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Michael J. Fox's Middle Name is Andrew

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Michael J. Fox was born 50 years ago today. But as Stacy Conradt once told us, he wasn't Michael J. back then. He was Michael A. Fox, for Andrew. There was already a Michael Fox in the Screen Actors Guild, so I suppose Michael decided "J." sounded better than "A," eh?

To celebrate, Life.com has rounded up the real names of dozens of famous people, from Betty Joan Perske to Demetria Gene Guynes to Issur Danielovitch.

(If anyone enjoys Born on the Same Day trivia, Aaron Sorkin also turns 50 today. And if you like Born on the Same Day trivia and you're a big Family Ties buff, Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter, who played Steve and Elyse Keaton, were both born on June 22, 1947. If you do not care for Born on the Same Day trivia, this paragraph was probably tough to take.)

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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