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giorno writes...

hey greg do you watch anime if not try watching jojo bizarre adventure or read the manga its a really good anime

Greg responds...

I don't watch much anime (or many cartoons in general). It's unfair, but because I spend my professional life immersed in animation, it kinda feels like work to me. And I don't read much manga either.

Response recorded on July 06, 2017

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Son of Batman writes...

What was the Justice League thinking when they decided, "Oh, let's have the pretty, teenage, Martian girl share a residence with the super hot, teenage, Kryptonian boy with major parental problems who has never seen a real woman in his entire life, and put them under the supervision of a glorified smartphone. What's the worst that can happen?" For real?

Greg responds...

Um... they could fall in love?

Response recorded on July 06, 2017

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I_Ship_Bluepulse writes...

My sisters and I argued about this for three hours the other day so now I must know. Is, or isn't, Young Justice an anime?

Greg responds...

It is not.

Response recorded on July 06, 2017

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Winter writes...

What is Dingo'a ethnicity? Is he descended from aboriginals from Australia? Thank you.

Greg responds...

Nope. He's caucasian. At least for the most part.

Response recorded on July 06, 2017

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Anonymous writes...

1.As a Spider-Man fan, I love stories that push Spider-Man and Peter Parker emotionally.

2. I feel that the Spectacular Spider-Man episodes managed to show that Spider-Man and Peter's choices were determined by whatever emotions he was feeling.

3. I want to know what are your favourite Spider-Man stories?

Greg responds...

1. Me too.

2. Hope so, at least to some extent.

3. I'm not big on ranking things. I love Spidey, and there have been a ton of stories I've loved, and a few that I haven't loved as much. A lot of the stories we adapted in Spectacular are stories I had a particular affinity for, like the Colonel Jupiter story and the Master Planner story, etc.

Response recorded on July 06, 2017

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King_Joey writes...

Dear Mr. Weisman,

As a deeply devoted fan of your work I have to say that I believe Young Justice is your best show yet! The changes you made in the D.C. comics Universe-16 that differ from the mainstream continuity of D.C. comics make sense and honestly, D.C. should let you write for them A LOT MORE OFTEN! In my humble, admittedly bias, opinion:)

I especially love the down-to-earth or, to paraphrase one of your responses, "original power level" changes to the characters various superpowers and origins. Having a Superman that can move planets with his strength or run as fast as a speedster would be boring and redundant. Having Mars still alive and well as a planet was PURE GENIUS. Also, unlike many D.C. fans I think your decisions regarding the "Speed Force" on Earth-16 was very wise. Ditto the Superman breath powers thing. Don't let ANYONE give you a hard time about the choices you made while making a universe all your own BASED on D.C. comics characters! It's your universe you can make whatever rules you want! (mostly :)) Your real fans are all behind you.

With that out of my system, my question is this...

From what you displayed to the audience in the Young Justice episode "War" and what you've stated in your previous responses, I feel that it's safe to assume that Mongul's yellow sun related increase in strength and invulnerability is a trait common among his unnamed alien species.

1. I would like to know if Despero's "super" strength, invulnerability, and third-eye based telepathy are traits common among his unnamed alien species? Or unique to him?

2. I would also like to know if Kylstar's "super" strength, invulnerability, and energy absorption/redirection abilities are common traits among his unnamed alien species? Or unique to him?

I realize that there is variation even in traits common to all members of any species. However, the reason I ask is because I cannot assume that all members of their respective species have super powers, like them, based upon only seeing one member of each species.
That would be like a group of Rannians seeing Flash, Black Lightening, or Black Canary in action and assuming all Earthlings have powers like theirs. Or me seeing only Black Beetle and assuming all Reach have Superman-level super strength.

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

But thank you for all your kind words.

Response recorded on July 06, 2017

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King_Joey writes...

Dear Mr. Weisman,

I love Young Justice and therefore I am an avid reader of the Q&A portion of this website.

My question relates to one of your previous responses wherein you stated that Martians of Universe-16 can, in fact, INCREASE their density by DECREASING their volume.

I was wondering, why then, is it possible for a Martian to DECREASE their density without INCREASING their volume? Are they increasing their volume in a way we cannot see? Is there some sort of molecular process going on?

I just wanna know, one pseudo-scientist to another. One major D.C. comics fan to another:)

Greg responds...

They can't decrease their density without increasing their volume. But they have a technique called "Density Shifting" that enables them to push and pull (i.e. shift their density) across themselves, allowing them to pass through solid objects.

Response recorded on July 05, 2017

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Emeka Uzoh writes...

1. How did it feel adapting the early 1960s stories of The Amazing Spider-Man comic book that Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and John Romita Snr. had created as a fan when you were working on The Spectacular Spider-Man?

I am also a huge fan of your work and writing style.

Greg responds...

How did it FEEL? Um... Great!

Response recorded on July 05, 2017

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Lexi B. writes...

So I'm back, I won't judge you if you don't remember the questions I asked before but, as I'm following your guidelines, those were for one topic and now I'm in need for answers about W.I.T.C.H., which by far was on my top 5 favorite tv shows as a kid.
1). Was it always Cornelia and Caleb that would be together or did you try a different W.I.T.C.H. girl with him? If so, who?
2). In season 1, Will didn't really have an elemental power, but later on, she discovered it, fro, the beginning did you guys know that that would be her elemental power?
3). Around the time W.I.T.C.H. aired, Winx Club was also going on, did the writers of W.I.T.C.H. ever get accused of taking ideas from the show, or did you ever see anything that was strangely similar to yours? If so, did you actively try to make sure the plot didn't really correlate with Winx Club's?
4). Was there ever going to be a season three of W.I.T.C.H.? Or was it untimely cancelled?
5). Whose your favorite character on the show and why?
Thanks so much!!

Greg responds...

1. Did you see the episodes? If so, you saw what we did.

2. I didn't work on Season One. But when I came aboard to produce Season Two, I felt it odd that she had no power. Traditionally, the fifth element is Quintessence. So I gave her that, and it made some sense to express that as Lightning. So we knew from the beginning of Season Two that that was the plan. But I don't see how they could have had that in mind during Season One. But you'd have to ask the showrunner for that season to be sure.

3. I never watched WINX. To my knowledge, no one ever accused us of stealing from WINX - unless you're doing that now. And, no, we didn't work to be different. We just did our own thing.

4. Um... we hoped for one. But the series wasn't picked up for a third season.

5. I don't have a single favorite. I love 'em all.

Response recorded on July 05, 2017

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Lexi B. writes...

Hey Greg! I can't believe YJ has been approved for another season, I've kept your twitter tab in my phone through those years just to make sure I never missed the announcement! Anyway, thank you for developing Ask Greg because I have some questions about YJ, if you would please answer.
1). Why did you and the other writers for YJ decide to jump ahead to YJ:Invasion?
2). When developing the characters for YJ: Invasion, did you guys ever keep the stories that they went through just in case you would get a chance to say what happened or did you never plan on saying what happened in between the two seasons?
3). Did you amazing writers know immediately upon planning for YJ that something as big as what happened in the no of season 2 would happen or did you guys go through a bunch of different possible endings for the season finale?
4.) When you look back, is there a character that you wish you would've added into maybe the Team or into the plot in general in seasons 1&2 that you didn't?
5). More of a statement, but thank you so much. Your dedication to these stories that you've seen told and created is inspiring. You've produced my favorite childhood shows and for that I can never thank you or tell you how much that means to me enough. I hope your future endeavors are plentiful and please now that there are fans out here that you helped shape their childhood. Yet again, thank you, have an amazing day (or night) whenever you read this!

Greg responds...

1. As opposed to...?

If I get what you mean, you're asking why we did the time jump? If so, this has been answered before, so I'd check the ASK GREG archives for a more detailed answer, but the short answer is that for a show about growing up, it allowed us to grow the characters up. Plus intro some new faces.

2. We largely did say what happened between the two seasons. Not comprehensively, of course. But everything that truly mattered to the telling of Season Two. We have more stories in mind for the gap - that we do hope to cover eventually, maybe in a new companion comic, if that ever gets approved.

3. "in the no of season 2"? I'm sorry, I'm assuming there's a typo there or something, but I don't understand what that means. But we had the basic ending for Season Two in mind from the beginning. We don't really wing it on this series at all.

4. I can't do that. What ifs abound, I suppose. But I'm happy with how everything turned out. I do wish we had more screen time for nearly every character, but we get what we get.

5. Thank YOU!

Response recorded on July 05, 2017

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Marvelman writes...

Would a writer's strike delay production of Young Justice season 3?

Greg responds...

No. That's WGA. We're TAG.

Response recorded on July 05, 2017

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Webster writes...

Was wondering if anyone could provide me with an approximate value on my 9/16/95 Gargoyles "TURF" script, signed by Ed Asner

Greg responds...

Um... priceless?

Response recorded on July 05, 2017

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Sara Rose writes...

Good afternoon!

I'm working on a paper for my interdisciplinary research class, and the focus is on medievalism in modern media, with topics of our own choosing. I couldn't turn down the opportunity to return to my childhood roots with "Gargoyles"! My topic focuses on why the medieval is used in the show (for instead, instead of antiquity, like Roman times), and how that particular era gave it such success in terms of audience and impact.

If it's no burden to answer, I was wondering:

1. Why was medieval Scotland chosen as the first setting and location for the original gargoyles?

2. Was there any specific appeal, personally or for the purpose of storytelling, that drew you to it?

3. Was it a conscious, debated decision to choose the medieval era and Scotland, or was it more of an intuitive decision that was there from the start?

4. How important has historical accuracy been between the show and comics (on a scale of unnecessary to absolute)?

Thank you in advance!

Warm regards,

Sara Rose

Greg responds...

1. A big part of the reason had to do with suspension of belief. We wanted the characters to speak English, so the audience could understand them. We wanted a European country, because Europe's where the classic tradition/image of Gargoyles sprang from. (We'd explore similar traditions in other countries later in the series.) So if we're looking at English speaking countries in Europe, that narrows it down considerably. Scotland felt like it was more in the hinterlands than England. A rougher/tougher tradition and location, which seemed to fit. Now, of course, I realize that no one was speaking modern English in medieval Scotland, but that's where the suspension comes in. It's just a bit easier to ignore this point in Scotland, then it would have been in, say, France.

2. I'm a Britophile. Love Shakespeare. King Arthur, etc.

3. The even "One Thousand Years Ago..." had it's appeal. The medieval setting and it's statuary seemed to make more sense, fit the tone better, than something classical, like ancient Greece or Rome. And again, the "classic" image of Gargoyles is on medieval churches and castles anyway.

4. Historical accuracy was initially not very important. But it wound up being EXTREMELY important. We found, while researching City of Stone, that - by accident or sheer dumb luck - we had not been inconsistent with the history. From that point on, we strove to be as accurate as possible.

Response recorded on June 30, 2017

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YJ Nerd writes...

I've been wondering about this for quite sometime. In the episode the season 1 episode Humanity, we see Red Volcano melt and basically "die". But in the season 2 episode Runaways,Red Tornado is back and trying to take amazo. Was he rebuilt sometime during the 5 year time skip?

Greg responds...

Feels like you answered your own question.

Response recorded on June 30, 2017

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Todd Jensen writes...

I remember your mentioning that in the proposed "Weird Macbeth" story, you'd cast Goliath as Macduff. It recently occurred to me that that would fit the "none of woman born" element (as with Demona earlier) - if in a different manner than the Macduff of the original play.

I don't know if that was one of the reasons you'd cast Goliath for that role, but I thought I'd mention it.

Greg responds...

It's all in there.

Response recorded on June 30, 2017

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Hubert-Hyena writes...

If DC were to promote Young Justice's return with an issue of Scooby Doo Team-Up that features The Team, how would you react?

Greg responds...

Generally, with pleasure. Specifically, it would depend.

Response recorded on June 26, 2017

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erif writes...

A little curious, I remember you saying that zatanna can speak Italian. I was wondering, can she speak (and maybe say her spells) backwards in Italian?

here's hoping for more zatanna goodness in season 3! I love YJ, and you guys are awesome!

Greg responds...

I'd think so.

Response recorded on June 26, 2017

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Curiousity writes...

I've noticed this question asked a few times pertaining Gargoyles, but not Young Justice, so here I am. I don't think these count as spoilers since both Season One and Two have ended, but if they are, feel free to ignore them. Anyways:

1. Was Wally a virgin through Season One? If yes, did he lose it to Artemis between the first two seasons?
2. Was M'gann a virgin through Season One? If yes, did she lose it to Conner between the first two seasons?
3. Was Kaldur a virgin through Season One? If yes, did he lose it between the first two seasons?
4. Was Artemis a virgin through Season One? If yes, did she lose it to Wally between the first two seasons?
5. Was Dick a virgin through Season One? If yes, did he lose it to Zatanna between the first two seasons, or was Bette his first on his 19th birthday?

Greg responds...

1. Yes. I'm only answering this one, because it seems so damn obvious to me.

1a. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

2a. No spoilers.

3. No spoilers.

3a. No spoilers.

4. No spoilers.

4a. No spoilers.

5. No spoilers.

5a. No spoilers.

5b. No, Bette was not his first. (Again, that seems dead obvious to me.)

Response recorded on June 26, 2017

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RobinFan writes...

Hi, Greg. I have 2 questions.
1. Why did you decided not to give Superboy Tactile TK (not that I'm complaining)?
2. Was the original Kid Flash named Wally or Wallace?

Greg responds...

1. Why would we?

2. Am I named Gregory or Greg? Both.

Response recorded on June 21, 2017

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Jonathan Samuel Kent Son of Superman writes...

Hello good day
I have a question
The animated films
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam
Happen in the universe of Young Justice ie are they canon for young justice? That's all greetings and sorry for my english is not my first language

Greg responds...

No. See my previous answer to your question about other films. None of the DC Animated Universe and/or the more recent DC Animated direct to DVD movies are canon for YJ. NONE.

(I'm hoping you didn't post thirty of these questions.)

Response recorded on June 21, 2017

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Anonim writes...

I MEAN CAT FAN! IT WAS A MISTAKE!

Greg responds...

Got it.

Response recorded on June 21, 2017

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Anonim writes...

Artemis was said she is not a car fan in season 1 but in season 2 she became Tigress. Did she changed her mind or it was becose she is Tigers in DC comics?

Greg responds...

I'm assuming "car" is a typo for "cat."

And don't take the banter too seriously. Artemis is clearly a dog person and not a cat person when it comes to actual pets. But mostly she was just talking smack with Cheshire, (as I recall).

But that doesn't mean she wouldn't take the name Tigress.

Response recorded on June 21, 2017

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Fangirl writes...

In one question you was said that Artemis and Wally wasn't officially engaged. Is that mean they have planned to get marry or it was verbal agreement for when they are ready?

Greg responds...

All I meant was, they were not engaged. I think long-term both thought of the relationship as long-term. But they were still young enough that marriage wasn't really on their radar yet. They weren't even through college.

Response recorded on June 21, 2017

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Jonathan Samuel Kent Son of Superman writes...

Hello good day
I have a question

The animated films Justice League: Doom and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Happen in the universe of Young Justice ie are they canon for young justice? That's all greetings and sorry for my english is not my first language

Greg responds...

No.

Here's a list of the complete YJ Canon:

YOUNG JUSTICE (Season One) - 26 episodes (101-126)

YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION (Season Two) - 20 episodes (201-220)

YOUNG JUSTICE LEGACY video game - including Red Arrow's journal

YOUNG JUSTICE compantion comic book series - 27 issues (0-25 plus a free comic book day story)
--All of those issues (except for the free comic book day issue) have been collected in four trade paperbacks:
--*YOUNG JUSTICE, VOLUME ONE (collects 0-6)
--*YOUNG JUSTICE, VOLUME TWO: TRAINING DAY (collects 7-13)
--*YOUNG JUSTICE, VOLUME THREE: CREATURE FEATURES (collects 14-19)
--*YOUNG JUSTICE, VOLUME FOUR: INVASION (collects 20-25)

That's it. Period. Nothing else is canon to our series until Season Three (i.e. YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS) hits the air (or until we get more comics).

Response recorded on June 20, 2017

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Fallenlegend writes...

Hey Greg I saw you mentioned in to different occasions that how strong Captain Marvel was depended on whether or not we were talking about season 1 or 2. I especulate that he might have shared his powers with Mary Bromfield and/or Freddy Freeman. The fact those two have powers is something you've confirmed.

So my questions are:

1.-What made Captain Marvel stronger or weaker in those two seasons?
2.- Was he stronger/faster in season 1 or season 2.
3.-How strong and fast is he compared to superman during season 2?
4.-Is Captain Marvel more resistant to magic than Superman? I ask because traditionally he has been more resistant while superman has been more vulnerable to magic . I wonder if this applies to earth 16 too.

Thank you Greg and congrats for getting young justice back.

Greg responds...

1. No spoilers.

2. No spoilers.

3. "See, now, the Hulk is more powerful because the madder he gets, the stronger he gets. But the Thing can still beat him if he keeps his wits about him."

4. Cap aside, I've never understood this Superman is more vulnerable to magic thing. The point is that Superman isn't INvulnerable to magic. But he's no more vulnerable than you or I.

Response recorded on June 20, 2017


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