There is a wide variety of questions in the emailbox this week, so let?s dive right in?

Bob, I just read what you had to say about reprints and it got me thinking. What happened when DC aquired the Fawcett and Quality heroes? Did they get any of the film for reprints? What were the terms of the deals? This has been a recurring question for me and many people I’ve talked to over the years and I hope you’ll be able to answer it. Thanks!

— Eric (

There were no film negatives passed on to DC for any of the earlier stories published by Quality (of such characters as the Black Condor, Phantom Lady, Human Bomb, et al) or Fawcett (of the Marvel Family or any of the other characters). All the stories that have been reprinted by DC were restored in whatever method was available at the time.


Hey Bob! Big fan from Brazil here!

Anyway, my question is about the property of the Fawcett NON-Captain Marvel family characters: I remember reading in a WHO’S WHO letter column that the non-Marvels weren’t included because DC didn’t have the rights to them. So why, about a decade earlier, were some of them were featured in a JLA/JSA meeting?

I was told it was a mistake made by the writers/editor of the JLofA title back then… that DC didn’t have to the non-Marvel characters… and that DC had to pay Fawcett for each and every use of the Marvels. But thinking about it, Captain Marvel WAS included in the Superpowers toy line… Aww what a mess!

How much of that is true? And when (and how) did DC finally acquire the rights for the Fawcett characters?

-Marcelo Cury (

As I recall, DC did NOT have the rights to the non-Marvel family characters when ?Crisis on Earth-S? ran in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #s 135-137? and did not discover this fact until after the story was published. I don?t know that DC has the rights to them even now.


I know that you’re a DC kinda guy, but maybe you have some inside info anyway: Was the infamous Assistant Editor’s month at Marvel back in the eighties for real, or just a carefully orchestrated event by Jim Shooter, et al? This was the month when all Marvel books were edited by assistant editors and weird things happened, like Aunt May fighting Galactus.

— Erik Lehman (

It was an event orchestrated by the Marvel editorial staff to generate interest and sell books.


What’s the story behind DC SPECIAL SERIES in the 70’s/80’s? For example the c DOLLAR COMIC is really DC SPECIAL SERIES Vol 2 #11. Was it an administrative issue in having to create new titles for the distribution system at the time? It’s always difficult to find these back issues since some choose to file it under DC SPECIAL SERIES and others under the “Cover Title”

— Philip Rutledge (

If I recall correctly, much of the ?official title? situation (and that of 8O-PAGE GIANTS and 100-PAGE SUPER-SPECTACULARS) had to do with newsstand sales of the books in Canada. Seems that our friends up north place heavy levies on one-shot publications, fees that are not imposed on monthly magazines. So, in order to get the books on sale there at affordable prices, the ?blanket? titles were created, turning the various one-shots into a monthly series of specials.


I would like to know how Spider-Man got his webbing; in the movie it showed it was inside of him. What does the comic say? Was it a device or natural?

— JoJo (

As long-time Spidey fans know, the comic book origin has Peter Parker creating the web-fluid and the wrist-shooter devices that squirted it.


In 1990, Todd McFarlane started a new Spider-Man book. I collected the first seven issues and I wanted to know how long he drew/wrote that book and how long the book lasted, because I see that it no longer exists — along with most of the other titles I faithfully collected in my younger years.

— Joel Kroft (

The last McFarlane issue of SPIDER-MAN was #16. The last issue was #98, in 1998.


I own the original cover art to Jonah Hex #76 and it is signed “JAAR”. To the best of my knowledge there has never been a comic artist with this last name.

Can you find out and let me know if this is a pen name for someone or if it IS an actual last name.

— Ruben Azcona (

According to some research done by my pal Bob Greenberger, the cover was pencilled by Ross Andru and inked by Dick Giordano. Neither of us can figure out was ?JAAR? is means.


I was wondering if you could tell me anything about Valiant’s Nintendo line from back in the day, how long they ran and where i might be able to purchase them. Thanks…

— John None (

NINTENDO COMICS SYSTEM ran for nine issues between 1989 and 1991. There were also nine issues of ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER MARIO BROTHERS and ten issues of SUPER MARIO BROTHERS during the same period. I suspect you could find some of them on eBay or from a comics dealer.


What was Tarzan?s real name?

— Francis Savko (

He was born John Clayton, Lord Greystoke. However, at the end of the first novel, TARZAN OF THE APES, he says in answer to the question of how he ended up in the jungle, ?My mother was an Ape, and of course she couldn?t tell me much about it. I never knew who my father was.?


I’m a relatively new Batman reader, having jumped in on the Bruce Wayne: Murderer story arc. From what I’ve been hearing and reading about Batman though, there’s this myth that he never kills. Yet in the first or second Batman story in BATMAN ARCHIVES, he tosses two people off a roof. What started the myth or did DC at some point abandon continuity?

— David Reilly (

Batman does indeed toss crooks off a roof in both of his first two adventures? and knocks another one to his demise in a vat of acid. But this particular habit was broken fairly quickly and it was established that the Dark Knight (and most every other super-hero) does not kill.


Why do you think is the future of Star Trek comics? WildStorm appears to have given up the license last November after the David Brin graphic novel.

Why you think DC had such success with Star Trek yet Marvel and WildStorm gave up after two years of publishing them?

— Chris (

Frankly, I?m surprised that there isn?t an ENTERPRISE comic being produced by someone. I don?t know the current status of the Star Trek license, but I?d suspect that the folks responsible for it are negotiating a new deal for comic book rights.

As far as DC having more success with the franchise, I suspect it has a lot to do with their ability to negotiate a license and then make money for all parties involved.

And, by the way, Wildstorm is owned by DC, so their most recent foray into the ST universe should count on their record.


What do you think of the upcoming JLA VS. AVENGERS project between Marvel and DC? Do you think it would be a great story? Or it won’t live up to the hype?

What do you think so far of the JUST IMAGINE series from DC? Are the comics a keeper?
Finally, what do you think of the upcoming SPIDER-MAN:BLUE series from Loeb and Sale?

How does it compare to DAREDEVIL: YELLOW?

— Oliver (

Anything that people have waited years and years to see can?t possibly match the anticipation, be it movie, novel, TV show or comic book, so I suspect a lot of people will be disappointed with JLA / AVENGERS.

I think the Stan Lee version of the DC universe would have been more exciting thirty years ago; based on what I?ve seen of the orders in Diamond?s sales rankings, it would appear that the fans feel the same way. Unfortunately for the series, the same premise ? an alternate version of the DC ?standards? — was used when DC did its ?Tangent? line a few years ago.

I can?t say anything about SPIDER-MAN: BLUE; I haven?t seen it.


Why do you think the SIEGE OF DARKNESS — GHOST RIDER [Midnight Sons] went out of fashion?

— Sean O’Hara (

Because fans? tastes change.


Is DC planning any more TPB collections of Hitman?

— Matt Adams (

According to newly-minted Senior Editor ? Collected Editions Bob Greenberger, yes, they are.


Does DC plan to release TPB collections of THE CRUSADES and CODENAME: KNOCKOUT?

— Brian Stabler (

Paging Mr. Greenberger?


Is Marvel planning to continue its TPB reprinting of the current Avengers series?

— Matt Adams (

If it?s selling, it?s a safe bet that they will.


In the mid-70s, DC reported that Dick Dillin was working on a “Full-Length-Novel” for a JLA Limited Collector’s Edition tabloid-sized mag. To my knowledge, it never appeared! Do you know what became of the “lost” Dillin story?

— Sandy Jarrell (

I have a vague recollection of the JLA story being turned into issues of the regular title, but I don?t recall what story it was.


In the letters page of DC COMICS PRESENTS #96, you wrote that Curt Swan would be moving on to pencil a Captain Atom series after John Byrne took over the Super-books. Whatever happened to this project?

— Joe Slepski (

The Captain Atom series appeared, beginning in 1987, but with Pat Broderick doing the penciling instead of Curt. Curt handled a variety of special projects and fill-in issues instead.

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