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Ask Chris #312: Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Superman
Q: Are superheroes inextricably tied to their alter-ego day jobs? For example, does Clark Kent have to be a journalist, or Hal Jordan a pilot? — @Chan_180

A:For all the questions about whether the Secret Identity is a concept that can still provide drama within the superhero genre or somethi…
Ask Chris #311: The Many Deaths Of The DC Universe
Q: Can you explain the difference between the Black Racer and the Black Flash and why DC needs both? - @CoreyInformin

A: Oh, this one's easy. Black Racer has skis. All right, cool, see y'all next week!

Okay, fine, it's a little more complicated than that. Despite the obvious differe…
Ask Chris #310: Starting The Silver Age
Q: Since the Silver Age is now defined mostly by aesthetics, not superhero popularity, is Showcase #4 still a good starting point? -- @morganwick

A: Dividing the history of comic books into a series of ages is a pretty easy thing to do, but picking out one single issue that serves as the hard, immu…
Ask Chris #308: Silent Interlude
Q: What makes a good silent issue? -- @XavierFiles

A: Listen: I don't know if you meant for me to interpret this question as, "Can you talk about GI Joe #21 for a couple thousand words," but I do think we all knew that was exactly what was going to happen.
Ask Chris #307: The Evolution (Or Lack Thereof) Of Tim Drake
Q: How do you feel about Tim Drake’s evolution over time? Will he ever be his own man, like Nightwing? — @DarthFraga

A: Okay, first things first: Tim Drake is the best Robin, and it's not even a competition. It's not just that he's a great character, and believe it or n…
Ask Chris #306: In Praise Of Jughead Jones
Q: Why do you think Jughead is such a great character? -- @hurgling

A: Every now and then, I'll bring up the idea that I have a definite, immutable, and 100% official list of the five greatest characters in comic book history. When I do, people are usually pretty understanding of the character…
Ask Chris #305: Death Of The Sidekick
Q: There's hasn't been a new sidekick in years. What happened to the concept of the sidekick? -- @RedEarth18

A: I'm not sure that sidekicks are really all that in danger of extinct, but I do think you're right to say that sidekicks aren't as prominent as they used to be, an…
Ask Chris #304: Make Gotham City Great Again
Q: Has Batman ever been overtly political? Was there a time Batman ran for office? If so, would you vote Batman? - @ShaneMBailey

A: To answer your last question first, yes: I consider myself a staunch Batocrat on virtually all of the most important issues, like crime, child labor laws, funding for …

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