There was no internet in the 1970s, so if you wanted to know what Batman's middle name was or how many times Superman had faked out Lois Lane after promising to marry her, your only choice was to buy every DC comic book ever made until you found the answer. Actually, there was one other option: you could "Ask the Answer Man". The Answer Man was this amazing cat who knew everything about DC comics, and every month he would answer any question about them that you sent in, no matter how obscure or ridiculous. Here's some 100% real examples I took from a bunch of old DC comics I keep in the bathroom:
Q: How much is BATMAN FAMILY #13 worth?--Todd Goode. A: 25¢ in good condition.
Q: How much is OUR ARMY AT WAR #202 worth?--Parky Farmer. A: 30¢ in good condition.
Q: How much is DETECTIVE COMICS #359 worth?--Mike Roche. A: In good condition, 30¢.
Q: How much are DC COMICS PRESENTS #'s 1 and 2 worth?--Scott Smith. A: 20¢ each in good condition.
Q: How much is BATMAN FAMILY #3 worth?--Greg Wong. A: 30¢ in good condition.
Q: How much is LOIS LANE #112 worth?--Greg Wong. A: 20¢ in good condition.
Huh. Well, irregardless, the Answer Man was still pretty cool. I guess.
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