How many issues of DARK MINDS: MACROPOLIS will have variant covers and in which issues?
— Kuo (kuo_t@hotmail.com)

I see in the current issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS that #3 will have two different covers. Other than that, I have no information.

But on the topic of variant editions, ever since the first time the gimmick was used on BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1, it has been done over and over as a way to get fans to buy more than one copy of the same book. My advice: Pick the version you like best and buy that one! Spend the money you save by not buying the other versions on different comics (or a slice of pizza or a movie or anything).

And speaking of LoDK, the four variations of the over-cover – in blue, green, orange and pink – were done in exactly equal quantities and shipped out from the printing plant that way. Ronalds Printing reconfigured the bindery machine so that the four versions would be produced in sequence and were packed in a 1-2-3-4 order in each carton. After the books had been in the stores for a few days, I laughed each time we got a report that “the blue one is the rarest” or “they made more orange ones than any other version.” All that really meant was that one color was proving more popular than another in a particular store.

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Is Ghost Rider ever coming back?
Scary Bob (scarybob@hotmail.com)

The same issue of PREVIEWS cited above lists GHOST RIDER: THE HAMMER LANE, a trade paperback edition of GR’s Marvel Knights limited series. One would suspect that if this sells, it would prove that interest exists and he’d be blazing down the highways again.

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Since the reunion and remake has hit TV (Time Tunnel, Facts of Life reunion, etc.), will any TV shows come back as comic books?
— Dick Jurgens (bionicorangeman@earthlink.nrt)

Ah, for those halcyon days when Gold Key (and Dell before them) published comic book adaptations of all our favorite TV shows: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., BONANZA, SGT. PRESTON OF THE YUKON, THE BRADY BUNCH, and so many more. Virtually all featured art that barely resembled the actors who portrayed the characters on television, though they usually sported photographs of those same actors on the covers.

A quick perusal of the aforementioned issue of PREVIEWS does not reveal any TV show adaptations, other than the usual Star Trek fare, the Simpsons, and the Cartoon Network features. Nor does it show any indication that Dell and Gold Key are coming back any time soon.

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QUOTE: “One wonders why DC Comics hasn’t reprinted that book [SUPERMAN VS. MUHAMMAD ALI] or in some way promoted it.” — Neal Adams, in an interview for “Comic Book Artist Magazine Special Edition”.

QUESTION: Well, I’m not the kind to insist, but given the interest on this matter shown by the artist himself and the recent movie starring Will Smith, I have to do it: So come on, Answer Man, give me an answer, man! I wonder why DC hasn?t reprinted that cult comic too, especially with the recent movie. I want to read it without paying 80 bucks for it.
— Antonio M. Fraga (martifraga@yahoo.es)

I’m sure Neal Adams would like to see the book reprinted because it would mean a nice pile of royalties would be sent to him. There would also be, presumably, royalties to be paid to Ali and the other real people who appear in the book. I’m sure that someone at DC has done an analysis of this and determined that it would not be cost-effective to do a reprint.

And just for the record, movies – even movies starring characters like Batman or the X-Men – do very little for the sales of comic books.

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Any chance of a ‘Mazing Man trade paperback coming up?
— Todd Wright (ltwright@optonline.net)

Well, if Neal Adams can talk about DC reprinting a book he drew, I guess I should echo him about one I wrote and say, “One wonders why DC Comics hasn’t reprinted that book or in some way promoted it.” Unfortunately, there are no plans I’m aware of to reprint the adventures of Stephen DeStefano’s and my favorite little guy.


FEEDBACK ON PAST COLUMNS…
>sigh< Okay, here we go again. A number of years ago, Berni Wrightson and I signed on to do a three-issue Prestige format mini-series for DC called SWAMP THING: DEJA VU. I plotted all three issues and Berni broke down the first issue and started on the pencils.
For reasons that are frankly none of anyone else’s business, Berni couldn’t complete the project and reluctantly dropped out. DC was unwilling to go ahead with a different artist (and so was I) so the project was shelved.

And, for those of you who are wondering why we just don’t do it now, it’s too late. Many of the concepts we came up with for the story (including things like The Gray and various others) have been used in the book in the years since, rendering our story moot.

But fear not. There may yet be big news to announce regarding everyone’s favorite Muck-encrusted Mockery of a Man. Stay tuned. You’ll hear it here first.
— Len Wein

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New Marvel Masterworks scheduled for 2002 include Sub-Mariner, a second volume of Iron Man, a third volume of Avengers, a new Spider-Man collection and a Nick Fury collection of the stories preceding Jim Steranko’s run. Every other month will be devoted to a previous Masterworks going back to press.
— Bob Greenberger

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C.G. Kirby was looking for an issue which contained a back up story about a masked pilot who flew for the Flying Tigers in China…

He’s almost certainly thinking of SAVAGE COMBAT TALES #2, featuring the masked pilot Warhawk, in “Chennault Must Die,” by the great Archie Goodwin and the also-great Alex Toth. It was an Atlas-Seaboard title, and came out in 1975. The cover and an interior page just got reprinted in COMIC BOOK ARTIST #16.
— Kurt Busiek

This is almost certainly Archie Goodwin and Alex Toth’s brilliant “Burma Sky,” that ran in late 1973’s OUR FIGHTING FORCES #146. With his hood pulled up and his flight goggles, Pappy Coburn does resemble a masked pilot. The story is dedicated to Scorchy Smith artist and Sandman co-creator Bert Christman, who left comics to join the Flying Tigers and died over Rangoon.
— John Wells (mikishawm@yahoo.com)

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Not really a question, but a response to the person who asked about the comic scripting and specialized programs: I use Microsoft Word XP with Steve Gerber’s Comic Book Template. (The version that works with XP isn’t on his site yet, though… I was a beta-tester, so I got the goodies beforehand!) I find it rather helpful, and quite easy to use. For more info, check out Steve’s site at stevegerber.com

Love ‘Mazing Man, by the way!
— Ed[!] Thomas (amzingspidered@aol.com)

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Hi, Bob. One of your readers asked, “What is the longest word in the dictionary?”

I remember reading once that the longest word in the English language is “antidisestablishmentarianism.” Don’t know if it’s true, but there you go.
— Aaron Ragan (pry_mate@hotmail.com)

Well, I guess that’s better than supercalifragilisticexpialydosious – which I’m sure is spelled incorrectly (even if the sound of it is something quite atrocious).


YOU ASK FOR MY OPINIONS…
Who would win in a battle: Superman or Wonder Woman?
— Ryan Melvin (RyRyBull69@aol.com)

Well, this could go either way, but I’d give the edge to Wonder Woman. Even though the Man of Steel could out-super her in every way, I think the Kents raised their son to not hit a woman. In the direst of situations, he’d probably still pull his punches.

Add to that the fact that if the Amazing Amazon got her magic lasso around him she would be able to control him and I think you know how this battle would have to end.

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Have you read the Legion? I did not see a review of it. It is an excellent book and I was curious to your opinion of the book.
— Mike (bottboyee@yahoo.com)

I enjoyed the Legion in their first incarnation, but then, I am a child of the Silver Age. I even made it through their first revamp. Somewhere after that I lost interest and any idea of what was going on. And the last time I looked (at LEGION LOST, I think), I did not find the art at all interesting, attractive, or even coherent.

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Why is re-telling a story from 15 years ago and incorporating plots from half the JLA Elseworld specials published since then considered innovative?
— Oliver Townshend (oliver@zip.com.au)

Because the people who consider it innovative don’t know any better?

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I have enjoyed reading the first two issues of THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN. However, I am really put off by the seemingly lazy attempt of penciling these books. Some I have spoke with call it Miller’s style. What is your take on the art, style or laziness?
— Bill Tennant (wmtennant@rogers.com)

I have always been a fan of Frank’s and admired his story-telling technique. I, too, have enjoyed reading DK2, but I have to say that I found some of the art in #2 a bit sparse and cartoony.

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How come no one can draw Warrior(Guy Gardner)’s tattoos right? He’s easier to draw than the present Iron Man costume!
— Kurt Fritjofson (greenlantern3814@afo.net)

Maybe they figure nobody’s looking that closely?

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How does DC remain a good company with you elsewhere?
— Alex Ness (ness@pro-ns.net)

They have to work REALLLLLLY hard at it.

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And on that note, I am out of here till next week when… well, just keep in mind that I’ll be posting my next column “On the Night of March 31st…”

Meantime, be sure to check out my daily Anything Goes Trivia at www.wfcomics.com/trivia.


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