...The Question!
Banner: The Question by Denys Cowan

Who's Who in the DC Universe #12

Sept. 1991

The Cover of Who's Who in the DC Universe #12
Artist: Denys Cowan
Writer: Mark Waid
Colors: Anthony Tollin
Editor: Michael Eury
Sept. 1991 / DC Comics

Alter Ego: Charles Victor Szasz, a.k.a. Vic Sage
Occupation: Former television reporter
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Hub City
First Appearance: (historical) Blue Beetle (fourth series) #1 (June, 1967); (modern) The Question #1 (February, 1987)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Reddish blond


His curiosity is insatiable. He seeks the answers to the philosophical dilemmas that plague decent men everywhere and finds that the greatest mysteries are in the dark souls of those whose evil ways threaten society.

He is the Question

He began his search for truth as Vic Sage, nee Charles Victor Szasz, an angry orphan who made a name for himself as an investigative reporter for Hub City's KBEL-TV. Even then, Sage knew that there were the facts, and there was the truth, and they didn't always go hand-in-hand. His explosive broadcasts had unmasked more than one Hub City hypocrite; the latest in line was Dr. Arby Twain, a corrupt physician under Sage's scrutiny.

Unfortunately, Sage had nothing concrete to hang on Twain until he was approached by Dr. Aristotle Rodor, a university professor under whom Sage had studied. Rodor confessed to Sage that he and Twain had, years earlier, developed a substance called pseudoderm that would, when exposed to a gas of their invention, bond to wounded skin and form the perfect dressing. The catch came when they found that the binder could conceivably be toxic when applied to the open wounds it was meant to dress. Rodor abandoned the experiment ... but Twain had begun selling pseudoderm to Third World nations, and Rodor wanted him stopped. It was the break Sage had been looking for. Masked with pseudoderm, which concealed his features and made him a faceless enigma, Sage broke into Twain's apartment, captured him and his thughs, and brought them to justice.

Sage had found his niche. At last, there was a way to channel his anger towards a greater good and work outside the legal system in Hub City, a system corrupt on every level. Sage's natural fighting skills were honed under the tutelage of Richard Dragon, a brilliant martial arts' specialist who also helped Sage develop a philosophy of life that would forevermore affect the moral and ethical decisions he would make.

Both as a journalist and as the Question, Sage made an important impact on Hub City over the next few years, helped by good people like Rodor, his best friend and advisor; Myra Connelly, the widow of a corrupt Hub City mayor who took office herleslf after the death of her husband; and Izzy O'Toole, one of the city's few honest cops. Nevertheless, Hub City continued to deteriorate and was finally abandoned by the state and federal governments. When it passed completely beyond redemption, Sage left the city; Myra, whose sense of duty kept her there, entrusted her young daughter to his care. Together, they travelled to the Amazon rain forest and have only recently returned to Hub City.


The Question's mask is made of a substance called pseudoderm. When exposed to a certain gas, it bonds to his face and conceals his features while at the same time allowing him to see and breathe normally. The gas also changes the color of his hair and clothes, allowing him to fight injustice as the ultimate anonymous crimefighter.

The Question is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant, trained in a variety of martial arts. He is also keenly observant and exceptionally intuitive.

The Question from Who's Who in the DC Universe #12, by Denys Cowan
The Question from Who's Who in the DC Universe #12, by Denys Cowan