Saturday, May 11, 2013


This weekend, the Puzzle Corner pauses to remember some notable members of Humanity that have passed away this past week.

Special effects master Ray Harryhausen, known for many memorable moments in movies like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, etc; is sadly no longer with us. What did he call his unique version of stop-motion animation, as seen in the video clip below from Jason and the Argonauts? (video courtesy of YouTube via Google)

Dan Adkins was a famous comic book penciler and inker whose career started in what is known as the Silver Age of Comics (the 1960s). For who did Adkins first work for as an artist?

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the May 4th, 2013 Puzzle Corner, where we celebrated both Free Comic Book and Star Wars Day.

May 4, 2013 was FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at participating outlets around the world, a celebration of the genre.
Comic books originally started out just reprinting newspaper comic strips until they began creating their own material. Do you know who the very first ORIGINAL comic book hero is?

ANSWER: Many people e-mailed us at and claimed this question was too easy, since everyone knows the first superhero is Superman.
While that is true, and the Man of Steel is approaching his 75th anniversary, based upon the June 1938 cover date of his first appearance in Action Comics #1; the question asked "Who was the first original HERO", so the CORRECT ANSWER IS DOCTOR OCCULT. Appearing in New Fun Comics #6, cover dated October 1935, this makes him five years older than Superman, although he was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who also originated Superman.

May 4th is also a red letter day for fans of both puns and the Star Wars franchise, so don't be surprised if someone says "May the Fourth (force) be with you" today.
Do you know how many other words you can make out of the letters in STAR WARS?

ANSWER: Granted, there weren't as many as one might suspect, but you can still form:
A, art(s), at, aw
Rat(s), raw
Sat, saw, Stars (star doesn't count because it was part of the original phrase), straw(s)
War (wars doesn't count because it was part of the original phrase, and) wart(s).
If more than the 18 listed above are possible, please let us know.

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