Public Domain Super Heroes
The Question

Real Name

Vic Sage

First Appearance

Blue Beetle (1967 series) #1 (1967)

Original Publisher


Created by

Steve Ditko


Vic Sage was heavily influenced by his creator's objectivist views and espoused a firmly objective standard of ethics. In his first appearances, Sage had very little backstory, and was often ruthless in his treatment of criminals.

By day, Vic was a reporter for W.W.B. TV and had a rather large supporting cast, including Nora Lace.


The Question is non-powered but it a fierce fighter. He uses his reporter deduction skills to track down criminals.

The mask (Pseudoderm) and the mist (Bonding Gas) he uses were developed by Dr. Aristotle Rodor and Dr. Twain. Pseudoderm was developed as an artificial skin to be used as a bandage and the gas would bond it to the person. It was found to be toxic on open wounds and was abandoned. Dr. Rodor modified the gas to change the color of Vic Sage's hair and clothing.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Blue Beetle (1967) #1-8
  • Mysterious Suspense #1


  • Like many Charlton characters such as Tyro Team, Spookman, and Shape, the Question is in the public domain thanks to a lack of a proper copyright notice. This is because any work published without a proper copyright notice between 1923 and 1977 are in the public domain.

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