The 2016 Silver Age Trivia Challenge lived up to its motto of “When Titans Clash!” (patent pending) as Mark Waid took on a team of fans in the annual battle for the Silver Age Trivia crown.

Owing to the tragic loss only a few weeks earlier of long-time panelist Doug Tonks , the Fans recruited former panelist Todd Allen, who returned to the con this year. Then when panelist Mike Sangiacomo had a last-minute conflict and couldn’t make the show, the Fans welcomed newcomer Tom Brevoort (Executive Editor at Marvel). So they ended up in pretty good shape.

Shown at left are all the participants (front row, l-r): Tom Brevoort, Craig (Mr. Silver Age) Shutt, Mark Waid, and (back, l-r): Francesca Peppiatt (scorekeeper and wife of Doug), Jason Fliegel, Mike Chary and Todd Allen.

The Fans definitely held their own through the hard-fought battle! Granted, they never took the lead, but they kept it close for much of time, even running a few categories—which Mark also did, of course.

As usual, he answered one question with only a few words of the question (the 20-point question in the very first category). But then Tom did likewise on what I figured might have been a stumper (the 30-point question in Unseen Marvel). They’re all easy if you know them.

Mark faltered early on, nearly forgetting the real name of Supergirl’s horse (he just blanked; it happens), but he came up with it just in time. He ran his share of categories, including Rip Hunter, Flash, Fill in the Number, and Licensed Characters.

In fact, in that final category, he not only named ONE Hot Wheels team member as requested, he named ALL of them (missing one slightly). And he wasn’t embarrassed to do it!  Sadly, he forgot who Supergirl and Wonder Woman battled in their B&B team-up and the name of Multi-Man’s helper. There may be a trend there.

The Fans likewise ran some categories, including X-Men, Dr. Strange, Team-Ups and Unseen Marvel. That requires speed, to secure the category, and depth, to answer all the questions.

It’s clearly not the same competition to read it on the Interwebs rather than look out at a crowd of several hundred people (and it was a big crowd this year) with a bicycle horn in your hand (we’re decidedly low-tech) and prepare to wrack your brain for the answer to some obscure (but somewhat “easy”) trivia question.

Waid took an early lead, which the Fans closed on, and they battled within 50 to 100 points the rest of the way. At the end of the regulation, Waid led 680 to 580. In the lightning round, questions started at 50 points apiece, then ratcheted up to 100 points to give the Fans a chance to snatch victory from defeat. It’s a time-honored tradition, but it never works, as Waid is too fast and honks in first—and knows the answer. He snagged six to the Fans’ four.

So how would you have done? Take the quiz and find out! Questions marked T (for Toss-up) are the speed questions, followed by a 10-point question (at #1), where the Fans could confer. #2 is worth 20 points and #3 is worth 30 points. Separate the Lightning Round questions as a total of 10, always remembering that if you didn’t get them fast, you probably didn’t get them.

And then throw away your score. As always, the Trivia Challenge isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey through the wild, wacky, wonderful world of a period of comics we will never see again. I hope you enjoy this year’s journey, and that we’re here to let you visit again next year!

Trivia Challenge 2016

 1. Is This Superman Vs Batman Tale from World’s Finest in the #180s (1968) Real? Or is it a Hoax, a Dream or an Imaginary Story?

T.  Superman accuses Batman of witchcraft and burns him at the stake when they travel back to New England in Colonial times to learn if Batman is related to Mad Anthony Wayne in WF #186.

1. Superman and Batman duel to the death to save their friends from galactic gamblers in WF #185.

2. Superman throws Batman off a skyscraper to commit “Superman’s Perfect Crime!” after being hypnotized by Mr. Socrates in WF #180.

3. Batman goes berserk and Superman must hunt him down and chain him up in “The Mad Manhunter!" in WF #182.

 

2. Captain America

T. Who was the first member invited to join the new Avengers after all but Captain America quit in Avengers #16?

1. Who created the Sleepers?

2. Who dressed up as Captain America to fool The Torch in Strange Tales #114?

3. What was the name of the sergeant who bedeviled Pvt. Rogers?

 

3. Rip Hunter

T. Rip Hunter made his first appearance in what title?

1. What famous woman of history appeared on two covers, only one issue apart?

2. What famous woman appeared in Rip’s second appearance in Showcase?

3. Who penciled Rip Hunter’s last cover?

 

4. X-Men

T. Who impersonated the X-Men to rob a bank in X-Men #20?

1. In “The End of the X-Men!” in X-Men #46, who’s tearing apart the stone X with the X-men’s pictures on it?

2. Who was the first X-Men Magneto captured, in X-Men #5?

3. What is the name of the FBI Agent who served as the liaison with Professor X early in his career and then against the Vanisher in #2?

 

5. The Flash

T. Who was on the receiving end of “The Mightiest Punch of All Time?” in Flash #153?

1. What was Kid Flash doing the first time he was cover-featured (in Flash #135) after his introduction?

2. Who did the two Flashes battle in their third team-up, in Flash 137?

3. On the cover of Flash #147, Flash and the Reverse Flash re-enact the iconic cover to Flash #123. Who are they chasing on either side of the fence?

 

6.  Doctor Strange

T. What relation is Clea to Dormammu?

1. Who was Dr. Strange battling when he finally made it onto the cover in ST #121?

2. By what name did Doc Strange call The Ancient One in his first two issues?

3. Whose battle with The Human Torch in Strange Tales #110 was deemed too titanic that it wasn’t even worth mentioning on the cover that a guy named Doctor Strange also was being introduced in the issue?

 

7. Supergirl

T. What’s the real name of Supergirl’s horse?

1. What evil Kandorian replaced Supergirl just before her existence was revealed to the world?

2. Who did Supergirl battle when she teamed up with Wonder Woman in Brave & Bold #63?

3. Who wrote and drew Supergirl’s first appearance in Action #252?

 

8. SHIELD

T.  Who is the liaison between SHIELD and Stark Industries?

1. What does SHIELD stand for?

2. Who was the first person to script SHIELD after Stan Lee?

3. What was the name of the SHIELD training school?

 

9. Green Arrow

T. The one time Green Arrow made the cover of a comic in which his strip was a backup, who was he with?

1. Who kicked Green Arrow out of Adventure Comics?

2. Who taught Roy Harper how to shoot a bow?

3. Before Kirby changed his profession, what did Oliver Queen do for a living?

 

10. Daredevil

T. Besides the Fantastic Four, what superhero appears on the cover of Daredevil #1?

1. What super-hero hired Nelson & Murdock in Daredevil #2?

2. What villain “killed” Mike Murdock?

3. Most of the first issue of Daredevil, including the first scene, takes place at The Fixer’s gym. What’s the name of his gym? (It’s mentioned in the first line of the first caption and shown in the first panel.)

 

11. Gotham City Villains

T.  Who was the first villain Batgirl faced in Detective #359?

1. What villain stepped out of the pages of The Flash on the cover of Detective #353 to battle the Dynamic Duo?

2. Who was the first super-villain Batman battled with his New Look in Batman (#169)?

3. What Batman villain also fought J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter?

12. Is This Jimmy Olsen Tale Real? Or is it a Hoax, a Dream or an Imaginary Story?

T. Jimmy marries Lucy Lane in “The Weirdo Wedding of Jimmy Olsen!” in SPJO #100.

1.  Returning from vacation, Jimmy finds that no one at the Daily Planet remembers him and that all the stories he ever wrote for the paper are credited to another reporter in “The Day There Was No Jimmy Olsen!” in SPJO #25.

2. Jimmy becomes the king of a private island and demands Superman not trespass on his sovereign land in “King Olsen’s Private Island!” in SPJO #85

3. Jimmy KOs Superman in a prize fight in “Jimmy Olsen’s Secret Power!” in SPJO #55.

 

13. Villainous Origins

T. What villain was banished to the anti-matter world of Qward?

1.  What villain did J. Jonah Jameson pay to create in ASM #20?

2. What gave Cain Marko, the Juggernaut, his powers?

3. Joe Meach had all the powers of the Legion statues in the Superman Museum, and in his two appearances, he used powers from all of the statues we saw—except for two. Which two Legionnaires’ powers that he was shown inheriting from the statues did he decide couldn’t help him defeat Superman and batman in WF #142 and #168?

14. Cover Scenes

T: Who was the first super-hero to appear on the cover of Silver Surfer?

1. Name any two of the characters who Superman is waving to on the cover as he dies in his isolation booth in “The Last Days of Superman” in Superman #156?

2. Who is the first super-villain to be featured on the cover of Captain America?

3. Who is Spider-Man slugging on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man King-Size Special #3, when he faced The Avengers?

 

15. Team-Ups

T. Who was the first super-hero to guest-star in Daredevil?

1. Who teamed up in the first team-up in Showcase?

2. Who did Starman and Black Canary battle in their first team-up in B&B #61?

3. The two Green Lanterns are trying to free the two Flashes on the cover of JLA #22, “Crisis on Earth-Two.” Name one of the other pairs of heroes caged.

 

16. Backups

T. What was the regular backup in Journey Into Mystery?

1. What was the regular back-up feature in mid-1960s issues of World’s Finest?

2. What feature appeared as the backup in Silver Surfer?

3. Who was evicted from both Action Comics and Adventure Comics when those titles turned to members of the Superman family for backups?

Thanks to Lee Houston Junior for his suggestions for this category!

 

17. Unseen Marvel

T. Who first worked for Marvel using the name Adam Austin?

1. When the FF received costumes in #3, what was eliminated in the inking stage?

2. What image had to be altered slightly to pass the Comics Code in the one-page seduction scene between Nick Fury and Val in Agents of SHIELD #2?

3. What character was advertised as appearing in Marvel Super-Heroes #21 but never appeared, as the title went to reprints and the cover and story were shelved?

 

18. The Challengers

T. Which of the Challengers received an inheritance that made him rich enough to fund the Challengers’ adventures?

1. What was the name of Multi-Man’s robotic helper?

2.  What was the name of the modular aircraft the Challengers used to fly to their adventures?

3.. What were the four men destined to become the Challengers on the way to do when their plane crashed, giving them “borrowed time?”

 

19. Licensed Characters

T: Which member of the cast later got his own title from among the characters in Sgt. Bilko?

1. What was the name of Rudolph the Reindeer’s best friend?

2. Who was the first villain faced by Captain Action?

3. Give me the first name of any single member of the six-member Hot Wheels team.

 

20. Marvel Women

T. What hid Mary Jane’s face the first time we saw her in Amazing Spider-Man #25?

1. What is the name of Captain Mar-Vell’s Kree girlfriend?

2. What is the name of Janet Van Dyne’s flying ant?

3. Name either of the two other doctors that Jane Foster worked for?

 

21. Fill in the Number

Give me the number of the issue described.

T: The first issue of The Flash.

1. The first issue of Amazing Spider-Man drawn by John Romita.

2. The issue of Fantastic Four in which Doctor Doom first appeared.

3. Aquaman’s wedding.

 

22. Superman’s Cover Calamities

T.  With whom did Lois Lane sing the song, “Song of Superman?”

1. Why was Superman dying in “The Last Days of Superman!” in Superman #156?

2. What was Superman’s new power, caused by touching an alien spaceship, that was shown on the cover of Superman #125 shooting rainbow colors from his fingertips?

3. In Superman #130, why did The Town That Hated Superman hate Superman?

 

Lightning Round!

1. What was Mr. Freeze’s first super-villain name?

2. Who was Captain Marvel’s Kree superior officer?

3. What was Kathy Kane’s profession?

4. Who is the only villain Ant-Man faced twice in Tales to Astonish?

5. Who really was the Girl with Green Hair who proposed to Jimmy Olsen?

6. What title introduced Ka-Zar?

7. Who helped Spider-Man defeat the Beetle in ASM #21?

8. In what title did the Doom Patrol first appear?

9. In what title did the Inhumans appear as a backup?

10. Who made the Flash real gone, man?

Answers are below. Don't peek! 

 

 

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Commander Benson said:


The Baron said:

Commander, I always imagine as the sort of person to whom I could say something like "Dad's pulsations are steady", and you'd know  where it came from.

Thank you, sir. Unfortunately, I'm not as adept at spotting my own "your/you're" typos as I am at retaining arcane information.

I hate when I do that.   I screw up "there", "their" and "they're" sometimes, as well, and I do know better.

Does anyone remember the comic that ""Dad's pulsations are steady" came from?  All I remember is that sometime in the 1970's, there was a back-up feature in one of the Superman books which featured imaginary stories of Superman, his son and grandson all fighting crime and such.   When Superman Sr. made a statement, Superman Jr. affirmed it by saying "Dad's pulsations are steady", which it was explained that it was a future colloquialism meaning "Dad is speaking the truth".


The Baron said:

Does anyone remember the comic that ""Dad's pulsations are steady" came from?  All I remember is that sometime in the 1970's, there was a back-up feature in one of the Superman books which featured imaginary stories of Superman, his son and grandson all fighting crime and such.   When Superman Sr. made a statement, Superman Jr. affirmed it by saying "Dad's pulsations are steady", which it was explained that it was a future colloquialism meaning "Dad is speaking the truth".

Sure. You're talking about the "Superman 2020" series, a small run of Imaginary Stories depicting the adventures of the third hero in the Superman line, the grandson of the original Superman.  The Superman 2020 tales appeared as back-ups in Superman # 354-5, 357, 361, 364, 368, and 372.

The line "Dad's pulsations are steady"---as you stated, from a thought balloon of Superman, Jr. in reference to the original Superman---and its explicatory footnote came from the inaugural story in the series---"The Début of Superman III", from Superman # 354 (Dec., 1980).

You, sir, have an organized mind.

I think you mean "Mr. Element" (aka Dr. Alchemy), not "Element Man" in the answer to Flash question # 3. Element Man is Metamorpho's nickname.

Also, from the Cover Scenes category, the way you worded the question, wouldn't the Silver Surfer himself be the first superhero shown on a cover of SILVER SURFER?

I don't know what you mean, Dave. I have it correctly. Your mind must not have seen it right. (And thanks. Ah, the power of being a Moderator who can change his Replies at will!)

Yes, technically, someone might claim that SS was the first, but I decided that if I added that in, it would make people reading it infer that I considered them all pedantic, technicality oriented people looking to catch me in a semantic error. And I know they're not like that.

Sure.

You can't see it, Commander, but I'm giving you a standing ovation, not only for the depth of your answer but for the speed. AMSA fans clearly understand that my calling myself "Mr. Silver Age" was part of the joke of the column, emphasized by me making up the names of the letter writers. I'm getting by on smoke and mirrors compared to guys like you.

BTW, thanks for the Joe Meach/Legion question, which you let me use from one of your past quizzes. You'll be happy to know that on Monday, Mark (via Tom Peyer), sent me panels showing that Joe Meach combined all of the Legion's powers together to create a special death trap for S & B, so technically he used them all. I needed to say which ones didn't he use specifically and individually.

Too many people know way too much about details of SA comics, if you ask me. I also want to know how Bouncing Boy's powers helped with that death trap, but I'm probably not going to find out at this point.

I know about Oliver's Golden Age profession but did it come up in those 50s Pre-Kirby stories?

Philip, I'm not ignoring your question, I just don't have time to find a citation, if one exists. The fact that I used the question implies that I know there is one, but it's gonna be one or two panels in some 5 1/2-page story before 1958 or so. That'll take some pulling out of boxes and digging. I don't always annotate that stuff, and I probably should.

OTOH, even if it wasn't stated in a story after September 1956, that was the status quo until Kirby changed it. And as judge (jury and executioner) of the SATC, I'm going to allow it. I mean, was Batman not Bruce Wayne in the SA until it was noted in a story after September 1956? I say thee nay! Or yea! I can't parse that sentence, but you know what I mean.

-- AMSA

I'm just thinking if Mort Weisinger wanted Green Arrow to be a Batman wannabe, he wouldn't have Oliver working either!

Amazed he didn't give the Emerald Archer a butler!


Mr. Silver Age said:

You can't see it, Commander, but I'm giving you a standing ovation, not only for the depth of your answer but for the speed. AMSA fans clearly understand that my calling myself "Mr. Silver Age" was part of the joke of the column, emphasized by me making up the names of the letter writers. I'm getting by on smoke and mirrors compared to guys like you.

BTW, thanks for the Joe Meach/Legion question, which you let me use from one of your past quizzes. You'll be happy to know that on Monday, Mark (via Tom Peyer), sent me panels showing that Joe Meach combined all of the Legion's powers together to create a special death trap for S & B, so technically he used them all. I needed to say which ones didn't he use specifically and individually.

High praise, indeed, sir! I take that very kindly.

As to the matter of the Joe Meach/Legion question, I encountered the same thing when I ran it in my Legion quiz back in 2013.  Poster emeritus Eric L. Sofer came back with the same point---that, at the conclusion to World's Finest Comics # 168, the Composite Superman combined all of his powers to induce an anti-matter effect in Superman and Batman, as described here:

I allowed Eric's response for the same reason---I had failed to add the qualifications "explicitly and individually".  (Mainly because I forgot about that ending.)

Mark was demanding a recount, but I pointed out he had won already, he didn't know his score, we'd artificially boosted the point totals at the end to make it exciting (the final four questions were worth 100 points apiece), he didn't answer "none of them," and he had relied on outside help to know this. So no recount would be forthcoming. I apparently needed to read all of your column's answers, as I missed that qualification somewhere along the line.

The Fans guessed Bouncing Boy and Mark guessed Dream Girl. But they both got Matter-Eater Lad. So we have a winner in the competition for Most-Useless Power When Facing Superman and Batman. I hope Zack Snyder keeps that in mind for sequels.

-- MSA

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