Oh, guys, I'm so sorry.

I was answering questions on my tablet tonight instead of my laptop, and as I thought I was posting the answers, I hit something that said I wanted to delete the whole thread. And since it was waiting on me to post, and I wasn't used to doing this on the tablet, I clicked OK. And then it stalled, I realized what I'd done, and hit Cancel! Cancel! as often as I could...but it was too late. The thread was gone -- not just the post, but the entire thread -- and I don't see any way of bringing it back. I'm going to email Ning's support team to see if there's any way of retrieving it, but I think it's gone. 

In the meantime, all I can do is apologize profusely. Using my laptop, before I do any more damage. I'm so sorry, guys. Believe me when I say I'm mortified.

I'll recap the questions I've been asked down below, so we can proceed, but hopefully I'll get word from Ning on whether anything can be done in the next day or so. 


OK, since Luke had the foresight to keep a copy of the rules handy, I can reproduce them here...in bold!

I thought this game might work. The player holding the chair selects a character. The challenge for the other players is to guess who the character is. They get twenty questions.


All questions have to have to be framed so as to allow the answer "Yes" or "No". The chair can give extra information if he or she chooses, and frame an appropriate response if neither answer fits.


Players may only ask a fifth consecutive question if four hours have passed since their last one. (Since the guess, not the answer.) The first player to guess the answer takes the chair.


Only characters that have made at least two appearances are eligible. So Franklin Storm is, but not Tomazooma. Only characters that first appeared in US comic books are eligible. So not Captain Britain, Dick Tracy, Tarzan, Thor.


(revisions made to rules)

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8) Yes

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Is the team he was on a heroic team?

Did the character appear in All-Star Squadron?

This is q.10. There were two q.4s.

Thanks, Luke! Counting is hard!


10) Yes

Luke Blanchard said:

Did the character appear in All-Star Squadron?

This is q.10. There were two q.4s.

Hmm... Is the character Hank Heywood, Commander Steel?

YES!! I got Steel the Indestructible Man #1 (Ma'78) along with Firestorm the Nuclear Man #1 in my Christmas stocking in 1977. He was clearly inspired by Captain America (the past) and the Six Million Dollar Man (the future). While created in the Bronze Age, his adventures took place in 1939, thus in the "Golden Age".

He was a casualty of the DC Implosion but returned in All Star Squadron #8 and joined the team while being redubbed Commander Steel by Winston Churchill. He was written off in #50 when he got shunted to Earth-One where he was portrayed as not so nice of a guy in the "Justice League Detroit" era. 

He was succeeded by his grandsons Hank Heywood III as Steel II and Nathan Heywood as Citizen Steel while he himself was killed battling Eclipso.

Steel yourself, Rob! Your pick now!

Oh, fantastic! I'd originally thought your clue about being inspired by the past & the future we're in-store references, but once I figured out that they weren't, it all came together.

Speaking of legacy, my next pick had to grow up quick to fill someone else's shoes!

Is the character from DC?

Is the character male?

Is the character a hero?

Is the character the member of a team?

1) Is the character from DC?


2) Is the character male?


3) Is the character a hero?


4) Is the character the member of a team?

In most incarnations, the heroic identity of this character is a member of a team...but I'm not entirely sure that this incarnation is. I'm going to check and get back to you... but this is probably more of a clue than a yes or no answer anyway.

Adding to my answer to question 4: He's definitely part of a heroic team. And yet I don't think he appeared as a member of a superhero group during his tenure.

Is this a legacy character whose superhero identity was first used by a character introduced in the Golden Age?

5) Is this a legacy character whose superhero identity was first used by a character introduced in the Golden Age?


Is it Nuklon/Atom Smasher?

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