It’s Trivia Tuesday! Tell us, which of these not-so-famous characters did Stan co-create?
A. Fancy Dan
B. Frog Man
C. Free Spirit
And the answers are…
A. Fancy Dan and D. Fafnir!
Fancy Dan kicked his way into the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #10 in March 1964 courtesy the celebrated team of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. His name may sound buoyant and fun, but don’t let that fool you: the Brooklyn-born Fancy Dan is not a nice guy. Not only is he a villain, but Fancy Dan even helped establish the super villain faction the Enforcers. So, you can bet all those sweet skills he’s got up his sleeve—karate, judo, sharpshooting, knife-throwing—are used in wicked, wicked ways.
You may have guessed it based on the name: Fafnir first appeared in a Thor story, Thor #134, cover dated November 1966, courtesy the team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Fafnir started as a human… who happened upon a magical pool that turned him into a large dragon. (Happens every day, right?) The character showcases both human and dragon traits: his intelligence and ability to communicate for the former, and some magic and fire-breathing skills for the latter. Fafnir only made a brief two story appearance in the 60s but reared his head (again briefly) in the early 1980s. Though he was killed off in ’84, he returned from the dead for a spell in Thor from May-July 1995. Can’t keep a Norse Dragon down!
Wondering about the origins of the other two characters? Read on!
Frog Man, the son of Stan-crafted villain Leap-Frog, hopped onto the scene in Marvel Team-Up #121 in September 1982 from writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Kerry Gammill. (One of Leap-Frog’s aliases was Frog Man, so if you picked this answer too as a Stan-created character, we’ll give it to you!)
Free Spirit flipped her way into the pages of Captain America Vol. 1 #431 in September 1994, co-created by writer Mark Gruenwald and artist Dave Hoover.
Every couple of weeks, we’ll spotlight some of Stan’s most obscure co-creations through trivia, starting with A and ending with Z! Stay tuned for ‘G,’ coming soon!