Monday, October 20, 2008

Getting to…Our Family Pt. 1

Hello Second Printers-

Here they are because you demanded them – well, more like we asked and then helped us out – the answers to “What have you learned through comic osmosis. Now originally we were going to just spend a day on the answers, having chosen the best of the best. Problem is a lot of the answers were amazing. So each day this week one of our loved ones is going to get a moment to shine in all their comic knowledge glory.

We are starting the week off with a stand-in. It would seem that Mike P’s. girlfriend would not let him remove the ballgag he wears at home long enough to ask the questions. So, standing in is my little sister, Emma. She has spent the last twenty-two years living in a family of not one, not two, but THREE comic readers. If there is anyone out there who has had the time to absorb comic nonsense it is she. So here we go.

1. "Where do Spider-man's webs come from?"

Emma: From right underneath his wrist. Isn’t he a scientist? Aren’t they part of his suit and not from his wrist like in the movie? Do they come out of the top of his hand? I am trying to make the hand gesture.
2. "Who killed Superman?"

Emma: I don’t know I didn’t read that one. Wasn’t it Lex Luthor?

3. What is Magneto the master of?"

Emma: Magnetic Fields – maybe. I think so. He can use his hands to make metal do stuff.

4. What holiday does Luke Cage think is sweet?

Emma: I don’t even know who that superhero is. I gonna go with the 4th of July because superheroes are patriotic and they love America. I am going to assume he is from America, unless he from Europe or some shit.

5. How many Robins have there been?

Emma: Three. One of them died, one of them went to college, one of them decided to stay young forever – something like that.

6. Who is Green Arrow married to?

Emma: I don’t know. I just know he has a pointy beard and Kevin Smith wrote the comics. In the comics she has red hair, unless she had brown hair. He’s the one with the pointy beard, right?

7. How far into the future are the Legion of Super-Heroes?

Emma: Not that far. Somewhere in the 2000s, like 2045 or something.

What is Aquaman's real name?

Emma: I don’t know, Benjamin. Harry Stanton.

(As a side note, my sister is the only person in the world who still calls me Benjamin on a regular basis.)

9. "What is Robin's real name?"

Emma: I know this! No, I don’t.

10. "What is The Thing made of?"

Emma: Goo. Radiation goo. Because everything in comic books is because of radiation.

11. "What was the name of the 'Justice' superhero team from the 1940s?"

Emma: I don’t know. I am telling you I don’t know the answer to any of these questions.

12. What is the Thing's favorite 'time'?

Emma: Of the year? When he gets to take that chick that he hangs out with into the swamp.

13. What mood do you not want to see Bruce Banner in?

Emma: Well Bruce Banner is the one who…he’s not the editor-in-chief of the newspaper that what’s his name works in – you know Spider-Man?

Ben: That is J. Jonah Jameson.

Emma: I don’t know…wait he’s the Incredible Hulk. You don’t want to see him mad.

14. What animal does Mary Jane Watson like to call Peter Parker/Spider-Man?

Emma: Tiger.

15. How many claws does Wolverine have?

Emma: Three.

Ben: See you are nailing these now.

Emma: Yeah, but these are like what number is this.

16. "When Billy Batson says 'Shazam', he gains the attributes of six legendary figures. Which figures, what attributes?"

Emma: God, I have no idea.

Ben: Are you going to guess?

Emma: Let’s say he gets…hmm…don’t they have something to do with mythology? Let me think about it – who were people that were cool in mythology? Zeus and his power would be being king. God, I wish I had paid more attention into Latin class. Odysseus. Hercules and his power would obviously being strong. Mercury and his power would be being fast. Doesn’t it have to do with being acronym for his name?

Ben: Yes

Emma: How do I know so much about this guy? So A is for Achilles and his power is breaking his ankle…no being brave. That is his power.

Ben: One left.

Emma: S for Samson and his power is being vain.

Ben: Close. But you know because you said Odysseus his name would be Shozam.

(At which point my sister started going Show-ZAM!)

17. "Who was the model for Captain Marvel's face?"

Emma: His face? Like the drawing of it? What time did he come out?

Ben: Like the 40’s

Emma: I would say (thirty seconds go by) God people in the 40’s…Cary Grant.

18. "Where do Superman's powers come from?"

Emma: His planet of Krypton…wait, no, it’s the sun. He gets his powers from the sun. I remember that from Mallrats.

19. "What is Superman 's secret identity?" 

Emma: Clark Kent.

20. "What city does Superman and Batman call home?"

Emma: Metropolis. Gotham.

21. "What is the only thing that hurts Superman?"


Emma: Kryptonite.

22. What is the name of Superman’s girlfriend?"

Emma: Lois Lane, no, that red headed chick.

Ben: What?

Emma: I take it back. Lois Lane. Who is that red-headed chick?

"Name Superman’s archenemy."

Emma: Lex Luthor.

24. What weekly comic does Judge Dredd regularly appear in?

Emma: Ummmmmmm…that name sounds really familiar. I don’t think it is Superman. It might be Spider-Man, but that is not my final answer. Wasn’t there a movie with Sylvester Stallone called Judge Dredd?

Ben: Yes

Emma: Is that the same character?

Ben: Yes

Emma: Then I don’t know

25. What is Alfred's surname?

Emma: Do we ever find out his surname?

Ben: Yep.

Emma: Well it has to be something British. Something British. I am going to go with…(laughs)…the only thing that comes to mind is MacGuff so I am going to go with that. Alfred MacGuff. But I really know it’s something like Pennywhistle. Wait is that right?

26. Who is Cable?

Emma: Well he’s a superhero and he is one that carries a big gun and has cables in his hand. He can shoot lasers.

Ben: “That’s not too far off.

27. Who is/was Steve Rogers?

Emma: He is a (groan) detective.

28. What does "THWIP" mean?

Emma: Like as an acronym? What are you saying? Are you saying swift? Oh, THWIP? That has something to do with Spider-Man right? I am going to say that it is the sound that his spider webs make.

Ben: Hooray. You got it right.

Emma: Is it really?

29. "What is Captain America's weapon of choice?”

Emma: A big sword and shield. Or his fist. I know he has a shield. Or his brains…you know logic. He has a shield though, right?

30. Which super-group is from the distant future: the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Legion of Super-Heroes, or the Justice Society?"

Emma: Well it’s not the Avengers and it’s not the Fantastic Four. What were the other two?”

Ben: Legion of Super-Heroes and Justice Society.

Emma: The third one.

31. What is Doctor Doom's real name?"

Emma: His name has Doom in it right?

Ben: Yep.

Emma: It’s something von Doom. I am going to say Wendell von Doom.

(She then went on for a bit saying Wendell von Doom in a deep voice.)


"What color pants does the Hulk always wear?"

Emma: Purple.

33. What comes with great power?

Emma: Great responsibility.

34. Do superheroes kill.

Emma: No. They just put them in jail so they can think about what they’ve done. Or psychiatric wards so they can be crazy in private.


Devon Sanders said...

That last answer is pure gold.

ChrisM said...

This is the most AWESOME thing about comics ever written. It made me smile in a big dumb, fun way.

If it turns out this was ever faked-don't EVER tell me...

Scotus said...

This is great and needs to be a regular feature.

The Legion of Super-Heroes in 2045. Wow. The very concept kind of blows my mind.

lou said...

Haha. This was great. I think your sister got confused between the Thing and Swamp Thing. Hilarious.

.elguerra. said...

I'm a regular reader but first time poster here, so...

Not all of us are Comicbook wizards (nor historians) so.. what about adding the right answer to the transcript?

Bill said...

That was better than I could have imagined...

KENT! said...

elguerra, that's an interesting thought, adding the answers, especially since the questions arrived from our readers as general questions most comic fans should know... but yeah, even I had difficulty with a couple of them.

Unknown said...

We have a little sister?

Rambo said...

You're little sister is the best. And super cute.

And i call you Benjamin all the time. You're a goddamn liar, Benjamin.

Unknown said...

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