Affirmative Action Comics Quiz
By Michael Condon
1. And you think you've got problems. Which superbeing is comatose when he powers down?
A. Captain Marvel Junior.
2. The American Indians who lived on Starhaven in the pre-zero hour 30th century shared what special feature?
A. They all had wings.
3. The creator of Wonder Woman had a significant non-comics related achievement that he translated into the Wonder Woman mythos. What was it?
A. A twelve-volume encyclopedia of mythology, hence all the references to
4. Which polio sufferer proved he was combat ready for World War II by breaking into the Pentagon, and invading the offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
A. Jackie Johnson.
5. How did Victor Stone get so badly injured as to need to become a cyborg?
A. In his final outing as the Teen Titan Guardian, he was severely beaten
and left for dead by the street gang Hell's Honkies.
6. Why was the new Batgirl mute in her first appearances?
A. Her vocal chords were slit by an enemy of her father's in a hostage situation
7. So if Dr. Midnight, Golden Age version, is blind, how come he got to run around and sock fifth columnists in the jaw?A. He was only blind when he was in light. He was able to see perfectly well within the inky smoke of his blackout bombs or when wearing his special goggles.
B. He had a sonar sense that let him detect the location of his foes.
C. His psychic link with his owl Hootie let him "see" through the owl's eyes.
D. He developed psychic senses that allowed him to "see" evil, which apparently was enough to let him survive in a fight.
8. What is the post Crisis Black Manta's motivation for becoming a villain?
A. He wants to start a homeland under the sea for people of African descent.
9. Why was Tyroc suspicious of the Legion of Superheroes' racial makeup?
A. His home island of Marzal was settled by the survivors of a wrecked slave
ship and since the island is usually not located in Earth 1's dimension, the
Marzallians did not learn about the social progress made on earth over the
10 Which two characters were Olympic athletes?
A. Amazing Man (1936) and Black Lightning (originally the 1976 Olympics,
now sometime before he started teaching and his superhero career).
1. D. Black Racer. The Black Crow is a Native American Marvel character who first gained his powers while comatose, and who is paralyzed from the waist down when not in his super identity.
2. A. While Dawnstar had a super-tracking ability, she was the only member of her community of winged Native Americans who had it. Apache Chief, a member of TV's Superfriends, had the ability to increase his size, while Star Boy, not Star Havenites had the ability to increase the masses of objects.
4. B. The problem wasn't that he suffered from polio but that he was an African American and during World War II African American were kept out of combat positions and instead worked in support positions such as grave digging. Jackie Johnson was an African American member of Sgt. Rock's Easy Company. Steve Rodgers is Marvel's Captain America's real name.
5. C. Mal Duncan was an African American member of the original Teen Titans. His identities included the Guardian, he had the same costume as the Metropolis hero of the same name, and Hornblower. He was terrorized by the gang Hell's Honkies as a child. The Legion villain Tharok had an accident with a container of molecular acid.
6. C. I don't really follow the Bat titles, but I think she's gotten more talkative since No Man's Land. Jericho was the one who had his throat slit in a hostage situation gone wrong.
7. A. The Marvel hero Daredevil has a radar sense. Verigo's, Mr. E. is blind but can see evil.
8. B. A is the motivation for the pre-Crisis Black Manta. Ocean Master is Aquaman's Inuit half brother.
9. A. The Dark Man brainwashed the members of the Legion of Assassins, including a later repentant Blok, into holding the Legion responsible for the destruction of their home planet.
10 . A.
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