ASK... THE QUESTION! Column Submission Thread

Hello @HubCityQuestion. I seem to have missed reading some of this thread and just noticed the list of stage magician heroes/villains. As a huge Captain Carrot Fan, I was glad to see Alley-Kat Abra in the list but feel that a mention should have been made of Zap-Panda from the Justa Lotta Animals. (Granted it was only a single panel). However, I was coming here to ask a question which is related. How many different gathering places are there for mystical people. I am thinking of the Bar in Books of Magic miniseries and also the one from Day of Judgement (I think that was the one) and the one with Nightmaster and Detective Chimp. Were they supposed to be the same or different? I just really like seeing who gets thrown in the background at these gatherings.


The bar in the Books of Magic miniseries was the Bewitched nightclub, owned and operated by Tannarak in San Francisco. It was destroyed by The Spectre in Day of Vengeance. The bar you’re remembering with Nightmaster and Detective Chimp from that same event is The Oblivion Bar, featured frequently in Shadowpact and Justice League Dark as a base of operations and gathering place for DC’s magic folk.

Like the magician list, I make no claims that this index is exhaustive. There may be a few I leave out. But here are some places you may want to check out if you’re looking for magic users in the DC Universe.

Magic users sometimes seek out the mountain of Nanda Parbat, where the goddess Rama Kushna and her devotees reside.

Gail Simone’s New 52 Secret Six series introduces the “House of Strangers,” a place where magi of all kinds meet when magic itself is under attack.

On a metaphysical level, the astral plane is an alternate plane of existence where magic users can can go to observe the collective subconscious and the underlying fabric between all life energies.

In the “New Justice” era of the Justice League from 2018 to 2022, the “Justice League Dark” headquarters was located in the basement of the Hall of Justice, where magic users would work together frequently.

Of course, in ancient times, the city of Atlantis was where all the great magi of the world congregated, before it was sunken into the sea. It maintains its own robust magic community to this day.


Thanks for the quick response.


The Creature Commandos that James Gunn and Peter Safran are planning to spin off into an animated series, also has me looking more closely at the Frankenstein “monster.” Seems to me that some stories about him, even precede his connection to the Commandos. A series that began in a Nov. issue of Weird War Tales, in 1980. My memory, that a version of him cropped up before that, proved correct.

in the Phantom Stranger’s second run as a series, he meets the Spawn of Frankenstein (with whom he briefly shared the title), in issue #26, back in '73. A little more digging, uncovered (all puns intended) a history even older than that. Writer Edmond Hamilton and Bob Kane introduced their version of Mary Shelly’s creature to National readers, in Detective Comics, way back in 1948. Now, whether this is the same version who has appeared (with S.H.A.D.E.) in different DC titles over the years, is where my query has taken me.

So good sir, has anything written (to your knowledge) shown the creature in use today, to be a variant of the original, or the original himself? You stated in an earlier post, that all versions of Hercules regardless of appearance (except for that singular exception), are meant to be the same character in the DCU. Just curious if this also applies to ole’ Frankie as well. Thanks!

Stay safe, be well.


Only in the same sense that all versions of Superman in main continuity are the same. You can consider each of these Frankensteins to be a “reboot” of the character.


It should also be noted that Frankenstein, Agent of Shade is a more specific retelling of the character of Frankenstein’s monster while the Frankenstein of the original Creature Commandos (Weird War Tales) was a guy named “Lucky” who was stitched up during wartime crazy-quilt style which made him super-strong (for some reason) with limited speech.
Also, Vincent Velcro was just a guy who could turn into a bat and craved blood but he was NOT Dracula.
And Warren Griffith was a GI who was turned into a wolf-man hybrid but he was not beholden to the full moon.


Nice update, @mojaka. I never followed the series myself, so that info is much appreciated.