I’ve earned my reputation as the Answer Man because of the vast amount of comics knowledge I’ve amassed in my fifty years. [Sometimes I scare myself with the odd facts I seem to remember!] Still, despite the huge number of reference volumes I have piled on and around my desk, there are questions I can’t answer.
So, this week, it’s your turn to play Answer Man. Following are a number of questions that have arrived over the past few months. Some I have no idea about; others I’ve done some research on and come up empty. A few are about comic books I’ve never read (and sometimes never even heard of!)
If you have an answer (or even part of an answer), send it along to me using the handy box in the column on the left. As information comes in, it’ll appear here. With that, let’s dive into the emailbox…
Who killed Graydon Creed in Marvel’s X-Factor comics?
— Chris ([email protected])
What was DC comics’ “Dirty Jobs” title all about?
— J Gift ([email protected])
The tales of the production artists who clean up the artwork before it can be printed?
Wondering if you’d happen to know when that city first got mentioned by
name in the GA Flash stories?
— Dwight Williams ([email protected])
I did some checking in the GOLDEN AGE FLASH ARCHIVES volume, but all of Jay Garrick’s adventures are based in New York City in those.
What exactly happened to the proposed Bionix miniseries Rob Liefeld was planning to do back in 1996? Was there ever a Bionix mini or was it “vaporware”? My theory is that Universal didn’t like his version of Battlestar Galactica so they withdrew the license for Bionix.
What’s the real story???
— Victor Lambert ([email protected])
I’m not sure I ever heard the “fake” story.
You being a Marvel Comics person, do you have the new Spider-Man game? I just got it for my birthday and I must say the game is awesome!!
— Mario ([email protected])
Actually, I was a DC Comics guy. (If there’s a Superman game, I don’t have that either.)
David Choe? Who is this guy and what is NYX? Is this the rumored brotherhood series or something entirely different? What is this rant all about?
— Devesh ([email protected])
For some reason, I’ve always liked the Atlas/Seaboard comics from the 70s – some of them had some great premises and were really well done (Chaykin’s Scorpion comes to mind – and what was the Grim Ghost but Spawn?). Who currently owns the rights to these characters? I’ve heard of them being bought several times, but never heard any solid confirmation.
— Ray Sablack ([email protected])
Anybody out there have the rights?
BOBRO’S TRIVIA QUIZ
1. Bullwinkle and Rocky often went the wrong way thanks to what pilot
2. A disguised Mon-El joined the Legion using what anagrammatical name?
3. Loved as a toy line, what dessert-named character didn’t last long as a Marvel comic?
4. At the Earth’s core, you can find David Innes, created by what author?
5. Name the “sweet patootie” and “orphink” in Popeye’s life.
6. Cecil Wilson’s partner-in-peril is whom?
7. Earth-C’s Zoo Crew was led by what long-eared character?
8. “Don’t let yourself forget, tune up your TV set for” what Hanna-Barbera cartoon and comics star?
9. Do you know the name of the Bob Clampett-created series about a boy and his sea serpent?
10. Improbable history was explored by whom and his boy Sherman?
11. Engaged after she was saved by Private Eyes, name the singer who married the Hero Hotliner.
12. Taking this week’s theme into account, what less than complimentary name was Ma Hunkel sometimes called?
BOBRO’S FUN FACTS TO KNOW & TELL
1. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.
2. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
MORE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM THE EMAILBOX
What will an object acted upon by a net force do?
— Jessica ([email protected])
I know a lot of Marvel history, but having only started reading in 1990, there are some holes in my knowledge. A few things that have plagued me:
1.In Universe X #7, who is the character at the center of page 19 with the gun, green gem and knife? Also, I think it might be a plot point now, but on page 8 of Universe X #7, who is the character who wants to be beautiful again?
2.In the original Earth X series, who was the Skull follower with the Omega symbol on his head?
— Ben Ebert ([email protected])
How many European comics did Dark Horse publish and what were their titles?
— Paulo Costa ([email protected])
You know anything about the Palmer Metahuman Sacale?
I know it measures power levels for metahumans. Is there any theoretical discussion of it? Is there any list of such power levels for people to compare?
— Rey ([email protected])
I’ve got a good one for the Answer Man, even though it’s about a Dell comic.
I am obsessed with the Dell book NEUTRO from the late 60s. (If you don’t remember it, click on www.candlelightpress.com/neutro/neutro1.htm to have a look.) I’ve been collecting theories from all manner of folk as to who wrote and drew this odd book. One theory has been Paul S. Newman. Any info you might recall would be appreciated!
— John Thomas ([email protected])
For the record, NEUTRO appeared with a January, 1967 cover date. Jack Sparling did the art.
QUESTIONS THAT CAN ONLY BE ANSWERED IN THE FUTURE
Will Gambit appear in the new X-Men title or will he continue to pair up with Bishop in their limited series?
— Y ([email protected])
Is Cyclops really dead? Will there be a story of him
— Haab ([email protected])
Will Fox Kids UK ever show X-Men Evolution?
— Tom ([email protected])
:What is going on with Youngblood?
— wojtek ([email protected])
Who is X that’s writing the Brotherhood?
— JoMaC2k ([email protected])
When is the Stan Lee DC project actually going to ship?
— Rodney King ([email protected])
THE CONTINUING SAGA OF PSEUDONYMS AND SECRET IDENTITIES:
First, to the question of “David Lawrence”:
Not a question, but an answer. I know that “David Lawrence” co-created (along with David Campiti & Ron Lim) the original Ex-Mutants title for Eternity Comics.
— Wayne P. Bertrand II ([email protected])
Re: David Lawrence: Out of the fog comes a recollection of the name as
scripter of a couple of Dan Adkins Dr. Strange stories during ’67. Wouldn’t swear
to it, though… and now that I think about it, wasn’t that the name of the
writer of Gray Morrow’s Buck Rogers?
— Mitchell Senft ([email protected])
And, on the topic of the Crusty Bunkers…
The Crusty Bunkers, for anyone who hasn’t heard of them, was the collective name of a non-team of inkers clustered around Neal Adams’ Continuity Studios. Pretty much anyone who was within shouting distance probably dropped in for part of at least one job at one time or another. But, the core group consisted of people who rented space there or worked up front in the actual advertising studio that the place was.
Off the top of my head, and probably with notables I’m forgetting, the Bunkers included Neal himself, Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, Joe Barney, Ralph Reese, Joe D’Esposito, Greg Theakston, Mike Nasser (Netzer), Bob Wiacek, Bob McLeod, Bruce Patterson, Steve Mitchell… maybe Bob Smith, who was young and in town at the time… maybe Jim Sherman, though I think he showed up later… maybe Jack Abel, who rented there, but maybe not…
Bob, if I see Terry at Motor City Con next month, and if I remember, I’ll see if he can add any more names.
— Tom Orzechowski.
Re: Crusty Bunkers: As you said, they included anyone in the Continuity offices. I’d add, but again not swear, to Alan Kupperberg, Ralph Reese, Alan Weiss, young Joe Rubinstein.
— Mitchell Senft ([email protected])
Weren’t Alfredo Alcala, Tony DeZunga, Ernie Chan in the group, too?
— Steve Chung ([email protected])
No. There was a Filipino collective called the Tribe, who inked Savage Sword in the late ’70s, but it was made up of lesser-knowns, and they were in the Philippines. Alfredo, Tony and Ernie lived in the San Francisco and environs, as did Danny Bulanadi and Alex Nino. The Crusty Bunkers were in Manhattan.
Alfredo could ink faster than any room full of people. I met him a couple of times, during that Captain Marvel job you reviewed (#35, actually penciled by Danny) and while I was lettering (and he was inking) Savage Sword of Conan. One thing that sped him along was a brush-pen he invented, which was a brush somehow attached to a fountain pen. I know from fountain pens, and can’t imagine how he was able to connect the ink bladder to the brush in such a way that it would give a modest, controlled flow, but he did it. This was
similar to brush pens available which have preformed, sponge-like tips, but was definitely a brush attached to a fountain pen.
Ernie, to the best of my knowledge, had no assistants. Tony, on the other hand, had assistants, but they weren’t The Tribe.
— Tom Orzechowski.
Tony was the world’s sloppiest eraser. This didn’t have much effect until DC went to the Baxter paper. On All Star Squadron you could see every uninked pencil line that Tony didn’t erase. This went on for issue after issue and nobody in editorial (or production) ever did anything about it.
— Bob Hughes
Some artists at the time used a gloss-coated art board. Any attempt to erase the pencil lines took up more ink than pencil. I don’t recall that Tony DeZuniga was one of the guys using that board, but if he was, it would explain why the pencil lines showed up in the printed books.
I concur with Tom that Ernie (at the time known as Ernie Chua) did not have assistants.
So, with the reminder that everybody whose e-letters appear here get 10% off anything they order from Comics Unlimited this week, I am outta here till next time…
It’s a fruits and veggies this week.
1. Peter Peachfuzz
2. Legionnaire Lemon
3. Strawberry Shortcake
4. Edgar Rice Burroughs
5. Olive Oyl and Swee’ Pea
6. Sugar Plumm
7. Captain Carrot
8. Huckleberry Hound
9. Beany and Cecil
10. Mr. Peabody
11. Melanie Boulder
12. The Red Tomato
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