How did you end up writing two issues of DC’s STAR TREK comic? Did you plan on writing more issues about Spock’s ship?
 Chris [mjjck2@hotmail.com]

I wrote “Dreamworld” in ST #21 and “The Trouble with Transporters” in #26, thanks to my pal Bob Greenberger, who had just become the editor of the book. Bob wanted to build himself a bit of deadline cushion, so he put Tony Isabella, Diane Duane, and yours truly to work on scripts. I was able to explore the sub-niche of Spock’s captaincy of the U.S.S. Surak, taking the crew to explore a pair of strange new worlds much the way the original TV series used to do it.

I enjoyed being able to flesh out the crew of the Surak – the bird-headed Dr Chu-Sa, inventive Dr. Garace, and Lt. Mello were all my contributions to this particular sub-niche of the lore – and to use some of the existing mythos to go in a different direction. I certainly would have enjoyed doing some more adventures of Spock and his crew, but that particular window was closed when he returned to the Enterprise.


AND SPEAKING OF STAR TREK…A REVIEW

At the recommendation of my son Chuck, I read the hardcover STAR TREK: NEXT GENERATION graphic novel “The Gorn Crisis” by Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta and Igor Kordey.

Longtime Trek fans will remember the Gorn… one of them was the lizard-creature who fought with Captain Kirk in the 1967 TV episode “Arena.” It is now a century later and the members of the aggressive Gorn Black Crest have mounted a coup d’etat to overthrow the ruling class… just as Captain Picard and the Enterprise arrive to recruit the Gorn into the battle against the Dominion.

With action on the Gorn homeworld as well as at an outpost besieged by Gorn warships (an outpost where Commander Riker and a crew of battle-disgraced Klingons happen to be), it makes for a fairly good read, though it seems a bit stretched out for the 90 pages it is.

The art, unfortunately, leaves something to be desired. Kordey is occasionally quite good at capturing likenesses of the ST:NG regulars (particularly Picard) and the rest of the time absolutely horrible. The shape of Data’s head changes from panel to panel and I cannot find a single panel in which Riker looks like Jonathan Frakes.

More important, much of his art lacks any sort of depth. There’s a full page shot of the battle between Gorn and the Klingons at the outpost that I stared at trying to figure out who was doing what to whom. And Kordey’s monochromatic sequences are difficult, if not impossible, to follow.

But my biggest complaint is that this is a hardcover book retailing at $29.95. “The Gorn Crisis” is a minor event in the Star Trek universe, as much a throwaway as those two stories I wrote back in 1986. As such, it might make it as a three-issue miniseries or perhaps an annual, but hardcover treatment is way over the top. For the same amount of money, you can pick up any five paperback ST novels and get far more value for your bucks.


BOBRO’S TRIVIA QUIZ
1. She married The Phantom and became Mrs. Kit Walker?
2. Harassing Bugs Bunny is one pastime of what mustachioed fellow?
3. Oracle sits around while Black Canary does all the work in what series?
4. Rerun and Linus are brothers to whom?
5. The Kookie Quartet version of who was called Mr. Manplastic?
6. A member of the GL Corps and the Darkstars, who married Katma Tui?
7. Max Mercury would still be using what name if not for Pietro?
8. On the screen, they were Fatso, Stretch and Stinky; collectively, who are they?
9. Naming himself the Ace of Clubs, who founded the Royal Flush Gang?
10. The only member of both the JLA and the Blasters; who is he?
11. His original name was Castiglione; who is he better known as now?

BOBRO’S FUN FACTS TO KNOW & TELL:
1. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
2. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
3. The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pie.” (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)


FROM THE EMAILBOX:

Have you ever heard of a character called Devil Chef? I would like to get a tattoo of him, but can’t find a picture or anyone who has heard of him.
 Marsha [bonappetit@myway.com]

The master of the perpetual barbecue appeared in a one-shot, appropriately titled DEVIL CHEF, published by Dark Horse Comics in 1994.

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What Golden Arrow comic book character says, “Scratch gravel, White Wind”? Where could I get a copy?
 Sidney [sbseidman@msn.com]

White Wind is Golden Arrow’s horse, so it’s likely that the hero himself may have said this instead of the more traditional “Giddyup.” Unless you can find copies of GOLDEN ARROW – which ran for six issues in the mid-40s – or issues of WHIZ COMICS (in which he was a back-up feature), your best bet at getting a look at GA is the Millennium Edition reprint of WHIZ #1 that DC released earlier this year.

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According to traditional Batman history, at what time of day or night did Batman’s father die?
 Virginia [Virginie_@email.com]

Thomas and Martha Wayne were gunned down in Crime Alley after seeing a movie one evening. Their time of death would have to be somewhere around 10:00 or 11:00 p.m.

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What were the names of the original Holliday Girls in WONDER WOMAN and SENSATION COMICS?
 Jen Contino [Jencomx3@aol.com]

Woo woo! Other than Etta Candy, none of the Beeta Lamda sorority sisters at Holliday College seemed to have names when they first appeared.
In fact, I was able to find names for some of them in only one story in my possession, “The Five Tasks of Thomas Tighe!” In that story, Ruth Rorick, Mary Lane, Jean Townsend, Janet Foster and Etta are identified as the five Holliday Girls with the highest marks on an aptitude test.


FROM THE EMAILBOX: UPDATES

Jim Murdoch [smiv@primenet.com], Jim Shatz-Akin [jshatzakin@aol.com] and R. David Francis [rdf@hyperactiveinc.com] all checked in with info regarding the BORIS ADVENTURE MAGAZINE mentioned in last week’s column. Based on what they recall, I’ve put together the following:

Boris, a cuddly teddy bear, got fed up with contrived animal characters, donned a Rambo headband and started offing offending characters. Beginning in 1986, the first dozen issues (and a three-issue BORIS THE BEAR INSTANT COLOR CLASSICS in 1987) were published by Dark Horse Comics. Publication then moved from Dark Horse to creator James Dean Smith’s own Nicotat Comics with issue #13 of that title, ending its run with #34 in 1990.

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Meanwhile, Rich Johnston, my fellow SBC columnist, forwarded this on another topic…

On the Jim Owsley to Christopher Priest name change, this is what I remember, though it may be flawed:
Christopher was always Jim Owsley’s real first name. Jim left Marvel when his marriage was suffering, in an attempt to save it. At one point, Jim said that if his wife left him, he’d become a priest. His wife left him. He changed his name. He also became a minister. To some of his congregation, he is known as Priest Priest.


MORE FROM THE EMAILBOX: WHAT SOME FOLKS WILL DO TO GET A 10% DISCOUNT

What does sex feel like even if I have tried it?
 Anthony [Anthony_paul88@hotmail.com

How do you connect the nine dots with four straight lines without lifting your pencil from the paper?
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 Davy Castro [ldcastro@evansinet.com]

Um, guys, you may have noticed that this is a column (and an entire site, for that matter) devoted to comic books and related material?


All the folks whose comments and questions appear here earn a 10% discount off anything they order this week from Comics Unlimited through SBC, including a copy of “The Gorn Crisis,” if they so desire. Want to get your questions answered and save a few bucks too? Use the handy box in the column on the left.

Meantime, I’ll see you back here again next week.


TRIVIA ANSWERS
Eleven questions…eleven answers… each answer eleven letters long.
1. Diana Palmer
2. Yosemite Sam
3. BIRDS OF PREY
4. Lucy van Pelt
5. Mr. Fantastic
6. John Stewart
7. Quicksilver
8. The Ghostly Trio
9. Amos Fortune
10. Snapper Carr
11. The Punisher

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