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01/10/2005: Trivia Answers:

1) Disney character Uncle Scrooge McDuck made his debut in what medium?

(a) Theatrical animation
(b) Television animation
(c) Comic books
(d) Advertising
(c) Comic books. Uncle Scrooge, at first an obvious knockoff of Ebenezer Scrooge of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, made his appearance in a Christmas themed story, "Christmas on Bear Mountain", in Donald Duck's comic book in 1947. In fact, somewhat surprisingly, Uncle Scrooge didn't appear as a character in Disney's animated cartoons until 1967.

(2) Which of the following superheroes is not a character found in comic books published by the Archie Comics Group?
(a) The Shield
(b) Air Wave
(c) The Fly (sometimes AKA Fly-Man)
(d) The Jaguar
Air Wave. He was an obscure DC superhero.

(3) Name the original members of The Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America.
Justice Society: The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, The Atom, Dr. Fate, The Spectre, Hourman and The Sandman. Johnny Thunder and The Red Tornado were uninvited guests (Johnny Thunder would be invited to membership later), while Superman and Batman were merely honorary members.

Justice League: Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Martian Manhunter, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

(4) Louise Grant, AKA "The Blonde Phantom", was a late-1940's Marvel superheroine. What was her motivation for wanting to appear (which she did) as a supporting character in the late-1980's comic book The Sensational She-Hulk?
In her retirement, Louise realized that comic book characters didn't age, and she decided that since Marvel had dropped her 1940's series (and she ceased being a comic book character) that she'd aged enough for her tastes. Therefore, she wanted back in a comic book, in any role, so she would stop aging.

(5) What obscure superhero had the following bizzare power: by crying "Split!" he could detach and launch various parts of his body in different directions, enabling him to slug several crooks at once?
"Captain Marvel", the hero of a series of 6 comic books published from (i.e., bearing cover dates of) April, 1966 to September 1967 by M.F. Enterprises. Definitely not to be confused with the Fawcett/DC character (affectionately known as "The Big Red Cheese") or with the various Captains Marvel brought out by Marvel Comics since 1967 (in large part to lay and sustain Marvel's claim to the trademark for their comics titles).

Len on 01.10.05 @ 09:30 PM CST

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