Surely there is a need for a Wikipedia article on “Characters That Have Not Yet Been to The Fortress of Solitude.”

§ April 19th, 2011 § Filed under letters of comment, sir-links-a-lot § 8 Comments

It always amused me that, in the old Answer Man columns Bob Rozakis used to do in DC Comics a decade or three back, there would be a non-stop parade of folks asking what their comics were worth, and it seemed like most of the time they were worth about thirty cents to a buck:

Of course, this was a while back, before the comics the readers were most likely to have were given labels like “Bronze Age” and “Copper Age” and priced upward accordingly. But enough questions like this appeared to be submitted that, if memory serves, a separate column was created just to handle the pricing inquiries. I think maybe I once saw a reader ask about a comic that turned about to be, like, five bucks or something.

I like the matter-of-factness response to this next question:

And I like the very specific nature of this next inquiry:

In the, oh, 30+ years since this was asked, has Black Lightning made it to the Fortress? I haven’t the foggiest.

I’m also picturing that this was just one of a series of questions the reader sent in. “Has Firestorm been to the Fortress?” “No.” “How about Animal Man?” “Um, not yet.” “Metamorpho?” “Not sure, really.” “Okay, has Johnny Thunder?” “Oh, from the Justice Society? Lemme check….” “No, I mean Johnny Thunder, the cowboy hero.” “…Don’t you have anyone else you can bother?”

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8 Responses to “Surely there is a need for a Wikipedia article on “Characters That Have Not Yet Been to The Fortress of Solitude.””

  • adam barnett says:

    Oddly enough, I think Man-Bat has been to the Fortress (see DC Comics Presents #35), so you’d think Supes would have let just about everyone else see it by now.

  • philip says:

    What the grunt is RIMA? If it’s an acronym, I can’t puzzle it out. If it isn’t an acronym, well … I still have no idea.

  • Andrew Weiss says:

    Rima the Jungle Girl, of course!

    (Thanks again for the link-love, Mike!)

  • So… HAS Swamp Thing ever been to the Fortress?

    And, has Clark Kent been there* (y’know… dressed AS Clark and not Superman)?

    *No. Superman movies do not count.

    Although, thinking about it, I’d imagine that a comic-version Lois Lane MUST have been there at least a few times**.

    ** No. “Dream” stories do not count.

    Now, this has me thinking…
    I know that Marvel characters have been to the BAT-CAVE (Marvel vs DC, Access, JLA/Avengers), but have any MARVEL characters ever been to the Fortress?

    OK. I’ll stop.

  • Anonymous says:

    There was.

    You didn’t see before they deleted it and banned all the folks who worked on it????


  • Anonymous says:

    Swamp Thing NEVER been to the Fortress, but he did visit the old JLA satellite after it crashed on the moon…

  • Anonymous says:

    Correction: It may have happened in Swamp Thing #100, but if so, he ignored it. Swampy was looking for Eden, not the Fortress.

  • Siskoid says:

    If there’s a Wikipedia page, I want my name in the list.