The Question is journalist Vic Sage (real name: Charles Victor Szasz), and he has a very normal, even handsome face. Thing is, he’s a famous celebrity, so he uses a special gas to adhere the “faceless” mask to his face, and change the color of his hair and clothes.
Steve Ditko created the Question at Charlton Comics in 1967 (or perhaps '66) as a backup feature in Blue Beetle #1. Ditko’s original Question, like his other character Mr. A, was an harsh objectivist, since Ditko himself was enamored of Ayn Rand’s philopsophy. He was more than willing to let a criminal die by falling off a building rather than pull him to safety, simply because he was a criminal. Fun guy.
DC Comics acquired all the Charlton characters (Question, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Nightshade, Peacemaker, Sarge Steel, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Son of Vulcan, Judomaster and Tiger) in the mid-'80s. Denny O’Neill wrote a Question series that started in 1988, and reimagined the character as a Zenlike philosopher who studied martial arts from the greatest fighters in the DC Universe, Richard Dragon and Lady Shiva. After 36 issues, 2 annuals, and 5 Question Quarterlies, the series was canceled and the character languished in obscurity. Most recently, writer Rick Veitch and artist Tommy Lee Edwards came out with a 6-issue Question miniseries set in Metropolis, and featuring Lex Luthor and Lois Lane as prominent characters (as in tonight’s JLU episode). The Question now had the power to communicate with the city of Metropolis itself, to learn things from the city to solve its mysteries, sort of an “urban shaman.”
Needless to say, the Question is one of my favorite comic book characters, so I was marking out throughout tonight’s episode. Even better, last night I found the last issue I needed to complete the 36-issue run of the '80s Question series, so I’m really on a high for this bizarre superhero.