The Super-Backstory Quiz: How well do you know your irradiated orphans from outer space?
You may have seen the latest big-screen versions of Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America and their super-brethren, but how much do you know about their backstories?
Let’s start with a classic backstory -- the orphaned superhero. Which superhero orphan was taken in by a nice couple named Jonathan and Martha?
Like Superman, which of these characters hails from another planet?
- Red Hulk
- Ghost Rider
- Mr. Mxyzptlk
Which Amazonian superheroine got an updated birth story in 2011?
- Wonder Woman
- Wonder Girl
Name the superhero sidekick who was inspired by a brave outlaw from English folklore.
Which trait is NOT shared by Batman and Superman?
- being orphans
- having superpowers
- having a secret identity
Which comic book publisher uses the most mythology in their origin stories?
- Marvel Comics
- DC Comics
- Dark Horse Comics
Dark Horse Comics debuted a hot new character in 1993 at the San Diego Comic-Con. What is this character’s name?
- Usagi Yojimbo
- Buffy Summers
What's one theory about why orphan backstories are so popular in comics?
- Orphan stories aren't particularly popular.
- Many comic book creators are orphans.
- Orphans are a common theme in classic literature that comics draw inspiration from.
What superhero backstory device is one of the least favorite of some critics?
- The Lucky Accident
- The Chosen One
- My Own Creation
Enough about superheroes, what about supervillains? Which baddie’s biggest natural asset (and downfall) is his intelligence?
- The Penguin
- The Joker
- The Riddler
Heroes aren't the only ones who face childhood adversity. Choose the villain who lost one of his parents.
- The Penguin
Which Marvel Comics character started his deadly villainy early in life?
- Victor von Doom
Lots of villians' backstories are warnings about the damage that a cruel or careless society can have on a person, but one of these characters was created by science. Which one?
- Harley Quinn
- Cassandra Nova
- Poison Ivy
Which superhero group started with the rushed test flight of an experimental aircraft?
- The Fantastic Four
- The X-Men
- The Teen Titans
Name the character who was NOT born in New York State.
- Emma Frost
- Jean Grey
- Felicia Hardy
Which backstory do Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, Bob Kane and Bill Finger have in common?
- They accidentally gained mutant powers.
- They're Jewish comic book creators.
- They all lost a parent when they were children.
Which heroine is a nice, normal Jewish girl from Deerfield, Ill.?
- Gwen Stacy
- Hope Summers
- Kitty Pryde
All those orphaned comic book characters need someone to look after them. Who has taken the most orphans under his or her wing?
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Granny Goodness
- Max Eisenhardt
Which teenage gang of heroes does NOT feature Robin?
- Young Justice
- Teen Titans
Can radiation really give you superpowers?
- Only if you're in a comic book.