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Cool Point Scavenger Hunt for 11/2

Here’s yet another chance for you folks to earn some cool points!!

Enjoy!

Two cool points for anyone who can find me a comic book cover from before 1949 that features a television set on it!

One cool point to anyone who would like to name their first born Septimus!

One cool point to the first person who can find me Vartox’s most recent comic book appearance!

Three cool points to anyone who can find me a photograph of Lynn Varley!

One cool point to anyone who can find me the last time that Ben Grimm had thoughts about the Invisible Girl of the ol’ “I wish she was MY girlfriend!” variety!

One cool point to the first person to give me Phantom Stranger’s current origin!

One cool point to the first person who can tell me what artist designed Rogue’s first costume!

One cool point for each superhero you can name that was a US Senator BEFORE s/he became a superhero!

One cool point to the first person to tell me the first time Wolverine said he was the best there is at what he does!

One cool point to the first person who can tell me what was the first comic book Christopher Priest wrote after taking the name Christopher Priest!

One cool point to the first person to tell me which writer invented Arkham Asylum!

Thanks to Sean and Stony for some suggestions!

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The ongoing The Ray series was the first title Chris Priest wrote as Chris Priest.

Oh and just to add to that, there’s an explaination about the name change in the letter column of the first issue.

And I think there are 2 orgins of the Phantom Stranger, aren’t there? One that he’s a fallen angel the other is that he was the kid that Kingdom Come Superman and Wonder Woman had together.

The last Vartox appearance that I’m aware of was in Alan Moore’s Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow.

Phantom Stranger’s origin is always kept mysterious, but in a particularly good issue of Secret Origins they gave four possibilities. He could be a fallen angel (who didn’t fall quite far enough to be a demon), a scientist from the end of time a wandering jew and some other one I can’t remember. He could also be none of those…

JR beat me to the Christopher Priest one. I bought The Ray issue 1 very excitedly because my favourite novelist had started writing comics. After a surprisingly mediocre read I got to the text at the back that explained that he was actually Jim Owsely who’s work I’d never liked.

Michael Golden drew Rogue’s first apearance, so I assume he was also the designer of her first costume.

The earliest instance (that I know of, at least) of Logan saying he’s the best there is, etc… is from his narration in the first few pages of the first issue of the Wolverine mini-series.

Arkham Asylum was created by Denny O’Neil.

Actually, I take that back – Len Wein first called it Arkham Asylum, but Denny O’Neil created it and called it Arkham Hospital.

Wasn’t the original Black Condor a senator before being a superhero?

And you don’t name your first-born Septimus. That’s silly. You name your seventh-born Septimus. Your first born is, I don’t know, Primus or something.

Everyone beat me to the ones I knew. No cool points for me.

The original Black Condor took the name and civilian identity of a conveniently physically identical Senator to enter human society after turning up as the Black Condor.

Also, since Rogue was meant to debut in Ms. Marvel before it was cancelled, I suspect that John Byrne may have designed the costume rather than Mike Golden.

A Post-COIE Vartox turned up during Team Superman #1, and then met Superman in Superman v.2 #148 and 150 as one of many alien heroes trying to thwart Brainiac’s interstellar rampage. He may have been seen since, but that’s the last time I remember him turning up.

Oh, and I would like to name my first-born Septimus, if only because I love Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway.

Oh, and Denny O’Neil didn’t invent Arkham Asylum; an Arkham Asylum turns up in one of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories set in the fictional Massachusetts town of that name. Indeed, when Denny first used the Arkham Mental Hospital in his Batman stories, it wasn’t in Gotham, but in Arkham, Massachusetts.

Educated guesses, all of these…

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The last time I can remember was in the FANTASTIC FOUR VS. THE X-MEN mini. Ben, having been led to believe that Reed purposely set up the flight that gave the FF their powers, reflects on his lonely life in a bar, noting, “Loved Susie, but she went for Stretch.”

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THE TRENCHCOAT BRIGADE #1 postulates that origin #1 from the SECRET ORIGINS issue is correct, that he’s a fallen angel. I dimly remember there being another origin in VERTIGO VISIONS, but I don’t remember what it was and the book was weird and confusing anyway.

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The obvious answer is WOLVERINE (mini-series) #1, but I’m betting there’s a trick…

Wow, those showed up weird…I was guessing at the Thing having feelings for the Invisible Woman, Phantom Stranger’s origin, and Wolverine’s “Best There Is” quote. Sorry.

I thought Wolvie first said his catchphrase in the first issue of Marvel Comics Presents in the 80s?

moose n squirrel

November 2, 2006 at 1:21 pm

That SECRET ORIGINS issue gave the Phantom Stranger four possible origins, actually. Everyone tends to focus on the “fallen angel” one because it was written by Saint Alan, but the truth is it’s not the most compelling origin of the bunch (I always liked the story where he’s the Old Testament-era human who gets spared from divine wrath, but protests the arbitrary nature of divine judgment by committing suicide). Certainly if there’s any character in the DCU who cries out not to have a concrete origin provided for him, it’s the Phantom Stranger.

I know about the Kingdom-based origin for the Stranger, but given that The Kingdom was absolute crap and the origin it proposes stems from Waidian fannishness (“he’s the son of Wonder Woman and Superman! eeeeeee!”), it should be ignored by all right-thinking people.

thechrisexperience

November 2, 2006 at 1:31 pm

I’d name my kid Septimus. It would give him character.

I know about the Kingdom-based origin for the Stranger, but given that The Kingdom was absolute crap and the origin it proposes stems from Waidian fannishness (”he’s the son of Wonder Woman and Superman! eeeeeee!”), it should be ignored by all right-thinking people.”

Actually, that origin was disproved within THE KINGDOM — it was a red herring, where Wonder Woman directly stated that the mysterious figure WASN’T the Stranger.

Well, presumably Super President was a senator or governor before becoming a super hero:

http://www.toonopedia.com/suprpres.htm

Ah, but the shelved MS. MARVEL #25 (Rogue’s intended 1st appearance) was published in MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #11 (Oct 92), with art by Mike Vosburg. So Vosburg’s my pick.

My Superman knowledge is crap, but before becoming Ruin (pre-Prof. Hamilton retcon), Pete Ross was Luthor’s Vice President. So though not technically a “senator,” he was Senate President.

Cheating again: in the X-Men movie, Robert Kelly was senator before becoming a mutant goo-blob.

While he wasn’t a superHERO, Sen. Stephen Shaffran was the villain Ricochet in the early issues of Peter David’s first run on X-Factor.

So, to get a cool point, do we have to actually name our kid Septimus? Because it sounds like we could get one just if we would like to. If so, sure, I’d love to name my kid Septimus, but I don’t think my wife will let me.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

November 3, 2006 at 2:06 pm

I’d like to name my first born kid Septimus.

I won’t however, because after years of torment in the school yard, he’d/she’d ask me why I did it, and when I said it was for a ‘cool point’ on CSBG, both my life, and Brian Cronin’s, would be in jepordy.
That or he’d/she’d spend his life on a fruitless quest to find the other six kids I must’ve had.

I’d sure like to though.

Whoa. That Super President show sounds seriously goofy. I mean, did he actually go by the name Super PRESEIDENT!? Wouldn’t that completely blow his secret id? And how did he build a secret headquarters under the White House and keep it secret? I’ve always been bothered by the notion of “secret” headquarters built under very public places. How could they possible build them and keep them secret?

One whole cool point! Whoo…Thanks Brian! I knew there would be some people out there who could appreciate the awesomeness that is the name Septimus. And screw the kids in the school yard because ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ and such. And besides, we’ll put him in the U.N. school, he’ll fit right in.

And besides, we’ll put him in the U.N. school, he’ll fit right in.

Brilliance!

So, to get a cool point, do we have to actually name our kid Septimus?

That would be way more cool points than just one!

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