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.
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!
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.)
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.
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?