I have one of the 120,000 “first collectors’ issue” copies of THE X-FILES comic and some of the silver and embossed X-FILE cards, all in mint condition. Do you think I could get anything for them?
Mer (wallerkm@hotmail.com)

First of all, do you think that anything of which there are 120,000 copies is rare? If you do, then you probably should invest in those “limited to 150 firing days” collectible commemorative plates that are always being advertised in the Sunday newspaper magazines.
Like everything else I’ve talked about in this column in the past couple of months, the book and cards are worth only what someone will pay you for them – not what a catalog or price guide says, not what a dealer is selling them for, and not what you think they should be worth. That said, I’m sure you can get something for them, though it may not be what you want.

Will there be another Batman movie in the not too distant future? And if so, who is slated to play the role of the Dark Knight?
— Mike (mtmingari@yahoo.com)

What other comics are being made into movies aside from ‘The Hulk’ and what info do you have regarding them?
— Mustafa (mthajjar@hotmail.com)

Though there’s been talk of a BATMAN: YEAR ONE movie and as much about how the franchise needs to take a rest for awhile, I haven’t seen anything confirmed either way. [However, a recent TV ad for OnStar talks about a contest in which you can win a part in the next Batman movie.]
On the Marvel movie front, there is, of course, Spider-Man coming in 2002, plus plans for Daredevil, another X-Men film, a return of Blade, and probably more.
Keep up with the news section here at Silver Bullet and anything that happens will turn up there!

How exactly does a colorist color? And what the heck does a separator do?
bob3833@yahoo.com (Robert Dandeneau)

In the past, colorists were given black and white prints of the original artwork. They would use dyes or water colors to color these, restricting themselves to a palette of 64 colors (all the possible combinations of 25%, 50% and 100% of red, yellow, and blue).

These color guides were marked up according to the “super top secret color coding of the comics business” (i.e. “Y2” was 25% yellow, “R3B2” was a combnination of 50% red and 25% blue, “YR2B3” was 100% yellow, 25% red, and 50% blue. Can YOU crack this code, readers?) The guides were sent off to the color separators, where film negatives were created and from which the printing plates were made.

A full explanation of color separations ran here last year. You can access it via the column on the left which last past installments and starting with the August 21, 2000 edition.

Today many colorists are also the separators – they do the coloring right on their computer screen – and their files are used to make the printing plates. But there are still some colorists who do their work in the traditional manner – and their color guides are translated to electronic files by the new breed of separators.

The Fun Facts have been a mainstay of my trivia quizzes and my chatroom for years. How much attention have you paid to them? See how well you do…

1. The Beach Boys went 22 years between #1 hits. Name the two recordings – from 1966 and 1988.
2. What was Harry Houdini’s real name?
3. How far does the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth II move for every gallon of fuel it uses?
4. On what battleship did the Japanese surrender, ending World War II on September 2, 1945?
5. What is the most landed-upon space in Monopoly??
6. At 20,320 feet, what is the highest point in North America?
7. What was patented by Hamilton L. Smith in 1856?
8. A group of chicks is a brood; a group of hawks is a cast; what is a group of crows?
9. What magazine has the largest circulation in America?
10. Prior to his long TV career, what stand-up comedian had albums including “Why Is There Air?”
11. What is the capital city of Luxembourg and in what province is it located?
12. What was the first typewritten book manuscript and who wrote it?
13. During what event were the “Beaver” the “Dartmouth” and the “Eleanor” raided?

1. Blue kryptonite affects Bizarros in the same way green K affects Superman.
2. Captain America’s shield was not originally round.
3. Hal Jordan’s favorite food was chili, a trait he “inherited” from Julius Schwartz.


You asked for recommendations of comic-related novels: One of my favorites is Robert Rodi’s “What They Did to Princess Paragon,” a wonderful satire on the late-80s/early-90s trend of reinventing classic super-heroes.
— David S. Carter (superman@umich.edu)

Thanks, David

The tale about Miraclewoman appeared in the MIRACLEMAN: THE APOCRYPHA miniseries that came out between the Moore and Gaiman runs on the regular series. The series contained short tales by assorted creators that are generally considered “out-of-continuity.”
— David Padget (David_Padget@agfg.com)

I’m afraid I can’t tell you the actual issue number but the story appeared in the “Miracleman Book Four : The Golden Age” by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham.
— Xyzandra

Issue eighteen.
— Craig Lemon

It’s nice when it all comes together, isn’t it?

I’m not sure of the exact timing of some of this relative to his Hulk run, but Gary Frank drew the following:
The original BIRDS OF PREY one-shot in 1995
A SABRETOOTH one-shot in 1995
He was the original artist for the revised Supergirl series in 1996
The Flash issue of DC’s Tangent books in 1997
A segment in the Batman: Dark Knight Dynasty graphic novel
— ??

Thanks for the update… and I apologize for losing your identity in a transfer of email to column files.

Whatever happened to Arn Saba and his comic NEIL THE HORSE?
— Barney (the_smilodon@hotmail.com)

Gee, has it really been sixteen years since NEIL had his own book?

Whatever happened to Bob Layton?
Beau Rossel (b_metal88@hotmail.com)

Bob’s name pops up on projects from time to time, so he’s still active in comics.

I know you worked for DC, but I have a Marvel related question for you! What is the first appearance of Blink in the Age of Apocalypse timeline?
— Charlie (arsafar9@aol.com)

Ummm… anyone?

During the height of the Alan Moore-scripted SWAMP THING, it was announced that Len Wein & Berni Wrightson were working on a new Swamp Thing story to be published as a one-shot. Do you know what happened to this project?
— Billy (allamericanccc@aol.com)

No, but Len is a regular reader of this column, so I’m hoping he can provide some info. Len?

Have there been any published meeting between Stretch, Elongated Man, and/or Plastic Man?
— Rhys (matrhys@yahoo.com)

Since both Plas and EM have been members of the Justice League, there has to have been a story in which they crossed paths. Other than his HERO HOTLINE appearances and a one-shot in the current SUPERBOY series, Stretch hasn’t gotten around much.

Does anyone have any idea why Captain America has scales on his uniform?
Sandro (hmachicote@home.com)

I don’t know that they are necessarily “scales” rather than some kind of special material. It’s most likely that Joe Simon and Jack Kirby thought they made the costume look better, rather than just making it a solid blue.


1. Did Green Arrow and Green Lantern share a book, and if so, for how long?
2. How many times has Magneto “died”?
3. I read somewhere that Batman carried a gun for a short time. When was this?
4. Counting the current series, how many volumes of the Justice Society of America have their been?
Brad Curran (Homercutio@aol.com)

1. GL shared the limelight with GA beginning with GREEN LANTERN #76 and continuing until its cancellation with #89 in early 1972. The book was revived with #90 in 1976, with the duo again in action. This teaming lasted until #122, after which GL reclaimed solo status.
2. Nobody ever really dies in comics.
3. The Dark Knight was shown with a gun in a number of his very early appearances in DETECTIVE COMICS, including #s 33 and 35.
4. The original ALL-STAR COMICS run in the Golden Age, ALL-STAR COMICS in the 70s, ALL-STAR SQUADRON in the 80s, a JUSTICE SOCIETY limited series in ’91, a 10-issue “regular” JUSTICE SOCIETY series in ’92, and the current JSA title. (Throw in INFINITY INC. from the mid-80s if you want to.)

Will we ever see an archives reprint of the original Metal Men or Doom Patrol series from the sixties? (I guess a ‘Mazing Man reprint would be out of the question…)
— The Mighty Cheese (themightycheese@hotmail.com)

A few years ago, I would have said there was probably no chance, but DC’s expanded the Archives to include such characters as Black Canary, The Atom, and Supergirl, so it might not be so far-fetched for the Metal Men and Doom Patrol to get a shot. (We’ll all keep dreaming about ‘Mazing Man, however.)

That’ll pretty much empty the emailbox till next time. Get your questions answered (and maybe your answers questioned) by sending them using the handy box in the column on the left.

See you next week.

1. “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo”
2. Ehrich Weiss
3. Six inches
4. The USS Missouri
5. Illinois Avenue
6. Mt. McKinley
7. The tintype camera
8. A murder
10. Bill Cosby
11. The city of Luxembourg, located in the province of Luxembourg, the capital of Luxembourg
12. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain
13. The Boston Tea Party

It’s a Fact that you should know and tell. There’s a new question every day at Anything Goes Trivia at www.wfcomics.com/trivia

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