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The Question

The question

Real Name
Charles Victor Szasz
First Appearance
Blue Beetle #1 (June, 1967)
Creator
Steve Ditko
Team Affliations
L.A.W., Black Lantern Corps, Justice League Unlimited (Animation only)
Alias
Vic Sage
Base of Operations
Hub City
Powers
None
Skills and Abilities
Urban shaman, Proficient acrobat, Genius-level intelligence, Master detective, One of the world's foremost martial artists and hand-to-hand combatants
Tools and Weapons
Special Masks and Spray

The Question is a detective superhero in the DC Universe (and originally the Charlton Universe).

OriginEdit

A respected reporter, Vic Sage was investigating the disappearance of a doctor when he discovered his various tools and gadgets (including a blank mask that can only be removed with a special chemical) and decided to use them to fight crime. 

BiographyEdit

Charlton ComicsEdit

The man originally known as Vic Sage was born Charles Victor Szasz and grew up as an orphan in Hub City.  He later became an investigative journalist, known for his determination, outspoken nature and aggressiveness. After establishing a career as a TV reporter for the World Wide Broadcasting Co. (WWB), Sage began investigating the disappearance of one Dr. Arby Twain at the behest of Aristotle Rodor, Vic old friend and former professor. It seemed that Arby was Rodor's partner and Aristotle claimed that Dr. Twain was selling Pseudoderm, a kind of synthetic skin, as a cheap, effective bandage in third world countries despite the fact that had been found dangerous when applied to open wounds. Sage agreed to go after him but was concerned about trying to stop him without exposing his identity and risk the people around him. Rodor shows Sage how to turn the Psuedoderm into a featureless mask, letting him continue his investigations incognito investigates and defeats Twain.  He decides to continue using the pseudoderm to fight crime as The Question and keeps Rodor as an ally, whom he nicknames Tot.

The Question would go on to fight the super-villain The Banshee.  He also faced the criminals Arbo and Nat Kat multiple times and eventually teamed with the superhero The Blue Beetle.


Other MediaEdit

Justice League UnlimitedEdit

The Question was a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. He was known for "crackpot" conspiracy theories and brilliant deductive skills. He used a special flesh-colored mask that covered his face, along with a special yellow gas that could change the colors of his hair and clothing. The Question was possibly the most unconventional superhero ever to join the organization. He was a paranoid investigator who, by his own admission, shamelessly went through everyone's trash, drove a car with no license plates, and believed there was an ominous conspiracy inherent to everything. The Question assisted Supergirl and Green Arrow in uncovering the truth behind Supergirl's eerie dreams, leading him to Galatea, her evil clone. Although his teammates regard him as a nut for his over the top theories, such as the connections between boy bands and global warming, and the Girl Scouts and the crop circle phenomenon, the fact is that the Question delivers results. Therefore, Batman appointed him to find a link between Cadmus and Lex Luthor.

While the Question was investigating, the Huntress approached him offering information on Cadmus, if he would help her track down Steven Mandagora, the man who killed her parents. Even though the Question knew she had nothing on the mysterious organization, he played along, simply because he was fond of the Huntress. The Question is incredibly perceptive, and he most likely investigated the background of every Leaguer, seeing as he knew everything about the Huntress before they met. After the Question dissuaded her from murdering Mandragora in front of his son, the Huntress took a liking to him, and they started dating.

With the help of the Huntress, the Question stole high security files from a Cadmus terminal, in hopes of finding their link to Luthor. After cracking the files, he gained access to several classified information, namely Amanda Waller's simulations and everything about the Justice Lords. When the Question saw the security tape of Superman killing president Lex Luthor in the parallel universe, he became convinced that those events were predestined to happen in his own reality, considering the events that led up to that fateful moment, were also already unfolding. The Question saw how Waller's simulations predicted that a war between the Justice League and the government would result in Armageddon. He confronted Superman, who, in spite of assuring they would never fight the government, didn't reassure a much disturbed Question. The Question broke into LexCorp, where he was determined to kill Luthor in order to prevent Superman from doing so. Seeing as he was a "well-known crackpot", the Question believed that his actions wouldn't affect the League's reputation, and was willing to commit that sacrifice to guarantee Superman's untainted legacy. However, he was thwarted by Luthor, who mysteriously exhibited superhuman strength and easily beat him to the ground. The Question was then taken under Cadmus custody, where Dr. Moon tortured him for the location of the stolen files. Question would simply answer with random conspiracy theories, like toothpaste being used to track people by satellite.

The Question was finally rescued by Superman and the Huntress, who carried him out of the facility after a fight with Captain Atom. The Question was teleported to the Watchtower, where he recuperated with the Huntress at his bedside. It was during his recovery that the Question showed the Huntress his true face. As he lay in bed, he asked Helena to get a small spray can out of his coat pocket and as such applied it to his mask which came off and the lovers shared a tender moment. Shortly after, when the Ultimen invaded the Watchtower, the Question mustered enough strength to knock out one clone with a bedpan, promptly saving Huntress.

After full recovery, the Question kept going out with the Huntress and resumed his pursuit to uncover conspiracies.[1] He later answered the world-wide call to the entire Justice League when Darkseid invaded Earth, and managed to take out a few Parademons with his car.

Equipment and AbilitiesEdit

Skilled martial artist, detective skills, genius intellect, intimidation and interrogation of criminals, special aerosol spray that allowed him a quick costume change. When applied it changed his hair color from red to black, and it was also the only thing that could make his faceless mask come of.

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