Real Life Monsters of Fantasy!

Hi, folks!

Randomly searching the internets I stumbled over some pictures of a creature, not of fantasy and horror, but of the natural world. Boring, I hear you say, but NO! Popular culture, mythology and the human imagination sometimes take inspiration from the natural world to form Real Life Monsters of Fantasy! Nothing boring about that, is it?

Today we will look at the Real Life Monster of Fantasy that goes by the name Goblin Shark.

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The name Goblin Shark is actually a direct translation from its old Japanese name Tenguzame, which derives from Tengu, a Japanese mythical creature.



The shark´s gargantuan nose is of course why it was compared to it´s long-nosed Tengu counterpart.

To me the whole face of the Goblin Shark remind me of goblins in popular culture. Here are some images from goblins in World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering and Warhammer Fantasy Battles:



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Isn´t that weird?


Liar! You just did a google search for Tengu didn´t you? Just look at this:

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Who knows what inspired whom. And that is why we have Real Life Monsters of Fantasy!


Comparing Comics #3



And we return! We still have some awesome Astro Boy and Superman covers to compare, so let us not waste any time.

Bending girders and steel pipes; the favorite exercise of superheroes since…well…forever.

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Super Damsels in Distress.

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You gotta love their smug facial expressions here. Take that pillars!

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Oh, we must have caught our two heroes in one of those Kill-The-Cutest-Monster-Competitions. Kill! Kill! Kill!

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That is it for now! Hope you have all enjoyed this series, and if you did, keep your eyes peeled for more Comparing Comics in the future!


Comet? What are you doing? You are not even supposed to be here this week!!

Ni No Kuni

If you followed me at Twitter @mangapolis you would know that I am currently playing Ni No Kuni whenever I get the chance. Maybe one day I can make a review on it.

For now I can give you some links to a couple of playthroughs, both of them made me wanna play this game so bad, so I hope it will spark the same desire in you guys.

Here´s a playthrough by the always jolly InTheLittleWood:

And here´s the link to the playthrough by Vintage Beef. “Dude, you have a lantern on your nose!”

For those that do not know Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a video game for Playstation 3 made by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli. It is very story driven, and at times feels a bit like a Studio Ghibli film. The animation and creatures are all very classic Studio Ghibli. This game is a real treat if you like Studio Ghibli! 

Also, earlier this year Teen Madness and Mangapolis had a visit by Karl from Level Up at VGTV that gave a short introduction to the game. You can read about that experiance here.