Comic Book Things That Make You Go Hmmm!

There are a lot of things that happen in comic books that we accepts as fact.  Many of these events have happened generations ago.  It’s hard to fathom it sometimes, but yes it’s true, many things happened in comics when your Grandparents were kids.

I’ve been thinking about these events from comics, and I’m trying to think of how they happened.  Now I can troll the internets and find the answer, but that doesn’t sound like fun to me.

I want you, the Comic Book Daily Nation, to tell me the answer to my questions.

These are the things make me go Hmmm!

How did Nick Fury lose his eye?

All Nick Fury, and all awesome!

Nick Fury only has sight in one eye.  Whether it has been the comics, cartoons or movies, Nick always has his signature eyepatch.  How did he lose it?

With the sophistication of magic and technology in comics, why doesn’t he have a prosthetic or cybernetic eyeball?

Or does he just like the look of it?

How does Spider-Man stick to walls?

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie tried to explain how our Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man sticks to wall.  Little tiny barbs come out of his fingers and he was able to stick to the wall.  But he was wearing shoes, so how does that work?

We’ve also seen various parts of Spider-Man’s body stick to walls, so how does that work?

Or do we just accept the fact that he can walk on walls at face value?

If Mr. Terrific is the world’s third smartest man, who are #1 and #2?

In the DC New 52 #1 issue of Mr. Terrific, it is widely know that Mr. Terrific is the “third smartest man in the world”.  Who are #1 and #2?

Is he the third smartest in the DC universe only, or is the Marvel universe considered in that statement too?

Plus the statement says third smartest man, not person.  Does that mean that there are women out there that are smarter than Mr. Terrific?

How does Captain America’s shield always come back to him?

Usually when Cap tosses his shield, it will find its way back to him.  I know there have been several explanations about how this happens (micro transistors in his gloves) to having excellent aim.  But I would like to know for sure.

How much money does Bruce Wayne (Batman) have?

I know Bruce Wayne’s wealth changes from era to era.  He used to be a millionaire when that was a lot of money.  Now he’s a billionaire.  But how much?

Keeping Batman’s infrastructure has got to be pretty expensive.  Batmobiles just don’t fix themselves.


So these are a couple of questions that keep me up at night.  Now it’s your turn.  Do you know the answer to my queries?  Tell me the answer in the comment section below.

Ed Campbell
Ed Campbell

Ed Campbell is a collector of comics and action figures, primarily G.I. Joe. He is also a Cosplayer with Thor and Captain America as just a few of the characters in his arsenal. When not fulfilling his Comic Book Daily duties, he's "working for a living", volunteering his time for his local Fall Fair, and spending as much time with his family as possible. Use the links below to get in contact with him.

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11 years ago

Nick fury caught a grenade and threw it back, shrapnel hit his eye, he continued fighting in WW2 instead of getting an op. in the ultimate universe it was wolverine that punctured his eye I’m sure.

Caps shield returns coz stark added electro magnetic properties to it!

Spiderman sticks to walls using a form of static electricity

Brent Chittenden
11 years ago

According to Forbes, Bruce Wayne is the world’s 8th richest fictional character and worth aprox. 6.8 billion dollars. He beats Forest Gump on the list but not quite over Charles Caine (from Citizen Caine).

Ed Campbell
11 years ago

But the Batmobile is much cooler than Rosebud.

11 years ago

Hilarious Ed. If John Byrne sees this post, I’m sure he’ll wanna go back and fill in the gaps ^_^

11 years ago

Great article…

Another one I was just thinking about today (for no particular reason)… Invisibility as a super power would never work. Take Sue Storm for example who can bend light around herself or her target rendering it invisible. But since she cannot allow light to pass through her body or objects she is making invisible she can only bend light around objects that the object is not directly touching. For example her feet on the floor – there is no light passing through her feet to strike the floor below her feet (the ground below here feet is not lit and is therefore pitch black due to absence of light) therefore no light reflecting on covered surface to be warped around the object/person in question… so in short she may be invisible but you would see her black (no light reflecting) footprints very clearly unless she was flying. This would be the same for say a cube on the floor – you might not see it if it were invisible but you would certainly see a black square on whatever surface it was resting since light cannot penetrate it and thereby can’t be bent back around it. Cloaking device for flying/suspended objects sure but sorry Sue unless you are on a glass floor you’re busted!

Ed Campbell
11 years ago

Thanks Charlie

Anthony Falcone
11 years ago

I have no issue # to back this up, but for some reason I think that Lex Luthor and Batman are # 1 and # 2 smartest people respectively.

I didn’t just fanboy decide that, I’m pretty sure it was used or mentioned somewhere.