Cooking up a brand-new superhero or supervillain is a lot trickier than it sounds. The character needs to have a unique look, a charismatic personality, some cool powers, and a name that stands out.
It may not sound like a big deal but some of the most popular comic book characters probably wouldn't have taken off if they didn't have a badass moniker. Wolverine was nearly called Badger. Coal Tiger was considered for Black Panther. Robin's runner-up sobriquet was Socko. (I can't imagine Batman saying that with a straight face.)
Even though names are important, they are not set in stone. When a character changes allegiance, dons a new costume, or wants a fresh start, revising their alias isn't uncommon. Superheroes like Monica Rambeau and Kitty Pryde have had tons of different handles, simply because the writers tried to find one that sounded right.
But there are times where the creative team behind the character doesn't get a say in the matter. Sometimes, a character's title is forcibly changed. Whether it's because multiple characters share the name, copyright issues, real-life events, or it gives readers the wrong idea, these name-changes had to be made.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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