by Michael Condon
1) The ultimate patriotic hero is Captain America. Unfortunately, I can't write any questions about him because the character belongs to Marvel. Which Kirby created Golden Age DC character could be viewed as Captain America's conceptual cousin?
2) Why isn't Pat Dugan, Stripsey, an old man? He's been active since World War II for goodness sake.
3) What happens when Liberty Belle hears the Liberty Bell ring?
4) Star Spangled Kid was a fine name for Sylvester Pemberton to adopt when he was a teenager, but what did he change it to when he hit his mid-twenties?
5) Who was the chairperson of the All-Star Squadron throughout most of World War II?
6) The Quality comics heroes, led by Uncle Sam, were revealed to be living on Earth X after DC acquired the rights to those heroes. In what way had Earth X developed differently from most of the other Earths known to comic book fans?
7) Before becoming the patriotic masked hero the Americomando, the character was a pulp novel like adventurer named ____.
8) The Boy Commandos were an international group of boys who fought the Germans during World war II. The American member of the team, Brooklyn, later turned up as an adult character. Which one?
9) DC had a lot of comics dedicated to World War II, which of these comics dedicated to other U.S. wars existed?
10) Which Golden Age hero habitually whistled Yankee Doodle and left red white and blue feathers as his trademark?
1) B. The concept I'm thinking of here is athletic men with no super powers who employ shields. Also, Guardian is the only one of the four listed who were published by DC in the Golden Age. Fighting American was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon in the 1950's for Crestwood Publications. It was licensed for a six issue series by DC in 1992. The shield first appeared in MLJ comics, the company that would later become Archie, in 1939, a year before captain America's debut. DC published The Shield in the 1990's under its Impact line.
2) B. A was the pre-Crisis explanation for why the Justice Society and many of their friends, such as Lois Lane, could remain active in the 1980's. C is similar to the plot of the Last Days of the Justice Society, except that the JSA left only after their modern counterparts were well established rather than in the 1950's.
3) D. Liberty Belle is the descendent of Miss Liberty, but does not gain powers from her ancestor. The Golden Age hero Captain Triumph was able to double his physical abilities when his body was possessed by his dead brother's spirit. A magic field set up by the Spear of Destiny and the Holy Grail put most super-powered beings who entered the Axis controlled territory under Axis control.
4) B. Ted Knight invited him to take the Starman name, but Sylvester refused, having an intuition that Jack Knight would eventually have a use for it. Major Victory was the leader of the Force of July, a patriotic team gone wrong.
5) D. Hawkman was the first chairman, but Liberty Belle was chairperson the longest.
7) D. Tex Thomson first appeared in Action comics #1. He was a wealthy world traveler who solved mysteries. Slam Bradley was a private eye for first appeared in Detective Comics#1. Hop Harrigan was a teenage pilot who first appeared in All-American Comics #1. I'm not sure if he ever appeared in comic form. I've seen his stories appear as two pages of text in microfilms of some Golden Age comic books. In order to comply with a post office regulation, some portion of the comic book had to contain a story that wasn't in comic form. Roy Raymond, the Television Detective, first appeared in Detective Comics in 1949.
9) A. The book dealt with the Revolutionary War for a significant portion of its run. The rest are my own inventions. Comics and features dealing with Hans von Hammer are called Enemy Ace. Besides, I wouldn't refer to a German pilot in a feature about American patriotic heroes
Mike Condon, Fanzing's trivia quiz guru, is a librarian who lives in Brooklyn.
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