Well, I posted the questions and got more than a few answers (including a bunch from Kurt Busiek). So, without further ado, here’s an installment of “You Too Have Been the Answer Man!”
**Back in the early 60s, Marvel used to print these stories in their comics. The stories generally started in the middle of the story and would be 1 page, then would continue on second page later on in the issue. Generally the page background was yellow. What were these stories, and where did they come from? **
He’s talking about those one- or two-page text stories that disappeared when letters pages came into vogue. I believe they were included in order to satisfy some Post Office requirement for text material — without a certain amount of text, the comics wouldn’t qualify for whatever subscription mailing rates Marvel was getting. So the answer to his question would be: They’re filler stories. Where did they come from? Stan bought them from writers, just like the others — I think Mark Evanier might be able to identify a few of the actual writers, but my guess would be that it was Bob Bernstein and Don Rico and Larry Leiber doing most of them.
— Kurt Busiek
**Okay, Tony Stark was found to be controlled by Kang, then died…his teenage version appears and then is sucked into Onslaught….oh heck, I know you know the story. My question is when the heroes returned, Tony Stark is now an adult with memories of the past…what happened? Was he not dead? **
This was answered — to the extent it’s going to be, I expect — in a backup story I wrote in the AVENGERS 2001 annual.
— Kurt Busiek
… Stark was manipulated by Kang into killing what he thought were his former friends. Turns out they were shape-shifters called Space Phantoms. In fact, it wasn’t Kang at all, but a disguised Immortus. (See the AVENGERS FOREVER mini-series.) Tony killed himself, but was replaced with his teenage self from the past. He fought Onslaught.
What happened next has never been fully explained. Onslaught had kidnapped Franklin Richards and the mutant Nate “X-Man” Grey. They seemed to be held in a pocket dimension with Onslaught’s armor. From there, they either created the counter Earth of “Heroes Reborn”, or altered a world that already existed.
In any case, when the Avengers, Fantastic 4, et al. threw themselves at Onslaught’s energy form, their forms and memories were reshaped by Franklin who still affected this pocket universe. So Tony Stark became a grown man with no memory of his other lives. When he returned to the normal Marvel Universe, he regained the memories of his former adult and teen-age lives. Incidentally, this is also how the Wasp changed from her insectoid form at the end of AVENGERS Vol. 1 back into her human form.
**Do you know a mutant called Silver Fox? What do you know about her?**
She’s a supporting player (or was) from WOLVERINE, who at least appeared a lot during Larry Hama’s tenure on the book. As I recall, she was an early romantic interest for Wolverine and was eventually connected to the same espionage program that crammed Wolverine’s head with so many contradictory memories.
— Kurt Busiek
…Silver Fox I’m not as sure on, but I’m pretty sure she was a Native Canadian member of the Weapon X project that produced Wolverine and Sabertooth, and I believe during that period was a love interest for Wolverine. Don’t know her current status though.
I was wondering if you could put me in contact or if you might know what Bert Christman or Noel Sickels original artwork goes for? I have a suitcase full of sketches and dailies from both. Please contact me if you have any information on them. Thanks
— Lee Vandergrift (email@example.com)
I know nothing about how much this stuff might be worth — I’m just drooling at the thought of a suitcase full of Noel Sickles art…
— Kurt Busiek
**With Marvel recently reprinting Alan Moore’s Captain Britain stories, I was curious to find out what issues it actually reprints? **
MARVEL SUPERHEROES (UK) #s 387-388, with possibly the last page of #386, as some say Moore wrote that page
DAREDEVILS (UK) #s 1-11
MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL (UK)#1-13
Incidentally, “Easter Eggs”: This arc included Moore first work on Miracleman under that name. (Before that, he was called Marvelman.)
“The Special Executive” first appeared in DOCTOR WHO MONTHLY
… Another trade paperback, by Jamie Delano and Alan Davis, continues the reprints from MWOM #s 14-16, then CAPTAIN BRITAIN (1985) #s 1-14.
The early (1970’s) Captain Britain stories from CAPTAIN BRITAIN and SUPER SPIDER-MAN AND CAPTAIN BRITAIN (which features the first appearances of many of the cast, as well as a team up with Captain America against the Red Skull with fantastic John Buscema artwork.)
This lead in to Alan Moore’s book. MARVEL SUPER HEROES #s 377-386 were reprinted in X-MEN ARCHIVES FEATURING CAPTAIN BRITAIN #s 1-2. Alan Moore’s stuff continued in issues 2-7.
There was also a Black Night strip in HULK WEEKLY in the UK bridging the 2 major runs.
**Is Dave Cockrum still alive and kicking? And what comic company has his great characters, The Futurians?**
Dave’s been active on the X-Fan internet boards and on dccomics.com Legion boards of late. Last comics work I saw by him was in Claypool Comics’ SOULSEARCHERS & COMPANY.
I want to see more Futurians comics too…
— Kurt Busiek
… Dave just recently joined this Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/legionpics/ Both he and Steve Lightle are pretty good about answering fans’ questions there
— Scott Mateo (Atom JLA@aol.com)
…Dave is alive and well. Chat with him at his message board:
…Dave Cockrum is a regular poster on the DC message boards, as Dark Bamf.
** Whatever happened to the child of Iron Munroe and Sandra Knight? And why did they never reunite?**
The birth of child of Iron Munroe and Sandra Knight was first revealed (along with the two of them having even been romantically involved) in the DAMAGE series in the mid-90s. They were red herrings for Damage’s possible parents, who turned out to be Al (Atom) Pratt and his wife Mary. Based on various events in the series, if Damage wasn’t their son, the new to the series villain Steelhawk almost certainly was. But he’s not appeared, to the best of my knowledge, since the DAMAGE series ended, nor was it ever stated for sure that he was the lost son. Iron and Sandra never reunited because Sandra didn’t want to and Iron respected that.
**What exactly can you tell me about the Plastic Man cartoon from about 20 years ago?**
It lasted 2 years on ABC(1979-81).
Plas received assignments from a woman called “the Chief,” but the stories never said who he worked for.
His sidekicks were a blonde named “Penny” (whom he married in the second season, as established in the episode that introduced “Baby Plas”), and a rather stereotypical Hawaiian guy named “Hula-Hula”.
The show was produced by Ruby-Spears, and usually had a couple of stories per episode, along with some “health and safety tips” like the ones that typically ran in cartoons of that era.
The cartoons originally aired as part of a one-hour show, with various other elements.
In the mid-80s, the Plas cartoons were syndicated in a half-hour show that had an actor in a cheesy Plas costume doing lame introductions.
Fortunately, this version didn’t last long, and the cartoons haven’t been seen on TV since.
… Here’s a great link for info on the Plastic Man cartoon: http://www.pazsaz.com/plastic.html.
The website has the details on the show and an episode guide.
… Regarding the Plastic Man/Baby Plas cartoon… see http://www.yesterdayland.com/popopedia/shows/saturday/sa1165.php
**Was Gail Simone fired by Marvel?**
I asked the lady herself, on her message board (the “You’ll All Be Sorry” forum at comicbookresources.com) and this was her reply: “I wasn’t fired, I left. I offered to write more issues ’til they found someone, and they picked some fill-in people instead.”
…She’ll take over writing BIRDS OF PREY with issue 56. (Out next June.).
** I’ve never been able to find out what the final issue numbers or dates AMAZING HEROES by Fantagraphics and COMICS INTERVIEW by Fictioneer. Do you have any idea?**
COMICS INTERVIEW went to #150, AMAZING HEROES went at least as far as #210, and just for completeness sake, THE COMIC READER went to #219.
I found what the last issue of CI was on the net (found this reference: “Comics Interview Gives Up the Ghost” p. 28 in The Comics Journal, no. 183 (Jan. 1996) — (Newswatch) — David Anthony Kraft’s Comics Interview ends with no. 150).
AH is a little sketchier. A copy of AH #210 is up for bid on eBay now. (My latest issue is #183, Mile High lists up to #204). According to the same website where I found the CI ending issue, they say that TCJ #156 annouces the cessation of AH, but it doesn’t say what number that was. I also recall rumors that someone else was going to continue AH, so #204 may have been the last Fantagtraphics issue.
— Jim Jefhamlin@aol.com
Regarding accountants in comics: I can recall at least one story in which an accountant was the villain. In the Lois Lane story from SUPERMAN FAMILY #214, (“Fear has Four Walls and No Name!”) Lois was kidnapped by a former accountant named Arthur Pulaski. He wasn’t a bad guy; he just wound up working for the mob. Thanks to Lois’s articles, he got caught and sent to jail. In jail, he developed a severe case of agoraphobia, which resulted in him going a little crazy. After he was free, he bought an apartment, lined it with lead, bought lots of food supplies and games, kidnapped Lois for company, and welded the door shut behind him. Lois wound up escaping after knocking him out and nearly flooding the apartment, causing some leaks which got people’s attention.
On the topic of the Philosopher’s Stone: The Philosopher’s Stone has been used in other DC contexts. In Grant Morrison’s “Rock of Ages” JLA Arc, it was another term for Hourman’s Worlogog. And, it’s also the name of the Stone that can control or free Etrigan, as shown in THE DEMON, BATMAN, and WONDER WOMAN.
Bob and John,
Thanks for answering my Power Girl question. I’m surprised at how much of her pre-Crisis stuff is
relatively canonical. Until DC cleans her up right, I’ll be grateful you helped me make some sense of her.
— Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John’s article has been incorporated into a website devoted to Power Girl. Pop on over and check out Chris Owen’s work at http://powergirl.metrocity.com/.
Bob, the new picture takes years off you! I vote that you should keep the mustache off!
… Nice pic, by the way. I hardly recognized ya!
— Scott Mateo (Atom JLA@aol.com)
Well, in addition to the shaved-off mustache, there are 25 less pounds of me in the new photo. Comes from regular visits to the gym, eating better, and leading a less-stressful life.
Thanks to one and all for the answers you’ve provided. Regarding those questions in the December 23rd column that have not been answered, I guess we’re all just going to shrug and say, “We don’t know.”
Next week, new questions and answers. And meanwhile, don’t forget my daily Anything Goes Trivia over at www.wfcomics.com/trivia.
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