books

The Encyclopedia of Super-Heroes

Encyclopedia of SuperheroesIn his inclusive encyclopedia from 1985 that references most of the golden and silver ages of superheroes (including those from film and television), Jeff Rovin compiles entries on heroes and heroines from Adam Strange to Zot, with appendices for teams, obscure golden age heroes, international heroes, one-shot heroes and everyone that Robby Reed turned into in Dial H For Hero.

Due to the publication date, the entry only references the Charlton era of the Question’s history, though mention is made of the post-Charlton Americomics team The Sentinels of Justice.

Rovin compiled a number of Encyclopedias on pop culture, wrote numerous reference guides for early video games and currently writes the Tom Clancy’s Op-Center series.

The Question (C)

Alter Ego: Vic Sage.

First Appearance: 1967, Blue Beetle #1, Charlton Comics.

Occupation: TV Newscaster for World Wide Broadcasting

Costume: Blue business suit and fedora; orange shirt; yellow tie; flesh-colored featureless mask stored in belt buckle.

Tools and Weapons: Gas capsules in belt which surround him with mysterious, yellow mist which, due to chemicals pre-sprayed on his wardrobe, change whatever clothing he is wearing into the Question suit. His hair also changes, from red to black. At the same time, the gas stuns his adversaries, though Sage himself is protected by a filter in his mask. The Question announces himself by handing out smoking yellow business cards with an orange question mark, used to frighten those he is investigating.

Biography: As a TV commentator-journalist devoted to exposing crime in high places, Sage is convinced that the best way to get information is by doing it anonymously (“Vic Sage would be tied up by telling and retelling what happened,” he complains while in pursuit of a suspect). With equipment designed by his friend Professor Rodor, and abetted by a maniacal laugh of his own invention, Sage changes from the cool, logical newscaster to the very physical, eerie Question. Vic’s news team, none of whom know his dual identity, are devoted to him–especially his secretary Nora. The hero was one of The Sentinels of Justice.

Quote: “Prison is not where I want to send you. It’s the electric chair. You worked hard to prove you deserve to sit in it.”

Comment: Created and drawn by Steve Ditko, the vigilante was one of the most compelling if smugly virtuous characters of the ’60s. He made only a handful of appearances, and is now part of the DC roster.

Leave a Reply