In PART 1 of this article, I used Batman as an example.
Let us use a Flashback Universe character this time.
Let us use Saturn Knight.
I have heard many comparisons. That it was an obvious copy of Guardian/Vindicator. Space Ghost.
I can understand the Vindicator or Space Ghost comparison.... but Iron-Man??
I am still scratching my head about how anyone could even think that Saturn Knight looks like a copy of Iron-Man.
Essentially, Saturn Knight was our Flashback Universe version of Nova. It seems obvious to me.... but I can understand that if someone wants to call Saturn Knight a copy, and if they don't know the character Nova..... Iron-Man is a much more known character to use as a comparison.
But even then..... a copy of Iron-Man?? "Identical" was the word actually used. "Identical"?? Really???
I am stumped.
When I first read the adventures of Nova a few decades ago. Little did I know that it was meant to be Marvel's Green Lantern. I was not that familiar with Green Lantern at the time. I had seen him once or twice in the pages of the Flash. I did not know about the whole Green Lantern Corps. Or that when Nova was given his powers by a dying alien, that it was more or less the same story as the Green Lantern origin story.
But then again.... Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) was not an original character either. There was another Green Lantern before him (no not Abin Sur), Alan Scott.
I also saw Alan in the pages of the Flash at first, when Jay Garrick mentions his JSA buddies. And since I saw him before Hal Jordan... to me Alan Scott was the TRUE Green Lantern.
But even then..... Green Lantern was essentially the modern version at the time of Aladin and his magic lamp.
So to get back to the original question... "How do you qualify something as original??"
To someone who did not know of Green Lantern.... Nova seemed original. And I am sure that many when they first saw Hal Jordan had no idea that there was Alan Scott before him.
And who knows where Aladdin actually comes from ( I am sure someone knows.... but I am too lazy to look it up ;) ).
And who knows.... maybe someday.... someone will create a new version of a character he fell in love with years before called...... Saturn Knight??
We shall see.