The comic book world is full of bizarre characters and their stories are above and beyond our expectations and imagination. So, where does this inspiration come from? Obviously, the real world. But you might not believe that most of the comic book characters were inspired from the real world personalities. From characters’ personality to their stories, they hold a real-world element in their lives. So, without any further ado, we bring you four comic book characters who were based on real-world people.
We know the transition of actors for the role of Joker, which was popularly remembered by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto and many others. The actual inspiration behind the character came from Paul Leni’s 1928 film, The Man Who Laughs. The film featured Conrad Veidt’s character, Gwynplaine.
So after two decades of Wolverine, Hugh Jackman will be bidding adieu in 2017’s Logon. The character is based on an actor called Paul D’Amato. Before John Byrne had taken things further, Wolverine was already on board, which was given a pointy hair look and sideburns like D’Amato.
3. Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn is one of the exceptional characters of the comic book universe and is one of the strong cards to be played by DC Comics. The brainchild of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, the creators of Batman: The Animated Series, Quinn made its first appearance in 1992. The character was taken on sketch board after Dini saw his friend, Arleen Sorkin, first time on television.
4. Tony Stark
Tony Stark is one with the super-high technological intelligence. Wonder how he came into comics? The character was created by Stan Lee and is based on a freakish billionaire Howard Hughes. “Hughes was one of the most colorful men of the time. He was an inventor, an adventurer, a ladies’ man and a nutcase. He was incredible.” Lee was quoted in a report by Screen Rant. The character was given a modern outlook, which was adapted from Elon Musk, who is the founder of SpaceX, Solar City, and Tesla Motors.