Deck Log Entry # 192 The Silver-Age Challenge---Secret Identities

It’s summer again, and time for the annual tradition here.  No, I don’t team up with my parallel-world counterpart to tackle a crisis.  I mean, it’s time for my annual Silver-Age trivia quiz.

 

These things are getting tougher to write.  I’ve always had to keep the Internet at bay, but now the information on line is getting more expansive and more detailed.  Case in point:  in my first Silver-Age Challenge, some eight years ago, I asked for the space sector assigned to Tomar Re, the Green Lantern from Xudar.  That is, as the Silver Age had it.  As a precaution, I had run “Tomar Re” through the search engines, and every hit that listed his space sector had it down as “Sector 2813”, which was a Bronze-Age development.  Tomar Re’s first Silver-Age appearance established that his space sector was “9”.  That didn’t appear in any hit I referenced, so I was able to use the question.

 

But a few months ago, I ran the same search and discovered that every biographical site on Tomar Re included the detail that he originally patrolled space sector 9.  I would have to toss out that question, now.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that I was able to stay ahead of the Internet for this round of posers.

 

The rules.  It gets old putting them down every year---you veteran Legionnaires know them by heart---but I feel I have to, just in case somebody new wants to play.  But, I’ll list them as briefly as I can:

 

1.  This is a Silver-Age quiz.  That means that all questions, and all of the answers, come from comics and related materials published with a cover-date of September, 1956 (Showcase # 4) to December, 1968---the time frame I consider to be the Silver Age.

 

2.  Information introduced post-Silver Age doesn’t count.  Subsequent retcons and revisions have muddied the Silver-Age waters, so be careful.

 

3.  Can I miss stuff?  Sure.  In fact, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened more often.  So it’s possible that you'll come up with an answer that wasn’t the one I had in mind.  Be sure to cite your source, so I can check it to ensure your information satisfies my question---“But I always thought . . . .” arguments won’t cut it---and if it does, I’ll be glad to credit you with a correct response.

 

4.  No prizes here.  No no-prizes, either.  You’re playing strictly for bragging rights.

 

As you’ve probably guessed, the topic of this year’s quiz is secret identities.  Every question will relate in some fashion to costumed characters and their civilian identities.  This year is a little different in the fact that it’s not strictly a DC or Marvel quiz.  I came up with some good questions from both companies (in fact, I think the toughie of the bunch, and there always is one, came from the Marvel side) but not enough from either to devote the whole quiz to one side or the other.  To avoid confusion, each question is prefaced with the company involved.

 

And, as always, I’ll start off with a lob.  All set?  O.K., here we go!

 

 

1.  (DC)  What reward did Pete Ross receive after Ultra Boy discovered how Pete loyally protected Superboy’s secret identity of Clark Kent?

 

2.  (DC)  Conversely, what reward did Lana Lang receive from Superboy for turning down a perfect opportunity to learn his secret identity?

 

3.  (DC)  Commissioner Gordon briefly appeared as which costumed hero?

 

4.  (DC)  After Superman and Batman, and Green Lantern and the Flash, who was the third pair of Justice Leaguers to exchange knowledge of their secret identities?  (For keeps; in other words, JLA # 19 doesn’t count.)

5.  (Marvel)  During his sojourn on Earth as a guest of the Avengers, Hercules briefly used an ordinary mortal alias.  What was it?

 

6.  (DC/Marvel)  Both DC and Marvel had a masked, costumed character named "Ant-Man".  Who were their civilian identities?

7.  (Marvel)  Name two masked heroes in the Marvel Universe who were practising lawyers in their civilian identities.

 

8.  (DC)  Colonel Steve Trevor gave Wonder Woman a taste of her own secret-identity medicine when he briefly assumed the rôle of which costumed super-hero?

 

 

9.  (DC)  Yeah, yeah, we all know about the awful period in which the Blackhawks adopted super-hero identities.  But one of the famed Black Knights operated as a costumed mystery-man before he became a Blackhawk.  Name the man and his costumed identity.

10.  (Marvel)  After Captain America was revived by the Avengers, what was the first job he had in his civilian identity as Steve Rogers?

 

 

Good luck!

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Then there's the whole matter of there being so many running around, it would be hard to keep track of which were real and which were fiction"

In the finale of the Kree-Skrull War when Rick Jones materializes seven or eight Golden Agers, he seems to assume everyone but Cap and Namor was fictional. And in Invaders, Bucky and Toro complain about Timely getting the details wrong.

And they read the adventures of Major Victory, drawn by Biljo White. There was a Golden Age character called Major Victory, published by Chesler, but the Chesler character had a different origin and costume. The real Biljo White was a fan artist friend of Roy Thomas's.

When Captain America meets the Destroyer they talk about whether his background matches his comic book counterpart's before the Destroyer reveals he's Brian Falsworth. The Golden Age version of the character was an American reporter.

There's a great bit in the Captain America: Patriot TPB (I think that's where I read it) where Namor's grumbling the writers of the Sub-Mariner book make him look like a hot-tempered irrational jerk.

Astro City had a good issue looking at what it might be like running a comic-book doing licensed adaptations of real heroes.

Eric L. Sofer said:

I thought my email address was available through my profile.....

On The Board, we can only see your name, city, state and country. Emails are kept secret. We can become "friends" within the Round Table and then can contact each other privately.

Huh. I don't remember that feature when I was running the board, but okay. That's cool. I can be contacted at register_els@yahoo.com. Please contact me as necessary... no promises on a reply, but what the heck; my email isn't all that hard to find anyhow. 'Sides, people used to be pretty decent on this board; I've no reason to think things have changed.

Richard Willis said:

Eric L. Sofer said:

I thought my email address was available through my profile.....

On The Board, we can only see your name, city, state and country. Emails are kept secret. We can become "friends" within the Round Table and then can contact each other privately.

There are plenty of Silver, Bronze, and later comics where Namor still looks like a hot-tempered irrational jerk.
 
Fraser Sherman said:

There's a great bit in the Captain America: Patriot TPB (I think that's where I read it) where Namor's grumbling the writers of the Sub-Mariner book make him look like a hot-tempered irrational jerk.

Astro City had a good issue looking at what it might be like running a comic-book doing licensed adaptations of real heroes.

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