Welcome again! I’m Alex Jaffe, identified right here on DC.com and within the DC Community (the place you’ll discover me as HubCityQuestion) for this month-to-month column and our weekly Trivia Tuesdays. In this characteristic, I take the urgent questions that you simply submit in regards to the huge scope of the DC Universe and all its inhabitants and historical past, and do my stage greatest to ship the solutions you crave. Let’s clear up a thriller, or rewrite historical past.
A Deck of Aces
How many alternative variations of Ace, the canine crimefighter, have there been? And with all of the completely different Supergirls who’ve come and gone through the years, is Streaky even in continuity anymore?
There have been fairly just a few Aces. The authentic Ace, debuting in 1955’s Batman #22, was a German Shepherd who initially belonged to engraver and counterfeit ring kidnapping sufferer John Wilker. When Batman and Robin save Wilker with Ace’s assist, he asks Batman to carry onto Ace for safekeeping as he travels overseas.
In 1991’s Batman #462, we’re introduced with a brand new Ace, a Mastiff, who was previously a watchdog for a blind Native American in Death Valley named Black Wolf. Batman takes this Ace residence with him, who turns into a companion within the Batcave to Bruce’s mechanic, Harold Allnut.
My private favourite incarnation of Ace was a black Great Dane who stored Bruce firm as an previous man within the 1999 animated collection Batman Beyond. This mannequin finally turned the idea for Titus, Damian Wayne’s pet canine in fashionable continuity.
The 2006 Krypto the Superdog animated collection presents a gray-furred, cowl-wearing Ace, probably a pitbull terrier, as a foil to the collection’ star canine. 2008’s Tiny Titans seems to current this similar Ace as a mask-wearing pet, for the collection’ personal revival of the Legion of Super-Pets.
2020’s DCeased: Unkillables presents a doable German Shepherd combine of darker fur coloring, adopted by Jason Todd and Cassandra Cain after Batman’s demise.
In the comics in the present day, Ace has returned to his German Shepherd roots, rescued from a dogfighting pit and domesticized by Alfred in 2016’s Eisner-winning Batman Annual #1.
And then there’s the brand new Ace within the DC League of Super Pets animated movie, a german shepherd/pitbull combine granted the ability of invulnerability by orange kryptonite. He’s bought a bit of a Jessie from Toy Story 2 factor happening in his backstory.
As for Streaky the Supercat, she hasn’t been round an excessive amount of for the reason that nice 2011 reshuffling of the New 52, however she’s nonetheless round. Streaky reviews for obligation as a member of the fashionable Legion of Super-Pets in Super Sons Annual #1, Dark Nights Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs and ‘Tis The Season to be Freezin’, alongside fellow members Krypto, Ace and Flexi the Plastic Bird.
What is the Atlantean foreign money? I’ve seen them pay floor dwellers with gold cash from sunk treasure ships, however I spotted these is likely to be thought-about nugatory in Atlantean shops.
This is…a extremely good query, truly. Yes, we’ve seen Ocean Master bribing Black Manta with sunken treasure earlier than, however there’s no indication that Atlanteans use that foreign money amongst themselves. In fashionable comics, at the least for the reason that New 52, there doesn’t appear to be any proof that Atlantis operates on any kind of foreign money system in any respect. With 70% of the world’s assets at their disposal, it could be good to say that Atlantis is successfully a post-scarcity society, the place the necessity now not exists to alternate cash for items and providers.
Unfortunately, there nonetheless seems to be a really actual caste system in Atlantis, the place entry to assets in Atlantis’s striated society comes right down to the circumstance of one’s delivery, as evident by the truth that it has existed for hundreds of years as a monarchy. As the final queen of Atlantis, Mera made quite a bit of progress in fixing that system, earlier than in the end abolishing the monarchy fully, so brighter days could also be forward.
I imply, it’s completely doable there’s a 1962 Aquaman comedian the place they use “sand dollars” or no matter, however so far as any fashionable depiction of Atlantis goes, there’s merely no cash to be discovered. Yet one more reason for us all to embrace life below the ocean.
How Many “E”s in “Reporter”?
Before Superman: The Movie, did Lois ever had a spelling drawback with typos? I don’t bear in mind her having typo issues in The Adventures of Superman.
If this was simply in a film, I must say that’s a bit insulting to her character since she’s presupposed to be a proficient author for a newspaper.
The operating gag of Lois Lane’s spelling points does certainly originate within the 1978 Superman film! I perceive why you would possibly really feel that means, however correct spelling is much from crucial half of what makes an awesome reporter. What makes Lois nice is that she’ll go to any lengths to get her story, regardless of how harmful. Her drive to seek out the reality, her indomitable braveness and willpower, and her potential to face as much as everybody from Lex Luthor to Oracle is what makes her such an admirable reporter.
So why the typo gag? Superman: The Movie is the story of an ideal, invincible, unbeatable superhuman, in seek for a spot amongst humanity. Lois’s little character flaws—her mood, her low impulse management, and sure, her cavalier perspective in the direction of spelling—are all there to exhibit precisely what Clark Kent loves about her: Lois Lane is essentially the most human girl he’s ever met.
As a journalist myself, I can let you know that I’ve lots of colleagues who’ve points with spelling, together with however not restricted to a historical past of dyslexia. I occur to know many neurodiverse followers of Lois who determine together with her potential to inform nice tales, however have issue conserving letters in the proper order. It means a complete lot to them that Lois Lane, for all her talent and expertise, isn’t essentially the very best in the case of getting the proper quantity of letters collectively. But when the paper goes to print, the good storyteller beats the correct speller each time. Spell-checker doesn’t win Pulitzers—folks do.
Saving the Date
When is Damian Wayne’s birthday? It appears to be fairly simple to seek out all the opposite Robins’ birthdays however I can’t determine Damian’s.
It’s truly fairly uncommon for a comic book to checklist a selected character’s birthday, however the Rosetta Stone for this type of factor is a 1976 piece of merchandise from Warner Books titled the “SUPER DC CALENDAR.” Most character birthdays we acknowledge in the present day come from this supply. From right here, as an example, we all know that Bruce Wayne’s birthday is February nineteenth, Dick Grayson’s is March twentieth, Alfred Pennyworth’s is April eighth, Commissioner Gordon’s is January fifth, and Barbara Gordon’s is September twenty third. (I personally share a birthday with Donna Troy.)
For dates on characters who’ve debuted since 1976, you simply should hope some author mentions it in a comic book. For occasion, in 2004’s Detective Comics #790, Bruce commemorates what would have been Jason Todd’s 18th birthday on August 18th. In 2003’s Robin #116, we be taught that Tim Drake’s birthday is July nineteenth when the poor boy is so overworked that he forgets to rejoice it. And in 2002’s Batgirl #33, a traditional milestone-deprived Cassandra Cain lastly learns from her father that her birthday was on January twenty eighth.
Damian, curiously, has celebrated his birthday in comics a number of instances—most notably in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Truth & Justice #16 and WEBTOON’s Batman: Wayne Family Adventures, Episode 13. But on none of these events was the precise date specified. Now that his newest solo collection has come to an finish, we’ll simply have to attend for whoever takes on Damian subsequent to see in the event that they’ll inform us when to ship Batman’s most irascible Robin cake and presents. I hear he has requested donations on his behalf to your native animal shelter.
That’s on a regular basis we’ve got for now. But my doorways are at all times open within the DC Community, the place I’ll be amassing your circumstances for my subsequent campaign for the reality, typos (typoes?) be damned. But each journey at all times begins with you once you ASK… THE QUESTION.
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Alex Jaffe is the creator of our month-to-month “Ask the Question” column and writes about TV, films, comics and superhero historical past for DCComics.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexJaffe and discover him within the DC Community as HubCityQuestion.
NOTE: The views and opinions expressed on this column are solely these of Alex Jaffe and don’t essentially replicate these of DC Entertainment or Warner Bros.