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Friday’s Trivial Pursuit – Bronze Edition

Last time we did this it was a lot of fun for me and you folks seemed to enjoy it too, even those of you who were just interested onlookers. So it’s time for another hardcore trivia quiz.

For this installment I thought I’d widen the field a little. So this one’s all about the Bronze Age, which for purposes of this quiz we shall define as 1969 to 1981 or thereabouts. Not for the faint of heart, so bring your A-game, people!

But first, let’s go over the ground rules again.

* DON’T POST YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. If you do I will delete them as soon as possible, and probably I will also gently mock your intelligence and reading comprehension skills. No, you must EMAIL YOUR ANSWERS to ghatcher79 (at) gmail.com. Putting “Trivia quiz” in the subject line would be helpful, as well.

* USING GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA IS FROWNED UPON. I’ve tried very hard to make this as internet-proof as I can, but we all know that really can’t be done. So I implore you to cowboy up and try to do this without cheating. Come on, any idiot can type names into a search engine. If you MUST look things up, okay, but for God’s sake, at least pull out the real comics and look at them.

* CONTEST ENDS AT MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 14. Because the answers will go up in Friday’s column on the 15th.

I learned on the last one that many of you are more thorough than me, often offering multiple possible correct answers or bringing up an angle I might not have considered. So if arbitration should become necessary, I will certainly try to be fair and award points to answers that deserve them, but I reserve the right to say, “Hey, it’s my contest, and I’m doing it this way.” In case of a tie score, the prize goes to the email with the earliest timestamp.

* AND DON’T POST YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION! I know, I already said that, but it bears repeating. Seriously, it ruins the fun for everyone.

And what are they playing for, Greg?

Hey, only chumps work for free. The winner will receive —

The Wizard King, volume one, by Wally Wood.

And I mean the really snazzy Vanguard edition.

And I mean the really snazzy Vanguard edition.

Along with a whole bunch of bitchin’ Grendel comics from the mighty Matt Wagner.

Because as much as I like these, I don't reread them. And they're too adult to give to my students.

Because as much as I like these, I don't reread them, and they're too adult to give to my students.

And, of course, bragging rights. Can’t forget that. (I suspect it’s a bigger draw than the actual prizes.)

So we all know the rules, we’ve seen the prizes… on to the questions! These range all over the place — comics, superhero novels, and even some comics-related 70s television, so prepare yourselves.

Okay? Let’s play our game!

PART ONE: “Who WAS that?”

1. Who cursed Simon Garth to walk the earth as a zombie?

If you don't have this Essential, you should go out and get it, because it's cool.

2. Who secretly was financing Defenders foes The Sons of the Serpent?

I still remember the mom-and-pop store on Mount Hood where I bought this issue.

3. Who did Dr. Zamm help to reach a heightened understanding?

4. Who was Sonnabend the prophet, and whose coming did he predict?

5. Most of the Marvel Novel series of the 1970s were written by comics guys like Len Wein, David Michelinie, and Marv Wolfman.

This is a pretty good book. This is a pretty good book too.

But a couple of them were done by other writers using pen names. What were the true identities of “Joe Silva” and “Kyle Christopher”?

TV Bonus Question! There was another actor to portray Superman in live action in the 1970s besides Christopher Reeve.

I read this copy of NEWSWEEK to pieces, I was so jazzed for the Superman movie.

That time was on television. Who was the actor and what was the show?

PART TWO: “Where was that again?”

6. Where was the structure drafted by the JSA, the JLA, and the heroes of Earth-S as a temporary HQ in the battle against the evil King Kull? (And who were the former owners?)

I didn't actually get around to reading this till it came out in paperback.

7. Luke Cage’s original office in Times Square was over a theater.

I loved Power Man/Iron Fist as much as anybody, but Luke's own book had a special charm.

What was its name?

8. According to Bob Haney and Neal Adams, where WAS “Another Time, Another Place”?

9. Conan the barbarian hails from Cimmeria. King Kull is from Atlantis. Travis Morgan, the Warlord, lives in Skartaris. But where, pray tell, would one find….

Only read this online, but it looked like it had promise.

…Wulf the Barbarian??

10. Exactly where DID Superman fight Muhammad Ali?

Story continues below

You know, I still haven't ever read this for myself.. only read ABOUT it.

Bonus TV question! The Lynda Carter Wonder Woman met a man named Andros twice, once in the 1940s and again in the 70s.

Still the most successful WW ever. Sorry, comics fans.

Where was Andros from… and who were the TWO actors that played him?


PART THREE: “What the hell’s THAT thing?”

11. How many other groovy costumes did Supergirl try out before settling on this one for most of the Bronze Age?

This really was the best one. That headband thing never worked for me AT ALL.

(I mean actually wore for an adventure, not just show off on a “reader’s suggestions” pin-up page.)

12. What was the Dream Dome? And which Marvel hero was used as the template for its audio-visual psychic projection?

13. What vile vehicle appeared in Worlds Unknown, courtesy of Gerry Conway and Dick Ayers?

14. Red Kryptonite turned up in a lot of odd places, but probably none odder than the box where Jimmy Olsen found the sample that caused THIS.

Damn, Red K was trippier than acid.

What else was in that box?

15. Who built the Madbomb?

You know, this arc really holds up pretty well. It's only because it followed Englehart's that fans were so snotty about it.

Bonus TV question! The alter ego of The Mighty Isis, Andrea Thomas, was a teacher.

You know, I really wanted to love these live-action super-shows... but they just sucked.

What subject did she teach?

…and there you have it.

See you next week — with the answers, and, one hopes, a winner!


I got two (13 and 14). I’m pitiful. I mean, I can name the projectionist at Luke Cage’s theater, that counts for something, right?

Greg, i was wondering if you were planning on talking about Sherlock Holmes. You’ve talked about how much you enjoy the proto-superheroes and the Wold Newton guys, so i was curious if you had a collumn in the making like when Star Trek came out and you talked about the franchise. Anyway, interesting stuff, as per usuall.

Greg, i was wondering if you were planning on talking about Sherlock Holmes.

The new movie, you mean? We went opening day and thought it was great fun, but to be honest, I can’t add anything to what Peter David said. So no, I wasn’t going to do a column on it.

ok, i should read what he said then. Thanks for the link!

Cripes! I’ve been addicted to comics for over 30 years and I feel like a small-time dabbler looking at those questions. Congrats to whoever wins this (and they better not cheat!) you’re a bigger geek than I. :-)

Well, remember, winning doesn’t mean you have to get everything 100% right. You just have to get more of them right than anyone else. (At the moment, Matt with his two answers would be leading.)

Yeah, I got nothing. Maybe one or two answers, three at best.

Tom Fitzpatrick

January 9, 2010 at 8:36 am

ohhhhh, vey!!

Yikes. I know the name of the theater from Luke Cage….That’s about it.
Hangs head in shame.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

January 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

I feel like I did OK, but not great. Partly this skews to people who were around in the 1970s, since the live-action stuff and the entirety of Larry Lieber and Chip Goodman’s folly is fairly unknown for anyoen who started on comics after the close of that decade.

I think I know three of the answers (7, 15, and the bonus question), and I remember roughly the answer of 2, but not the actual name. Pretty weak, overall – clearly my Bronze-fu sucks.

Damn, I thought I would do better in a quiz covering the entire Bronze Age and not just a single character like last time, but I guess not. I’m pretty sure about 2 or 3, but that’s it. Flipping through some of the Essentials I may have to find answers is o.k. isn’t it?
By the way, I agree with you, those Saturday morning live-action hero shows (Shazam! & Isis) were completely atrocious, but that picture you posted reminded me why the young me watched Isis pretty religiously, even if I can’t remember the actual plot or story of any episodes: that actress was/is simply stunning…

Flipping through some of the Essentials I may have to find answers is o.k. isn’t it?

Oh, yeah, absolutely. I don’t object to people looking through their comics… or trades, or DVDs. I just object to people Googling for stuff and then giving the answer like they actually worked at it. That irks me. It’s a twitch of mine left over from when we used to do the movie quote contest on CBR’s TV/Movie forum.

And we’ve had a couple of impressive email entries already, which is heartening. The lead entry so far is about 50%, and I suspect the eventual winner probably is going to be somewhere around there or a little higher.

Also — I’ve been reminded that there were TWO television actors to portray Superman on television in the 1970s. My bad. Either one counts as correct.

I can get half a dozen or so without going the Internet well, but that’s it. I suck at 70s US comics!

Incidentally, that Bronze Age Supergirl costume was sexy as hell, much more than the “slut look” he has been using on her latest series…

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

SHE has been using, of course.

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

I don’t recall the live action Isis program.When did that air? I do recall the Saturday morning cartoon though.Is that Catherine Zeta Jones?Sure looks like her.

Geez — #13 I know off the top of my head; 1, 2 & 7 I could glean from Essentials; & 9 I could dig out of the actual comic. The first & last TV bonuses *probably* could be found in various ishes of BACK ISSUE (assuming that would be kosher), but otherwise …

Tough one.

Daniel O' Dreams

January 9, 2010 at 11:31 am

Holy… I can answer two with authority (but not without looking them up in my back issues) and I think I know where Andros was from and can picture both actors so I may be able to recover their names. I assume the IMDB is also cheating?

If anyone gets all of these they truly are the master geek.

Yep, I know none of these. Wow.

“Who was Sonnabend the prophet, and whose coming did he predict?”

Wow, I just finished reading that a few nights ago. I think it’s the only one of these that I could possibly answer.

Conan the barbarian hails from Cimmeria. King Kull is from Atlantis. Travis Morgan, the Warlord, lives in Skartaris. But where, pray tell, would one find….Wulf the Barbarian?

The bargain bin?

Seriously, great contest but also depressing since I can’t answer a single question. :(

I do recall the Saturday morning cartoon though. Is that Catherine Zeta Jones?Sure looks like her.

That’s Joanna Cameron. She did Isis, a couple of TV guest spots, and some bit parts in horror B-movies before quitting acting to be a nurse. More info here.

Yeah, I own or at least have read a bunch of these (obviously the first two Steve Gerber ones) but I don’t remember plot points. I knew WULF ’cause I’ve been reading Atlas comics lately, and I do remember Madbomb. And I can probably guess # 13 from reading Marvel house ads. But that’s it.

That’s Joanna Cameron. She did Isis, a couple of TV guest spots, and some bit parts in horror B-movies before quitting acting to be a nurse. More info here.

Just went to the site. What a touching, heartfelt article. Brought a smile to my face.

Thankfully I just bought the Madbomb trade so I know 15 for sure. There is a couple of others that are on the tip of my brains tongue so I guess I should get cracking in the old box o’ comics.

#10 — in the boxing ring. Duh.

Seriously, I got nuttin’. Not one single answer without using the Google.

Louis Bright-Raven

January 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

There’s 18 total questions, and I think I got 6-10 right / partially right. We’ll see.

I knew this was gonna be hard when I saw the first question. Simon Garth really? heh I know OF the Living Zombie but I don’t know if I have ever read a work with him in it. If I have it had to be Marvel Team-up or Two in One.


Well, just sent in my sorry excuse for answers a little while ago. I remember at the end of the Batman quiz I requested another one on a theme I’m better at – well, I thought I would just kick ass in a general Bronze Age quiz, but I see Greg has much to teach this young Padawan…

Peter Woodhouse

January 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Hey forgive me for being dumb in my first-ever CBR quiz, but is the email address ghatcher79 ‘@’ gmail.com or ghatcher79 (at) gmail.com? Just checking.


Peter Woodhouse

January 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Ah I can see when my post was published, it’s the @ version! By the way, there’s no way I’m getting anywhere near 50%! My knowledge of 70s US TV shows is sketchy.

The only stuff I can remember us in the UK getting was the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman, Lou Ferrigno (spell??) Hulk live-action shows, the Spidey (the original then the ..& His Amazing Friends) and FF cartoons in the pre-cable & satellite era.


January 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm


I don’t know the answer to any of them.

Even to the one that comes from an issue I’ve read.
(The Zombie one).

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