Comic Book Legends Revealed #419
COMIC LEGEND: Brian K. Vaughan offered to reveal the secret identity of a character to the first person who discovered a crude joke in a Batman story he wrote.
Someone suggested this to me years ago but I don’t have their name in my notes. More recently, though, a reader named Jacob wrote to CBR’s head honcho Jonah Weiland about it and he passed it along to me and I thought, “Oh yeah, I meant to write something about this years ago.”
In any event, in 2000’s Batman: Gotham City Secret Files and Origins #1, Vaughan and artist Marcos Martin introduced a character called the Skeleton who was using the files on the Joker, Mr. Freeze and the Riddler (plus equipment based on theirs) to essentially BECOME each of the villains..
all as part of a mysterious vendetta against Bruce Wayne.
Obviously, the character has never been revealed since Vaughan moved on to other things.
However, in the collection of Vaughan’s DC superhero stories, False Faces, Vaughan made a challenge. He would reveal the identity of the Skeleton to
the first person who finds the obscenely juvenile punchline that I hid somewhere in the story
The punchline in question, of course, appear on the first page…
The same way that he used Boron, Argon and Fluorine to spell out “B-AR-F,” he also used Copper and Niton to spell….Cu and Nt.
You get it.
So the question now becomes, has Vaughan ever revealed the identity to anyone? Care to help us out, Brian?
Thanks to Jacob for reminding me to spotlight this one.
Check out some classic Comic Book Legends Revealed related to hidden messages/jokes!
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