It always appeared to me that the DC Comics character Bane and Marvel's Venom show many similarities:
- both are arch-nemeses for main costumed heroes in their respective comic books,
- both gain their power from external source called Venom (I know that technically the symbiote's name is not Venom, but it's often referred to with it),
- both were physically adept even before gaining superhuman strength,
Bane's masked appearance looks a bit similar to Venom:
Has there been any creator commentary, or official word from Marvel or DC, on this subject? I'm looking for discussion in interviews or trade publications, press releases, or (if it got that far) legal filings - anything discussing the (notable, if only to me) similarities.
Alternately, if there's evidence that the similarities in appearance both go back to some common influence (like Green Arrow and Hawkeye could both be inspired by Robin Hood), I'd like to know about that.