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Test Your Comic Book Knowledge for 12/27

Here’s a twenty-question comic book trivia quiz!

Have fun!

Not EVERYone is a Winner

The following were features in DC’s try-out title, Showcase. They are the features who DIDN’T graduate to their own comic – at least not from their feature in Showcase. Years later, some of these features became leads in their own comic, but not due to their appearance in Showcase (or, in some cases, not even for DC Comics!). So remember, some of these characters DID get their own series eventually.

Enjoy!

1. The hero with the golden helmet!
2. Mike Sekowsky handled this tale of hero Mike Maxwell.
3. A man strives to meet up to his father’s reputation as a “smoke-eater.”
4. A man races against the gangster who killed his father to find his sister, who has the secret to bringing the gangster down.
5. One of the main characters from Our Army At War attempted a spin-off of his own.
6. The tales of Rex Tyler.
7. Stories about animals in nature.
8. Tales of a mod band.
9. King Faraday took center stage in this tale.
10. Story about the Navy Underwater Demolition Team.
11. This deadbeat detective turned up in a lot of books after his Showcase run was over, as a sort of “traveling hero.”
12. A certain British secret agent took his turn in Showcase with the adaptation of this novel.
13. J. Scott Pike, noted romantic comic creator, handled the creation of this female aquatic hero.
14. Licensed stories about an army man.
15. Three detectives hunt down criminals.
16. Rockstar Jim Rook tries to find his girlfriend in the crazy land of Myrra.
17. Tales of adventures inside the Earth.
18. Arnold Drake-penned space story starring a young “Planeteer.”
19. A man named Starker is a bounty hunter in the future.
20. This story was just an attempt to repackage old Western stories.

Good luck, and have fun!

13 Comments

You know, I thought I would know a lot more than these.

1. Gonna go with Dr. Fate. Didn’t he team up with Hourman?
2. B’Wana Beast!
4. Jason’s Quest?
5. I’d imagine it’s Sgt. Rock, but I thought he got his own title. Unless I’m mistaken.
6. Hourman. Who teamed up with Dr. Fate. I think.
8. The Maniaks.
12. Dr. No.
13. Dolphin.
14. Was there a GI Joe issue?
17. The one starring Cave Carson, yeah? Um…

Note the caveat I had in the instructions. ;) A few of these got series…just not from their Showcase features.

9.Danger Trail.
11. Jonny Double.
16. Nightmaster, currently seen in SHADOWPACT.
18. Tommy Tomorrow.
19. Manhunter 2070.
20. Firehair.

Nightmaster was rock star Jim ROOK, was this a typo or an error? But yeah, 16 should be Nightmaster. I thought 11 was Ralph Dibny (current 52 co-star and former Elongated Man), who showed up a /lot/ after his Showcase run was over. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Johnny Double. I just might not be well read enough, though. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’m not well read because aside from those two and the really obvious ones (Hourman and Dr. Fate and Sgt. Rock), I don’t really even find myself capable of guessing on many.

1. The hero with the golden helmet! Dr Fate I presume

2. Mike Sekowsky handled this tale of hero Mike Maxwell. B’wana Beast

3. A man strives to meet up to his father’s reputation as a “smoke-eater.” I dont know why I know this, but it’s Fireman Farrell. Actually I do know why I know it…because one of my comic book trivia cohorts stumped me on a question about it just last week.

5. One of the main characters from Our Army At War attempted a spin-off of his own.
6. The tales of Rex Tyler. Hourman

7. Stories about animals in nature. Animal Man?

9. King Faraday took center stage in this tale. Wasnt it his own story titled King Faraday or am I insane?

11. This deadbeat detective turned up in a lot of books after his Showcase run was over, as a sort of “traveling hero.” This seems like it should be Ralph Dibney, but Im not sure he was necessarily a deadbeat (well…to a point) or traveling hero in the sense youre looking at…he did travel the world a lot…ok, Ill guess him.

12. A certain British secret agent took his turn in Showcase with the adaptation of this novel. It was James Bond. I’ll go with either Thunderball or Dr No.

16. Rockstar Jim Rock tries to find his girlfriend in the crazy land of Myrra. you mean Jim Rook? Then it’s Nightmaster.

Some that haven’t been answered yet:

9. I Spy

10. Sea Devils

Nightmaster was rock star Jim ROOK, was this a typo or an error?

Same result either way, eh? :)

2. Some sword–and–sorcery thing, ****Master, but I can’t remember the first part. I know Sekowsky did that.
3. Fireman Farrell
4. Jonny Double (“Born to trouble…,” a wild but somewhat educated guess)
6. Rex Tyler is the secret ID of the original Hourman, but no Showcase appearance on his own that I know of. He WAS teamed up with the original Dr. Fate in a pair of Schwartz/Fox/Anderson Earth–2 stories here. Doesn’t fit the question for my money.
8. Don’t remember the name exactly, just that it was a play on the word “beatnicks.”
9. I Spy (just ’50s reprints, but I used to have King Faraday’s c.1980 miniseries).
10. Frogmen (?)
11. Or maybe THIS is Jonny Double. Yeah, seems more likely, so don’t know the other.
12. James Bond in “Dr. No.”
13. Dolphin (with a reprint of the first appearance of Aqualad in “Aquaman” in the back; Never understood why after DC revealed that Swamp Thing, Red Tornado and Firestorm were the earth, air and fire elementals respectively, they created a new character out of whole cloth for the water one instead of using Dolphin).
14. G.I. Joe (years before Marvel’s version).
16. Maybe this is the Sekowsky/???Master thing, because I remember that it involved a normal, modern man thrust into a different world.
17. Sounds like Cave Carson, except he was in Brave & Bold during ITS Showcase–like phase, #s 25–49 (Carson in #s 31–33, 40 & 41).
18. Tommy Tomorrow
19. Manhunter 2070 (or whatever the given year was).

I would have gone with Sea Devils, and Doom Patrol from the brief mid–70s run.
Let’s see what others have said.

4. This better not be Jason’s Quest, because he was NOT a man, but a kid.
9. King Faraday’s spot here was definitely entitled “I Spy,” but I don’t know if the Robert Culp/Bill Cosby TV show of the same title was already on the air then or not.
10. Better not be Sea Devils, as they were a private, commercial operation, including a “girl” and a kid, not military.
11. Definitely not Elongated Man, as he never had a Showcase spot.
20. Firehair was a new creation, from Joe Kubert, but was there a Western reprint collection here?
I still maintain that “Dr. Fate & Hourman” was a single feature in Showcase, making #s 1 and 6 incompatible with the quiz’s stated terms, unless you’ve fooled us all, Brian. And I forgot to say that I also would have included “Windy & Willy” (“Dobie Gillis” [and Maynard G. Krebs] reprints, incognito for legal purposes).

I did a little checking in the GCD, and Cave Carson DID appear in Showcase as well as his run in B&B. Sorry, Brian. (Took me a while to get into this site, or this apology would have been up Thursday; and where are the answers, even if you aren’t going to post another quiz?)

20. The ’50s Westerns repackage was in #72 and entitled “Top Gun,” but was three separate stories, one each from Johnny Thunder, Trigger Twins, and the Texas Rangers. Just in case anyone else is still looking for answers. I know *I* am, Brian.

ANSWERS!!

Not EVERYone is a Winner

The following are features in DC’s try-out title, Showcase. They are the features who DIDN’T graduate to their own comic – at least not from Showcase. Years later, some of these features were leads in their own comic, but not due to their appearance in Showcase (or, in some cases, not for DC Comics).

1. The hero with the golden helmet! – Dr. Fate
2. Mike Sekowsky handled this tale of hero Mike Maxwell. – B’wana Beast
3. A man strives to meet up to his father’s reputation as a “smoke-eater.” – Fireman Farrell in Fire Fighters
4. A man races against the gangster who killed his father to find his sister, who has the secret to bringing the gangster down. – Jason’s Quest
5. One of the main characters from Our Army At War attempted a spin-off of his own. – Sgt. Rock
6. The tales of Rex Tyler. – Hour Man
7. Stories about animals in nature. – Kings of the Wild
8. Tales of a mod band. – Maniaks
9. King Faraday took center stage in this tale. – I-Spy
10. Story about the Navy Underwater Demolition Team. – The Frogmen
11. This deadbeat detective turned up in a lot of books after his Showcase run was over, as a sort of “traveling hero.” – Jonny Double
12. A certain British secret agent took his turn in Showcase with the adaptation of this novel. – Dr. No
13. J. Scott Pike, noted romantic comic creator, handled the creation of this female aquatic hero. – Dolphin
14. Licensed stories about an army man. – G.I. Joe
15. Three detectives hunt down criminals. – Manhunters
16. Rockstar Jim Rook tries to find his girlfriend in the crazy land of Myrra. – Nightmaster
17. Tales of adventures inside the Earth. – Cave Carson
18. Arnold Drake-penned space story starring a young “Planeteer.” – Tommy Tomorrow
19. A man named Starker is a bounty hunter in the future. – Manhunter 2070
20. This story was just an attempt to repackage old Western stories. – Top Gun

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