Until recently, we hadn't added anything to this page in quite a while. In
fact, almost everything
else on this page was done by Ed Menje years ago; following is the first item I
(Ken Gale) have added. Then there's that illustration at the end....
I welcome submissions of any kind. This doesn't only
have to be our stuff.
COMICS TRIVIA AT WORK
Quite a few years ago, in an office I (Ken) worked for there was a section
they put people who didn't conform or didn't
kiss up enough or were discipline problems, etc. The job in that section
consisted of putting paperwork in numerical order. Hundreds of sheets of
paper each day. As boring a job as they could find, I think.
But morale was pretty high, a sort of camaraderie borne of our common
situation. To while away the time, we would often play trivia games with
each other, tossing out questions on one topic or another to see who knew
the answer. We started out with movie and TV trivia then added music,
sports, weird facts, American history and whatever else came to mind. I
tended to do well in most topics. I have a very trivial mind, what can
One morning, a co-worker announced, "I can think of a topic we haven't
done!" He made us ask him what it was before he told us: "Comics!"
I started to laugh. "Oh no, we're not doing comics."
"Aha! Found something you don't know anything about, huh smart guy?"
I was still laughing. "I defy anyone in this entire building to know more
about comic books than I do (not a claim I would make anywhere any time, just at that
building at that time).
"Oh yeah! Oh yeah! What's Batman's real name?" (What a tough test that was!)
I calmly answered "Bruce Wayne" and he said, "You answered that quick. Okay,
I believe you." I had to laugh again. What other questions was he going to
ask if I had agreed to that topic?
Hours later, after lunch, the same person said to me out of the blue, "I know
you're gonna know this, I just want to see how fast you answer "What is
Batman's butler's name?" (his emphasis)
I quickly answered Alfred Pennyworth and his voice went up an octave, "Last
name? Last name? He has a last name? You know his last name!" I decided to
have fun with him and gave the details, with writer, artist and editor, of the early
'70s story where he got that last name. I gave much much more detail than he
could possibly have wanted to know, but I never got another ridiculously easy
comic book question again. I didn't even need to tell him that Alfred had a
different last name in the golden age.
Back to Ed....