Last week’s three-day holiday weekend gave me the chance to tackle some of the books that had piled up, so let’s start out with some quick reviews…

JLA: GATEKEEPER by Tim Truman (3 issues – 48pp — $4.95 each)
This is a sword-and-sorcery tale featuring Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Wonder Woman and is a sequel to GL ANNUAL #9. Thankfully, you did not have to read that issue in order to understand the story here. It did get a bit confusing because I could not remember which name was which.
There are some amusing moments in it, such as when the gnome-creatures are trying to figure out if Sala is a woman. But exactly where was Batman carrying that Whirly-Bat he uses, in his utility belt?

JLA: SHOGUN OF STEEL by Ben Raab and Justiniano (64pp — $6.95)
What if Kal-El’s rocket had landed in feudal Japan? Ho-hum, it’s another Elseworlds tale. But why does it have JLA in the title instead of SUPERMAN?

JLA: ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU by Roy Thomas and Steve Pugh (64pp — $6.95)
H.G. Wells’ Dr. Moreau creates beastly versions of the Justice League members with Lucas “Snapper” Carr as the protagonist. Toss in Jack the Ripper and Roy Thomas has crafted an interesting spin on the original classic. Nice looking art by Pugh complements the story-telling.

A few “oldies” that I finally got around to reading…

SUPERMAN / SAVAGE DRAGON: CHICAGO by Erik Larsen and Al Gordon (64pp — $6.95)
Superman’s foes, some of whom are not identified, escape to Chicago to team up with some of Dragon’s foes, some of whom are also not identified. Lots of fighting and some attempts at snappy patter between the two heroes. The Man of Steel comes across as half egotist / half mopey idiot, which makes me wonder if anybody at DC actually read this before they published it.

BATMAN: GOTHAM NOIR by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (64pp — $6.95)
A well-done Elseworlds detective story set in the 1940s with all the usual Batman cast members in recognizable roles. Jim Gordon is cast as a drunken former cop turned private eye hired as a bodyguard for a woman with a mysterious past. Batman is a shadowy figure whose existence is doubted by most of the cast, so there is little “superhero action.” Phillips delivers great, moody artwork, making this a quite enjoyable read.

BATMAN / NIGHTWING: BLOODBORNE by Kelly Puckett and Toby Cypress (48pp — $5.95)
The art was so ugly that after a few pages I could not bear to read any more of this.

BATMAN: THE ANKH by Chuck Dixon and John Van Fleet (2 issues – 48pp $5.95 each)
An immortal Egyptian woman matches wits with Batman, stealing ancient artifacts and kidnapping billionaires with the aid of Killer Croc. It takes a bit too long for Batman to realize the connection between the two series of crimes and, in fact, I think this story could have been told in a single 48-page book. Van Flet’s art is interesting to look at.
One quibble: Why call the woman “Dr. Katar” when there was no connection with the Hawkman mythos?


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS DEPARTMENT:
What is the name of the Tattooed Man?
— Killy Mcgee ([email protected])
He’s former seaman and petty burglar Abel Tarrant. During one of his burglaries, he knocked over some bottles of chemicals that spilled into the shape of a bomb. When he touched the spill and wished they were a real bomb, they became one.
To make a long story short, Tarrant figured that if he had tattoos of various objects on his body, he could control them as well. He had his body covered and embarked on a crime career, first battling Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) back in the Silver Age GL #23.
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In ASTERIX IN SWITZERLAND, Asterix and Obelix have their chariot wheel repaired. In the French version of the comic, this is done by a character from (I believe) a French chain of petrol stations. When they translated it to English, they decided that we wouldn’t recognize this character and replaced him with the Michelin Man (looking distinctly out of place in an Asterix book).

Now I’ve got a copy of ASTERIX IN SWITZERLAND that has the color art for the original character, but the black ink outline over the top. While I’ve found plenty of sites on the internet that mention this change, I can’t find anything mentioning my half and half hybrid copy.

I was wondering if this copy is rare (and hopefully valuable).
— Dan ([email protected])

Sounds like the printer used the black film from the English edition with the cyan, magenta, and yellow films from the French version and that no one noticed there had been an art change. It is highly unlikely that any mass-produced comic or magazine that contains a mistake of this sort is “rare.”

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According to the recent WONDER WOMAN SECRET FILES, Circe first appeared in WW #305 (July, 1983). However, I seem to recall Circe appearing way back in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #102, where she fought Flash, Red Tornado and Zatanna. Which one of us is right?
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Actually, Circe first appeared way back in WONDER WOMAN #37, way back in the Golden Age. And another version of her did appear in the third part of the JLA/JSA tale in which the two teams tracked down the Seven Soldiers of Victory. It would seem that the story in WW #305 is considered the first appearance of the current incarnation of the goddess.

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I have a Charlton comics”Attack at Sea” Oct.1968. What’s it worth?
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It catalogues at $2.00 in good condition, up to $22.00 in Near Mint.

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I’ve got a collection of STORMWATCH comics, #s 1-25; have any idea how much they’re worth?
— Dominic Long ([email protected])
In Near Mint condition, they catalogue for $2.50 each. You won’t be sending anybody to college or buying a house on what you can get for them.
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My son has some pogs that are ten years old. Are there any value in these?
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From what I’ve seen of pogs offered for sale on eBay, the postage to ship them to someone would be more than their value.
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After all the fighting was done, did any issues of Rob Liefeld’s FIGHTING AMERICAN ever make it to the comic stores??
–Joe Bass Jr.([email protected])

According to what I’ve been able to find, there were two issues of FIGHTING AMERICAN in 1997, the three-issue FIGHTING AMERICAN: RULES OF THE GAME in ‘97-98, and the three-issue FIGHTING AMERICAN: DOGS OF WAR in ‘98-’99.

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Where is the Alex Ross Lounge website formerly available here?
— Ernest ([email protected])

Gone. Kaput. No more. Somewhere out in the ether.

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A guy advertising the site told us over Newsarama that I could find Brian Bendis flipping the middle finger to John Byrne on this site. send me the link please
— Danilo Becerra ([email protected])

Paging Editor Jason… do we have that somewhere here at SBC?

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Mr. Rozakis, hello from Greece. Are you Greek?
— Ioannis Maditinos ([email protected])
My paternal grandparents emigrated from Greece to the U.S. around 1910. My maternal grandparents were German and Irish. So I have more Greek heritage than anything else.
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How long are you in the comic book business?
— Eli Krakauer, Israel ([email protected])

I did my first work for DC Comics in the spring of 1973. And here I am 29+ years later, still doing comics-related work! And as I bow out of here for this week, I’ll remind you to also check out my daily Anything Goes Trivia over at www.wfcomics.com/trivia.

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Which came first Green Arrow the superhero or Green Arrow the traffic light?
— Adam Taylor ([email protected])

The Emerald Archer, who first appeared in MORE FUN COMICS #73 (November 1941), predates the traffic signal.

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Hey, that old lady in Farscape, what purpose does she serve dude? To me she’s just extra weight for Moya. Get rid of her.
Dominic Long ([email protected])

As soon as I’m hired to take over as head writer for the series, I’ll do just that. (Don’t hold your breath!)
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What position in baseball is referred to as “in the corn”?
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The outfield; usually right field.


FEEDBACK DEPARTMENT:
In response to a question in your column: Yes, I’m still around. Recently moved the family back to Tampa, Florida, after finishing a stint for DNA Productions as a production designer on “Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius” movie. Did anyone notice my credits? Was a fun gig. Designed Jimmy’s two-seater rocket he flies at the beginning of the movie, all the U.S.A.F. stuff and storyboarded the sequence, all the cars, buses, his school room, the soda shop inside and out, Retrolands amusement park entrance, and most all of Jimmy’s gadgets. (Including his shrink ray{ boy, did they get a lot of mileage out of that!)

Currently I’m both working in advertising, teaching at the Academy of Design and Tech, and finishing two comic projects. One is a 50-page color graphic novel which is what I like to call SCI-FI-EROTIC (29 pages written, penciled, Inked, and Photoshop colored). The second is more straight SCI-FI, with 18 pages finished and all written. So that’s about it.
–Pat Broderick ([email protected])

Thanks for the update, Pat. Keep us posted on the graphic novel projects. And I’ll have to check out the Jimmy Neutron credits.


That will do it for this week. Till next time, don’t forget my daily Anything Goes Trivia at www.wfcomics.com/trivia.


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