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Desc:The original Randian superhero exposes his primary methodology.
Category:Cartoons & Animation, Crime
Tags:crazy, Ayn Rand, The Question, steve ditko
Submitted:cognitivedissonance
Date:07/21/11
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Comment count is 13
Caminante Nocturno
"What else do you know about me?!"

"White with pink stripes."

"..."
IrishWhiskey
You are upset. That's to be expected. Have this chocolate.

dead_cat
"...Triangle."

MrBuddy
Five stars for The Question being The Question.

BHWW
But in this version he was more of a conspiracy theorist, with a "crazed Art Bell listener" vibe but there was a method to the Question's madness, it turned out. Jeffrey Combs did a great job with the role.

Now Ditko's later created character Mr. A, that was Ditko on full Objectivist mode, with the original Question being a more "marketable" version, or a prototype attempt by Ditko to blend his philosophy with the superheroic ideal. Both hardboiled reporters who don disguises as vigilantes, but Mr. A was a cipher, a walking morality tale who is willing to get brutal when villians violate his complex, yet painfully convoluted, code of justice.

For those interested in the topic, you can read about Mr. A here:
http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/297/
Bort
I want to see a story where Mr. A confronts William Hickman, and Ayn Rand pleads for his life.

Xenocide
The only good part of Frank Miller's coocoo bananas Dark Knight Returns sequel was when Green Arrow and The Question get into a political argument.

Arrow: You're one to talk, Mr. Atlas-Shrugged-is-the-Word-of-God!

Question: You take that back! I'm no Ayn Rander! She didn't go nearly far enough!

WHO WANTS DESSERT
All I know about Mr. A is what I saw on the BBC special In Search of Steve Ditko, and it was terrifying.

Hooker
I'm not a comic book fan. Isn't the idea of a comic book hero the antithesis of objectivism?

Xenocide
Yes.

But consider this: Steve Ditko is a half-insane recluse.

Also, this is the guy who co-created Spider-Man, whose entire philosophy (great power = great responsibility, specifically to help others) is about as anti-objectivist as you can get.

cognitivedissonance
Yes, but Batman is kind of the Rand poster boy. He is a billionaire working outside of the law to deal with his own problem with "crime", and if the rest of Gotham City somehow benefits from his illegal crusade, that's not really important to him. His interests are selfish entirely.

Bort
cognitivedissonance: you might be thinking of the Punisher, not Batman. The Punisher is arguably working out his own issues, but Batman is not just about beating up criminals, he also goes out of his way to make sure they are brought in alive (often at risk to his own life), and over and over he puts the safety of innocents first. There is a huge altruistic streak to what he does, which makes him pretty much the opposite of a Rand character.

Toenails
JLU is Ditko's and Timm's best series solely based on the amount of fan-service they gave to fanboys.

"I have no idea who this is."
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