Recently I was reading Twomorrows‘ excellent Stan Lee Universe. The book is essentially a collection of vintage interviews with The Man, mostly hailing from the 1960s and 70s. It’s a good read, full of interesting titbits and recollections. While perusing its pages I got to thinking about the characters Lee co-created during the heyday of the House of Ideas. Alliteration seems to be a big thing for him when it comes to names:

Fantastic Four

Reed Richards

Susan Storm

Doctor Doom

Bruce Banner / Bob Banner (!)

Peter Parker

Betty Brant

Robbie Robertson

J Jonah Jameson

Otto Octavius

Pepper Potts

Matt Murdoch

Mike Murdoch (don’t ask!)

Happy Hogan

Dum Dum Dugan

Paste Pot Pete

Madame Medusa

Silver Surfer

Balder the Brave

The Voluminous Volstagg

Scott Summers / Slim Summers

Warren Worthington III

Not that this is apropos of anything, but I just find it interesting. I’m sure there’s many more I’ve forgotten. And, yes, before anyone starts moaning, I know Kirby’s solo-created characters often had alliterative names (Mark Moonrider, Red Ryan, Buddy Blank, etc), so the naming scheme may have had his involvement.

Then again, perhaps Stan was just continuing a long comics tradition. After all, prior to Marvel there was Billy Batson, Freddy Freeman, Mary Marvel… and Clark Kent, of course. Speaking of Clark, his various girlfriends’ whole shtick was that they all had double-L as initials: Lois Lane, Lori Lemaris, Lana Lang, Lyla Lerrol.

Anyway. Stan Lee Universe. Good fun, and worth a look. For those still beating the horse, Lee does indeed credit Kirby and others with plotting/writing the comics during the 1960s.