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    (80's me) "uhhh...Amaist, princess of gemworld?"

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    I pronounced Koriand'r as 'Kory AnDUR' (as if Andur was her and her sister's last names) and Komand'r as 'Kohm AnDUR.' And the little brother Ryand'r, introduced later as Ree AnDUR.

    The idea that these alien names were pronounced like the spice coriander and the word commander was just too silly for 16 year old me.

    But I was being silly in turn. This is the company that had a Rainbow Raider whose name was Roy G Biv.

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    For the first couple of decades of reading the Legion of Super-Heroes, I internally read "Imra Ardeen" as "Irma Ardeen," even thought a) the letters are right there on the page, and b) I'm not, to my knowledge, afflicted with any form of dyslexia. Odd, that.

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    I'm ashamed to admit it, but it took the Stargirl show to teach me that it's "Stripe-z," not "Strip-z."

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    Same here. I also initially thought Orion was pronounced Or-ion rather than O'Ryan.
    You were right. "O'Ryan" was the human alias Kirby gave his character.

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    All the names of the New Gods (of Apokolips and of New Genesis) are silly, if you try to apply logic to it. They just happen to have names that sound like or are similar to names on Earth, really? This was common in a lot of comics, but Jack Kirby turned it up to 11.

    As a teen-ager this kind of thing bugged me. But as I got older, I learned to accept it as one of those conventions of comic books.

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    Over at marvel...magnetto?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    All the names of the New Gods (of Apokolips and of New Genesis) are silly, if you try to apply logic to it. They just happen to have names that sound like or are similar to names on Earth, really? This was common in a lot of comics, but Jack Kirby turned it up to 11.

    As a teen-ager this kind of thing bugged me. But as I got older, I learned to accept it as one of those conventions of comic books.
    But it’s comic books. I mean, Green Lantern’s arch enemy has an “bad guy” mustache and is called Sinestro. You know, because he’s sinister.

    At some point you just have to sit back and enjoy it. Ridiculous names are part of the fun.

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    Over at marvel...magnetto?
    Certain character are so cool we forget about how silly their names actually are.
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    Thanks to Paul McCartney, I never had a problem with how to pronounce Magneto.

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    I always knew how to pronounce Mxyzptlk (as well as Mxyztplk) AND they're backward versions, thanks to the Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes.

    A friend of mine always pronounced it "Mr. Mistoffik" for some inexplicable reason. And another insisted it be pronounced "Mr. Mixup."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducklord View Post
    For the first couple of decades of reading the Legion of Super-Heroes, I internally read "Imra Ardeen" as "Irma Ardeen," even thought a) the letters are right there on the page, and b) I'm not, to my knowledge, afflicted with any form of dyslexia. Odd, that.
    That happens to me every now and then myself. I can recall thinking Dinah Lance's proper name was "Diana" until I took a better look at the lettering on the page I was reading.
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    It's frustrating when the people in charge get it wrong. I'm sure I saw several times where some source said Dinah's name was Diana. And then there's all the sloppy pronunciations of Mxyzptlk. Is it any wonder regular fans get this stuff wrong when they are being hornswoggled by people in positions of trust.
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    Ozymandius (dee us? dee is?)

    Bill see-enk-a-witz? John Buseema?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    It's frustrating when the people in charge get it wrong. I'm sure I saw several times where some source said Dinah's name was Diana. And then there's all the sloppy pronunciations of Mxyzptlk. Is it any wonder regular fans get this stuff wrong when they are being hornswoggled by people in positions of trust.
    Heh. I need to reread those original comics I first discovered Black Canary in now. Maybe Diana was what I was actually seeing on the page!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    All the names of the New Gods (of Apokolips and of New Genesis) are silly, if you try to apply logic to it. They just happen to have names that sound like or are similar to names on Earth, really? This was common in a lot of comics, but Jack Kirby turned it up to 11.

    As a teen-ager this kind of thing bugged me. But as I got older, I learned to accept it as one of those conventions of comic books.
    IMO, that worked better with The Eternals, or would have done if they'd been left in a continuity of their own.

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    Not a character, but in my early teens, I pronounced Scott Lobdell as Scott Lobell. Imagine my surprise when I realized the D had been there the entire time!

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