I really like Marvel’s Squadron Supreme (their JLA) and DC’s Assemblers (or Revengers; I never sorted it out). Was there any other kind of homage/counterpart of marvel (or others) heroes in DC before the Crisis?
— Fr?d?ric (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As mentioned in a recent column, there were parodies of Marvel heroes in issues of INFERIOR FIVE. And Marvel returned the favor in NOT BRAND ECCH.
In a more serious vein, back when I was writing FREEDOM FIGHTERS and Roy Thomas was doing THE INVADERS, we each created a team called The Crusaders – a pastiche of the other’s team – for our heroes to battle.
I know Archie’s last name is Andrews and Scribbly’s is Jibbet, but were the DC teen humor characters Buzzy and Binky ever given last names???
— Jake Oster (email@example.com)
Binky’s last name is Biggs; Buzzy has never been given a last name.
1. Was the pre-Crisis Supergirl wiped out of continuity by Crisis?
2. What DC Characters are known for talking backwards? (Besides Zatara, Zatanna and the Jerry Ordway Mr. Atom)
3. Is the White Rabbit (From the STEEL comic) still alive?
— Orville Eastland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Pretty much so. Once the single Earth was formed, everyone but the participating heroes forgot that Kara had existed.
2. My pal Bob Greenberger suggests Lando the Magician.
3. No one is comics is really alive… or dead.
I remember reading somewhere (the old COMICS SCENE, maybe) that it was Jack Kirby who designed Spider-man’s costume, not Steve Ditko, and the cover to AMAZING FANTASY #15, was part of the proof. Do you know if it’s true?
— Carlos Tron (email@example.com)
The way I remember it, Kirby was directed to pencil a new version of the cover because the one Ditko did was deemed to be not dynamic enough.
Can Batman actually turn into a real bat and fly around? If not, then why is he called Batman?
— Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Can the batboy on a baseball team turn into a real baseball bat?
He is called Batman because criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot and he wanted to strike fear into their hearts.
Can you direct me to a scan copy of the unpublished cover for DYNAMIC CLASSICS #3?
— Chris (ceaemkay)
Have Ra’s Al Ghul and Vandal Savage ever met?
— Adam Taylor (email@example.com)
Maybe they’ve crossed paths or shared a meal at some point, but such a meeting has never been recorded in the pages of a comic book.
Have those two future heroes — Tommy Tomorrow and Space Ranger — appeared elsewhere since their “farewells” in SHOWCASE and a GREEN LANTERN cross-over [respectively] happened?
— Arthur Lortie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I could not think of any subsequent appearances and turned (again) to my pal Bob Greenberger. He could not cite any more recent tales either.
In the current DC continuity, does Lois Lane know Bruce Wayne is Batman?
— John (email@example.com)
Though it hasn’t been specifically stated, it has been implied (most recently in BATMAN #611) that Clark has shared that bit of information with her.
What does the comics’ Archie Andrews call his father?
Some years back there was a character in the Superman books named Frank Berkowitcz and he was the mayor of Metropolis. Do you have idea where the name came from? Was it a combination of local people? Since he shares the same name as me I am extremely curious. Any help you can offer I would appreciate.
— Frank Berkowitcz (MFBWAY@aol.com)
Some comic book writers (and many writers of other forms of fiction as well) often use the names of people they know as the basis for names of characters in their stories. It would seem likely that your namesake — and you — share the name with someone known to the story’s author.
By the way, a few famous novelists will use the name of a real person as a character in a book in exchange for a donation to a selected charity. Nelson DeMille, author of such thrillers as “The General’s Daughter” and “The Lion’s Game” is one who comes to mind.
I want to know if there is an equivalent of NICK FURY and SHIELD in the DC universe.
— Stealz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I guess I’d opt for Sgt. Rock and the Suicide Squad as their DCU counterparts.
All my comics and magazines from that era are out of easy reach, but I think that the project in question was for one (of two) Watchmen adventures for the DC HEROES ROLE PLAYING GAME that was out at the time. It/they had new covers by Dave Gibbons, was set in the 1960s, and featured the characters seen at Captain Metropolis’ unsuccessful meeting to organize “The Crimebusters” – Metropolis, Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, The Comedian, and the second-generation Nite-Owl and Silk Spectre.
And I’d buy a MAZING MAN trade, if it ever comes out!
…I don’t know if there was a comic sequel in the works. I do know that there was a “Watchmen 2” supplement for the Mayfair Games DC Heroes RPG. I don’t think it ever came out, though.
— Orville Eastland (email@example.com)
…1) I don’t know of any comic book Watchmen sequels, but there were two Watchmen adventure modules published for Mayfair Games’ DC Heroes role playing game. The titles were “Who Watches the Watchmen?” and “Taking Out the Trash.”
2) Muscle Man was one of the identities adopted by Robby Reed in the original “Dial H For Hero” series. He battled the Rainbow Raider (the second of three DC villains with that name) on the cover of HOUSE OF MYSTERY #167.
— Bob Buethe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
…Perhaps the questioner is thinking of HERO HOTLINE’s Mr. Muscle…?
— A.T.Kokmen (ATKokmen@aol.com)
…Lichtenstein did use Kirby as inspiration at least once as “Image Duplicator” from 1963 is based on a Magneto headshot. It can be seen here:
— Thomas Decock (email@example.com)
I took your survey on what I would pay for BTH (Beaten to Heck) comics. You said that the times were your approximations. I was wondering how you came to pick the years that you did. What do you think is the end of the Golden, Silver, and Bronze Ages?
If you ask me (and no one does), I think the first appearance of the Martian Manhunter (which was several months before the Flash) is the start of the Silver Age. I have two options for the end of the Silver Age. It’s either the death of Gwen Stacy (which I got from Kurt Busiek) or the jumping of Jack Kirby from Marvel to DC. As for the end of the Bronze Age, since I started reading comics in 1985, I don’t think the age really ever ended, but if I had to say when it ended, I would date it much later than you did. I would say it was the bolting of the Image founders from Marvel. Any earlier and I would say that it was either CRISIS or John Byrne’s Superman.
Love the column. Keep up the good work!
— Will Berkovitz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I’ve always subscribed to the notion that the Silver Age began with the Flash’s debut in SHOWCASE #4; it ended in 1973 when I started working at DC. I put the end of the Bronze Age in 1986 with publication of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. As I said, those are my approximations and you are free to choose your own. (I’m sure we’ll be hearing from my pal Dave Blanchard on this topic!)
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Don’t you miss the simplicity and the imagination of the pre-Crisis DC universe? Isn’t it a bit ‘dull’ how everything is forced to fit neat together now? Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way for a multitude of DC universes to co-exist and different “lines” or “imprints” to tell their different (and sometimes convergent) stories? Just musing here, Bob. Humor me.
One sort of serious question. Who is ‘Mazing Man’s favorite Met from the current roster? I would have guessed ‘Fonzie’ was his recent favorite, but what jersey does he wear now?
— Greg Canu (email@example.com)
Yes, Greg, I do miss the “old days” when continuity wasn’t the rigid law it is now. It was convenient to be able to use parts that worked for a particular story and toss out the ones that didn’t. There was continuity in the general framework of the DC universe, but rarely did a single event in a story determine how every other story had to run. If an entertaining tale could be written by ignoring something, that something was ignored.
As for ‘Mazing Man’s favorite Met, I suspect it could be Al Leiter.
Hey — I noticed you took the mention of CAPA-ALPHA off your bio! What gives?
Just kidding… I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much I enjoy the column!
Fellow CAPA-ALPHA guy,
— Derek J Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For those who don’t know, CAPA-ALPHA is the senior-most of the comic book APAs (Amateur Press Associations). The roster of members over the years has included a wide variety of prominent fans as well as a number of pros. If you are interested in joining the Waiting List, contact Central Mailer Merlin Haas at flyingflounder@hotmailcom.
Hey, Bob! What the heck happened to your mustache?! You look great! You sure don’t look like you miss the stress of working at DC!
— Dave Bednar (email@example.com)
….I demand to know what you did to that slovenly unattractive, mustachioed fellow whose countenance used to haunt this column!! He may not have been much to look at, (hell, I’ll be honest… compared to him, even Ben Grimm was prettier) but damn it, he was still my Answer Man!
— Mr. Lamont Sanford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I threw that guy into the gym four times a week and, after he dropped about 25 pounds, I shaved off his mustache so no one would recognize him!
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