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Masterdramon writes...

Hiya, Greg! Just watched "Terrors" for about the fifth time, and am officially declaring it my favorite episode so far of the first season. Kudos on the beyond-awesome representations of Hugo Strange, Icicle Sr., and the Wall herself.

In any event, however, I'd like to take a moment to return to some of your previous work...or rather, something that it has spawned. Over the past several months, fans of your series have used "Religious Studies 101" as a jumping-off point to start a role-playing community on the social networking site Formspring, with each player taking on an account(s) on behalf of a character from one universe or the other and answering questions from other users accordingly.

While I would not advise you to actually take a look at the site itself (as while the community has produced some really great and enjoyable work, it's still fanfiction, if in a rather unconventional format), I couldn't resist using this opportunity to find out a nice little nugget of info from each of your characters: what they all think about YOU.

...Yep, as silly as it seems, I've spent about six months asking each and every player their answer to the query, "What is your opinion on Greg Weisman?" and recording their responses in the S8 Comment Room. And now that every single response is in (and I've edited the list to avoid any responses that might hint at an outside idea), I'm presenting them all to you now.

I hope that you find the whole of them amusing; I know I did. :D


Goliath: Who?

Elisa Maza: I loved his work on "Captain Atom."

Okay, I admit it, I love comic books.

Hudson: I prefer Celebrity Hockey.

Brooklyn: "Young Justice" kicks ass. I watch it with Gnash, Broadway, Lex, and Angela every week.

Lexington: I don't know how he put up with so many people asking him about my future mate....

Broadway: He writes some of the best shows on TV!

Angela: Oh, he's a magnificent writer! I love how he brings Shakespeare into every one of his shows in many different ways.

Coldstone: Isn't he responsible for that show that Nashville, Brooklyn, Angela, and Lexington always watch?

Coldfire: I watch some of his shows with Nashville, Brooklyn, Lexington, Angela, and Broadway...I enjoy a storyteller who is respectful towards all religious beliefs.

Katana: I do not know him.

Nashville: He's cool.


Fu-Dog: Arrr?

Matt Bluestone: Greg Weisman? Nashville was talking about him just the other day; that and some show called "Young Justice." From what I hear, Weisman is one clever individual.

Officer Morgan Morgan: He's that truck driver Mysterio attacked last year and Spider-man pulled him out of the river, right?

I read about him in the paper...*yawns*

Oh boy...I did NOT get enough sleep last night...

David Xanatos: I would love to acquire him for my Pack Media division.

Owen Burnett: A very talented and creative individual. Mr. Xanatos has charged me with acquiring him for our Pack Media division. Unfortunately, he seems quite personally invested in his current project at Warner Bros. Animation.

Fox: He would have been a great addition to Pack Media Studios.

Alexander Fox Xanatos: Apparently pop was trying to hire him away from Warner Bros. Don't blame him for not leaving, Young Justice is pretty kick-ass. Robin's my fav.

Demona: He is a human.

Thailog: I'm thinking of starting my own studio. I might just hire him.

Shari: Greg Weisman is a storyteller...and a good one. I think we're very much alike. I'd love to meet him and trade stories. Maybe I'll get to meet him if my boss is serious about hiring him to develop a new show.

Brentwood: greg wiseman smart

Doctor Anton Sevarius: The man certainly understands DRAMA!

Sir Peredur fab Ragnal: I like him.

Duval: I don't know him. Edmund Tsabard however, is part of our organization.

Quincy Hemings: I recall ol' Edmund saying a few things 'bout him. He didn't like him much...which means this Greg must be a rather decent guy.

Falstaff: He's a truck driver, right?

Points: My name is Points, he killed my father, prepare to die---Just kidding.

Pistol: ...

Bardolph: *BREATHS FIRE*

Mistress Quickly: Young Justice is entertaining...I like Kid Flash, he amuses me.

Mistress Doll: Ever met Edmund Tsabard? He's far more fun--and interesting--than that stick-in-the-mud Greg Weisman.

Macbeth: A fine bard and storyteller. My old friend, Will, would take to him instantly.

King Arthur Pendragon: I have not met this man, but I have heard nothing but good things.

Sir Griff: I'm having an existential crisis here.

Merlin: Oh yes...I do believe in God. What was your question again?

Lady Blanchefleur: I've heard all about this 'Edmund Tsabard' character he seems to dislike so much.

John Castaway: I believe that I share a name with his younger brother.

Coldsteel: Why should I care?

Coyote 6.0: I do not know him.

Wolf: Hack writer.

Jackal: His shows are so pretentious.

Hyena: That guy thought he was too good to write for our show. What's wrong with simple plots that are all about punching and kicking things? But no...Mr. Stuck Up there has to have "plot twists" and "character development" and all that other high and mighty crap.

Well, Michael Bay is the king of the box office, and no one gives a crap about...err...anyone who ever wins one of those lame awards. So, shows like ours for the win! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

The Tasmanian Tiger: I hear he sounds just like Osborn's lackey Donald Menken. That could come in handy at some point...

The Director: I am unfamiliar with him. Edmund Tsabard on the other hand is one of our high-priority targets.

Robyn Canmore: His sister has the same name I do.

Dingo: I love that guy!

Matrix: A database search indicates that he is an American Animation Writer. Is often confused for Edmund Tsabard who is wanted by Interpol, and as such Greg Weisman is often detained by airport security.

Yama: He's been to Ishimura once.

Fang: Never met him, but that Edmund Tsabard is a good pal O' mine.

Gunther Sturluson: I don't know any wise man, but a man named Edmund Tsabard passed through here a few years ago. He tried to lock Papa and me in the cave too.

Rory Dugan: Big fan, just wish more of his shows got released on DVD in region 2.

Natsilane: Didn't he live on a street named after our island?

Fara Maku: *Briefly changes back*

I admire my fellow storytellers...

*Transforms back into Panther-Form.*

Travis Marshall: I don't really watch television except for the news.

Doctor Jay Sato: I enjoyed his work on the dub of 3x3 Eyes. I think he's quite talented.

Terry Chung: I love "Young Justice". I hope we get to see more of Hawkgirl; I've always been fond of Hawkgirl.

Amanda Chung: Terry liked...likes Young Justice.

Officer Tri Chung: Used to have a roommate by that name.

Street Thugs: If he comes through our territory, he's going to have to pay the piper.

Talon: He's working with Sevarius!! ARE YOU HELPING HIM?

Delilah: Is this someone I should know about?

Claw: :D

Thug: I like him. He's a good guy, and loves his kids.

Erin: I feel like I know him from somewhere... Didn't we meet him at a truck stop one time, Benny?

Benny: Yeah, Erin...I think we did...

Or maybe we just remember his name from the Young Justice credits..

Zafiro: I do not know this Amigo.

Obsidiana: I refer you to my mate's answer.

Kai: I do not know him, but a dishonorable man by the name of Edmund Tsabard passed through Ishimura a few years back, asking about Paris...

Sora: I do not know him either, but as Kai said, Edmund Tsabard passed through Ishimura some time ago...the beast actually had the nerve to ask me to model for him. Yama decided to introduce the pig to his katana.

The man lives...but is forbidden to enter Ishimura again on pain of death.

Una: He is a human. Hopefully NOT a Quarryman.

Leo: Don't care right now...

Constance: Isn't he a writer?

Staghart: He's the bloody Joss Whedon of Animation, what more needs to be said?

Lunette: Got hooked on Young Justice once it got here.

Old Pog: I have no idea who that is, you young whipper-snapper.

Princess Katharine: I dinnae know him. Should I?

Tom: I dinnae know this man...

Gabriel: I have never left this island, so I do not know this "Wise man."

Ophelia: I don't know, who is he?

Boudicca: *Cocks head quizzically, as if to ask..."Who's that?"*

Lord Oberon: A mortal man. Nothing more. Although I did meet him during the 1,001 years. I had a weakness for comics in the 80s and watched him put his own "Thumbprint" on Watchmen.

Not that he knew who I was.

Lady Titania: He is interesting, as far as humans go.

The Puck: Ah, now there's a storyteller who's been accurate about more things than that Shakespeare fellow ever was.

The Weird Sisters: We will consult the Scrying Cauldron...Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!

Ah yes, he is a human bard with great potential.

Anubis: He will die.

Odin: A gifted storyteller, but a mortal one...so like most, inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

Coyote the Trickster: An excellent Trickster in his own right...

Raven: I know the street he grew up on quite well. An amusing trickster, for a mortal.

Anansi: I love a good storyteller...

The Banshee: I care not about these mortals!

Lady of the Lake: A mortal bard, much in the vein of Malory or Shakespeare.

I liked W.I.T.C.H.

Nought: ....

Boreas: I have not met any humans other then Elisa Maza and Terry Chung. I'm afraid I do not know enough of this individual to form an opinion.

Taurus: A human writer who is fond of the bastard murderer Theseus. I do not care for him.

Talos: Records indicate that he is a human writer of some note.

Sphinx: That sounds like a human name. Is that a human name?

Kiron: Who is that?

Helios: Taurus isn't too fond of him.

Ekidna: He is a threat to New Olympus, like all humans.

Proteus: I like all humans...they interest me...

The Stone of Destiny: His Destiny is an interesting one...

The Holy Grail: He is worthy to seek the Grail, should he accept the Quest.

The Phoenix: Tssseeeeeeeeeerrrr!!!!!


Spider-Man: Didn't he write that song "The Will To Love?" I love that song. Oh, and "Young Justice" kicks ass too.

Peter Parker: "W.I.T.C.H." was pretty awesome and "Young Justice" kicks ass!

Gwen Stacy: I loved "W.I.T.C.H." I even dressed up as Nerissa for Halloween about two years ago.

Harry Osborn: My dad says real men don't watch cartoons.

Mary Jane Watson: I would voice act in one of his animated series any time. I'm actually just a tad jealous of the talented lady voicing Black Canary in "Young Justice."

Flash Thompson: Hmmm... *remembers watching the second season of W.I.T.C.H.* Um, never heard of him.

Sha Shan Nguyen: "W.I.T.C.H." was a lot of fun, and Flash and I have been waiting for new episodes of "Young Justice" for a while now.

Sally Avril: Never heard of him! Is this some kinda geek thing?

Rand Robertson: S'cool. I like his shows. Sally didn't like watching cartoons, so I have some catching up to do on Young Justice, I only caught the pilot cuz' she was out of town that weekend.



Betty Brant: I don't know about Weisman, but Edmund Tsabard came through New York last month and rocked my world.

Ned Lee: I interviewed him about Young Justice once. He kinda reminds me of one of Betty's friends.

May Parker: Oh, he's that nice man that I met at the play the other evening...

Captain George Stacy: I remember sitting down with Gwen to watch the latest episode of W.I.T.C.H. when she was younger. Things seemed a lot simpler back then.

Doctor Ashley Kafka: His characters are always so fascinatingly complex.

The Green Goblin: He writes the best villains in all of animation. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Norman Osborn: I don't think I've ever heard of him.

Emily Osborn: I do not watch cartoons.

Doctor Octopus: An incompetent hack. Now Edmund Tsabard, there's a real writer!

The Vulture: Didn't he tell me that I'm old once?

Electro: "Young Justice" rocks, just wish Red Arrow appeared more. He's cool!

Sandman: Who's that?

The Rhino: Who cares? I just wanna crush that stupid Web-head!

Kraven the Hunter: He would not survive the Hunt...

Mysterio: He creates awesome animated experiences and doesn't afraid of anything.

The Terrible Tinkerer: Met him once, he tried to buy the license to my Homunculi so he could make a cartoon about them.

The Homunculi: MAMA! MAMA!

Venom: We loved the second season of W.I.T.C.H.

Yeah, we like W.I.T.C.H.! Anybody want to make something of it?

Tombstone: I do not concern myself with second-rate writers.

Hammerhead: Never heard o' him.

Shocker: He works for Osborn, doesn't he?

Silver Sable: I had to spend twelve years of my life managing what remained of my father's business... I did not have time to watch cartoons. And with daddy back in jail, I still don't.

Chameleon (in the guise of Norman Osborn): I've already answered this question, so stop wasting my time. I've got a company to run.

Black Cat: I don't know him, but I have modeled for Edmund Tsabard.

Roderick Kingsley: I have no opinion on Weisman. Edmund Tsabard, on the other hand, designed a cologne for us that he promised would be a true aphrodisiac. He was right, but it was so effective that the F.D.A. refused to approve of it.

Tsabard was fired, and the cologne is only available in Thailand now.

The Hobgoblin: What kind of man is too shallow to admit to enjoying a well produced cartoon every now and then? I rather enjoy the subplot in "Young Justice" with the Light. Mysterious individuals hiding their identities and working towards their goals is a concept I find appealing.

Colonel Nick Fury: Never met him, but S.H.I.E.L.D. has been trying to take down Edmund Tsabard for years.

Jessica Drew: Captain Atom was a great comic.

Thor: He would be a worthy addition to the Warriors Three. They would have to change their team name, though. I'm working on a concept I like to call the "Warriors Four".

Loki: I would have loved to see his take on me.

Doctor Doom: He helped create "Max Steel," so Doom will...admit that he is a "cool guy."

General Thunderbolt Ross: He's a fine writer but personally, I prefer that Peter David fella.

Deadpool: Greg Weisman? Didn't I run trucks with him? No, that guy called himself Edmund...or Eddie...or Ed. No, he is vengeance, he is the night, he is GREG WEISMAN! No, he was sent to Earth from his dying world, and under the yellow Sun he has powers beyond any mortal man. No, wait, does he have radioactive blood? Can he swing from a web? He does whatever a spider can. He's Greg Weisman! No, that's not right. Oh wait! He did that show about those guys with wings that saved people! I liked that show...why did they ever cancel it?


Behemoth: Who?

Montmarte: I have never heard of this Monsieur Weisman.

Montparnasse: Hmmm...I am not certain...the name seems familiar...

Would you pass me that Case of Self-Indulgence please? I think that it would go perfectly in this soup...

Angelique: I do not know many humans...and the last one I met...a man named Edmund Tsabard...made me very uncomfortable...

Left Bank: *HAPPY BARK*!!!

Diabolique: He is a human.

Thomeheb: I prefer Edmund Tsabard...He just has that...Down home touch that reminds me of Gay Paree!

Count Dracula (from Stoker's "Dracula"): Another mortal author who seeks to disseminate my secrets to the masses.

Maleficent (from "Sleeping Beauty"): I like Walt Disney better.

Dr. Facilier (from "The Princess and the Frog"): Man keeps gettin' the shaft.

Don Karnage (from "Tale Spin"): His cartoons are most amusing to me.

Sarah Williams (from "Labyrinth"): I like some of his stuff, moreso when I was younger. I'm more of a Henson girl though.

Jareth the Goblin King (from "Labyrinth"): A decent storyteller, not quite on par with the mortal Jim Henson.

Buffy Summers (from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"): I did use to watch W.I.T.C.H. with Dawn.

The Doctor (from "Doctor Who"): Never met him personally, but heard good things. If you think what he's done is impressive, you wait until you see what he's going to do.

Kim Possible (from...well, "Kim Possible"): I loved watching W.I.T.C.H.

Avatar Aang (from "Avatar: The Last Airbender"): I've heard good things about him.

Gwen Tennyson (from "Ben 10"): I liked W.I.T.C.H., especially Will.

Aquaman (from "Batman: Brave and the Bold"): Certain projects shall be seen through or the Brothers Warner and I shall have "words".

Death (from Neil Gaiman's "Sandman"): I loved W.I.T.C.H. Too bad it seems that all the shows he does get cancelled too soon. Gives me a bad feeling about Young Justice; I like Miss Martian on that show.

The Spectacular Spider-Pony (SpecSpidey's Peter Parker crossed with a pony from "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"): My cutie mark is him and Lauren Faust bro-fisting.

Greg responds...

Uh, wow. Some of these go over my head, but...


Response recorded on November 29, 2011

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Ben Osterloh writes...

Hey Greg,

I'm currently attending college to achieve a degree in English. Problem is, I don't know what to do with it apart from the obvious "get a paycheck". I'm a big fan of your work and was wondering if you had any advice, especially on how to get into the entertainment.

Many thanks for all the fond childhood memories (i.e., "Batman: The Animated Series", "Gargoyles", et. al) and please keep up the great work.

Greg responds...

I didn't work on Batman: The Animated Series.

As to "how to get into the entertainment". I'd start by proofreading a little better. (Sorry, the English Teacher in me couldn't resist.)

If your serious about it, you need to be someplace where the entertainment is happening. Learn as much as you can and figure out what EXACTLY you want to do. Then go for it.

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Anonymous writes...

Love Young Justice -- the show and the tie-in comic! Thanks for the great work.

Speaking of the comic -- are the latest issues revealing information that was supposed to line up with episodes we haven't seen yet (due to an abandoned airing schedule)? I know they take place during episodes we've already seen, but they seem to fill in important holes. Or are they designed to be read at any time during the show's run?


Greg responds...

Another question I'm not sure I'm understanding.

You don't need the comic to enjoy the show. But I think it helps.

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AQ writes...

Hi Mr. Weisman.
I know that part 1 of the first season of Young Justice is out on DVD, but my question is: Will the whole Season 1 be released in a box set after the season is finished airing?
Thanks for an amazing show so far, and I'm glad to finally see it back on the air.

Greg responds...

I don't know.

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Anonymous writes...

What sparked Superboy's 'Superman hates me' in episode 11? Did Superman give a behind-the-scenes 'no I don't want them on this mission' for whatever reason and Superboy took it as a rejection?

Greg responds...

I really don't know what you're talking about.

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Unknown writes...

1.How tall is robin?
2. Are Wally's parents abusive in this universe?

Greg responds...

1. He's the shortest on the Team.

2. No.

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EviL oNe writes...

Hey greg I love the young justice series awesome work. But I have a few questions:
1. Does robin have any love interests?
2. Will any characters from teen titans make an appearence?
3. How many seasons will there be? I really hope its more than 2.
Well thank for your time an keep it up

Greg responds...

1. I think he has a crush on Zatanna, and he and Barbara are close.

2. You mean beyond those that already have? SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.

3. I hope so too. It's not up to me.

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Kiara writes...

First off i loved how you wrote terrors and please congradulate nolan and danica i loved thier southern accents
1Do any members of the young justice team have any not superpowered talents like being good at art or acting?
2In future dvd releases will we see any orginal designs for the team that didn't make the cute?
3 what are the teams favorite school subjects?

Thanks for taking the time to read the questions.

Greg responds...

1. Sure.

2. We don't control what goes on the DVDs.

3. Wally likes science.

Response recorded on November 29, 2011

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dph of rules writes...

I am referencing this recent positive reply - http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=13464 - for my questions about the destination choice for travelers.

1. With regards to humanity is Avalon benevolent, ambivalent, or malevolent?

2. With regards to gargoyles is Avalon benevolent, ambivalent, or malevolent?

3. With regards to the 3rd race is Avalon benevolent, ambivalent, or malevolent?

Greg responds...

1. I guess it depends on your point of view on humanity.

2. I guess it depends on your point of view on Gargoyles.

3. Benevolent, on the whole.

Response recorded on November 29, 2011

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Bree writes...

So pretty much everybody's secret identity is a bit of a loose concept physical-wise for most characters, but what about Superboy? As Conner Kent, he's more obvious than Clark Kent. He changes his clothes and keeps his powers low-scale but everything else stays the same. He's on a covert team, but surely he'd get some exposure to the media, too? So I guess my question is: what was the reason for Conner Kent's civilian appearance?

Greg responds...

Superboy has so far avoided ALL media exposure.

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sb writes...

1.Will Superboy ever get it on with Miss Martian?

Greg responds...

1. Is that really any of your business?

Response recorded on November 29, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

Did Waller quit or was she fired?

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Anonymous writes...

1. How did Strange and Waller got their jons at Belle reeve?

2. How did Killer Frost get her superpowers?

3. Who were the inmates at Belle Reeve?

4. Were the Terror Twins parents supervillians?

5. How come they were no flyers or teleporters?

Greg responds...

1. That's such a great typo. I'm dying to come up with a great smart-ass response to it, but I just can't think of one to do it justice.

2. Science gone wrong.

3. All of them?

4. No.

5. Huh?

Response recorded on November 29, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

since m'gann came to earth to be j'onn's sidekick does she go on missions with him?

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Jason writes...

1 will the Light be the villian for the second season or pretty much just this one?
2 is L-1 the leader?

Greg responds...


2. First among equals.

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Anonymous writes...

Was mr.freeze attacking cameron's dad a ploy?

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Anonymous writes...

1. Why did captain cold went to belle reve instead of iron heights?

2. When did the daily planet started to do tv broadcasts?

3. How come cameron didn't use his ice powers to unfreeze miss martian?

Greg responds...

1. Belle Reve is a federal magnet prison for super-criminals.

2. They don't.

3. How do ice powers help you UNfreeze something?

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Jack Tolzmann writes...

In Terrors why was Riddler in a prison for super powered criminals when he has no super powers?

Greg responds...

Many of the prisoners there, not just Riddler, had no inherent super-normal abilities. Ivo, for example. Or Hook. But it was felt that these people had - if nothing else - super-human resources in one way or another that put them beyond the ability of a standard prison to safely contain them.

Response recorded on November 28, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

Greetings Greg,
I was wondering if I could ask some questions about Blockbuster from "young justice"...

1) How strong/invulnerable is he? Could he fight Superman or Wonder Woman one on one or is he much lower on the power house chart?

2) If Blockbuster was reduced to a mindless, hate filled beast at the end of the series premiere, how come he followed orders from Icicle Senior in the episode "Terrors?" I just assumed a crazed monster like him wouldn't be able to understand/follow commands and would have to be kept in solitary away from other inmates (so he wouldn't eat them XD).

Greg responds...

1. He could fight either one on one. Though Superman's combination of powers would make it very tough for Blockbuster to win. I'd say he'd have a better shot against Wonder Woman. Even odds.

2. He got better with time.

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Dragomir writes...

Hi Greg,
Usually I ask questions about gargoyles, but I've been getting deep into "Young Justice" recently and would like to ask some questions about Miss Martian, and martians in general I guess, lol. I like how M'gann hasn't mastered all her martian powers yet since it gives her potential for character development, but, I've noticed that she and Martian Manhunter may lack some of the powers they had in the comics altogether. To get to the point I guess, do Martians in DC universe 16 still possess super strength, heat/laser vision, and invulnerability like Kryptonians? I personally always liked how the martians were one of the few races who could realistically match a kryptonian blow for blow and possibly win (though of course heat/fire was always an issue).

At any rate, if you did indeed remove or alter some of the martian's skill sets, may I ask why?

P.S. keep up the good work on the show, its been very entertaining so far and I actually enjoy some aspects of it better than I do in the comicbook versions :D

Greg responds...

In the "Earth-16 Universe":

Martians are stronger than humans, but not even in the ballpark with Kryptonians. Martian Manhunter, for obvious reasons, is stronger than Miss Martian. Density plays a role here too.

Martians are not invulnerable, though their shape-shifting abilities make healing easier, and, again, they are denser than humans - though, again, not nearly as dense as a Kryptonian.

No vision powers.

As to the why, it was about us deciding to go back to the character's original power levels. When J'onn was first introduced, he was unique. As time passed, writers, artists and editors kept augmenting his powers (and even his origin) making him more and more Kryptonian. But I've got a Kryptonian (plus a clone) in the series already. I really didn't need two more.

Plus Martian powers are already incredibly formidable. We decided early on to break them down into two basic categories:

1. The physical. They are shape-shifters, which allows them to change form, alter their volume and density (though never their mass), etc. With practice, this becomes an incredibly versatile and potent trait.

2. The mental. They are psychic and telekinetic. This allows them to control their shape-shifting clothes (and even M'gann's shape-shifting Bio-Ship). It also allows them to communicate psychically. And their telekinesis, which is very formidable, allows them to simulate Superman's flight.

Really, with all that, did they really need the ability to go "blow for blow" with a Kryptonian?

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Rognik writes...

Hi, Greg! First off, I want to say I've been a Gargoyles fan from way back. I even remember watching the premiere all those years ago. But my questions are about your latest work, Young Justice.

1) Whatever happened to Superboy's solar suit? I know it got damaged after the collapse of Cadmus Labs, but surely that was repairable.

2) How come Edmund Nigma was kept in Bella Reve instead of Arkham like the rest of Batman's villains?

Greg responds...

1. Surely it was. But I don't think he wanted to repair it.

2. Arkham is not a prison for criminals. It is an asylum for the criminally INSANE. Villains don't go there because their primary opponent is Batman. (The method of their defeat has nothing to do with where they are sent.) Villains go there if (a) they were arrested in Gotham City and (b) they are found (as a legal matter) to be CRIMINALLY INSANE. Clearly, Nigma did not meet one or both of those two conditions.

Response recorded on November 28, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

Why did the four ice bad guys attack on the same day?

Greg responds...

Misplaced enthusiasm?

Response recorded on November 22, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

1. How did Mammoth end up in Belle Reeve?

2. Why did you make Waller a good guy?

3. Can those collars kill someone?

4. How did the prison staff knew that their walls can hold off superman?

Greg responds...

1. See issue #16 of the comic.

2. I don't know how to answer this question. We tried to make Waller... Waller.

3. Not at their current settings.

4. "We know. We checked."

Response recorded on November 22, 2011

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Brazilian Guy writes...

1)Does Wonder Woman have a secret identity in your world?

Greg responds...

No. Not a regular one in the present day. Which is to say, she may occasionally go out incognito, and she's not always "in uniform". But she no longer goes by Diana Prince, if that's what you mean.

Response recorded on November 22, 2011

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Steven D. writes...

Hey Greg.

Really enjoyed "Terrors" last night, specifically following up on the ice villains from episode 1. I'm eagerly awaiting to see the rest of season 1 play out.

Anyways, the one question I do have about "Terrors" is one of the last scenes from the episode. Icicle Jr. recognizes Miss Martian, and seems to infer who "Tommy" really is. How did he guess he was Superboy from only seeing him kiss M'gann? Is it simply because they're both young heroes, or does he know about The Team itself, and if so, how?


Greg responds...

He doesn't know who Tommy is specifically. He simply figures out that Tommy is one of the good guys and that he's been conned.

Response recorded on November 22, 2011

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101-118 have aired.
119-126 are all complete and in the can. That's right. All work on Season One is DONE! <whoo!>

201-207 have all shipped overseas for animation.
208-213 are all in storyboard and design. 208 and 209 are fully recorded, but we still have a few straggler voice actors to pick up for 210-212.
213 records the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. (Script is done.)
214 - I'm currently editing the script.
215 - I need to edit the script, which writer Jon Weisman completed.
216-218 - I need to edit the outlines, which writers Kevin Hopps, Brandon Vietti and Peter David have all completed.
219 - I need to write this one. Yes, 214-219 are all basically sitting on my desk. I have officially become a logjam.
220 - This one's in outline with the writer, Kevin Hopps.

Issues 0-10 have all hit the stands.
Issue 11 is being colored.
Issue 12 is being inked.
Issue 13 is being pencilled.
Issue 14 - I'm doing my pass on Kevin's script. (Did I mention I'm a logjam?)
Issue 15 - Kevin is working on his first pass at the script. But the basic outline is done.

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YOUNG JUSTICE Episode #18 ("Secrets") Credits

YOUNG JUSTICE Episode #18 ("Secrets") Credits

Brandon Vietti
Greg Weisman

Written By
Peter David

Directed By
Jay Oliva
Line Producer
David Wilcox
Young Justice Theme and Music By
Kristopher Carter
Michael McCuistion
Lolita Ritmanis
Casting & Voice Direction
Jamie Thomason
Starring The Voices Of
Stephanie Lemelin as Artemis
Jesse McCartney as Robin
Danica McKellar as Megan Morse
Nolan North as Conner Kent, Marvin White
Khary Payton as Aqualad
Jason Spisak as Wally West

Lacey Chabert as Zatanna
Ben Diskin as Harm
Crispin Freeman as Red Arrow
Bruce Greenwood as Batman
Chad Lowe as Captain Marvel
Masasa Moyo as Secret, Wendy Harris, Karen Beecher
Kevin Michael Richardson as Mal Duncan, Jim Daniels
Greg Weisman as Lucas Carr

Based On DC Comics Characters

Batman Created By
Bob Kane

Miss Martian Created By
Geoff Johns and Tony Daniel

Zatanna Created By
Gardner Fox
Production Manager
John Diaz

Assistant Production Manager
Casey Sandin

Animation Coordinator
JJ Conway
Lead Character Design
Phil Bourassa

Character Design
Dusty Abell
Jerome Moore
Coran Stone

BG Key Design
Jay Hong
Fedja Jovanovic
Hakjoon Kang

Prop Design
Alex Kubalsky
Eugene Mattos
Jay Baker
Jake Castorena
Tim Divar
Ki-Doo Kim
Owen Sullivan

Storyboard Clean-up
Owen Sullivan

Animation Timing Director
James Tim Walker

Richard Collado
Jeff Hall
R. Michel Lyman
James Tim Walker

Animation Checking
Jan Browning
Chuck Gefre
Janette Hulett
Color Stylist
James Peters

Ink & Paint
Kim Bowen

Background Paint
Mike Inman
David McBride
Craig Robertson

Effects Animation
Matthew Girardi
Main Title Animation
MOI Animation, Inc.
Jhoanne Reyes
Card 13

Supervising Dialogue/ADR Editor
Mark A. Keatts

Sound Reading
Fred Salinas
Wilson Martinez

Dialogue/ADR Editors
Patrick Foley
Mike Garcia

Post Production Manager
Scott Shinick

Dialogue Recording Studio
Studiopolis, Inc.

Recording Machine Operator
Jeff O. Collins
Sarah Baluch

Post Production Sound Services
Audio Circus, Inc.

Online Editor
Steven White
Animation Services
Lotto Animation, Inc.

Supervising Animation Directors
Heechul Kang

Background Director
Yunhee Kim
EunHee No
Eunjung Choi

Animation Directors
Junsik Cho
Daegu Heh
Hyeoksoo Lee

Production Staff
Hyoungmin Doh
Miok Kwon
Eonho Lee
Jinhwa Heo (Jun-E)
Layout Artists
Jungmo Kim
Minsoo Kim
Hyeonwoo Seo

Final Checker
Hosoon Shin

Color Stylist
Mihyun Ji

Model Checkers
Eunha Kim
Junghee Kim

Sangbong Oh
Hoyeon Joo
Yuri Choi
Daehee Rim
Sunghun Lee

Key Animation
Namgil Cho
Yeoungsik Hwang
Seokjin Jang
Guchang Lee
Mingoo Lee
Ikhyun Kim
Younggi Kim
SinKwon Kim

Seokki Um
Misook Choi
Production Administrator
Nicole Martin

Production Accounting
Luisa Guzman
Debbie Lindquist
Maral Simonian
Athena Wingate

Production Support
Vivian Hernandez
Audrey Kim
Tamara Miles
Kira Tirimacco
Renee Toporzysek
Janet Yi

Executive In Charge Of Music
Niki Sherrod

Business And Legal Affairs
John Michael Beach
Lori Blackstone
Sharmalee Lall
Bonnie Negrete
Joulene St. Catherine

Casting Administrator
Liz Carroll
Production Supervision
Bobbie Page

Production Management
Ed Adams
Executive in Charge of Production
Jay Bastian
Executives In Charge Of Production For Cartoon Network
Tramm Wigzell
Brian E. S. Jones
Executive Producer
Sam Register
This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States of America and other countries. Any unauthorized duplication, copying, distribution, exhibition or use may result in civil and/or criminal prosecution.

© 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Country of first publication United States Of America

YOUNG JUSTICE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

Warner Bros Animation Inc. is the author of this film/motion picture for the purposes of Article 15 (2) of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto. _________________________________________________________________________
There are, as always, a bunch of people who ALSO helped out but don't receive credits on screen for various (legal and precedent) reasons.
A handful (in no particular order) include...
Dan Soulsby - Talent Coordinator
Eric Lewis, CAS - Dialogue Sound Mixer
Geneva Ip - Assistant Engineer
Otis Van Osten - Sound Supervisor
Ron Salaises - Sound Effects editor
Carlos Sanches - Re-Recording Mixer
Stacy Michaels - Foley Mixer
Alex Ulrich - Foley Walker
John Wells - Research
I know I'm probably forgetting some folks, and I REALLY apologize! If you send me a reminder, I'll pimp you in another post!

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Greg Bishansky writes...

And "Young Justice" returns in a big way with what has become a staple of Greg Weisman shows, the prison episode. Okay, I know a lot of shows utilize this, but Weisman really, really loves this trope. "Leader of the Pack" and "Turf." "J Is For Jewel." "Group Therapy" and "Opening Night." All good stuff. Great stuff

Batman sends Superboy and Miss Martian undercover as the Terror Twins inside Belle Reve Penitentiary to find out why all the ice villains from the pilot are there. Well, Icicle Jr and Mr. Freeze both demanded their lawyers transfer them there from, well, easier places to be incarcerated. As the episode ends, Superboy and Megan finally kiss (AND IT DIDN'T TAKE THEM THIRTEEN OR SIXTY-FIVE EPISODES!) as we discover the whole escape attempt was a ruse to have Amanda Waller removed as warden, and for the Light's own agent, Dr. Hugo Strange to take her place.

I enjoyed this episode quite a bit. I still don't know jack about DC Comics, but I enjoyed both Icicles. I kept on wondering who Icicle Sr was voiced by, it kept nagging at me... and, OF COURSE! James Remar! I could have sworn Icicle Jr was voiced by James Arnold Taylor, maybe because I was getting a Harry Osborn vibe from him at times... son trying, in vain, to please his sociopathic father. Guess Junior there doesn't take the Code of Icicle seriously. *ducks as tomatoes are thrown* I could not resist.

I do admit, I am curious as to why Superboy was chosen for this mission. He was well programmed, don't get me wrong. But he was also practically born yesterday and found in a Cadmus lab. That doesn't seem to be ideal to me. But looking through the rest of The Team's male line up, I can't think of anyone else that would fit.

Miss Martian was far less grating in this episode. Don't get me wrong, I am not one of the Miss Martian haters, but she is my least favorite member of The Team. But it was nice to have less of her 50's sitcom attitude here, and I admit that I enjoyed Superboy calling her on it in their therapy session with Dr. Strange. I'm not saying it's bad. In fact, I am sure there will be significant pay-off for it. I'm just saying it's not my favorite aspect of the show.

Now, if I may, I need to address some comments I have seen where people say they don't believe that these two characters can possibly be truly in love, and are dismissing it all as poorly thought out. I think they are missing the point. These are teenage hormones. The connection there is that they both think the other one is hot. It's like Romeo and Juliet. They are young, they dig each other, and they might think they're in love. But it is all hormones mixed with a not fully matured psyche. Right now this might be the most important thing in the world, just as Romeo and Juliet did, but Romeo and Juliet also died young. Had they lived long enough to mature, they might have seen their tryst and secret marriage as a mistake. Assuming Superboy and Miss Martian survive, I don't see them as a couple, let's say, five years down the line. It's a huge teenage crush, and those tend to be pretty consuming. But that's my analysis and it wouldn't be the first time I was wrong.

Finally, I loved the Riddler's cameo. All the crap he got, all the disrespect, and he was the one who managed to escape. Hope to see him again down the line, but knowing how Weisman loves to lay pipe and plant seeds, I am confident we will.

Great episode.

Greg responds...

For the record, Icicle Jr. was voiced by Yuri Lowenthal.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

Just one thing.


Greg responds...

You're welcome.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

Why does Artemis live in gotham instead of star city?

Greg responds...

Why would she live in Star City?

She was born in Gotham. She was raised in Gotham. She lives in Gotham.

I don't know how to answer this question.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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warrior93 writes...

Why did you change the terror sister hairstyle?

Why was Cameron worried about the Terror Twins making out after all he's a supervillians why would he care?

Why did Superboy and Miss Martian blew their cover at the end of the episode?

Greg responds...

1. She changed it. Or Phil Bourassa did. The comic book version got the rough from Phil. Concept art. Later, Jay Oliva wanted a more Gwen Stefani look, in part to differentiate Tuppence more from Shimmer.

2. Dude? She was his sister (or at least he thought so)!!! (Plus, Junior was into her.)

3. Overwhelming emotions (and/or hormones)!

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Xanadu writes...

In "Denial", is the psychic's name "Madame" Xanadu or "Madam" Xanadu? The episode itself shows her name as "Madam", but you and the credits list her as "Madame".

Greg responds...

It should be "Madame", I believe.

Wow, it's fun to have our mistakes pointed out!!

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

In Avalon Part II, why do the Weird Sisters say they are "banished from [Avalon] by a magicians parlor tricks"? Did the magus do more than turn them into owls or was it part of Oberon's law?

Greg responds...

Oberon's law kept them off the island. The Magus kept them at bay.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Grant writes...

1) Why were Ojo and Hook allowed to keep their tech implants at Belle Reve when they could have been removed?

2) For that matter, Icicle I's plan seems needlessly complicated and drew undue attention from the Justice League, why did he specifically need his son, Killer Frost, Cold, Freeze for the jail break when all he needed were destructive tech weapons that could be smuggled into the prison?

Greg responds...

1. LOL. Didn't you notice the "boot" over Ojo's eye? Compare his appearance in episode 6 with his appearance in 11, and it's hard to miss. Ojo was allowed to keep his tech to allow him to see. But it was booted to prevent him from using it as a weapon. Hook did NOT have his hook again until after the prison break began.

2. Presumably, he needed experts in the art of coldness.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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spence writes...

Does the show take place in 2011? The photograph of Dick in the trophy display in "Schooled" shows the year 2011 on it.

Greg responds...

No. That photograph, or rather the date on it was a mistake. As with the wikipedia-style bio of Red Tornado, someone was attempting to be helpful and put that in without running it by myself or Brandon. By the time we saw it, there was no way to remove it economically.

We intentionally have NOT put a year on the present day events on the show. There is NO CANON YEAR, as far as I'm concerned.

But the days of the week are based on the 2010 calendar. And in my timeline, now a whopping 185 pages, for purposes of math - relative to events in the past - we're set in 2010.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Harlan Phoenix writes...

If you can answer without spoiling (if you can't, I can always ask later), what was it about "Terrors" that you felt a personal affinity for and made you want to write it personally?

Greg responds...

1. I like prison episodes.

2. I really wanted to do the "Dude, that's your sister!" scene.

3. Originally, there was a subplot in the episode that I had a personal affinity for. But we had to cut it for time. So it'll wind up appearing in issues #14 & 15 of our companion comic book.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Jokerfish writes...

So I just finished watching Terrors and may I say; well done sir, well done. I loved all of it; from the awkwardly long kiss to Icicle Jr. (who I'm guessing doesn't have a lot of friends- because surely that habit of hitting on his friend's sister would have been knocked out of him by now if he did.)

So I'd like to ask you important, insightful questions but that's not my style so sit back for pointless tedium.

1. In the episode, after the news report of Martian Manhunter’s (I'm sure stunning) defeat of Headmaster, Freeze said that they now knew what all the leagues were doing except Red Tornado. What were the other members up to? Or is this a case where you knew story-wise they were all busy but you have better things to do then spend your day slaving over the particulars?

2. Was Superboy's disguise for this mission a dye job and a hair cut?

3. If the answer to 2 was yes, is being poor at disguises hereditary? Because that's a trait I'd slap onto Superman too.

Okay now for something a little more obscure...

I don't know why but I've fallen in love with prison guard Wilcox; to the point that I've given him a fictitious first name (Fitzwilliam) and a vague background (he grew up tough until he hit puberty, then… he grew up tougher) so...

4. Is Wilcox a dc character that's making a cameo in this episode or is he just a random character you created to fill a role? I tried to google this on my own but the only two Wilcoxs I would find was Laureen Wilcox and William Wilcox- Laureen is defiantly a woman and William has less of a back story than the one I've given Fitzwilliam Wilcox…

5. Who voiced Wilcox?

Greg responds...

1. Uh... the latter, for the most part. Although, I think they all made a point of being seen to encourage the Belle Reve prisoners to proceed with whatever plan they might have.

2. Yep.

3. If you say so. But it worked fairly well, since the Terror Twins were not well known.

4. Wilcox was named for our line producer David Wilcox.

5. James Remar.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Karen writes...

What grade is Dick Grayson in school? Perhaps he's jumped a grade or two? Or takes advanced courses?

Greg responds...

He's in 9th grade. A freshman in a six-year-school, the Gotham Academy, which goes from 7th-12th grades. Artemis, by the way, is at the same school. She's a sophomore, but she's new. So although she's in a grade above Dick, he's starting his third year there, she's starting her first year there.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Mark writes...

Hey Greg just wondering would it feel like to kiss a Martian? 2. If Martians are biogically 48 years old and they look close to 16 just what is the Martian age for being able to legally marry if they do that at all?

Greg responds...

1. Depends on his or her form, I would think.

2. If you're talking about Miss Martian, you've got it wrong. She's CHRONOLOGICALLY 48 Earth years old and BIOLOGICALLY the equivalent of an adolescent, the approximate equivalent of an Earth girl of 16. She can LOOK however she feels like within the parameters of mass and her shape-shifting abilities. As for the legal age of consent on Mars, I'm going to say 54 Earth years, just to keep myself out of trouble.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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Matthew writes...

1. Does John Constantine exist in the YJ universe

I say this after looking through forty archive questions about King Constantine'a appearance on Gargoyles

2 Could you use him on the show?

I asked this because DC did not let them use Constantine on the old Justice League series. (Though a guy who looks like him appears in the background.) This was partially because at the time they wanted to keep Constantine in his own universe. They also did not want to encourage kids to pick up Hellblazer which is not appropriate for younger readers. Now, though, that Constantine's been brought back into the DC Universe; it might be possible for him to appear on YJ.

Greg responds...


2. Ditto.

Response recorded on November 18, 2011

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conner writes...

One more thing.

1.Does the rest of the team know Superboy is going by Conner Kent?

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conner writes...

1.I loved the episode terrors,I mean its about time Superboy and Miss Martian kissed,but I was wondering are they dating now?

Greg responds...


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Greg Bishansky writes...

Out of curiosity, how old was Silver Sable in season two of "Spectacular Spider-Man." She doesn't seem older than thirty... I'm just curious, because if Hammerhead worked for her dad before he went to prison, twelve years prior was she above the age of consent when they had a relationship?

Greg responds...

I don't think so. Which is part of the reason Hammerhead (1) now has a new skull and (2) why he no longer is working for Silvermane.

Response recorded on November 17, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

Marina Sirtis has a lovely British accent. Why does she always do an American accent on your shows? (Though I love her voice in any way)

Greg responds...

Actually, she pretty much does her own voice. Her British accent these days is pretty faint, unless she intentionally pushes it back in. At least that's my impression from talking to her.

Response recorded on November 17, 2011

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PPL Ltd. writes...

Hey Greg,

Looking at the TV series producing industry as a whole, something I've always noticed is that, when it comes to live-action, comedies like "How I Met Your Mother" are always produced to fill one half-hour time slot, while dramas like "Dexter" always fill an whole hour time slot. Every show ever made is bound to contain elements of both drama and comedy, of course, but it seems like it is the overall tone of the series that decides the length of each episode.

For example, comparing two recent shows with a vaguely similar premise, the two medical shows "Scrubs" and "House". Anyone will say that "Scrubs" is a comedy show with dramatic elements at times, while "House" is a drama that often incorporates humour. Scrubs was a half hour show, House is an hour long show.

So the general line of questioning I'm leading up to with all this is the following, why is it that that there has never been an animated series which consists of hour long episodes spread over a whole season, even though animated shows can also be seen as dramatic?

The closest thing I can think of as an exception is the early 2000s Justice League series, which always had at least two part episodes throughout its run (until it became Justice League Unlimited), but those were always divided into smaller chunks, even if many channels just aired them back-to-back anyway.

HBO's Spawn can easily be said to be more drama than comedy, yet the episodes still were not as long as any other dramas on the channel, even though there were only six episodes a season.

I'm not trying to say that quantity is the same thing as quality, I'm just wondering if you have any insight as to why the episodes of a regular animated series are always of about the same length, regardless of their tone, while live action ones are not.

Greg responds...

The "conventional wisdom" is that kids won't sit through an hour.

I'm not saying I agree. But that's what the wisdom of the conventional states.

Response recorded on November 17, 2011

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no.1 batfan writes...

What was Riddler doing in Belle Reve instead of Arkham?

Greg responds...

Why would he be at Arkham?

Response recorded on November 17, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

Why does Superboy claim to hate monkeys?

Greg responds...

See issues #1 and 2 of the Young Justice Comic Book Series, available at comic book stores and/or on-line.

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no.1 batfan writes...

Hey Greg.
Up until this point, from what I can gather, you have stated the numbers of years of experience for the following heroes; Batman (9), Superman (10), Robin (4), Kid Flash (2), Aqualad (2), and Speedy/Red Arrow (3).
I was wondering if you could also reveal that information for the remaining 14 of the 16 members of the Justice League as well as Guardian?

Greg responds...

I guess I could. But I'm too lazy. At least at this moment.

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Anonymous writes...

Are all the light members supervillians and do they only work with supervillians?

Greg responds...

Depends on your point of view, I guess.

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warrior93 writes...

1. How much faster Barry can run than Clark?

2. Why was the League secret and how did they become known to the public?

3. How long has the League been work with the U.N and why do they work with the U.N?

4. Has there ever been an super registration act like in marvel civil war that existed on Earth 16? If so does it still exist or will it exist later on in the future?

Greg responds...

1. Much.

2a. At first, that seemed like the best idea.


3. They don't work WITH the U.N., so much as they are chartered by them.

4. There was something like that in the 50s during the Red Scare.

Response recorded on November 17, 2011

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