How can some artists and writers maintain a schedule and others just blow theirs away? I mean, don’t these “Super-Star I don’t care about the Fans creators” realize that if they don’t produce a comic regularly they aren’t going to be super-stars for much longer?
— Andrew (ayang3@uwo.ca)

How can some people get to work on time every day and do their jobs while others are constantly late and can’t seem to get anything done once they arrive? Some people are responsible and some people are not.

Their counterparts in the real world who can’t seem to do their jobs get fired. Artists and writers, freelancers who get paid only for work they actually turn in, eventually find themselves in similar straits when the checks stop coming.

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Bob, is there a possibility that DC will print some of its older stories the same way Marvel does with its ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR, ESSENTIAL X-MEN et al? I would gladly buy an “ESSENTIAL DOOM PATROL” from the 60s.
— Nicolas Giard (Nicolas_Giard@Hotmail.Com)

Since they released a DOOM PATROL ARCHIVES earlier this year, it’s unlikely you’ll see another version any time soon. As for DC doing “Essential” volumes, my pal Bob Greenberger, Senior Editor – Collected Editions, had this to say: “While we admire what Marvel has done, we prefer full-color wherever possible. And even when we tried black and white collections with the Fourth World material, we added grey tones to bring the pages ‘to life.’ Readers were unimpressed and the format was abandoned.”

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Does DC publish TPBs or hardcover compilations of their entire Golden-Silver-Bronze Age archives? Example: Do they publish all 350 issues of the Flash’s first volume in any kind of a book compilation? And, are they available from a bookstore like Barnes & Noble?
— Avi Green (avigreen2002@yahoo.com)

At some point in the future, DC may well have reprinted all 350 issues of FLASH COMICS and THE FLASH. So far, however, they are only on Volume 3 of THE FLASH ARCHIVES and Volume 1 of GOLDEN AGE FLASH ARCHIVES. A lot of their other material has also been collected in the ARCHIVES series and should be available at bookstores (as well as online booksellers).

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Since you seem to have the inside track on the DC 2002/2003 schedule, can you find out if a Flex Mentallo trade is in the works? It’s by Morrison and Frank Quitely, and Quite Frankly I can’t figure what they’re waiting for.
— bungeye5@earthlink.net

I have heard (but have not had confirmed by any official DC sources) that as the result of a lawsuit involving body-builder Charles Atlas, part of the settlement was that DC would not reprint the Flex Mentallo material in any form.

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Why are there no compilations of WONDER WOMAN in the 50s. 60s and 70s? When are the collected Wonder Woman TPB collections by George Perez coming out?
— Sherman Williams (Orson7@yahoo.com)

No plans for a WW IN THE (PICK YOUR DECADE) volume any time soon. The Perez volume is tentatively planned for next year.

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HBO’s “Band of Brothers” just started airing here in Australia and I was wondering if there’s any connection between their Easy Company and Sgt. Rock? Will Rock appear in the series?
— JenerEight

There’s no connection. There actually WAS an Easy Company in World War II. Also Abel Company, Baker, Charlie, Dog, etc. The names were simply alphabetically designations. So, no, it’s unlikely Sgt. Rock will be showing up.

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Too late for all the “Bat-Questions” last week, but… In which Bat-Title/Issue number is “Arkham Asylum” first mentioned? I can’t seem to find any “first” references to it in the Overstreet Guide, but it has become a frequent locale in all of the books. I’m curious to know where/how/when it all started?
— Geoff Gardner: geoffrg@netreach.net

Arkham is first mentioned way back in 1980’s BATMAN #326. “This Way Lies Madness” was written by Len Wein with art by Irv Novick and Frank McLaughlin.

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I’m wondering if a woman has even been the regular writer of Wonder Woman? I recall that Trina Robbins once wrote (and drew) a WW miniseries, but it seems to me that all of the writers of the regular series have all been men!
— superman@umich.edu

Mindy Newell wrote three 1985 issues (#s 326-328) of the original run, then scripted the book (#s 36-46 and 49) in ’89 and ’90 over George Perez’s plots and art.


THE BUY / SELL / FIND DEPARTMENT:

I found some old comic books and I was wondering how much if anything they are worth. BATMAN AND METAL MEN #187, RICHIE RICH BANKBOOKS #58, STAR WARS #60 and SPECTACULAR PETER PARKER, SPIDER MAN #67. I would appreciate any information you would have on these comics. I am thinking about selling.
— Sean O’Neil (bowtie6363@aol.com)

Don’t be planning on retiring with what you get for these books, Sean. None of them catalogs at more than $1 in good condition.

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I have searched the net for X-Men swimsuit editions. Do they exist? Where can I find them on the net or where can I buy one? I would really appreciate if you could give me some info.

Thanks have a cool day
— Nathan (taadowe@yahoo.com)

MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: SWIMSUIT ISSUE #1 was published in 1991. It was followed by four annual editions of MARVEL SWIMSUIT SPECIAL (#s 1-4, 1992-1995.) Now that you’ve got the title, good luck in tracking them down.

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How much are the SANDMAN comic books worth?
— crubrock22002@yahoo.com

A couple of them? All of them? In a big box? In individual Mylar ? Snugs? Encased in plastic slabs?

Doesn’t matter, really. They are worth what somebody else is willing to pay you for them!

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I have a copy of MASK #1 and want to know if you think it is worth anything, i.e.$$$. If so, how much? Also do you know any sites that I can sell it on. Or is this just a rubbish comic that I should wait a hundred years for it to go up in value?
— danielhetherington@hotmail.com

Well, let’s see. If it’s any #1 featuring the character who was spun into the Jim Carrey movie, it’s not catalogued at more than $5 in near mint condition. If it’s the TV-cartoon tie-in DC did in 1985, it’s only $2.50 in NM. But, if you’ve got a copy of MASK COMICS from 1945, that catalogues at $273 in good condition and $3,000 in NM.

As for what sites you could sell it at, see the answer below.

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I have some very old comic books, 1965 that I want to sell. How can I put them on the web and how can I find out how much they’re worth?
— Unsigned

Go to http://www.ebay.com and follow their directions so you can post the books for sale. As for what they’re worth, you’ll find out when you see what people pay you for them.


FEEDBACK DEPARTMENT:

A correction on ALL-STAR SQUADRON #60; despite what many readers wrote in, Green Arrow and Speedy DID NOT disappear from the photo in that issue when the wave hit. Odd as it seems, they were NOT deleted. Check out http://www.fanzing.com/images/imgs07/asqpost.jpg for verification.

Oh, as regards Paula von Gunther/von Gunta: Bob Kanigher introduced an Earth-1 version Paula von Gunther with the name Paula von Gunta in WONDER WOMAN #s 163 and 168, and METAL MEN #21.

Fine. However, a blonde-haired Amazon named Paula also appeared in several Earth-1 Wonder Woman stories. And if one considers that the Earth-2 Paula the Amazon was actually the reformed Paula von Gunther, this would seem to indicate that Paula the Amazon of Earth-1 was Paula von Gunta. I have yet to come across an issue where they explicitly identify Paula the Amazon with Paula von Gunther/von Gunta of Earth-1. Did they refer to her as Paula von Gunther/Gunta in TEEN TITANS #22?
— dagda80@aol.com


AND STILL MORE QUESTIONS DEPARTMENT:

I vaguely remember a Ditko-esque type morality play of the world’s smartest man. He becomes bored with the average mortals around him and creates a space ship to search the stars for a race of equals. He finds a civilization so advanced that he’s unable to understand the workings of their children’s simplest toy. For his own safety, his intellectual superiors seize his craft and imprison him forever.

Where can I find this story?
— Nick Flores (nflores@earthlink.net)

Nick, it sounds like a story that would have appeared in AMAZING ADULT FANTASY (the title which became AMAZING FANTASY with #15 and featured the debut of some web-slinging character) or in one of the other Marvel titles of the early 60s (JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, TALES OF SUSPENSE or TALES TO ASTONISH).

Does anybody out there have a better recollection of the tale?

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How many original copies ACTION COMICS #1 are known to exist? In my thirty years of comic collecting, I believe I’ve heard as few as six or as many as twenty-five. What’s your count, Bob?
— RSBerry@aol.com

I’d lean closer to the half dozen, RS, but I have no definitive answer. All I can say for sure is that I don’t have one!

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By what year can I expect to see an ongoing Ghost Rider series on the shelf?
— Thomas Simms (prophet_odin@hotmail.com)

Thomas, Thomas, Thomas. It seems like you send me a question about a Ghost Rider series just about every week. That Marvel will sooner or later decide to give him another shot at his own series is a no-brainer. As to when that will happen, I’m betting before 2010. Okay?

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I used to love DC COMICS PRESENTS (still do when I see them in the back issue bins). Can you tell me how you got involved in the series?
— gallery@netset.com

I was the Director of Production at DC and also the guy who wrote Julie Schwartz’s letter columns (as well as a whole boatload of stories for the various books Julie edited). When DCCP was started, it was only a matter of time before I would start pitching team-ups. You might find it interesting that most of the stories that I worked on for the book were team-ups with other writers. E. Nelson Bridwell and I collaborated on Superman/ Dial “H” For Hero (#44); Todd Klein and I co-wrote Superman/Omega Men (#89); and Dan Mishkin and I worked together on the Man of Steel’s team-ups with the Freedom Fighters (#62) and Hawkman (#74). I also wrote Superman/ Air Wave (#55) and Superman / Challengers of the Unknown (#84) without partners.


Join me back here again next week for more answers. Meantime, don’t forget my daily Anything Goes Trivia (with a new set of categories beginning this week!) at http://www.wfcomics.com/trivia.


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