So, we all know that Doctor Occult was the first sort-of superhero, that Superman was the first super-superhero and that the Crimson Avenger was the first masked superhero in comics, BUT who was the first real super-villain (with a costume, codename, etc.)?
— Drew Melbourne (email@example.com)
The Ultra-Humanite (called “Ultra” in the early stories) made his debut in ACTION COMICS #13 and he certainly qualifies as Superman’s first super-foe, though he didn’t wear a mask or costume. In that category, I guess we could opt for the red-hooded Monk who first confronted Batman in DETECTIVE COMICS #31.
When was the phrase, “Criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot” first used? I figured it should be in a Batman book.
— Oliver (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bruce Wayne uttered those fateful words way back in DETECTIVE COMICS #33.
What can you tell me about Simon and Kirby’s Fighting American? Was it a parody or satire of their own Captain America? Thanks in advance.
S&K created the Fighting American in 1954 for Prize Comics. He and Speedboy were a tongue-in-cheek version of Captain America and Bucky. Some of the original stories were reprinted by Harvey Comics in 1966 and there were “revivals” in the 90s.
I am a huge Godzilla fan. Do you have any Godzilla comic books?
— Scotty (email@example.com)
I don’t have any, but Marvel published 24 issues back in the late 70s and Dark Horse did six issues and a special in the late 80s. (The Dark Horse version was also collected into a trade paperback.)
What was the first issue of SPIDER-MAN printed in color and when was it published?
Spidey’s first appearance, in AMAZING FANTASY #15, was published in 1962. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 followed in 1963.
What are Jim Lee’s plans after he finishes his run on BATMAN? And do you think it is possible that he might take on the monthly duties of another comic?
— Thomas Simms (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When YOUNG JUSTICE ends, will Peter David do any new team books for DC?
— Robert (email@example.com)
Hmm, maybe Peter and Jim could team up!
Where are El Dorado and Firestorm? You have everyone from the Super Friends, but you have to add them.
I don’t know about El Dorado, but Firestorm seems to be popping up all over lately. Most recently, he’s appeared in JLA #76 and POWER COMPANY #11.
What was the last appearance of the Superman from Earth-2?
He and his wife Lois flew into the sunset in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #12.
My publisher (SMASH! Comics) sent out some review copies of my comic G.A.A.K: GROOVY ASS ALIEN KREATURES and I was wondering if you’d gotten one or not? Just checking.
— Darryl (The-DeeMan@webtv.net)
No, Darryl, I didn’t get one.
With all your knowledge of DC’s CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE, I was wondering if you could help me. I found a website that contained most of the info and someone who said they had a second or third generation copy of both sets and would photocopy all the stories for $50.00. I sent numerous e-mails requesting the info to obtain these but got no response. Do you know about this or anyone who could copy pages for me? I would appreciate any info or help you could give me. Thank you very much.
— Shannon Link (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All of the material in CCC is copyrighted by DC Comics and it is illegal to make and sell copies of it. Does that mean there aren’t people doing it? No, it doesn’t. It does mean, however, that I will not condone it being done.
Is there a comic book called “Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys”?
— Cissy Leist (email@example.com)
I think that was one of the later RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER specials that DC published, though I can’t pinpoint which one.
Can I have a picture of Stan Lee?
— jay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jay, if you type in “Stan Lee, Marvel Comics” in Google (or any other search engine), it will take you to a whole slew of articles about Stan, many of which include pictures. Try http://members.sockets.net/~rass/STANLEE.html for starters.
Lately I’ve been very interested in DC’s Archive reprints of the Superman and Batman stories from the late 30s and early 40s, and in the Green Lantern Archives running that great Gil Kane art. Less interested in the price tags. Have those stories been reprinted in bulk elsewhere? I’m not asking for every instance of a single Gil Kane reprint, but a series or books that put down a bunch of the stories at once. I know the Superman and Batman 30s to the 70s books each printed a handful of very early material — anything else?
— Brian McDonough (email@example.com)
There are trade paperback collections of SUPERMAN IN THE FIFTIES and BATMAN IN THE FIFTIES and there was the faux GREEN LANTERN 1963 ANNUAL in 1998. Otherwise, outside of the Archives editions, there is little else in terms of collections of the material.
Remember DETECTIVE COMICS #468, featuring that redoubtable villain, The Calculator? Where can I get a hat like the Calculator wore? Seriously — THE CALCULATOR?! Do you remember who cooked that fiend up?
I’m fascinated by DC’s obsession with the super-power of making one’s imagination tangible; it seems like Green Lantern has suffered a rash of imitators right up to this day.
— Adam Lima (adamL@htvinc.net)
The Calculator made his first appearance in ‘TEC #464, battling The Atom in the back-up story. In succeeding issues, he battled Black Canary, Elongated Man, Green Arrow, and Hawkman, leading up to the grand finale with Batman in #468.
As to who “cooked that fiend up,” that would be me!
My VERY first exposure to comics was an issue of BRAVE & BOLD starring Batman and the Metal Men that came out sometime in the late 60’s or early 70’s. The story had something to do with Bats and the Metal Men using a big red bell like thing to have a subterranean adventure. Can you tell me what issue? Not sure but the artist MAY have been Jim Aparo. Would love to dig it up in the back issue bins for nostalgia’s sake.
You’re thinking of “A Traitor Lurks Inside Earth” from B&B #103. Bob Haney wrote it and Bob Brown and Frank McLaughlin did the art.
1) What caused the 1961 cancellation of KATY KEENE COMICS — was it a creative decision made by her creator, Bill Woggon, or was it a matter of sales?
2) Is Bill Woggon still alive?
— Arthur Chertowsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I would presume it was a matter of sales, Arthur. Publishers rarely, if ever, cancel books that are making money for them.
I can’t find any report of Woggon’s demise, but I did find his date of birth listed as January 1, 1911, meaning he’s recently celebrated his 92nd birthday.
When was Superman born?
— Amresh (email@example.com)
The DC Calendar gives his birthday as February 29th.
Do you guys have the Spider-Man web blaster for sale?
— Donna (Donna2511@aol.com)
…Do you have any issues of UNCANNY X-MEN #1?
— Bart Varner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
No, we don’t sell anything here.
Where can we talk about the recent MAXIM magazine commentary about Aquaman?
At lunch, around the water cooler, at your local diner over a cup of coffee… pretty much anywhere you want to.
I am having a very tough time finding any info or history in regards to PANIC comics. I have loved MAD for about 30 years, but only recently discovered PANIC. Can you point me in the right direction? Also, is the reprint from Gemstone any good?
There were twelve issues of PANIC published in 1954-55. The 11 issues published by Gemstone in 1997 are accurate reproductions as far as I know. You might also try to find the slip-cased two-volume hardcover set that Another Rainbow produced as part of their EC Library.
I was going through an old box of comics recently and came across a copy of INFERIOR 5 #10 (1968) that featured parodies of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Sub-Mariner.
Would this be earliest example of a DC parody of Marvel superheroes or are there other parodies that pre-date even this one? Or even vice-versa?
— Mike Cruz (email@example.com)
The 1966 appearances of the Inferior 5 in SHOWCASE featured parodies of the Hulk (#63) and the X-Men (#65). Marvel turned the tables with NOT BRAND ECHH in 1967. But there were parodies of comic books in MAD in the 1950s, one of the most famous of which is “Superduperman Versus Captain Marbles.”
Regarding Aquaman: Are the fins on his calves merely a part of his costume or are they actually a part of his leg? In other words, if he was bare-legged, would there be no fins there?
They are merely part of his costume.
Anything going on with Ghost Rider? I imagine that with all the “Ultimizing” that’s going on at The House of Ideas, his name must have been brought up once or twice. Any news?
— Joe P. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nothing that I’ve heard about.
Who were the co-creators of the Silver Ghost?
The arch-enemy of the Freedom Fighters debuted in FF#1, written by Gerry Conway and Martin Pasko and with art by Ric Estrada and Mike Royer. Those four gents would be the ones who would get the credit for creating him.
Has DC decided not to print any more Starman TPBs? This excellent series is so close to being completed it seems stupid to leave it hanging.
According to my pal Bob Greenberger (who is Senior Editor of Collected Editions at DC), there is a Starman volume scheduled for sometime in 2003.
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