Was Mister Spock Based Visually on Namor the Sub-Mariner?
Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the seven hundred and fifty-fifth installment where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.
As usual, there will be three posts, one for each of the three legends.
Mister Spock was visually based on Namor the Sub-Mariner
I'm Going With False
My pal Matt Adler shared the following Comic Book Historians bit on Facebook a while back...Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Start now
I told him at the time that it seemed fishy to me (pun unintended), as I've never seen any article on the topic and few pieces of pop culture have been researched quite as heavily as Star Trek, so I am suspicious whenever I see a generic "somebody said it" reference like that one.
Would it be shocking that someone would base a character on Namor?
Of course not, but there didn't seem to be a whole lot of there there, as it were.
You see, I had done a TV Legends Revealed years ago about how Mister Spock originally had red skin and yeah, looking at it with that in mind, it sure seems unlikely that the original design for Spock being a red skinned guy was based on Namor.
Really, looking at the original design for the character, the only thing that is similar to Namor is the pointed ears, and really, that's not a good enough reason, especially since no one has found this alleged article where they admitted to it. I'm feeling good with this as a false.
Thanks to Matt and Comics Historians for the idea and thanks to Jamie and John Tenuto for the information!
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