Q. Question

An example of Cowan's artwork: The Question #3...

An example of Cowan’s artwork: The Question #34 (January 1990); DC Comics. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First I wanted to say that I’m sorry for not posting a my Pow-Wow Smith article yesterday.  Time got away from me. So today I want to talk about what could possibly be my Favorite hero of all time, The Question.

The Question, Real name Charles Victor Szasz a.k.a Vic Sage, made his first appearance in Blue Beetle #1 in 1967. This was back when he was still a Charlton Comics Character.  Charlton Comics was bought by DC in the 1980’s.

Vic Sage is an investigative journalist. To help with his right doings he was approached by Aristotle “Tot” Rodor and was given an artificial skin called Pseudoderm.  Which was a second skin that could be applied with a bonding gas, but it was found to be toxic with open wounds. With this covering his face Vic was free to find all the answers he needed, and deliver his vigilante justice without giving his Identity.  Vic died in the 1990’s after complications with cancer, and passed the mantle to Gotham detective Renee Montoya.

Vic was reanimated as a Black Lantern in the Blackest Night crossover. Afterward he was reburied by the Blue Lantern, Saint Walker and Montoya.  In the New 52 I have been dealt a great disappointment.  A man, who shall remain nameless mostly because it says so, was made to walk the earth after denying the powers of the seven wizards of the Rock of Eternity.  He was made to forget his name and had his face taken away.  He was made to walk the earth as a blank slate.

This character has had a reach all throughout DC Comics.  He was the inspiration for the Watchmen’s Rorschach, in Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again he is portrayed as an anti-government conspirator, and he was even mentioned in Grant Morrison’s run of the Doom Patrol.  Question is a terrifically written character, with a great background story(atleast Vic Sage does).  I don’t think I will ever be able to bring myself to like what is happening with Question in the New 52, but things can change.


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  1. #1 by Tony Laplume on April 19, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    The Question arc in 52 was one of the reasons I love that particular comic so much.

    • #2 by pwetzig on April 21, 2013 - 12:18 am

      Anything with the question is alright with me!

  2. #3 by timsbrannan on April 23, 2013 - 8:41 pm

    So who do you prefer Vic or Renee?

    Tim Brannan
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    • #4 by pwetzig on April 23, 2013 - 10:16 pm

      I prefer Vic. Renee always seemed like she had something to prove.

      • #5 by timsbrannan on April 24, 2013 - 6:23 am

        Vic is the classic one. I like Renee, just for different reasons.

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