Where was the Green Lantern of the Krypton sector of planets when it exploded?
— Michael Aaron Frandy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As coincidence would have it – assuming you believe that there are coincidences in comic books – the Green Lantern assigned to the space sector in which Krypton was located was Hal Jordan’s old pal, orange-skinned, bird-beaked Tomar-Re. As recounted in “The Greatest Green Lantern of All” in SUPERMAN #257, the Guardians were aware of Krypton’s peril and had Tomar-Re working behind the scenes to delay the planet’s destruction.
Unfortunately, Tomar-Re was blinded on an unrelated mission and was unable to do anything as the planet reached critical mass and exploded. He counted this as his greatest failure until years later, when the Guardians told him of the lone child who had escaped the doomed planet and had grown up to be the greatest hero in the universe.
In the recent Neil Gaiman-penned LEGENDS OF THE GREEN FLAME one shot (originally intended to be published in ACTION COMICS), Alan Scott’s Green Lantern is discovered during wartime following the alternate world deaths of the Justice Society in LAST DAYS OF THE JSA.
My question is: Can anyone explain that whole parallel world thing? Why were the JSA’s bodies and paraphernalia still in existence after history was recreated? My head hurts.
Don’t get all caught up in trying to tie every bit of continuity together, Daniel. The beauty of the Elseworlds tales is that they take what they want from past stories and ignore the rest. Enjoy them for what they usually are – entertaining stories.
I really enjoy your column every week. It takes me back to my childhood where I learned a lot about the DC Universe by reading your “Answer Man” column… and I’m still a sucker for DC trivia!
My question is about the MYSTERY IN SPACE TPB that DC released a year or two ago. It has a cover logo that indicates that this book is part of the “Pulp Fiction Library.” Are there any other books in this series? Are there plans for more?
According to my pal Bob Greenberger, who is Senior Editor of Collected Editions at DC, there will be no other volumes in the series. The planned program did not work out.
When DC went from 40 pages to 32 during “The Implosion,” several comics came out with stories around 22 pages long for a few months. Were these shortened from 25 pages and were the extra pages drawn and then trimmed (like the infamous SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION page that appeared in AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS)? Or were the artists able to condense already written 25-page stories? And, I have always suspected that the enlargement of Kandor was originally intended to run at 25, since it ran at a longer length than its contemporaries a bit after the Implosion. Any memories of this?
— Jim (Jefhamlin@aol.com)
At the time of the DC Implosion, there were issues at all stages of completion. There were a few stories for which all the art had been completed and they had a page or three excised. Others were still being drawn and the artists were told to condense them into the lower page count. Still others were still in the script stage and were adjusted by the editors and/or writers. (And before you ask, no, I don’t recall which were which, but I do believe the Kandor story had been intended to be a 25-pager.)
First off, I am well aware that I am the ONLY person in this world that likes The Green Team. Can you please tell me what happened in the two stories of CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE?
I could, but it would be a lot easier if you just read my old columns. Go into the box on the right, scroll down to the bottom of the list of Past Articles, click on MORE, then scroll all the way to the bottom of the list for my earliest SBC columns and you will find the ones about the contents of CCC. And you may indeed be the only person in the world who likes the Green Team.
When are you guys going to promote and review AIT/PLANETLAR’s three volumes of FOOT SOLDIERS?
Gee, are YOU the artist or the writer? (Actually, if the publisher sent me copies, I would probably review them.)
The credits in PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #13 say that a David Ross and Russ Heath supplied the interior art. Also, in the latest issue of WIZARD it lists that Jim Lee did the cover, but not the interiors. But, it is obviously Jim’s work. What is the story?
— Tim (TRine69194@aol.com)
Well, Tim, I clicked on over to the Grand Comics Database (www.comics.org) and it says that Jim Lee did the art on the cover and the lead story. There is also a note saying that the art was mis-credited to Ross and Heath, who took over with #14. Obviously, someone goofed.
THE EVER-LOVIN’ “WHAT’S IT WORTH?” DEPARTMENT:
As always, we begin this department with the mantra “It is only worth what someone else will pay you for it!” That said…
I found some old comics and I want to know what they are worth. Do you know any websites that’ll tell me?
Websites? No. But you can click on over to Amazon and order a copy of the Overstreet Price Guide (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0609808214/qid=1042552717/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_2/104-7721995-4347121?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) or the CBG Price Guide (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0873494709/qid=1042552717/sr=8-3/ref=sr_8_3/104-7721995-4347121?v=glance&s=books&n=507846).
How much is STEEL # 1 worth, from 1994?
It catalogs at $2.50 in Near Mint condition.
How much are my DETECTIVE COMICS worth, #s 462, 456, and 468?
‘TEC #s 462 and 456 range from $2 in Good to $14 in NM; #468 is $3 in Good and $28 in NM. (Wow – I wrote #468, featuring the confrontation between Batman and the Calculator. Maybe I should dig out my extra copies and cash in!)
I just found one of my old comics, ROGUE “1st Issues Collectors Item” by Marvel Comics, and I’m trying to find a good place online to see how much it’s worth.
— Tatiana (MistressBelladonna_23@hotmail.com)
It catalogs at $4 in NM.
I have ISIS #5 June-July, 1977 comic book. Can you tell me how much it is worth?
$1 in Good, $8 in NM.
How much is my 1962 SUPERBOY #94 worth?
You’re the big winner – relatively, anyway. This one catalogs at $8 in Good all the way up to $75 in NM.
Where can I go to find out how much comic book character cards are worth and where can I sell items besides e-Bay?
Gee, somebody must publish a Price Guide for Cards too. Check your local bookstore. As for selling them, if e-Bay doesn’t appeal to you, take a table at a local show or advertise them in WIZARD or CBG.
I saw a question asking the whereabouts of UBERBABE in one of your Answer Man columns. The answer is, um, here (http://www.uberbabe.com/). You just have to look close. We’ve published the first two UBERBABE comics, distributed courtesy of Diamond Comics. Issue 3, which we’re finishing up now, will be in stores in late March.
— lady uberbabe / lisa voldeng (email@example.com)
Thanks for taking over… or uber… on that question!
In reference to that RUDOLPH AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS, I think that person is thinking of the direct-to-video sequel to the Rankin-Bass stop-motion animation TV special, which came out in the last two years.
— Jim (Jefhamlin@aol.com)
About the final appearance of the Earth 2 Superman…you mention he’s last seen in CRISIS #12 leaving this universe with his Lois. However, we saw him again in both the opening and closing sequences of THE KINGDOM mini-series, complete with Daily Star building in the background!
— Jim (Jaxur01@aol.com)
…Actually, the Earth-2 Superman was last seen in THE KINGDOM #2, finally accepting his fate, after trying to escape from “Paradise” in issue 1 of that miniseries.
Howard Margolin (DoctorOHM@aol.com)
Brian McDonough asked about reprint collections of Gil Kane / Green Lantern stories. Planet Comics, DC’s Australian reprinter back in the 70s and 80s published a Green Lantern comic in black & white. Most issues contained at least half a dozen classic Hal Jordan stories with that gorgeous Gil Kane art. The run spanned the earliest SHOWCASE stories right up to the end of the O’Neil/Adams GL/GA era.
— Myke Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Aquaman’s fins are part of his legs as established by Keith Giffen in the 1990s.
— Bob Greenberger
Godzilla in comics: Dark Horse published a second, on-going GODZILLA comic in the 90’s which ran for something like 20 issues; also, Godzilla crossed over with the Comics Greatest World stuff with HERO ZERO VS GODZILLA, and I seem to recall a CHARLES BARKLEY VS. GODZILLA comic as well.
Also, it should be noted that a large, dinosaur-like creature appeared in either WEST COAST AVENGERS or IRON MAN in th mid-80’s, along with Dr. Demonicus (a Marvel-created villain seen in Marvel’s GODZILLA comic). Though the creature is unnamed, and its appearance isn’t quite right, the careful reader infers that it is supposed to be Godzilla.
— R David Francis (email@example.com)
In addition to the Harvey reprints, all the Simon and Kirby Fighting American stories were reprinted in a Masterworks-like format by Marvel.
— Tom Galloway (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This might be of help to the poster looking for silver age Green Lantern collections. There were at least two DC BLUE RIBBON DIGESTS.
— Arthur Chertowsky (email@example.com)
Yes, there were: #s 4 and 16 star Green Lantern; #s 5, 15 and 22 each include a GL story.
Wasn’t your first Calculator story (in which he battled The Atom) in DETECTIVE #463, rather than #464?
— Frank Balkin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GOOGLING™ WITH THE ANSWER MAN DEPARTMENT:
I recently got an email taking me to task for answering questions that readers could just as easily research by doing a Google™ search. Well, yes, they could, but then what kind of an Answer Man would I be? Anyway, for your amusement and edification…
Can you please direct me to sites where I can learn about Betty Page who was probably famous until 1949 as a sex idol and then left New York after a trial.
You could begin by spelling her name correctly; it’s Bettie. And then you could click on over to http://www.bettiepage.com/
How can I go about seeking comics by Chicago’s the Hairy Who art group? (late 1960s, Jim Nutt, G. Nilsson , K. Wirsum).
— Jeff Goldstein (email@example.com)
Well, I had no idea what you were talking about until I Googled™ the Hairy Who and came up with this website: http://arthistory.about.com/library/weekly/aa103000a.htm
As for finding comics by these guys, I have no idea where to look. Anyone?
I will soon be moving to Palm Harbor, Florida and am an avid card game player (Magic etc.). I
am having a hard time finding locations that have gaming. Do you know of any?
— Chris (JCapIcy@moonman.com)
Well, you can use Google™ to search for comics and card shops in your area. Or you can use the Yellow Pages. Or you can call Diamond Comics’ Comic Shop Locator at 1-888-COMICBOOK, punch in your zip code and they’ll tell you where the nearest shops are.
How many lives do blood donations save a day?
You can find out all you need (and want) to know about blood donations at http://www.redcross.org/donate/give/. And once you’ve got the info, why not make an appointment to donate?
Looking for articles or sources that discuss comic book violence for a science project.
I entered “comic books, violence” in Google™ and got a list of over 140,000 links. Give it a try and weed out what you want.
Can you direct me to a number of good quality-low price comic book printers?
— Joseph Kirsch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks to Google™, you can click on over to http://www.digitalwebbing.com/sites/Retailers/Printers/
You don’t need Google™ to find my daily Anything Goes Trivia. It’s at www.wfcomics.com/trivia. Check it out today…and every day. Meantime, see you back here next week.
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