What was planned for the Teen Titans if they had not been canceled in 1978? Were there plans for Titans West?
Scott (shurt@mtsu.edu)

As the writer of the series, I did indeed have plans for the Titans, both East and West. After the three-part team-up in TT #s 50-52, I had planned to move Speedy and Wonder Girl to the west coast as the core members of that team, while switching Bat-Girl and one of the guys (I hadn’t decided which one) to the east.

Future stories would have focused on one team or the other, sometimes in full-length tales and other times with a story about each group in a single issue. And there would have been a cross-country team-up from time to time.

As far as personalities, I had intended to bring Bette Kane east so that I could play with a romantic triangle involving her with Robin and Duela (Harlequin) Dent. I also had wanted to develop the relationship between Speedy and Wonder Girl, with both of them “going Hollywood” with the help of Gar (Beast Boy) Logan.

Unfortunately, none of this ever came to fruition. Not long after I finished the three-parter, world came that the book was being cancelled, so I used the last issue to present the origin of the team rather than move forward with the original plans.

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I was wondering if you have ever approached DC to reprint the final SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS story arc that was cancelled by DC? With Justice Society popularity running high, DC might go for it. And older fans would eat it up.
— SPECTRE174@webtv.net

Details of the multi-part saga of the Secret Society, the Freedom Fighters, and the Justice Society that would have run in SSoSV #s 16-18 (and beyond) are recounted in some of my past columns. Click on http://www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com/bobro/96139800056090.htm,
http://www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com/bobro/96199065378826.htm and http://www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com/bobro/96260760084029.htm to check them out.

There are no plans at DC to dig up the stories and complete the art, however.

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I seem to remember back in your old DC Comics “Ask the Answer Man” column, you once said that Bruce Wayne is “always” 35. Am I remembering correctly, and if I am, have they changed that in recent canon? And has Clark Kent ever been given an age in canon?
— pepperjackcandy@yahoo.com

I remember saying that Clark was “always” 29 in a column… but it is also possible I mentioned Bruce’s “fixed” age as well. Since it had been established that Clark and Bruce had met as teenagers, it would seem likely that both of them would be closer than six years apart in age.

But that was all pre-Crisis, pre-revamps, pre-everything else.

FEEDBACK DEPARTMENT:
On the subject of Len Wein playing “Solid Snake” and my request for assistance, I first got this e-missive…

I’d be glad to reply… once I know what the devil Solid Snake is.
— Len

Luckily, I got two more emails that cleared this up…

This isn’t the first time somebody has made the statement that Solid Snake, of the Metal Gear Solid video game series, was portrayed by the “writer” of the X-Men. Why he thought it was Len, out of all the writers who have worked on the title, is a mystery to me. However I do know that Solid Snake is portrayed by David Hayter, the SCREENwriter of the X-Men movie. He’s actually quite good in the role.
— “Rocky”

…Regarding Len Wein as Metal Gear Solid’s Solid Snake, I think someone got confused. Solid Snake is voiced by David Hayter, who wrote the X-Men movie and is co-writing the sequel. So yeah, in a manner of speaking Solid Snake is played by an X-Men writer, but not that particular writer.
–shaun@idleworship.ca

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While it’s obscure, and more commonly thought of as a name reversal rather than an anagram (although it does qualify as an anagram), a previous to Samaritan anagramatic alter-ego would be Dell’s Dracula hero of the 60s, whose real name was Al U. Card.

Another one-off Luthor anagram was the robot he sent into the future to battle the Legion of Super-Heroes in their first regular series story in ADVENTURE COMICS #300; the robot, a double of an adult Lex, went by Urthlo.
— Tom Galloway (tyg@panix.com)

…More on Anagrams:
There was a story in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #171 and NOVA #12 (circa 1977) involving the murder of a person who enjoyed playing with anagrams. He (joking) claimed that Peter Parker must be a super-hero because of some of the anagrams that could be made of his name (I recall KREE TRAPPER and KEPT RARE REP; there may have been a third)
— rdfozz@pobox.com


MORE FROM THE EMAILBOX:

I’ve just recently picked up some old Milestone comics and, after reading through them, I was struck with some questions: What was the practical work relationship between DC and Milestone? Did you have anything to the with the “Milestone 100” color/printing process?
Is that color process used by any current companies?
— rhys

Milestone was a separate company that had an exclusive agreement with DC for production, printing, and distribution. When they first began publication, the Milestone offices were located in another part of New York City, though they eventually ended up utilizing space in the DC offices.

The “Milestone 100” coloring process involved doing full-color on a photostat of the original art, which was then separated as painted art. A clean black and white copy of the art was superimposed over the scanned color to give it solid black lines. My role in the process as DC’s Director of Production was making sure the separations were done properly and printed correctly. I’m pretty sure I came up with the name for the process too, but I cannot remember what my reasoning was for it.

I don’t know that the process is being used any more. With the great advancements that have been made in computerized coloring and separations, the older methods are now pretty much obsolete.

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What is the exact wording of the oaths for the Golden Age Green Lantern and Hal Jordan?

Who is author responsible for coming up with the Golden Age Green Lantern’s oath?

Who is responsible for Hal Jordan’s oath?

Were the oaths necessary to charge up their rings? Or was the recitation of the oath simply a reaffirmation of their of mission as super-cops?

Regardless of what they swore, both, I think, are great characters!
— Mike Cruz (lion.of.judah@att.net)

Alan Scott recited, “And I shall shed my light over dark evil. For dark things cannot stand the light of the Green Lantern” in his very first appearance in ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #16, written by Bill Finger. The oath was slightly modified not long after, for dramatic effect, to “For dark things cannot stand the light… the light of the Green Lantern!”

And Hal Jordan’s “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!” was first spoken in SHOWCASE #22, written by John Broome.

The oaths were not necessary to charge the rings, though I recall an explanation once that the time required to charge Hal’s ring was roughly the same as the time it took him to recite the oath.

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One of my favorite DC characters has always been Firestorm. What inspired the creation of the character and did he first appear in his own series or in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA?
Jamie (grahamj@mosaicgroupinc.com)

Firestorm was an attempt by DC to do a Marvel-style superhero, a la Spider-Man. He debuted in March 1978’s FIRESTORM #1. That same month saw the debut of STEEL, THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN #1, which featured a DC spin on Captain America. Obviously, neither character reached the heights of the characters they emulated.

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I’m old enough to remember a comic book from late 1960’s titled THE INFERIOR FIVE, mainly for the fact it offer one of the best parodies of the Silver Age X-Men ever produced and offer Woody Allen as a guest star in one issue [in the style of the Bob Hope/Jerry Lewis comics DC offered in the 1950’s and 1960’s]. I can’t remember the writer/artist team on the book. Would you be able to tell me more about this series?
— bvesey@hotmail.com

Ah, the adventures of Merryman, White Feather, the Blimp, Awkwardman and Dumb Bunny! The series, written by E. Nelson Bridwell and drawn by Mike Sekowsky, debuted in SHOWCASE #62, with two more appearances in that title (#s 63 and 65). THE INFERIOR FIVE then ran for ten issues in 1967-68, returning with reprint in #s 11 and 12 in 1972.

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Who’s Thunder Bunny? What’s his history?
— David G (estradason@aol.com)

Thanks to alien technology he discovered, Bobby Caswell claps his hands together and becomes the hero of a lost civilization. Created by Martin Greim and Brian Buniak, TB debuted in CHARLTON BULLSEYE #6, then moved over to Archie Comics for an appearance in BLUE RIBBON and one in his own title. From 1985-87, Warp Graphics published another dozen issues of THUNDER BUNNY.

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I found these old comic books: SPIDER-MAN #84, FANTASTIC FOUR #86 and SECRET WARS II #2. How much are they worth?
— GotSatansWeed@aol.com

All together now… they are worth what somebody is willing to pay you for them! (These three books catalog for $5, $42, and $3 in near mint condition, however.)

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What is the name of Lady Chatterley’s lover?
— nnpatricia@aol.com

Mellors. He’s the gardener. (Was this in an issue of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED? Somehow, I don’t think so!)

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I was wondering when the Western Johnny Thunder changed from his brown-fringed outfit (from earlier adventures) to his red shirt and blue pants ones?
— mrdatalore@hotmail.com

He made the switch in ALL-STAR WESTERN #108.


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