Can Bob elicit answers to Marvel questions without fielding them by asking, “Anyone else want this one?”
— Aaron (

It would appear that I can do it quite successfully, Aaron. In fact, I can turn out an entire column using those answers. A number of readers wrote in with info regarding questions posed in last week’s installment…

Regarding Magneto removing Wolverine’s adamantium…
This happened in the Fatal Attractions crossover, in X-MEN #25 followed by WOLVERINE #75. Each issue had a nifty hologram on the cover. Logan had more or less recovered at the end, and went on a road trip until around issue #90.
— Dan (

… After which, his healing factor kicked into overdrive making it even harder to kill him. He also began reverting to a more feral state. He got new adamantium from Apocalypse in WOLVERINE #145.

Regarding the relationship between Mystique and Nightcrawler…

It has been established and detailed, in an early issue of X-MEN UNLIMITED, that Mystique is, indeed, Nightcrawler’s mother. And, since Nightcrawler celebrated his 21st birthday in UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #4, back in 1980, and that was at least 5 years ago Marvel time, based on Kitty Pryde aging from 13 to 18 in those years, Mystique has to be significantly older than 35. Presumably, the fact that she’s a blue-skinned shapeshifter helps her to look much younger than her true age.

— Howard Margolin (

… Mystique has been revealed “officially” as Nightcrawler’s mother. It was hinted that Sabretooth is his father, but recent events in UNCANNY X-MEN put that in doubt. Interestingly, Chris Claremont’s reported original concept had Mystique as Nightcrawler’s father and her long-time companion Destiny as his mother. Marvel was skittish about the implications of this and kiboshed the idea. In answer to your age question, since Mystique is a shape-shifter, it is reasonable to assume that looks can be deceiving. It’s been hinted for years that she is much older than she appears.
— Lee Merovitz

… Mystique has been hinted about being the same age as Destiny (around 70+) but because of her shape shifting keeps her young.
— Wade Tripp (

Regarding the most famous Spider-Man quote of all, a question that I actually answered on one of the Silver Age boards to which I subscribe (and then forgot about, obviously!)…

The “With great power comes great responsibility” line comes from Spider-Man’s origin in AMAZING FANTASY #15. It’s in the caption in the last panel as Spider-Man walks away after capturing the criminal who killed his uncle.
— Mike Gernand (

Regarding Madcap…

Madcap first appeared in Captain America while Nomad was sidekick, though I can’t remember the issue. I know is origin involved him being a devout follower of a deity whose church group was on their way to a retreat. They ran into an AIM operation involving transporting illegal chemicals. AIM detained the bus and killed everyone on board. Somehow, the chemicals AIM
was transporting seeped into Madcap’s wounds and he survived. Not comprehending why his god chose him to live and everyone else to die, he snapped and decided that life was insane.

…Madcap first appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA #s 408 and 409. He also appeared in DAREDEVIL #234 (or 235). He was a Mark Gruenwald creation, one of his personal favorites, an insane lunatic who couldn’t die (he got his powers in an accident that killed his family and fellow parishoners) and he probably appeared in other Gruenwald comics, so look for him in QUASAR as well.
— Giovanni Spinella (

…Try, for listings of every appearance of near enough every Marvel character.
— Dan (

… should provide the answer to the Mapcap question. It’s a great resource for the obscure Marvel characters.
— Lee Merovitz

… Biographies of lesser-known characters can be found on-line at the Unofficial Marvel Universe Handbook at

Regarding the various identities of the Green Goblin…

Norman Osborn Jr. (Peters ex-room-mate) became the Green Goblin, so it may have been him. Also Daily Bugle Reporter Ben Urich had a relative (Son?/Nephew?) who became a heroic Green Goblin, whose solo series lasted around a year leading up to Onslaught.
— Dan (

Norman Osborn Jr.? Wasn’t his name Harry?

Regarding why Marvel is not as good as they used to be…

Made-up statistics prove that Marvel is 16% less sucky now than it ever has been, making its goodness quotient a whopping 7.8, or in the new metric scale, 12 good.
— Dan (

… If you think Marvel in the 80s was better than today, you’ve clearly never read ROM, POWER PACK, or SECRET WARS II! And you’ve got to admit Marvel now is better than Marvel in the 90s.

Regarding the Atlantis Attacks annual sequence…

I think it was the PUNISHER ANNUAL that is the one in between. It has a pink background and Moon Knight on the cover.

Regarding the fate of Skin…

In the most recent issue of UNCANNY X-MEN, the team discovers an operation of the Church of Humanity where several young mutants including most of Generation X were crucified and dying/dead. The X-Men rushed them to their infirmary where all of the dying were given transfusions of Angel’s newhealing blood. Skin was too far gone and died.

…Skin, sadly, did die just recently in UNCANNY X-MEN #423. He was crucified by the Church of Humanity. Add in Everett’s death from GEN X #70, Banshee’s throat cutting from UXM #408, and Emma Frost’s temporary murder, and I’m starting to think the team is cursed. Or maybe Marvel editorial doesn’t like them very much. On the plus side, Artie, Leech, and Pennance are living with the St. Croix family in Morocco, as told in GEN X #69.
And on the variety of other topics…

Frank Miller did introduce the Catholicism in DAREDEVIL. Matt’s Irish, so it makes sense in a vaguely stereotypical way…
— Giovanni Spinella (
…The Skrull, aka Skymax did appear in the 64-page one-shot SQUADRON SUPREME: NEW WORLD ORDER. It saw the team return to their native Earth and reassemble their founding members. Skymax was found living as a librarian. His powers are identical to the Super Skrull, but he has a greater love for humankind.

Several X-Men have snuffed it in the last two years. The most prominent: Colossus and Psyloke. Magneto is still considered dead after the destruction of Genosha. Darkstar, though not an X-Man (X-Person?), died on a mission with an X-Corps team.

There are persistent rumors of an Ultimate Fantastic Four series by Grant Morrison in the works. To see Ultimate versions of many Marvel characters, including the Fan 4, Dr. Strange, and even the Man-Thing, check out ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM-UP. The whole series, and the special, are available in a hardcover book.

…An amazing wealth of information on every Spider-Man comic and character can be found at Fantastic site. And the X-books faq at can answer nearly every possible question about the horribly convoluted history of Marvel’s rarely merry mutants.
— John Jameson

…The Nick Fury “MGM wants them” line was a joking reference to James Bond. MGM was the producer of the Bond films that influenced Steranko. Warner Bros. was, of course, a chief rival. It’s on par with the “make fun of the letterer in the credits box” Marvel jokes of the time.
— Jonathan Miller (


You wrote: “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.”
And let’s not forget the ability to BREATH UNDERWATER!!

On starting an Aquaman collection: Waiting for the ARCHIVES could take a while, to say nothing of the price. I think the best place to start is the Steve Skeates version (starting with AQUAMAN #40 of the original run).

Regarding Superman changing in a phone booth: There was also a bit in SUPERMAN VS. SPIDERMAN where one of the heroes (I don’t remember which) goes to change in a phone booth, but it was 1976 – most closed-box phone booths were obsolete!!
— [Sorry, I lost your identity in the cutting and pasting]

How about an Aquaman movie? What do you think of Aquaman appearing on the big screen from Warner Bros.?
— Danny (

It might make for an interesting film, especially considering what can be done with computer-generated effects these days. However, the current issue of MAXIM named the King of the Sea the second Lamest Super-Hero of All Time, so maybe he’s not really a good choice for the movie treatment. (Robin was picked as THE Lamest, by the way!)
Just wanted to point out that DC also published some digests in the DC Special Series numbering system (probably as a test before launching the others) and at least one Tarzan digest years earlier.
— Jim (

Regarding the list of Easy Company members… Check with Robin Snyder [who did an article in his ‘zine] or do a search on the Robert Kanigher list on Yahoo, where I think he listed all the early versions of Rock.
— Art Lortie (

Dear Sir:
Illustrated fantasy and comics website updated. Enjoy it!
— rhnegative

There’s some interesting and well-drawn material at your site, though some of it would be considered R-rated. (Those of you under 18 should have your parents check it out first.)

And after you’ve clicked over there for a look, don’t forget my daily Anything Goes Trivia at See you back here next week.

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