Late last week, I challenged you to identify 32 red-themed comic book characters, each with the word "red", "crimson", or "scarlet" somewhere in their names. Although nobody got all of them right, Thomas Aderholt managed to nail a staggering 31 out of 32 names (missing only character #5). Congratulations, Thomas...your copy of the Watchmen trade paperback is on its way!
Thanks to everyone who participated...I hope you had fun! Stay tuned for more comics-themed challenges in the months to come.
So...who were all of those In The Red
characters, anyway? Here's the official answer key:
1. The Red Hood: An old Batman villain who later became...The Joker!
2. Crimson Fox: A DC Comics French superhero and member of the Global Guardians.
3. Red Tornado II: Android member of the Justice League.
4. Red Wolf: A Native American superhero appearing in Marvel Comics.
5. Red Dragon: Golden Age superhero published by Street and Smith from 1943-44. Taken from quite possibly the most gruesome cover I've ever seen pitched specifically to "Boys and Girls". Yick.
6. Mr. Scarlet: Golden Age superhero published by Fawcett Comics, mentor of Pinky the Whiz Kid.
7. Crimson Dynamo: Iron-Man's evil Soviet counterpart.
8. Red Arrow: Formerly Speedy, sidekick of Green Arrow.
9. Red Ryder: The cowboy hero that will always be associated with his "Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle" a young Ralphie Parker had to have in the movie A Christmas Story.
10. The Scarlet Centurion: Time-traveling Marvel villain and son of Kang the Conqueror.
11. The Crimson Avengers: A very early Golden Age hero, seen here wearing his original Shadow-like costume.
12. Red Guardian: The Soviet answer to Captain America and one-time adversary of the Avengers.
13. Red Power Ranger: Chop-socky teen hero from the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers TV series.
14. The Red Ghost: In addition to turning invisible and intangible, this classic Commie villain was also the master of three super-powered apes. Yes, really.
15. Red Rube: A Golden Age hero published by MLJ Comics (precursor of Archie comics). By shouting "Hey, Rube!", young Reuben Reuben transformed into an adult superhero with a vast array of powers and abilities (sounding suspiciously close to Fawcett's Captain Marvel).
16. Red Robin: Superhero identity of former Batman sidekick Dick Grayson in Kingdom Come, an alternate future set in the DC universe. Recently, another former Robin named Jason Todd has adopted the Red Robin identity.
17. Omega Red: X-Men villain and Soviet counterpart of Wolverine.
18. The Red Bee: Golden Age superhero published by Quality Comics who fought crime with a "stinger gun" and a swarm of trained bees, one of whom he affectionately named "Michael". You can't make this stuff up, can you?
19. Red King: Justice League villain.
20. The Scarlet Witch: Mutant sorceress and long-time member of the Avengers (before she flipped out and scrambled all of reality).
21. Red Raven: Flying Golden Age superhero published by Timely (Marvel) Comics.
22. Crimson Commando: X-Men foe and former member of the Freedom Force, the first government-sponsored mutant team.
23. Red Mask: Western hero published by Magazine Enterprises during the mid-50's cowboy craze.
24. Red Panzer: Agent of the Third Reich and enemy of Wonder Woman.
25. Red Shift: One of the many heralds of space-god Galactus.
26. Red Sonja: The "She-Devil With a Sword" introduced in Marvel's Conan series.
27. Red Star: A DC Comics Russian superhero, originally known as "Starfire".
28. Red Tornado I: One of the first superhero parodies, Maxine "Ma" Hunkel posed as a male superhero by sporting a homemade costume and fighting crime in her New York neighborhood. She's most famous for her blundering cameo appearance in All-Star Comics #3 (1940), the official debut of the Justice Society of America (thereby making Ma an honorary member of the very first superhero team).
29. Scarlet Spider: Heroic identity of Ben Parker, the clone of Peter Parker (from the infamous Spider-Clone saga)
30. Red Skull: Arch-enemy of Captain America.
31. Scarlet Scarab: Egyptian supervillain who fought the Invaders during WWII.
32. Rocket Red: An individual member of the Rocket Red Brigade, an armored force that was created to defend the former Soviet Union.
There...you now know more red-themed characters than you ever cared to know about!
Oh, before I forget, Thomas not only got 31 of the 32 characters, but he also sent along five additional red-themed characters I had overlooked. Here they are:
Red, White & Blue
Now that's what I call "going above and beyond the call of duty"!
P.S.: On a completely unrelated note, be sure to check out Brian Disco Snell's much-deserved skewering of DC's horrendous Countdown series. Several bloggers have slammed this wretched, meandering mess...but nobody hits the bulls-eye quite like Snell. I thankfully bailed after the first three or four issues, but for those of you who put all that time and money into following the year-long weekly series, let Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep (one of my daily "must visit" blogs) soothe your pain!