a fail-safe in case his house is overtaken.

Family Guy (TV)

  • Family Guy episode 5-16 "Petergeist" has a spoof on The Muppet Show and Lost. Statler and Waldorf, the old men in the balcony who criticize Kermit the Frog and his friends, appear in a box behind the couch the box where S&W usually are...

Peter: Boy, that was a great episode of Lost, wasn't it fellas?

Statler: Well at least the show's got the right name!

Waldorf: Yeah, I couldn't follow any of it!

Peter: Heheheheh... they don't care for most things.

  • In Episode 7-6, the Griffin family is deciding where to vacation which prompts Meg to suggest that they visit the Island from Lost. Stewie then says that he doesn't want to hear Matthew Fox's heavy breathing. This leads into a clip that shows Jack and Kate...

Jack: (breathing heavily) Kate, you don't get it. We are the Island! Hand me that paper bag.

Kate: Jack, that's got my poop in it.

Jack: (still breathing heavily) "I know, I know. It's got a hint of coconut in it. And something else. But that's part of the mystery."

Fire in the Attic (music group)

FlashForward (TV)

An advertisement for Lost in FlashForward.
  • In the series premiere of FlashForward, during the scene in which FBI agents Mark Benford and Demetri Noh are staking out three suspects from an SUV, a billboard for Oceanic Airlines can be seen behind them. Ironically, the words "perfect safety record" are written on the billboard.
  • In another scene, Lost is briefly seen advertised on the side of a bus.

Fringe (TV)

  • In the Pilot episode of JJ Abrams' show Fringe, someone says "Morgan Stieg was passenger number 108."
  • In the episode "Dreamscape", the character Mark Young bought a ticket on Oceanic Air three days before his death.

Gatsby's American Dream (music group)

Gears of War 2 (video game)

Tai Kaliso, a reference to John Locke in Gears of War 2.
  • During the second game of the Gears of War saga, Tai Kaliso is introduced as a man of faith, similar in beliefs to John Locke. After his whole squad is killed by the Locust, he seems to understand this is how things were meant to be, and states that "everything happens for a reason". This has yet to be confirmed as a direct reference to the show by Epic Games.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (video game)

  • In the final mission of this video game expansion, a siren is heard which is the same sound effect as the countdown timer's alarm.

Half-Life 2: Episode Two (video game)

A DHARMA logo is hidden in Half-Life 2
The Numbers are hidden in Half-Life 2

There are two known Easter eggs in the first person shooter video game Half-Life 2: Episode 2[5]

  • In Half Life 2: Episode Two there is a DHARMA-like logo with three white trees hidden on a wall. This is referring to the "White Forest Station" where the player is headed. This is obviously not a DHARMA station, and any other reference to Lost is made elsewhere.
  • There is a CRT monitor displaying the Numbers in a blocked hidden room in the second level. Switching on the designers comment at this place, you are told that the valve guys promised the directors from Lost to put it there after there had been references to Half Life in Lost; this happened in "The Greater Good," where the terrorists Sayid was spying on were playing Half-Life. A shotgun shot was heard, and the player said, "Crap, out of ammo." Another terrorist, watching the game, told the player to use the crowbar, to which the player responded that the crowbar only worked on zombies.

Hamish and Andy (radio)

  • This popular Australian radio duo made a parody song to tell convicted terrorist David Hicks what has happened since he was captured in 2001. One thing they sang was "There's this really cool show called Lost".

Heroes (TV)

  • A brochure for Gannon Car Rentals from Lost also made an appearance in episode 1x15, "Run!", of Heroes.
  • In the episode "Unexpected", Nathan Petrelli says he would like to take all those with powers, and "put them in a lab on some island in the middle of the ocean." Although many fans believe this to be a reference to Lost, the creators of Heroes have indicated it's a reference to the island of Genosha from Marvel's X-Men.[6]

Hollyoaks (TV)

  • Several characters, including Sonny, are seen watching Lost, or talking about watching Lost.

Homo Zapping

Main article: Homo Zapping

I Love You, Man (movie)

  • Peter asks Sydney for his Lost Season 2 DVD back. He says he wants it back because Zooey really wants to find out what's in the Hatch.

Impossible Quiz, The (Internet culture)

  • In the popular web game "The Impossible Quiz"[7], the Numbers and 108 can be seen scrawled on question 50. In question 108 of the "Epic last 10", the player has to type in the numbers into a replica screen of the Swan computer.
  • There is a second "Impossible Quiz". On question 108 a cat from the quiz holds up a sign with the countdown timer on it.

In The Motherhood (TV)

  • The character "Jane", played by Cheryl Hines says she is going to use her vacation time to finally watch Lost. She said she's been unable to contribute to workplace discussions about Lost, and whenever anyone asks her about the show, all she can say is "man, what is up with that island?". Later in the episode, the TV shows a quick glimpse of a polar bear and the character says "man, what is up with that island?".

Jeep (TV commercial)

  • This commercial features a montage of clips from popular culture into which a Jeep is digitally inserted. Toward the end of the commercial, the scene of John Locke playing backgammon from "Pilot, Part 2" is seen, as the Jeep passes behind him on the beach.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV)

Main article: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Jimmy Kimmel has referenced Lost on several occasions, both obviously in skits and spoofs ("What's in the Hatch?", "Lost: the Musical"), and more subtly, such as having M.C. Gainey (who plays Tom) appear in the TV audience and talk backwards (as Walt once did).

Kevin Bishop Show, The (TV)

  • A parody of Lost was featured in this British sketch show, called "Lost UK". Two survivors of a coach crash, named Jack and Kate, wake up in the woods. Shortly afterwards, a man wearing a DHARMA jumpsuit runs past and tells them that they are on an Island with no way to escape. It is then revealed that they crashed in the middle of a roundabout road junction.

King of the Hill (TV)

  • Dale tries to break up Bill and his new girlfriend who has recently moved in with him with her two children by mentioning the movie the Stepfather and its plot line, then says, "It stars that bald guy from Lost."

Knights of Prosperity (TV)

  • In the episode "Operation: Rent Money," Louis refers to Lost: "Those are all the things that guy Sayid says on Lost."

Late Show With David Letterman (TV)

  • On November 11, 2006, David Letterman did a Lost-themed "Top Ten". It was presented by actor Jorge Garcia:

Top Ten Signs You're Obsessed With Lost, presented by Jorge Garcia

10. After each episode, you do an all-kitty reenactment in your basement

9. You refer to your in-laws as "The Others"

8. While visiting New York, you stood over every manhole and screamed, "Good God—a secret hatch!"

7. You're halfway to your goal of licking every cast member

6. Your friend phoned during Lost. Next day you beat him to death with a hot poker

5. You pitched NBC a show about 12 people stranded backstage at Saturday Night Live

4. Co-workers affectionately refer to you as "That loser who's obsessed with Lost"

3. Renamed dental practice "Flost"

2. Your wife is getting sick of playing the bedroom game "Find the castaway"

1. You sat through all ten of these lame jokes

  • The show has made several jokes about not knowing what is happening on Lost.
  • On August 30, 2007, Hillary Clinton presented her top ten campaign promises. Number two was, "I will appoint a committee to find out what the heck is happening on Lost".[8]
  • On January 4, 2008, there was a Late Show Fun Facts related to the Writers Guild of America Strike. The very last fact read by Dave was that even if the strike ended tomorrow, people still wouldn’t know what the hell was happening on Lost.[9]
  • On February 12, 2008, the Top Ten list was "Top Ten Things Abraham Lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today". Number one was, "Seriously, what the hell is happening on Lost?"
  • On March 3 2009, when Felicity Huffman was a guest, David asked how her show, Desperate Housewives, was going, and if they had opened the hatch yet.
  • The show has also produced spoof videos about Lost.
  • "Dick Cheney on Lost": While Matthew Fox was on the show in February 2006, they played a short video of Jack running after his father in "White Rabbit". When he reaches the clearing just past the beach, it is Dick Cheney with a gun pointed at him.[10]
  • "The Lost Surprise": On March 11, 2008, they ran a video segment with the scene from "The Other Woman" where Ben is about to show the video of Widmore to Locke. When they show the television, it is Regis Philbin in an exercise video.[11]

The League of Super Evil (TV)

  • In the episode "One Zillion" of the Cartoon Network animated series The League of Super Evil, the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 43 can be seen written on a chalkboard as part of an equation used to get "one zillion" TV channels. 43 is seen to have been crossed out and replaced with 42. Later the character The Red Menace points out that the entire equation is wrong.

Lil Bush (TV)

  • The episode "Afghanistan" was described by Lil Bush as "a freakin' Lost parody." It included several references to Lost, including a discussion between two Afghanistan Gap employees about who was the best character, Sawyer or Hurley.

Little Britain (TV)

  • The 2006 Boxing Day special of Little Britain featured a parody of Lost with Lou and Andy stranded on a desert island.

Lobo: Highway to Hell (comic)

MacWorld Magazine (print)

  • In an ad for the iPhone, a man is searching for flight information on his iPhone for Oceanic Flight 815.

MAD Magazine (print)

Main article: MAD Magazine

MADtv (TV)

Main article: MADtv

Mass Effect (video game)

  • The default character of Commander Shepard bears a striking resemblance to Matthew Fox. His default given name is John Shepard. Jack is a common nickname for John.

Margaret Cho "Beautiful" (stand-up/DVD)

  • On Margaret Cho's 2009 release "Beautiful", Margaret has a small bit about LOST. "I like those Korean people on LOST. They're all looking to see who's going to shoplift something from the Island." Margaret goes on to say, "There are no lesbians on LOST. Cos if there were, they would've built a deck to Australia by now."

Marvel Comics (comics)

  • On January 23, 2008 ABC Marketing announced that they had strategically placed images and references from the show in various comic books, including Uncanny X-Men, Incredible Hercules, Thunderbolts and Wolverine Origins. Examples of Lost references include a Lost poster, the number six, and the slogan "Find Yourself" in the latest editions of numerous Marvel comics throughout the month. More Lost placements to pop up in comic books on stands January 23 and January 30 were to be expected.[12][13]

Metal Gear Solid: 4 Guns of the Patriots (video game)

  • The channels during TV sequence at the beginning of the game are 15, 16, 23, 42, and 48.

M.I.A. (music group)

  • One verse from "Bird Flu" on M.I.A.'s album Kala is: Put away shots for later / so I'm stable / Live in trees, chew on feet / Watch Lost on cable.

Mission Impossible III (movie)

Screen credits at the end of MIII

Monday Night Football (TV)

Main article: Monday Night Football

Moneen (music group)

Main article: Moneen

Monty (comic)

  • In this comic by Jim Meddick, one of the features from comics.com, the eponymous character arrives to the island to meet the castaways and the Others in the storyline for the first half of March 2006.

My Wife and Kids (TV)

  • During the episodes where the family is on vacation in the Caribbean, Jay & Michael get stuck on a small island, where they reference Lost in a humorous exchange of dialogue.

Notes from the Underbelly (TV)

  • On the December 3, 2007 episode "The Blackout", the characters are spending the night together to watch Lost and Andrew goes over the rules for watching Lost. He says there will be no late seating and tells Danny that he can't get up to get a drink until the first commercial break. He tells Eric "no constant gasping", Julie "no stupid questions", and Danny "no answering Julie's stupid questions". Lost then begins with (a dubbed over) "Previously on Lost" when the power immediately goes out. When the power later comes back on, a voice on the TV is saying, "Southern California audiences are reeling from the big surprise on Lost tonight." The characters immediately begin covering their ears and making noises so as not to hear the big surprise, and Andrew dives across the room to turn off the television. [14][15]

Numb3rs (TV)

  • In the usual black screen which precedes the 15th episode of the 5th season, the numbers are displayed as 481-5162342 (a Juror ID number).

Office, The (TV)

Dwight in The Office
  • The U.S. version of the sitcom The Office has an episode entitled "Boys and Girls". In one scene, the white collar workers of the office meet their blue collar counterparts in a visit to the warehouse. Dwight turns to the camera and says, "Remember on Lost, when they met the Others?"
  • In the episode titled "The Fire", the office crew is standing outside the office as firemen are tending to the fire, and they are playing "what would you bring" "desert island edition", when Jim asks Dwight what he would bring, he explains what he would bring, and expands on how they got to the island by saying, "Question: Did my shoes come off in the plane crash?"
  • In the episode titled "Initiation", Dwight quizzes Ryan. He asks the question, "What is the DHARMA Initiative?".
  • Dwight Schrute makes repeated mentions of Lost on his official NBC-hosted blog. Examples: THE DHARMA INITIATIVE (1/13/06); LOST BATTLESTAR (7/18/06)
  • In the episode "The Return", Andy Bernard says "TGI Wednesday, am I right? Gonna go home, get my beer on, get my Lost on."
  • Conan O'Brien's intro for the 58th annual Emmy awards included a segue from the Hatch, which led into The Office.
  • J.J. Abrams directed the season three episode "Cocktails".
  • In a deleted scene from "The Job", Dwight asks Andy "what is the DHARMA Initiative?" Andy guesses that it is the source of all energy on Earth, to which Dwight replies, "No, it was created by aliens."
  • During the commentary for "Casino Night", Rainn Wilson (Dwight) says he missed the famous Pam/Jim kiss-scene because, "...I was watching Lost instead."

Onion, The (Internet satire)

  • On September 1, 2007, The Onion featured a satirical article on their front page titled "Area Man Likes To Compare Circle Of Friends To Cast Of Lost". The article reports about a man who has recently been watching episodes of Lost on DVD, and constantly finds similarities between his friends and the characters on the show. He compares himself to Locke because he has a good sense of direction and faith. He dubbed a new group of people that his friend invited to a bar "the Others".
  • On May 29, 2009, The Onion featured a lead article on their front page titled "Smoke Monster From 'Lost' Given Own Primetime Spin-Off Series". In the satirical article, ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson announces that the smoke monster from Lost will be given its own spin-off series on ABC called Where There's Smoke. Described as a "half-hour family-oriented comedy" about life, love, and good friends having good times, the new series will anchor the network's Thursday-night lineup in the fall. Actress Lea Thompson has signed on to play the monster's long-suffering wife, and actor Michael Emerson will appear in the pilot episode as a slobby houseguest named Benjamin Linus who overstays his welcome. Despite the risk of being typecast as "just a smoke monster", the mysterious, billowing actor agreed to the project for $2 million per episode after scenes tested well between the smoke monster and a nosy, ethnic next-door neighbor.

Order of the Stick, The (comic)

  • Page #560 of the comic, the last to be posted before the American broadcast of "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3", features protagonists fleeing from indigenous orcs on a tropical island. They enter a door marked with a DHARMA logo, with a smiley face in the comic's idiosyncratic style at its center, which leads to a tunnel. Later in the same strip, one of the characters comments, "I keep having flashbacks to earlier strips."
  • In the following page, which was the first posted after "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3", a character exiting the far end of that tunnel (with a similar door) says, "Thank the Twelve Gods! I was beginning to think the people who built that tunnel had absolutely no idea where it was going."

Penny Arcade (comic)

  • Penny Arcade, a webcomic written by Jerry Holkins and drawn by Mike Krahulik, has featured the show in its comic strips several times.
  • In the strip entitled "Don't Forget Doppelgangers!" from October 20, 2004, Gabe and Tycho propose various theories related to the shows early mysteries.
  • On November 1, 2006, in a strip entitled "Ba Dum Bum Psh", Tycho criticizes the show's second season.

Pete Holmes (TV)

  • Holmes is known in Lost fandom for a tongue-in-cheek video where he pretends to be a Lost fan and rants about how bad the show has become.[16][17]

Pushing Daisies (TV)

  • In the premiere episode of Pushing Daisies in October 2007, Flight 815 was briefly referenced.

PvP Online (comic)

The Lost roleplaying game.
  • PvP, a webcomic written and drawn by Scott Kurtz, has referred to the show on a few occasions. In a comic from Jan 12, 2005, the debunked purgatory theory is mentioned by a character.
  • The comic from April 11, 2007, featured the fictitious Lost roleplaying game. One character comments that the sourcebook for the Lost RPG consists of "nothing but pages and pages of random encounter tables". This, according to the character playing the game master, leaves it up to the players to "add the context". The roleplaying scenario depicted in the comic takes place in the immediate aftermath of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. These events were depicted on the show during "Pilot, Part 1".
  • The PvP Online comic from May 14,2009 gives an alternative set of Others for Jack and Sayid to encounter - Gilligan and Skipper from Gillian's Island, who have been expecting them.

Red vs Blue (machinima)

  • In the season five finale of the machinima show Red Vs Blue (parody based on the Halo game series), a Caboose's mental version of a female character confirms her appearance by saying: "I came here in a spaceship, that came from the moon. It crashed next to the Blue Base, and now I live with Caboose, and the people from the tail section of the spaceship, live on the other side of the island". This is actually a confusion made by Caboose due to his low capacity of understand what's going on. Also, it's a clear reference to the Tailies.
  • In their new PSA, #36, they discuss things they have never seen posted in an online Forum. As a lead in to #4 (ironically one of the numbers) which is "excuse me, but I'm new here...", Sarge is seen talking to a fellow red team member and saying "And what ever happened to the numbers on the hatch!? It's like they're making it up as they go along!". The polar bear, flashforwards, and the Monster are also mentioned.[18]

RiffTrax (downloadable audio commentaries)

  • Rifftrax has done commentary for the pilot episode of Lost.
  • In the RiffTrax commentary for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, they mention the smoke monster. When the characters in the movie are setting up pylons to capture the Silver Surfer, a noise/disturbance appears in the woods, and they offer the following commentary:

Mike: "Not if the smoke monster from Lost has anything to say about it."

Kevin: "The smoke monster is the Silver Surfer?"

Mike: "You know, in five years, if the truth is less retarded than that, I'll buy you a beer."

Kevin: "Okay."

Robot Chicken (TV)

  • The episode "Losin' the Wobble" references Lost in a sketch about the newly enacted Asshole Laws, which allow police to brutally beat anyone who makes "obvious" comments:

Man: Heroes is way better, because it actually answers stuff. On Lost, they don't know what they're doing. [Man is beaten up by two police officers]

The Sarah Silverman Program (TV)

  • On October 25, 2007, the episode "Doodie" referenced Lost. Stencil Mustang said, "This is just like an episode of Lost!"
  • On the November 20, 2008 episode "I Thought My Dad Was Dead, But It Turns Out He's Not," Sarah is told that all the best television shows are about doctors and cops, to which Sarah replies "Lost isn't a hospital or a cop," to which her friends correct her: Jack is a doctor and Ana Lucia is a cop.

Sam and Max: Moai Better Blues (video game)

  • In the old cavern on Easter Island, the Swan entrance is half buried in the sand, with the numbers carved into the hatch door. Next to the hatch, there is a plane wreck. Examining the Hatch causes Sam to use a bunch of synonyms for "lost", then says he does not want to wait years to find out what it all means. Examining it again causes Sam to tell Max to stay on the lookout for polar bears.

Saturday Night Live (TV)

  • On February 5, 2005, there was a sketch where Paris Hilton is sitting at a bar and a guy (Seth Meyers) sits down next to her. He attempts to hit on her, and eventually says "Hey, you ever watch the show 'Lost'? Hilton: "No" Guy: "Oh then let me tell you something, that's a good show, that's a quality show right there. See what happens is they got this plane, right, crashes into the island. And all the people, right, they got no idea where they are, no idea. What they do is each week the show, shows you a little bit about what's going on with the island, but they also go back in time and show you what the people were doing before the plane crashed. Shows you your histories, very clever, very clever show. Very clever."
  • On November 11, 2006, during the Weekend Update segment, Seth Meyers made a joke about certain issues now facing the Republicans after the Democrats took control of the American House of Representatives and Senate previously in the week: "Political analysts are saying that the Democratic victories of Tuesday’s elections were a referendum on President Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq and various Congressional scandals. As well as the environment, the economy, wiretapping, torture, Katrina, military tribunals, illegal immigration, Osama’s continued freedom, Kyoto, abortion rights, the national debt, SARS, the XFL, and the death of Mr. Eko".
  • On December 2, 2006 Matthew Fox hosted the show, and many references to Lost were included in the episode.
    • Castmember Bill Hader appeared during Fox's monologue as Michael Richards (acting as Richards' trademark character Kramer, from Seinfeld) asking for work on Lost, offering to be one of the Others, the smoke monster, or to appear in a flashback.
    • A sketch featuring Lost fans in an elevator with Matthew Fox, discussing their theories, which range from "The producers don't know what's going on" to "It's all in Walt's imagination" to "The Island's on the toenail of a giant" to "Purgatory". As well, two female fans ask if Matthew is single, to which he replies "Married for 15 years" and "Two kids", and one female fan leaves the elevator because of the rest discussing spoilers while she is only halfway through Season 2.
  • In January 20, 2007, there was a sketch "Two A-holes and an adoption agency". The A-holes mention that adoption is complicated like sudoku and the 2nd season of Lost.
  • On the September 13, 2008 episode, Bobby Moynihan played a waiter in a sketch who mentioned "the smoke monster from Lost".

Scrubs (TV)

An Apollo Bar visible in Scrubs
  • Apollo Bars featured in the season 7 premiere of Scrubs "My Own Worst Enemy" (October 25, 2007) where they were visible in the supply of a vending machine. Because the prop seemed identical to that used in Lost and The Lost Experience, this reference may also be considered a crossover. The same vending machine with the Apollo Bars can also be seen in the season 8 episode '"My Chief Concern" (May 5, 2009).
  • In the season 7 finale "My Princess", a smoke monster is used to personify a patient's illness during the fairy tale scenes. As well as bearing resemblance to the Monster, it may also be a reference to the show moving to ABC for its 8th season.
  • In the season 8 premiere "My Jerks", the new intern Ed discusses time he spent on a Lost fan site.
  • In the season 9 episode "Our White Coats", medical student Cole is distracting a fellow student who apparently is a huge Lost fan (he has a laptop full with Lost stickers and wears a hat with the Dharma logo) by pretending that Lost has been cancelled and that the finale is never going to air.

Senses Fail (music group)

Shortpacked! (webcomic)

Simpsons, The (TV & and video game)

  • In the commentary forThe Simpsons episode 09x14, "Das Bus", the producers joke about how Lost was inspired by this episode (tongue-in-cheek). They further make references to unanswered questions, the Others and the Smoke Monster.
  • In The Simpsons episode 19x08, "Funeral for a Fiend", Marge becomes addicted to TiVo when Homer signs up for it just to get free camera batteries. Marge is excited because "I've gotten so much accomplished: I saved Lost, watched all of Rome in a day, and got through Two and a Half Men in two and a half minutes!"
  • In The Simpsons Game, Lenny states whilst in peril that he'll never find out what happens with Charlie and Claire on Lost.
    • Also, football player enemies say "4! 8! 15! 16! 23! 42! Hike!" upon attacking.

Singularity (video game)

  • In the old shipping yard, the numbers are written on huge crates of cargo, only backwards (42, 23, 16, 15, 8, 4).

Skate (video game)

  • On the main loading screen, it shows in the bottom-right corner "4M815.16".

Sonic Weapon Fence (music)

Main article: Sonic Weapon Fence
  • Sonic Weapon Fence is a Chicago based rock trio that exclusively writes and performs songs about Lost.

Soup, The (TV)

  • In 2005, on The Soup, a fake Lost commercial was shown, saying people who missed some episodes are losers who'll never catch up.[19]
  • In 2006, a clip of "Every Man for Himself" where Ben kills a rabbit in front of Sawyer is shown. Host Joel McHale commented: "The rest of the episode were flashbacks of the bunny's life. Looks like he couldn't walk before crashing on the Island."
  • In November 9, 2007, after a clip of "America's Most Smartest Model", McHale commented about the poor quality of the show's writing and writer's strike with the following: "Can we get the studios to give the writers some download residuals and fire up a Lost or something?"
  • A running gag on the show involves clips from I Love Toy Trains; a show about model trains. The clips are usually rather dry and pointless. At the end of the clips The Soup cuts to a graphic resembling the LOST logo: ILTT (an acronym for the show's title), and plays the sound effect used at the conclusion of every LOST episode. Host Joel McHale and The Soup staff then make ironic comments about how mind-blowing and edgy I Love Toy Trains is.

South Park (TV)

Reference in the Thing to the Numbers
  • In the episode "Bloody Mary", Cartman and friends were trying to get home to watch the season finale of Lost.
  • In the episode "Smug Alert", a cloud very similar to The Monster is seen, representing George Clooney's acceptance speech. Whispers can also be heard.

Spiderman: Friend or Foe (video game)

  • At the beginning of the second level of the game, known as Tangaroa Island, you find out that it is a mystical, mostly unexplored, Island just off the east coast of Australia, at latitude 4.815 and longitude 162.342.

Spoony Experiment, The (website)

  • In his Final Fantasy VIII review, Noah Antwiler compares the Laguna flashbacks to the flashbacks on Lost.
  • In his Phantasmagoria 2 video, Noah asks if he has to enter the numbers to access the Threshold portal.

ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com (website)

  • The first episode of "That Cartoon Show" explores what would happen during the last episode of the series. Ben reveals that the answers to everything in the series can be found behind a metal door, and Jack says that, even though Ben is a notorious liar who has lied about everything in the past, he trusts him. The door opens, and out steps J.J. Abrams, who admits that, to create a show that kept people's attention, he opened up a bunch of questions back in Season 1 that he had NO intention to ever answer.

That Mitchell And Webb Look (TV)

  • In the sixth episode of season two, during the 'history of numberwang' sketch, a 1940s scientist asks the computer if the number "4 8 15 162 3420" is numberwang. The response is positive.
    • On the online game of Numberwang found on the BBC website, inserting the numbers "4 8 15 16 23 42" will achieve Numberwang on level 1.

Thing, The (comic)

  • One issue of this Marvel Comics series mentioned punching in the Numbers as a code.

This Morning (TV)

  • During the week beginning the 6th July, the UK television programme "This Morning" ran a feature on cheap holidays. For each holiday it showed a flight screen with the flight number and time of departure. The flight numbers included "108", "316" and "815" and the times of departures were made up from a combination of the numbers.

Timeout UK (Magazine)

  • In the October 15-21 2009 Issue, a fake DHARMA letter was written from Dr. Pierre Chang to someone at The Orchid. On closer inspection, the letter was a clever advert for Lost S5 on Bluray and DVD.

Top Chef: Masters (TV)

  • In episode 2 of Top Chef Masters titled The LOST Supper, the contestants' challenge was to create a meal only using meat and DHARMA Initiative food to create a meal that would be be presented to judges as well as Lost creator J.J. Abrams and executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

Transformers: Cybertron (TV)

  • In the episode Inferno of the 2005/2006 cartoon series Transformers: Cybertron, the pilot of a military jet fighter identifies himself as "Oceanic Flight 815, requesting clearance for landing" right before the Decepticon Thundercracker scans the plane and adopting its form as his new disguise. The plane's ID code was one of many pop-cultural in-jokes explicitly added for the English dub of the show.

Tripping the Rift (TV)

  • In episode "Six, Lies and Videotape", 4-8-15-16-23-42 is Chodes' customer number at the post office.

Under the Dome (Book)

  • In Stephen King's 2009 book "Under the Dome," there is a quote from "the Scottish guy" (Desmond), "Don't mistake coincidence for fate" (although the quote was actually said by Eko and repeated later by Locke to Desmond).
  • There is also a reference to "The Hunted Ones," which is described as "a clever sequel to Lost."

Unusuals, The (TV)

  • The character Detective Leo Banks, played by Lost alumnus Harold Perrineau, is superstitious about the number 42.
  • The April 3, 2009, #1041 issue of Entertainment Weekly contained a pull-out, full page ad for The Unusuals, which featured the Numbers in reverse order, the name "Walt" and a word find with "Afterlost" as one of the words to find.

V (TV)

  • V's pilot episode features a scene that is homage to Lost's opening scene. The scene shows her closed eye close-up, her eye opening, and her pupil contracting, just as Jack's did in the "Because You Left".
  • In season 1, episode 4 ("It's Only The Beginning"), a DHARMA looking logo can be seen on the V's computer screen at the 31:51 time mark.

Veronica Mars (TV)

  • In the Veronica Mars episode "Donut Run" (Season 2), the heroine gets a fortune cookie that contains the saying "True love stories never have endings" and the Numbers. Interestingly, there's a comma between 23 and 42 (The last number is separated from the rest like it is for most lotteries; Hurley's winning lottery numbers had a separated 42). Coincidentally, Veronica Mars and Lost used to air at the exact same time (Veronica's "Donut Run" aired opposite to "Fire + Water").[20]
  • In the episode "I Know What You'll Do Next Summer" (Season 3, Airdate: May 15, 2007), Sheriff Keith Mars gives specific assignments to his deputies. Two of these Deputies are named "Kitsis and Horowitz", a reference to writers/producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.[21]

WheresMyCellPhone.com (Internet Service)

  • The internet service WheresMyCellPhone.com provides a service to people who have lost their cellphones - users simply enter their cellphone number and the website calls the number, so users can listen for their lost cell phone. However, the incoming call shows up on the caller ID as "1-481-516-2342", an obvious reference to LOST.

WWE RAW (TV)

  • According to Prowrestling.net, one WWE writer pitched the idea to use the infamous Lost numbers for some money increments during McMahon’s Million Dollar Mania. For example, while most contestants won thousands of dollars, one unlucky contestant received only $16. The use of the numbers was to foreshadow the “tragic accident” that occurred at the end of the June 23, 2008 (another use of the numbers) RAW event where the stage set malfunctioned, leaving Vince McMahon “injured.”

Will and Grace (TV)

  • In an episode of Will and Grace, one character remarks, "Grace is like that show Lost - when you find out what's in the Hatch, it's less interesting!".
  • In another episode, Grace mentions dreaming about "the hot Korean guy on Lost".

World of Warcraft - Wrath of the Lich King (video game)

The Numbers found on the Hatch in World of Warcraft'
  • In the latest expansion of World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King, there is a tropical jungle named Sholazar Basin, found on the continent of Northrend. In the northeastern part of the map you will find a tiny island in the middle of a lake. When you get closer to the island, you'll see a hatch. Hover your mouse over it, a series of numbers will appear. The series is 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42, which is The Numbers. The music also changes into a "mystic" theme, resembling the Lost theme.
  • The numbers in the World of Warcraft game have now been changed to 5, 9, 16, 17, 24 and 43, simply The Numbers with 1 added to each in the sequence.

Venture Brothers (TV)

  • In the episode "Fallen Arches", the Monarch has a prostitute trapped in a series of passages bellow his lair. As she is finding her way through the corridors, the Monarch yells over the intercom, "What could be behind that door? It could be a years supply of turtle wax, or it could be the polar bear from Lost!" Surprisingly, the polar bear is behind the door.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (online)

  • LittleKuriboh made a video using footage from the episode "Dead is Dead". As soon as Ben looks at the stone tablet in the Temple, Kaiba appears behind him and exclaims "Oh my God, a giant rock!"
  • In the spinoff Cr@psule Monsters, after surviving a plane crash, the character of Joey insists on making a Lost joke. (Settling on looking for the smoke monster.)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (movie)

  • During the scene where Zack and Miri have sex for their porno (1:03:50) , Lester (Jason Mewes's character) asks Deacon (Jeff Anderson's character), "Deacon...did you see Lost this week...I missed it, what happened?" to which he replies, "Ah dude they're on the island, they're off the island...who can follow that s**t". Stacey (Katie Morgan's charater) then said, "I think they're in hell".

Zero Punctuation (online)

  • In his last post[22], Yahtzee reviews Spore, and claims the that whole game is about the space exploration stage and that everything before it seems like a unnecessarily detailed intro sequence,

"like the recap at the start of an episode of Lost!"

See also

References

  1. http://www.2pstart.com/2008/01/16/rejected-wii-channels-part-2/
  2. http://www.2pstart.com/2009/07/22/paradise-lost/
  3. http://www.garynorthfield.co.uk/USERIMAGES/derek-lost-p2.jpg
  4. http://youtube.com/watch?v=yrbgQPWjKcY
  5. http://kotaku.com/gaming/easter-egg/lost-found-in-half+life-2-310606.php Kotaku.com
  6. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=10265
  7. http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/365143
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_c6921tBK4
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dYy5uzTCTA
  10. YouTube_videos/Miscellaneous#"Dick Cheney on Lost"
  11. YouTube_videos/Miscellaneous#"The Lost Surprise"
  12. http://www.abcmedianet.com/web/progcal/dispDNR.aspx?id=012308_01
  13. http://find815.blogspot.com/2008/01/marvel-comics-and-lost-crossover_27.html
  14. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3ogfh_notes-from-the-underbelly_music
  15. http://abc.go.com/video/index?channel=NotesFromtheUnderbelly&clip=70115
  16. http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2717770?pg=latest&htv=12
  17. http://www.comedycentral.com/comedians/browse/h/pete_holmes.jhtml
  18. http://youtube.com/watch?v=MardGP3vN6U
  19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP_WhzJXAWE
  20. http://www.tv.com/veronica-mars/donut-run/episode/559465/trivia.html#allusions
  21. http://www.tv.com/veronica-mars/i-know-what-youll-do-next-summer/episode/992252/summary.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=episodessh&tag=episodes;title;1
  22. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/218-Spore



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Founded:
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Formed by:
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Overview

Marvel Comics is a comic book publishing house famous for creating notable characters such as Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Squirrel Girl and the X-Men . Marvel Comics and DC Comics have collaborated on several crossover projects together and also co-founded the short-lived Amalgam Comics comics imprint.

Marvel Comics began life as "Timely Publications" in 1939, with comic books featuring Captain America, Namor the Sub-Mariner and an early version of the Human Torch. Legendary comics writer Stan Lee was hired as an office assistant in 1939. Within two years, the 19-year-old Lee was promoted to editor of the Marvel Comics line, a post that he would keep until 1972.

Everything changed in 1961, when Lee and artist Jack Kirby created The Fantastic Four -- a new style of superhero comic that focused on the characters' internal drama as well as their heroic adventures. The style was a huge success, and the Lee/Kirby team went on to create the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, the Mighty Thor and the X-Men. The prolific Lee worked with artist Steve Ditko to create Marvel's greatest success story, Spider-Man. Stan Lee's Marvel revolution extended beyond the characters and storylines to the way in which comic books engaged the readership and built a sense of community between fans and creators.

Today, Marvel's heroes are blockbuster stars on the silver screen, with Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men and the Hulk becoming regular features of the summer movie season.

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Marvel Comics is one of the largest companies in the world of comic books. They were the company to first release comic books for the Star Wars saga, with the Marvel Star Wars series.

Marvel began in 1939, then known as Timely Comics, publishing popular superhero titles, but in the 1950s started publishing mainly other genres such as romance, crime, western, and war stories. By this time the company was known as Atlas Comics. By the 1960s, the superhero genre was becoming popular again, and the newly named Marvel Comics started creating a number of new superhero titles written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby. During the 1970s Marvel's sales were declining and the company was in trouble caused, in part, by poor distribution.

In the late 1970s the company's fortunes were turning around with the smash success of the Star Wars film adaptation, which it began publishing in 1977 after prodding by Roy Thomas, as well as burgeoning successes like The Uncanny X-Men and Daredevil. Jim Shooter, editor-in-chief of Marvel from 1978 to 1987, would later say in an interview regarding the importance of Star Wars to the plight of the comic company, "Star Wars single-handedly saved Marvel... And that kept us alive." [1]

The cover of the first issue of Marvel Star Wars.

Marvel also published stories in Britain under their imprint, Marvel UK. In addition to reprinting the American comics, the UK series produced a number of original stories.

Marvel continued to publish Star Wars comics until 1986 and the Droids and Ewoks series until 1987. The comic book license for Star Wars would later be picked up by Dark Horse Comics who began producing Star Wars comics in 1991 with the publication of Dark Empire. Dark Horse would later reprint much of the Marvel-produced Star Wars material under the title Classic Star Wars.

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Transformers

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This article is about the comic company. For the television and motion picture studio, see Marvel Productions.
Marvel Comics is a comic book company in the Generation One and real world continuity families.

Face front, True Believers! The merry mirthmakers at Marvel Comics brought you Marvel Zombies seven scintillating years (1984-1991) of fabulous funnybooks starring the ever-lovin' Transformers! A mere two years later, those argumentative appliances struck back (and struck out, natch!) in "Transformers: Generation 2". Eons later, in the far-flung future of 2007, Marvel published New Avengers/Transformers, teaming Cybertron's Mightiest Robots with Earth's Mightiest Heroes!

Most of these Marvel mags were penned by one of two brilliant Bullpenners:

  • "Blazing" Bob Budiansky, who ably edited the original 4-issue limited series before becoming the first permanent writer of the ongoing series, and is credited with creating most of the backstory to the Transformers mythos, as well as writing most of the terrific bios that came with the Hasbro toys.
  • "Senses-Shattering" Simon Furman, who had been the main writer for the Marvel UK series before being asked by Budiansky to write for the US comic, as well. Furman wrote the last 25 issues of the original series, then battled back to pen all 12 issues of Generation 2.

Marvel published the following Transformers series, so hit those back-issue-bins and Make Yours Marvel!

Excelsior!

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Marvel Comics continuity

Marvel Comics published the ridiculously terrible Robot-Master comic book series. It did not, however, publish a Potato Salad Man graphic novel entitled This Man, This Mayonnaise. I, Robot-Master!

The real Marvel never published a Robot-Master series, presumably due to the nonexistence of its creator, Donny Finkleberg.

Toys

Marvel characters are incorporated as part of the Crossovers franchise. Marvel Transformers? I think I have heard that before.

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