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!!

Comparing Comics #2


Yes! It´s time to look at some more Superman and Astro Boy Covers! If you guys remember, I had a very brief comparison of Astro Boy and Superman in the first Comparing Comics issue. All comparisons in this series will be mostly in jest and should not be taken too serious.

As I promised, this week we will look at some action packed covers from Astro Boy and Superman, and I will not let you down! First off, let´s look at the most iconic Superman cover that exists, the first comic where Superman makes his appearance:


Looks like the civilians run away in fear from a Superman psychopath that likes to destroy cars, but I trust the Man of Tomorrow knows what he is doing.

Here´s Astro Boy in a similar pose:




Astro Boy sure has to destroy his share of robots throughout his career, always claiming that he doesn’t really want to:

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Superman has his share of robot rumbles as well, but Superman doesn’t share Astro Boy´s compassion for robots´ feelings. I think Superman is just happy he can finally fight someone he can go all-out on:




To end this week´s Comparing Comics Astro Boy asked me to show this cover of him and his friend:

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That´s nice, Astro Boy, you should consider to team up with Supergirl and her super-horse Comet.


Supergirl is a really cool superhero and can do amazing things, you would make a good team, Astro Boy. Isn´t that right, Comet?



You are sick, Comet, very very sick…

Alright, folks, that´s all for now, this has been Comparing Comics, and I will see you again next week!