At the conclusion of last year's Silver-Age challenge, I told you guys that I already had the questions for this year's quiz prepared. Well, I did, as in past tense. Last week, when I gave them a final scrubbing, I discovered that I had forgotten that I had already asked one of them in my first Legion quiz seven years ago. Another one was so similar to a question from that 2013 LSH quiz that it would have been too easy to find the answer.
And when I checked a third poser to see how Google-proof it was, one of the hits took me back to a comment I posted three years ago on one of the General Comics Discussions threads, a comment which gave away the answer.
So I had to generate three new questions to throw at you. Fortunately, one of them turned out to be better than any of those I tossed out. By "better", I mean that it's strong in that "Hey, I didn't know that!" quality which makes the answers fun for folks to learn. The other two, alas, are clearly from "the Legion of Substitute Questions", but they'll serve in a pinch.
You old vets of my Silver-Age challenges are already flexing your typing fingers. But, as always, for any test-takers who're here because they landed on this page while looking for something else and decided, "What the hey, I 'll give it a go!", here are the rules---with one special change that even the veterans should note:
1. All of the questions, and answers, are drawn from Silver-Age material. Ordinarily, that means anything produced by DC from the publication of Showcase # 4 (Sep.-Oct., 1956) to December, 1968, which I demark as the end of the Silver Age. However, just as with the last Legion quiz, I draw a special demarcation for this one; the parameters are slightly narrowed from the usual beginning-to-end of the Silver Age envelope. Here, all the questions and all the answers will fall between the time frame marked from the Legion’s first appearance, in Adventure Comics # 247 (Apr., 1958), to the last Silver-Age Legion story penciled by Curt Swan, in Adventure Comics # 372 (Sep., 1968).
2. I’m definitely not infallible. I might have missed something, somewhere, in twelve years of DC publication. If you come up with an answer that meets the criteria of the question and can cite the Silver-Age reference, then I will gladly award you credit. “But I always thought . . . “ explanations won’t cut it, though.
3. I’ve got no problem with anybody using a search engine to look for answers. I try to make my questions as immune to Googling as possible. The right answers are difficult to find with a search engine, though I cannot say impossible. At least once, I tripped myself up when an article I had written for another site contained the answer to a question from that year’s quiz, and one of the players found it.
4. There are no prizes. You’re playing for bragging rights.
Any time I post a Deck Log entry involving the Legion of Super-Heroes, I get a considerable amount of activity. And, sometimes, controversy, too---but the sort that is well-mannered and respectful when men of good will disagree, and that sort is always welcome. So, we'll probably see the same thing this time. At least, I hope so, if I done my job as quizmaster well enough.
O.K., then, here we go! As usual, I'll start off with a lob . . .
2. Who is the leader of the Legion Espionage Squad and which Legionnaires are permanently assigned to the squad?
3. On what 20th-century television programme did the Legion make a guest appearance?
5. Besides their super-son, which Legionnaires have Ma and Pa Kent knowingly met?
6. Excluding the Adult Legion stories, name all of the Legionnaires who, at some point after joining the Legion, permanently replaced their super-hero names with new ones.
8. Other than Luthor, what recurring 20th-century super-villain from Earth was mentioned by name in a Legion story appearing in Adventure Comics?
9. According to the Legion Constitution, what is the maximum number of successive space missions a Legionnaire may undertake without a rest period?
Good luck, gang!