POP QUIZ: THE IMPOSSIBLE COMIC BOOK QUIZ (answers)

And a rousing ‘Excelsior’! goes out to Scott S. who not only scored a perfect 10/10 on the quiz, but was also the very first responder. He has the brain of the Watcher and the feet of the Flash. Way to go, Scott.

And big thanks again to Tom, for writing this quiz.

1) Stan Lee’s younger brother has also had an extensive career in comics, most notably writing the scripts for the first several Thor and Ant-Man stories, as well as an extended run as the writer/artist
for Rawhide Kid. What is his name?
2) Stephanie Brown, Carrie Kelley, and Jason Todd are among the characters who have assumed this crime-fighting identity.
3) What is the name of the race of shape-shifting aliens encountered in Fantastic Four issue #2?
4) William Moulton Marston, the inventor of a systolic-blood-pressure-measuring apparatus which was crucial to the development of the polygraph, is also the creator of what enduring comic book character?
5) The Daily Planet, the Metropolis newspaper where Superman works as Clark Kent, originally had a slightly different name and was based on a real-world newspaper. In fact, the look of the Daily Planet building was inspired by this real newspaper’s offices. What was the name of the real newspaper?
6) What are the names of Peter Parker’s parents and where did they work?
7) Who is Ted Sallis?
8) John Byrne, famous for his work with Chris Claremont on The Uncanny X-Men, and for DC’s post-Crisis relaunch of Superman, made a creator-owned comic series, originally published by Dark
Horse Comics, that many consider an homage to the X-Men. What was the title of the comic?
9) Preacher, the inspiration for the television show, was a comic series published under DC’s Vertigo imprint, and was created by what writer/artist team?
10) Amazon, Catsai, Dark Claw, Speed Demon, and Thorion were all characters in what mid-90’s inter-company publishing experiment?

1) LARRY LIEBER
2) ROBIN
3) SKRULL
4) WONDER WOMAN
5) THE TORONTO DAILY STAR (accept: THE TORONTO STAR)
6) RICHARD and MARY PARKER worked for S.H.I.E.L.D.
7) MAN-THING (MARVEL COMICS’ SWAMP CREATURE)
8) NEXT MEN
9) GARTH ENNIS and STEVE DILLON
10) AMALGAM COMICS (a ridiculous DC/Marvel crossover/mashup)

I only got a few of these myself. I missed the first question, despite Tom having mentioned it to me just a few weeks prior. Not even a casual mention, either. It was “I think this will be the first question of that quiz I’m writing for you”, and I still forgot.

William Moulton Marston was an interesting chap. In addition to his pioneering work on the polygraph he was also an eminent psychologist. He also lived in a long-term committed three-way relationship with two women. According to some reports, the three enjoyed a few sexual kinks, including tying each other up. So the guy that liked being tied up by women and invented the polygraph created a comic book character that uses a lasso to force people to tell the truth. Probably not a coincidence.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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