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Algae writes...

Hi Greg,

As of writing this, it's been a couple of days since Nomed Esir aired and I'm am LOVING the current Zatanna arc. Easily my favorite of the Season four arcs so far and we're only two eps in.

I'm just wondering if Vandar's Atlantean alias of "Varl'jat" was supposed to be a reference to something specific or did you guys make it up out of whole cloth.

Anyway, keeping up the good work.

Greg responds...

It's a slight reworking of one of Vandal's old aliases from the comics. Karl Jat from THE ATOM #5, I believe. It's not definitive that ol' Karl was Vandal, but I like to think so.

Response recorded on May 27, 2022

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Anonymous writes...

When was Nabu (Marduk's son) born?
What year did Marduk fought Starro?

Greg responds...

1. Nabu was born in 1836 B.C.E. More or less.

2. Marduk and Nabu and Ishtar fought Starro in 1,800 B.C.E.

Response recorded on May 27, 2022

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Andrew writes...

Greetings, Greg, hope you're doing fine. On The Spectacular Spider-Man, as I have been doing a rewatch recently, I have but one question, related to the choices in design: what inspired essentially the looks of the main characters? Of course, the comics, but what iterations were more important, for example, when deciding how Spidey's suit would look?

Greg responds...

It's really more of a question for Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (our character designer) and Vic Cook (my producing partner). I wanted something that looked essentially iconic, but contemporary. But of course in Cheeks' style. I had less concern over locking into some specific comic book issue's take on a character. But of course, our overall guiding lights were the work of Steve Ditko and John Romita, Sr.

As for Spidey's suit, the main challenge is to lock into something that is animatable but still iconic. You have too many weblines on his suit, and those lines tend to get messy when he's moving. Too few, and it just doesn't look like Spidey anymore. I wanted a lean Ditkoesque Spider-Man, not the over-muscled version that I'd seen in many other animated shows. Etc. Lots of factors, really. Hasbro and Marvel weighed in, as well on him.

Response recorded on May 27, 2022

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Matt Itelson writes...

What are the first names of the guards at Belle Reve? We've seen their last names on their nametags, but I want to know their first names too.

Greg responds...

You'll have to be more specific. I can't search "prison guards" in my document and find their names.

I will say that I think only one or two were ever given first names. Henchy didn't have a first name until VERY recently.

Response recorded on May 26, 2022

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Anonymous writes...

What happened to Wally's parents in the years after they received the news of his death? Are they still married, or did they get divorced?

Greg responds...

No spoilers.

Response recorded on May 26, 2022

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Anonymous writes...

Young Justice Season 4 Questions In Regards to The Legion of Super-Heroes And The Time-Traveling Saboteur:

#1. Is Saturn Girl’s full name Imra Ardeen?

#2. Is Phantom Girl’s full name Tinya Wazzo?

#3. Is Chameleon Boy’s full name Reep Daggle?

#4. How old is the as-of yet-unnamed time-traveling saboteur?

Greg responds...

1. Yes.

2. Yes.

3. Yes.

4. Um... it depends how you're counting, as he was born in the 31st Century. So he's deep into negative numbers chronologically. If you mean biologically, he's approximately 16 in Team Year Ten.

Response recorded on May 26, 2022

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John writes...

Dear Mr. Weisman,
I just wanted to say that I think you are one of the most amazing writers of any comic-inspired animated show. You have gone into so much depth & I'm loving it. You say it's your job to torture us mercilessly and leave us begging for more, may I request more torture then? because I am so addicted to Young Justice. Especially all the backstories that you have put in with Vandal Savage & Klarion. I could watch this show forever!!! Thank you for everything.

Greg responds...

Thanks, John. I hope to continue torturing you ad infinitum.

Response recorded on May 26, 2022

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Tom writes...

Do South Korea and North Korea exist in Earth-16? Or are they replaced by what is now Rhelasia?

What state is Dakota City in?

Greg responds...

South and North Korea both exist.

We consciously stay vague about the specific locations of most of our fictional places. But timezones should help.

Response recorded on May 26, 2022

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Twig writes...

You mention that The Powers That Be prevented a single character from being presented at LGBT+ on the show. I know there's not much you can do from your position, but is there any way that we, the fans, can criticize TPTB for this sort of thing? Like it's almost 2022, this is getting a little ridiculous.

Greg responds...

We've been given tremendous freedom on Season Four. I don't know if that single character issue would still be an issue now. I haven't asked because I haven't had to ask, and I don't want to generate a potential argument for the sake of a hypothetical, when otherwise we're all getting along. If and when it comes up, we'll ask again, and then we'll see.

Response recorded on May 26, 2022

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Anonymous writes...

Dear Mr Weisman i have some Young justice questions for you 1.How old is Jason Blood and how long have he and the Phantom Stranger known each other? 2. I noticed some vary familiar looking artifacts in Mr blood's home that he told Mary not to touch. Have he or Etrigan ever traveled to any other universes outside of Earth 16 and the Dc multiverse including a universe where '' One thousand years ago superstition and the sword ruled'' to claim the artifacts ? 3. How long have Zatanna and Etrigan known each other ? 4. Did you consider hiring Dee Bradley Baker for the role of etrigan before hiring David Shaughnessy for the role instead ? P s thank you for giving my alien theory about the driver and kids on that school bus that Zatanna and her students avoided in the previous episode some footing

Greg responds...

1. Jason Blood was born @500 A.D.

1a. Long time.

2. I doubt it. But you never know.

3. A while.

4. Not that I recall. Love Dee. But I thought David - whom I worked with on Star Wars Rebels - would give us an amazing version of both Blood and Etrigan.

Response recorded on May 26, 2022


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