A few examples of comic book concepts that have appeared in movies:Zombie_61 said:Very cool Deane; nice work! I'd never seen that comic cover before--makes me wonder if maybe that could have been the inspiration for a certain flying DeLorean I've seen in movies...
Well...even as a joke this one's a bit of a stretch, especially considering the character of Doctor Doom is itself a derivative of "The Man in the Iron Mask", a prisoner held in a number of French prisons during the reign of Louis XIV who predates Doom by nearly 300 years; we're at a point now where almost everything we're familiar with was inspired by something that came before.GlennME said:Doctor Doom as the inspiration for Darth Vader
There's no doubt that these things are inspired by earlier characters that were inspired by earlier characters etc. etc.Zombie_61 said:Well...even as a joke this one's a bit of a stretch, especially considering the character of Doctor Doom is itself a derivative of "The Man in the Iron Mask", a prisoner held in a number of French prisons during the reign of Louis XIV who predates Doom by nearly 300 years; we're at a point now where almost everything we're familiar with was inspired by something that came before.
Besides, Doom's body armor is, above all else, a mere affectation and not a life support system such as the suit Vader wears. And I happen to know Vader's physical appearance is based on historical Samurai robes and body armor.
I always thought that it was based on a scene in the 1959 version of "Journey To The Center Of the Earth".GlennME said:The giant boulder in "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" was inspired by "The Seven Cities Of Cibola," a 1954 Uncle Scrooge story written by Carl Barks.
Actually, Ralph McQuarrie created Vader's "man in a mask and armor" look, not Lucas. Early drafts of the script for Star Wars had Vader "crossing the vacuum of space" to board the Tantive IV (Leia's ship in Episode IV) which would require some sort of space suit and breathing apparatus. When Lucas saw McQuarrie's designs, he liked them so much he decided to encase Vader in the suit throughout the film. It's unclear whether or not Vader's backstory included his near-fatal trauma at that time, but Lucas was constantly re-working the script, so it's not unreasonable to conclude Vader's history was re-written after McQuarrie's design for the character was decided upon. Also...GlennME said:There are plenty of differences between Doom and Vader, but for me, it's clear that Doom was the springboard for Lucas to create his own "man in a mask and armour" villain.
...this is quite possibly closer to the truth. Lucas has stated time after time that the Star Wars saga was written because he wanted to see movies that were like the serials he watched as a child.GlennME said:Click on this link and scroll down to "The Fighting Devil Dogs" to see another source of inspiration for Darth Vader.