What are Aquaman’s super-powers?
— Julia (julz0388@aol.com)

According to a recent entry in one of the SECRET FILES editions, the Sea King’s powers are incredible strength and speed and the ability to communicate with sea creatures.

I would like to start an Aquaman comic book collection. Where should I start? With older or new Aquaman? What are the essential volumes? Any help would be appreciated.
— Dave (marleyodan@aol.com)

I’d start with the recently published AQUAMAN ARCHIVES, but that’s because I am a fan of the Silver Age version of the King of the Sea. I’m sure my readers would have other suggestions.

I would like to know if Geoff Johns, the current writer of JSA, will utilize the same style of building long term subplots with storylines in the new TEEN TITANS series so we can have a Titans series that is quality from beginning to end.
— Robert Rogers (r.rogers@mail.com)

I think it’s highly unlikely that Geoff will sit back and say, “You know, I feel really lazy, so I’m not going to work very hard on this book.”

Wasn’t there a super-hero called Piranha (Harvey possibly)? And who was the original Daredevil, the one in the red and blue costume?
— David G (estradason@aol.com)

Pirana appeared in Harvey’s THRILL-O-RAMA #s 2 and 3 back in 1966.
The first Daredevil debuted in SILVER STREAK #6 in 1940 and starred in DAREDEVIL COMICS till #69 (1950) with a couple of return appearances in #s 79 and 80. The original DD suffered the ignominious fate of having his kid sidekicks, the Little Wise Guys, take over his book and boot him out.

Can the Green Lantern ring create a working cell phone or a power source such as a car battery?
— David Buchanan (ddaavviiddbb@hotmail.com)


Was THE INFERIOR 5 DC Comics’ only parody of superhero fantasy? Are there superhero parodies that you have enjoyed reading? If so, do you mind saying what they are?
— Julian (lira-b@tstt.net.tt)

The short-lived MAJOR BUMMER series was a parody, as was the one-shot SERGIO ARAGONES DESTROYS DC. In my opinion, however, the best parodies of comics are the ones done in the early issues of MAD back in the 50s.

1) We know the clich? of Clark Kent ducking into a phone booth to change into Superman, but how common was it, really? I remember more stories where he changes in a storeroom at the Daily Planet instead.
2) How do I approach an artist at a convention about sketching something for me? I’ve never asked before, but I’d like to start collecting some favorites in a book.
— Scott (vertical@abc.com)

1) The clich? grew out of the Fleisher cartoons of the 1940s, which showed Clark changing in one of the old-fashioned wooden phone booths. I think E. Nelson Bridwell did a search once and found only one or two occasions in the comic books where it happened. There was a more recent occurrence, however, in ACTION COMICS #450’s “The Laugh Heard Round the World.” It’s possible that the bit was included as a result of Nelson’s search.
2) You approach the artist by introducing yourself and saying something about how you enjoy his or her work and would appreciate having a sketch done. Keep in mind that most artists will charge you for the sketch, so be prepared to pay – and negotiate the price up front. But don’t be afraid to say, “That’s a bit out of my budget” if the price is more than you can afford.

What is Tim (Robin #3) Drake’s middle name? He was once miscalled “Jeff,” and I understand the writers originally planned to name him Jeff. But has Tim’s middle name been officially listed?
— Andy Salendu (andysalendu@hotmail.com)

Despite the precedent set by Robert Bruce Banner, Tim’s middle name is not Jeff, nor anything else that has been revealed.

I’ve been a big fan of JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES. In many ways it’s like reading the “real” Justice League from the 1960s and 70s. In issue #12, they fight a cartel of cold-based villains including favorites of mine like the Icicle, Captain Cold and the nearly forgotten Wonder Woman foe Minister Blizzard. It was a blast. However there were two I didn’t recognize – Snowman and Cryonic Man. Do you know who they are and where they first appeared?
— Glenn Walker (glenn@comicwidows.com)

Two incarnations of Snowman appeared, in BLACKHAWK #134 and in BATMAN #337. The Cryonic Man battled Batman and the Outsiders in #6 of their title.

In what comic book was John Constantine’s first appearance?
— Nick Vandercar (ojsbloodyglove@yahoo.com)

He made his debut in SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #37.

I was leafing through an issue of WORLD’S FINEST, circa 1980/81 and the Daily Planet column talked about an upcoming BATMAN VS. THE HULK special. Finished artwork was shown and even a brief plot synopsis was given. Whatever happened to this project? Did it fall apart like the famous JLA/AVENGERS deal? I was surprised because I have never seen any mention of such a project in the past 20 years or so.
— ES (estragand@aol.com)

The book was published in tabloid size, ES, and has been reprinted a couple of times, once in a black and white paperback and in color in CROSSOVER CLASSICS, a TPB that I believe is still available on DC’s backlist.

When did S.T.A.R. Labs make its first appearance? I’m thinking that it was probably in a Superman comic, but when did it start appearing elsewhere, too?
— Mario Flores (fwlev@aol.com)

S.T.A.R. first appeared way back in SUPERMAN #246. Over the next few years, it started to turn up in various DC titles (mostly those ones edited by Julie Schwartz) as an attempt to bring some continuity to the DC Universe.

With all the recent talk in the column about Treasury-sized comics, it got me to thinking about something from my childhood – digest-size reprints. I distinctly remember a Legion of Super-Heroes and also a Sgt. Rock / war edition. Anyway, what I’m getting at is, how many titles did DC do in this format and what characters were used.
— Dan (danjgriffin@hotmail.com)

DC SPECIAL BLUE RIBBON DIGEST and THE BEST OF DC DIGEST ran 24 and 71 issues, respectively, and featured a wide variety of material from 1979 till 1986. ADVENTURE COMICS also appeared in Digest form, from #491 through the final issue, #503.

What’s the story behind the old DC Digests and why did DC stop printing them? They were cheap and you used to get a lot of good stories for $.95 back then. Made the whole trip to the grocery store worthwhile at the tender age of 6.
— Scott Mateo (atomjla@aol.com)

…I just found an old DC DIGEST about Krypton in my attic and it sure brings back many great memories. Most of the stories were written by Cary Bates and edited by Nicola Cuti. Why did DC stop printing digests?
— Andrew Salendu (andysalendu@hotmail.com)

Like any other title or format that is no longer being published, the books ceased to be profitable for DC.

I was looking to see if there were any publications or sites that completely index the appearance of every member of Sgt. Rock and Easy Company, showing their first appearances, etc. Do you have any ideas where I might find this?
— Matt (comic207@aol.com)

http://www.bigfive.net/sgtrock.html has an article about the early history of Rock. There may very well be a complete list, but I have not seen it.

Over the years I’ve heard that DC has to keep publishing Wonder Woman in some format or another or they will lose the rights to the character and she will revert back to Charles Moulton’s estate. Is this true?
— Alexocks@aol.com

There is an agreement in place between DC and the heirs of William Moulton Marston regarding Wonder Woman. The details are their business, not yours.

I was wondering what the legal/licensing arrangements were between DC and Fawcett during the ’70s and ’80s regarding their characters (ie. the Marvel Family, Spy Smasher, Bulletman, Ibis, et al). During the 80s it seemed as though DC wasn’t able to use any of the Fawcett/”Earth S” characters except for the Marvel Family, and it was intimated that this was due to “legal reasons.” The same reasons were intimated in the late ’80s for not reprinting any Fawcett stories in any of DC’s “Greatest Stories” collections. Did DC only have a limited license to the characters? Have they bought them outright since? (Jerry Ordway’s series used other Fawcett characters, for instance.) Who owns what?
— GGBurk@aol.com

From what I have heard and can recall, DC’s original agreement with Fawcett dealt only with the Marvel Family characters. The use of other “Earth-S” characters in the JUSTICE LEAGUE crossover should not have been done, as DC did not have permission to use Bulletman, Ibis, et al. Since the characters have turned up subsequently, it would seem obvious that DC has worked out a new agreement.

Hey, BobRo! Until the 1970s, DC Comics officially was called National Comics. Since the company was so eager to sue Wonder Man and Captain Marvel’s publishers to protect the Superman character, why did they allow Quality to publish a title called NATIONAL COMICS?
–Your pal, Hoy (HoyMurphy@aol.com)

Probably because at the time NATIONAL COMICS was being published, DC was Detective Comics Inc. By the way, the company was National Periodical Publications for a number of years before becoming DC Comics.

Over on the DC Message Boards/DC Archives, there has been a lot of discussion about why Sheldon Moldoff was left off of the contributors list to the latest BATMAN: DYNAMIC DUO ARCHIVES despite it being clear he did most of the art (and Bob Kane did, how shall we say, “little”). Speculation was some legalities with Bob Kane’s estate. Do you have any insight?
While we’re at it, do you know if there are any other legalities that are holding up release of the SUPERBOY ARCHIVE? Again there was speculation of legalities with the Siegel & Shuster estates.
— Marko Radojicic (radojicicm@yahoo.com)

I would speculate that Moldoff was not listed because Bob Kane is “officially” the artist on those stories, meaning he is the one who was paid by DC. Since Kane hired Moldoff to ghost the work for him, DC could (and obviously did) opt to not credit the work to him.
As far as a SUPERBOY ARCHIVES, I have no idea if there are legal implications or if it is just something down the list of volumes to be done at a later date.

Happy 22nd Birthday to my son Chuck today.

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