The Untold Truth of The Question


The Question was created by legendary comics creator Steve Ditko (who you may know as the co-creator of Spider-Man) for publisher Charlton Comics. While the publisher would later be acquired by DC Comics (more on that later), it lasted long enough for Ditko to create two heroes: the gadget-using Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) and the Question. In the case of the latter, Charlton needed a backup feature for Blue Beetle, and Ditko was concerned that his original character, Mr. A, would be censored by the Comics Code.

In that, he was probably right. Mr. A was the end result of Ditko’s growing fascination with Objectivism. Conceived by author Ayn Rand, it’s the belief that moral truths exist as absolutes independent of human perception, meaning that something that’s wrong is always wrong. Any compromises, according to Rand, are moral failings that only serve evil. In the Question, Ditko found a way to strike a balance between representing his staunch beliefs and the needs of Charlton Comics to get the stamp of approval from the Comics Code — television reporter Vic Sage railed against the injustice he observed in his city, and when criminals would hide behind their money and connections, he would dole out justice as the Question. The Question’s signature look was a mask that made it appear that his face was completely blank — attached through chemicals released in his belt — with a trench coat and fedora that changed colors when exposed to his belt gas.

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