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COMIC LEGEND: The Doom Patrol character Mister Nobody was based on an old Betty Boop cartoon.
STATUS: I’m Going with True
This one is tricky, in that I’ve never heard Grant Morrison actually speak on this particular point, but I dunno, it just seems so blatant that I just have to go with a true here.
Reader Chris T. asked me about it last week, and here it is!
In November 1932, Fleischer Studios had a really cool Betty Boop cartoon where Betty runs for President. Her opponent? Mister Nobody!
Basically, his whole bit is a nice healthy piece of cynicism as he sings:
Who will make your taxes light?… Mr. Nobody!
Who’ll protect the voters’ right?… Mr. Nobody!
Should you come home some early dawn,
See a new milkman is on:
Who cares if your wife is gone?… Mr. Nobody
Well, decades later, Grant Morrison introduced a reworked character (who had appeared in one single issue of the old Doom Patrol) into Mr. Nobody, leader of the Brotherhood of Dada.
Come on, that’s the same guy, right? Same visual look and the same name!
To make it even MORE evident, in Doom Patrol #52, we see Mr. Nobody run for President!
So while yeah, I haven’t specifically seen Morrison SAY that that is where the character came from, I think it is evident enough that I can safely say “true,” followed by “neat idea!”
Thanks to Chris T. for the suggestion!
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