Here are some more of the strange letters I received during my early days at DC…
<< Dear Batman:
I was hoping that if I sent you a letter you would send me your pitcher with your costume on. In return, I’ll give you my pitcher. My whole family is waiting for the results.
MIKE D., Enumclaw, WA >>
<< Dear Editor:
If you want to compare Big Red with Big Blue, you’ve flipped. There are four reasons why Superman is Number One!
1) He has greater friends.
2) He has greater villains.
3) Something affects him.
4) Girls like him.
And Shazam has everyday crooks and no sex. My vote is Supes!
JAMES W. Austin, TX >>
<< Dear Green Arrow,
I rote this letter to ask you how to shot bows and arrows? Can you send me a foto of you shoting your arrows and directions how to shot them too please. I want to be a bow and arrow shoter someday and I will remember you all my life and buy your comic books when I get to the store.
HOWARD S., Lake Worth, FL >>
<< Dear Ed,
Will you please send me two issues of JUSTICE LEAGUE #101, try to put them together. I will send you 40c when they arrive or I will rip up all my comics.
ROGER T., Columbus, OH >>
<< Hello, Witches,
Enclosed is $25,000 crisp new bill. Can you find a use for it?
JERRY, Brooklyn, NY >>
<< Dear Sirs:
I am deeply impressed by your storys in the comics but I like Marvel Comics. I do not like your Newsboy stuff. And Jack Kirby is not very good but still people buy your comics for Superman. Try and get a hero like Batman. One day I hope Jimmy Olsen falls off a cliff and dies. Keep Superman alive!
JOSH K., New York, NY >>
<< In Supergirl’s old costume, every time she came in for a landing her skirt stayed down. Was it designed this way? Why? Was she too shy as a teenager to be seen with it up? If she ever goes back to that uniform, have that feature taken out.
— JEROME K., Havertown, PA >>
BOBRO’S TRIVIA QUIZ
1. Whose eatery is frequented by Archie’s Pals and Gals?
2. Hurling bricks was the way who showed his love for whom?
3. Escaped convict Mark Mardon used his brother’s discoveries to launch a crime career as whom?
4. Riding giant dalmatians was a mode of transportation for what team?
5. Enhanced senses enabled what son of a prizefighter to become a daredevil?
6. A date with Debbi and Judy was available at DC; what two ladies could you date at Atlas?
7. Remember General Immortus? Where’d he first appear and who did he battle?
8. Elongated Man, Atom, and Hero Hotline were among the targets of what keypad-wearing villain?
9. Yes, she was a robot with a malfunctioning responsometer, but which metal was in love with her creator?
10. One issue later, DC changed part of its name to BEAM; what title is it?
11. Upset that his hero was ignoring him, who decided to become Batwoman’s publicity agent?
12. A former WW I pilot and NYC policeman, who became a private eye in the 1930s?
13. The Cosby Kids were pals with what obese fellow?
BOBRO’S FUN FACTS TO KNOW & TELL:
1. The Salvation Army was founded by William Booth; it began as the Christian Revival Association in 1865 and took its current name in 1878.
2. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
3. The Eisenhower Interstate Road System requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
FROM THE EMAILBOX…
Howdy, Bob! Over on the DC message boards, there was a thread (http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/files/Forum14/HTML/005124.html) on which a poster claims that the estate of William Marston has a special copyright arrangement with DC. He claims that, if DC does not publish Wonder Woman continuously, the copyright and trademark on the character revert to the estate. I find this unlikely, since (1) according to Les Daniels’ “Complete History,” DC approached Marston to create a character, not vice versa, and (2) DC did stop the title for about a year, right after the Crisis. Is there any truth to the rumor? Or did someone just get confused by the Siegel and Shuster case?
— Bob Buethe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Can you tell me anything about the history of Captain Marvel and the Fawcett characters at DC? I’m particularly interested in learning about the licensing angle and if that was the reason we saw so little of the Fawcett heroes?
— Walt Grogan (email@example.com)
Could you please shed some light on my Fawcett-DC question. I hear stories how DC bought the Fawcett characters outright. I also hear how DC only leased them and when the lease expired, DC had to negotiate to keep the rights to the Marvel Family. Please tell us the real story. Thanks.
— Blue Burke (BlueBurke@aol.com)
All of these questions relate to the confidential business dealings of DC Comics. During my twenty-five years with the company, I was privy to a great deal of information and, as a result, I may or may not know the answers you seek. However, I was not at liberty to discuss such matters in a public forum while employed there and the same rules apply now. Sorry, guys.
Was Howard the Duck ever a member of the Defenders?
— Dave Hogan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Defenders, as they originally appeared in MARVEL FEATURE #1 (following a prequel in SUB-MARINER #s 34 and 35), claimed as members Doctor Strange, the Hulk, and Namor. The roster changed from time to time over the years, but while Howard might have appeared with them at some point, I don’t recall him ever officially being a member.
The Parasite’s entry in the original 1986 WHO’S WHO series (presumably written by the late E. Nelson Bridwell?) mentions that at one point he lost his powers, married and had twin children before returning to super-villainy. Any idea where this story appeared, since I can’t recall it from any 1970s Superman stories?
— G. Rybicki (email@example.com)
All of the information that was used in the WHO’S WHO entries was based on material that actually appeared in the comics, so there has to have been a story in which the Parasite’s marriage, etc. was established. However, I went digging through my files and could not come up with the source for this information. Can anyone out there help?
In which comics did Earth-Prime first appear?
— Chris Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Earth on which we live debuted in “The Flash—Fact or Fiction” (FLASH #179). In this tale, the Scarlet Speedster is transported by a creature called a Nok across the dimensional barrier. He visits editor Julius Schwartz, builds a cosmic treadmill, and is able to return to Earth-1.
In FLASH #228, writer Cary Bates crosses the dimensional barrier in the other direction when driving through a strange fog brings him to Central City. He helps Flash capture the Trickster, then uses the strange “plotting power” that he has on Earth-1 to recreate the fog and go back home.
Finally, in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #123 and 124, Cary and Elliot S! Maggin use the cosmic treadmill (conveniently stored in a cabinet in Julie’s office) in an attempt to come up with a plot. Cary is transported to Earth-2, Elliot to Earth-1, and the resultant tale is the annual JLA-JSA team-up. It was in this story, by the way, that Earth-Prime was officially given its name.
During my years at DC, a number of fans who came to visit the offices asked where Julie kept the treadmill and if they could see it. On at least one occasion, he said that he’d had to hide it so his writers wouldn’t get any more ideas about using it. But his usual response was more along the lines of “Safely locked away.”
Regarding the question in last week’s column: Emma, Henry and Nico were the husband/wife/son tourists in Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson’s classic “Cathedral Perilous” episode of the Manhunter strip in 1974’s DETECTIVE COMICS # 441. Nico, of course, was the kid who dropped his toy pistol off a balcony onto the skull of the clone who was about to kill Paul Kirk. In addition to their appearance in Simonson’s THOR # 337, the family also showed up in 1985’s BLUE DEVIL # 15.
— John Wells (email@example.com)
As former Vice President Dan Quayle once said, “A mind is a terrible thing to lose.” As soon as I saw John’s message, I realized that I did indeed know who they were. In fact, when that issue of THOR appeared, I commented to Walt about their appearance in the background!
Thanks also to Steve Chung (SChung1968@Juno.com) for writing to remind me.
That will do it for this week. As always, the folks whose letters appear get a 10% discount on anything they buy from Comics Unlimited in the next seven days. Want to get a question answered (or to help with those that remained unanswered) and save some bucks at the same time? Use the handy box in the column on the left.
The First Letter Clue says it all, “Where are you, AT?” Somewhere in each of the answers!
1. Pop Tate’s
2. Ignatz; Krazy Kat
3. Weather Wizard
4. Atomic Knights
5. Matt Murdock
6. Millie and Patsy
7. MY GREATEST ADVENTURE; the Doom Patrol
8. The Calculator
10. TEEN BEAT
12. Nathaniel Dusk
13. Fat Albert
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