The Question #1 (February, 1987) – autographed

What’s Inside:

Vic Sage, the Hub City journalist who leads a double life as
the vigilante known as The Question, has gotten his hands on an incriminating
video involving some Hub City authorities and broadcasts during his news
segment. This does not make the corrupt mayor of Hub City very happy, and it
turns out he has paid some goons, including the indomitable Lady Shiva, to take
out the Question.

Meanwhile, Vic meets up with his ex-girlfriend Lyra and his
partner “Tot”, the inventor of the Pseudoderm that Vic wears as The Question to
conceal his face. The Question pays a visit to an informant of his, only for
the informant to be shot by the mayor’s goons. The informant, however, was able
to provide The Question with planted information to lure him into a trap.

When The Question arrives knowingly into the trap’s
clutches, Lady Shiva is, unfortunately, waiting for him. Against the mistress
of martial arts, he stands no chance, and is beaten to a pulp, shot in the
head, and sent to the bottom of the river. And then the issue says “The End”.
No, seriously, it ends with him SHOT. IN. THE. HEAD. and at the bottom of the
river. Guess you’ll just have to pick up issue #2 to see where the hell this is
goin’ huh?

Writer: Dennis O’Neil

Artist: Denys Cowan

Colorist: Tatjana Wood

Publisher: DC

Why I Kept This Issue:

I have discussed my love for The Question before, but this
series really cemented it. I stumbled upon this critically acclaimed in the
dollar bin at the Baltimore Comic Con after reading a single issue. I grabbed
every single copy the vendor had, nearly the complete run, and my mother paid
for them as a gift to me. It was very kind of her to do so, and these books
mean so much to me. Not just because they are awesome to read, but because they
are a memento of that wonderful trip.

The Question is now one of my favorite DC characters, and he
even watches me work.

Attached Memory:

I pulled this issue out of my suitcase and flipped through
it while my mother waited for our server to bring us our meal at the airport.
We were on our way back from the Baltimore Comic Con, and I was famished. I was
thrilled to spot “Krab Melts” on the menu, because I LOVE seafood, and they
looked simply mouth-watering. When the Crab Melts came, they were, in fact,
delicious, but there was something unusual about them. They didn’t taste quite
like crab I had eaten before. It was only then that I realized that the menu
had spelled crab with a “k”. So, this was artificial crab. What the hell is in
artificial crab?

When I got home, I decided that, artificial crab or no, they
were scrumptious and I was going to make some myself. I found a recipe and,
with a tweak here and there, I decided to name them “Krab Melts?” which I say
always in the form of a question in honor of The Question and because,
seriously, what the hell is artificial crab made out of?

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup crab or imitation crab meat
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Paprika
  • Salt & peppa
  • 4 halves English muffins

Melt butter in sauce pan over medium heat. Add
flour and mix. Add milk and cook until thick. Add crab (or krab) meat, stir
carefully, and season with salt and peppa. Set aside to cool. Place muffin halves
on a baking sheet. Divide crab mixture on top of muffin halves. Add cheese on
top. Sprinkle with paprika. Broil in oven until cheese melts and top is crusty
and brown, around 10-15 mins.

Condition of My Copy: A bit smudged with fingerprints, but now autographed by Denny O’Neil last weekend at Indiana Comic Con!