DC Direct Question
The only official Q? figure (yet)
- The official photo for the DC Direct figure
IIn July 2002, DC's in-house product line DC Direct released an action figure of the Question, alongside Quality Comics transfers Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady and fellow former Charlton hero the Blue Beetle. The Question featured blue and orange Ditko-styled clothing and came with a removable fedora and mask that revealed the face of reporter Vic Sage.
The official item description for the figure reads: Crusading journalist Vic Sage made a name for himself by opposing the forces of crime. But when reporting on criminal activity proved to be ineffective, Sage adopted the identity of The Question, a faceless (thanks to the blank mask he wore) opponent of injustice! The action figure features multiple points of articulation, stands approximately 6.375" tall and comes with a removable hat that has his mask attached. Packaged in a 4-color blister pack.
The DC Direct Question figure was sculpted by Tim Bruckner and features twelve points of articulation at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, legs and knees. As of 2005, the figure was sold out from Diamond, though it still regularly appears on E-Bay.
In an e-mail correspondence between Mr. Bruckner and the site owner in Sept. 2006, he related the following bit about the creation of the figure:
I wish I had something interesting or compelling to reveal about the making of this particular figure. I can say there was some debate about the costume, as I recall, and that it should be fairly snug fitting as in a 60's style suit. Also, there was debate about how to work the alternate face over his natural face. DCD was still in its infancy regards manufacturing capabilities and so the "mask" had to be thicker than it might be now resulting in his head having to be slightly undersized to make the application of the mask in keeping with the proportion to his body.
Aside from that, it was pretty much business as usual. Over the course of my time with DCD I'd done well over a hundred action figures and the Question was an early effort. I can say, if I had a chance to sculpt him again, I would do things much differently. DCD has some very talented sculptors currently working for them so perhaps, one day, he'll get a second chance.
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