Who's Who in the DCU

Tim, I’ve recently rediscovered the joy of Rice Krispies Treats®. They are easy to make and delicious. I’ve also become quite addicted to Starbuck’s Frappuccino. Y’see my local grocery store has had them on sale 10 for $10. Needless to say I’ve been buzzing around all week.

But enough about my week, how was yours?

Not nearly as interesting as yours, apparently.

Let’s just jump to…

Links Around IP

Music has some amazing voices.

Movies is full of reviews.

Figures makes me drool.

Games reminds me how out of touch I am.

Sports has NBA news galore.

TV has recaps aplenty.

Moodspins is full of commentary.

Visis our DC Boards where debates rage day and night.

Tim, care to link anything?

I sure do. I wish to send people here which proves, as I thought, that Firebug has been kicking around the DCU for awhile. What up now Mathan, what up now?!

Big ups to Ben Morse for the help on that link.

Read Last Week

Vimanarama #2 – I finally got to read this book. Great fun.

This reminds me…where’s issue #3?

Day of Vengeance #1 – Read my review.


Richard Dragon – So, wait, Bloodhound was cut short by two issues, but this one gets to close out? Where is the justice?

Bad, bad, awful, awful.

Batman #639 – Batman doing some fine detective work and copping an attitude with various heroes. Batman sounded like an angry girlfriend, who’s boyfriend came home drunk. After lines like “I had to settle for you” and “I’m tired of sparring with you” I half expected Bruce to storm off, slam a door and dig into a gallon of ice cream.

Mmmmmmmmmm…ice cream.

But the issue was good.

Adventures of Superman #639 – Nice to see some marital strife. But this storyline is boring me.

The Flash #221 – What a cool issue. Things are really heating up. How attractive is Magenta? And I guess the Top will spin the story in a new direction. I’m all out of puns.

Ugh…I think I’m going to be sick.

Otherworld #2 – Whoa, this is a heavy read. Almost too much goes on this issue.

Wonder Woman #215 – Review Forthcoming.

Superman/Batman #19 – What a waste of an issue. Couldn’t this have been Supergirl #0 or something? And as much as I like the “Kryptfinity Gauntlet” I thought we just got Lex out of the armor? This book is so up and down.

Legion of Super-Heroes – This book is amazing. I’ve not cared about the Legion this much since the “5 year gap” era (though I loved them more.) Everyone should be reading this book.

Hellblazer #207 – Carey is doing a fine job of making the pieces of his run fit together. His plotting is immaculate.

Supreme Power #16 – Great, I get to look forward to a relaunch, for no reason. Thanks Marvel! But this issue was superb.

Despite how easy the lyric that I quoted at the end of the last column, a mere one person placed it. Oh well.

Kevin Mahoney was that man. Much respeck!

My DCU question is this: You have to set up a villain team that can tie or beat any single DCU team from JSA to Titans. The only restriction is this: there have to be nine of them and no non-powered members, that includes anyone who gets their abilities from weapons or gimmicks (Luthor to Mirror Master).

That’s not so much a question as it is a demand. Questions generally end with a “?”. But since you did place the lyric, I’ll cut you some slack.

Now for this I’ll admit, I haven’t had all the time in the world to dwell on it. So I may actually revisit this question in the future. But the deal is; you place the lyric you make it in the next column. Aiding me in answering this question is my shoebox of “A Squad” Heroclix®. These are the Heroclix® that I think are way powerful and want to keep all in one place. It’s not like I ever play Heroclix®, but should the opportunity arise I want to keep my best of the bunch readily available.

First off I’m going with Deathstroke. Way before Identity Crisis I utilized this figure to demolish my best friend’s Marvel Squad. Deathtroke is on the verge of being overexposed, but anyone who doesn’t pick this guy for their team is foolish.

Next up is Gorilla Grodd. He’s a formidable guy. He’s got the mental attack, he’s got brute strength. As a matter of fact I’m surprised that he’s not a major player in either Villains United or Rogue War. But then again, this could be due in part to his not being the best “team” player. Still he makes my squad.

Despero, as we mentioned a few columns ago, is a JLA rogue. This means he’s muy powerful. He’s like Grodd, only with better mental attacks and less body hair. And that third eye.

As much as I don’t really think that Black Adam is a particularly “bad” guy, he’s currently uniting with villains, so he’s in like flint. He’s a ruthless character, and would make a good fit with my team thus far.

Since I’m on the topic of “twisted mirror images” let’s toss Bizarro in with the team for good measure. Worst-case scenario Despero or Grodd can use him as a puppet.

Up next is Eclipso. The only incarnation of this character who didn’t totally rock was when he was appearing in Green Lantern and tethered to Bruce Gordon, and even then he had his moments. But ever since The Darkness Within he’s really been a beast of a villain. And with the current happenings in Day of Vengeance things appear to be shaping up nicely this year.

Amazo needs to be on this team. Sure, Batman and Nightwing did a pretty good job of dismantling him as a threat a couple of months back in Batman, but remember when a familiar powered character showed up in the in Justice League cartoon? This is one villain who would be very difficult for an entire team to best, but if he’s just one member of a team, it’s over!

Ok so technically the Heroclix character is Magog, so what I’m picking Gog. If there was one redeeming aspect of Chuck Austen’s year on Action Comics it was that Gog was officially in the DCU. Once again, Gog is a character that would be difficult for an entire team to beat.

For the last slot, I almost picked Solomon Grundy. But then I thought that Doomsday or Parasite should fill that slot. I ended up going with Braniac whether it’s 13 which would give a nice technological advantage or just the original version I think this is just one powerhouse of potential. I mean the guy is from Colu for goodness sakes!

And there you have it. I don’t know what all of those guys are doing together or who the leader is, but I’m pretty sure that this team can’t be defeated but the JLA, JSA Teen Titans or even the Justice Experience.

However I’m betting that Trusty Tim would have a different team in mind.

Well, since your team would be an absolute train wreck, I’d think I’d have to. (Come on now…Grodd and Despero cooperating? I don’t care if Grodd said yes in Villains United or not, he’s not a team player.)

That no non-powered members makes things rough, but here I go. First, I do give props to your choice of Deathstroke. He’s a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad man! However, purely for the sake of being different, I won’t put him on my team.

Who does make it? Well, first we need a planner/schemer. Since the schemer can’t be a regular fella, Luthor, the natural choice is out. I still turn to the Superman Rogue Gallery however and choose Brainac. He’s got no great love of humanity, but is fully willing to cast his lot with them if he thinks he can use the situation to get what he wants. He’d betray all his teammates in the end, but until then, would be a quite a master planner.

For muscle, we need someone with a mind (so folks like Solomon Grundy and Bizarro are out…too hard to manipulate) but a fairly small one (so he or she lacks much free will to go off on their own). I think Flash villain Girder would fit the bill nicely.
That is if he can keep his hands off…

Spellbinder! Not the original monk guy, not the Batman Beyond villain. No, it is the female Spellbinder who showed up during Underworld Unleashed. Why? Well, first, she’s dangerous, having the ability to alter people’s perception of reality. Second, she allows us to select an unexpected Batman villain who is sane enough to be something of a teen player. Third, she’s a lady. Affirmative action at its best here people.

Coming off a moral victory against ALL the Titans, Dr. Light is on the comeback trail. He has his confidence back and he’s hungry for revenge against the whole of superhero-dom. The Doc is anxious to do it anyway, anywhere. Pure power-wise, he’s tough to beat, so he’s a shoo-in for this team.

Another villain ready for a comeback is GL baddie Black Hand. Something has changed in him, as his appearance in Rebirth proves, and it is time to explore that change more thoroughly. He faced Parallax/Spectre and lived to tell the tale. Even though a large part of that was due to Green Arrow, it’s bound to earn him some respect in the supervillain community, and that’s enough to get him noticed. Given the chance to finally play with a big boy team, especially if he gets to take on the “reborn” Hal Jordan, Black Hand is very much there.

Magic is very important to any supervillain team, especially since the Big Blue is quite vulnerable to the stuff. Kadabra might be a real deal sorcerer these days, but he’s still more about the display than getting the job done. Doctor Faustus on the other hand…he’s our man.

It occurs to me that this team is a bit heavy on the power side and a bit light on the pure throwdown fighter side. Two members would rectify that: Cheetah, who is more animal than woman these days and more than proved her ability (and bloodlust) in the recent Wonder Woman/Flash crossover. She may not have Zoom’s speed this time out, but she remains a terrifying creature nonetheless.

In a more pure fighter role, we have Drakon from Green Arrow. It hasn’t been stated outright that the man is a meta, but I think it’s pretty damn obvious. He’s in.

Finally, no team is complete without a pet character that people just don’t being there (see Aztek on JLA). For me, that character is Pathfinder. I know, I know. CRAZY! But here’s the thing, he’s got a great look that, in addition to being visually striking, is very good for blending into the shadows. That, combined with his minor teleportation abilities, makes him a natural for recon. That phasing ability is nothing to snort at either. Look at how much Vision got done with it before his recent…umm…nap time. Put Pathfinder on this team, he might just be able to make this his bust out moment. Either way, he would be put to good use.

So there you go. Your team kills each other in, I don’t know, fifteen minutes. Mine makes it at least through one mission.

Glen Davis has chimps on the brain (but really, who doesn’t)

I’ve been hearing that Detective Chimp is making a comeback in the Days of Wrath mini. Who dat?

I’ll admit, since I didn’t know too much about Day of Vengance I thought the whole “Detective Chimp” thing was a joke. But it’s not, not at all.

Detective Chimp plays an integral part of that book’s first issue. But on with his origin;

Once upon a time, many moons ago there was a chimpanzee in Africa. But I suppose we should begin before that. Y’see there were some really small aliens that came to Earth on a mission to make a native’s mind capable of grasping complex concepts. They happened to pick a simple chimpanzee to perform this task on.

The two aliens K-Ram and Y-Nad began tinkering with the chimp’s brain, increasing his intelligence. It was then that the chimpanzee stumbled upon an expedition by Fred Thorpe. Thorpe was doing typical anthropological things, but people kept disappearing.

The chimp made it into the camp and carved a caricature of a familiar character in a crate to garner the attention of Thorpe. Thorpe was fascinated with the ape, but his assistant Randolph was less than interested. The Chimp borrowed a book and left the camp.

While reading the book that night the chimp witnessed Randolph killing a man disposing of the body. The next day the chimp exposed Randolph and helped detain him. Thorpe then took the chimp, who he named Bobo, to the United States.

Unfortunately Thorpe was murdered. So Bobo helped Sheriff Edward Chase solve the crime. After that Chase and Bobo became unofficial partners.

After years of solving crimes, age caught up with Bobo. On one adventure with Rex the Wonder Dog, the two drank from the Fountain of Youth. His youth restored, Bobo continued fighting crime.

And thus we find him at Oblivion Bar, making a great appearance.

Tim, I’d buy a monthly featuring Ragman and Detective Chimp as a crime fighting duo, wouldn’t you?

Depends. Would hilarity ensue? Because, frankly, I have no use for hilarity.

Justin “challenges” us to go obscure

I found the first issue of an interesting looking DC maxi-series while checking the discount bins at the comic book store– ‘DC Challenge’ from 1986. The premise is explained in the book (different writers & artists on each issue with no set plot and each writer tries to progress the story from the previous issue). Seems like a decent idea, but did it turn into a decent series? What exactly happened past the first issue?

It was an interesting concept to say the least. There were a few other rules as well. Writers couldn’t use character that they regularly wrote adventures for, and they also left the incoming writer with a story title, that the new writer had to use.

It sounds like fun, no? It had a few problems. The first one was that it took awhile to produce. Understandably, the writer for whoever was writing issue #5, couldn’t start writing until issue #4 was done. This caused the miniseries to drag into running along side Post Crisis DC books like Man of Steel..

That said, it was considered a last goodbye to the fun wacky Silver Age tales. I haven’t read the book, so I can’t tell you what happened. From what I’ve read about it, it featured Nazi-ruled Earths, Space Cabbie and even Supergirl. I’m sure you can find the rest of the series for dirt-cheap prices either at your comic shop or online.

Tim doesn’t that book sound interesting?

Actually, yeah. Well, not so much the Space Cabbie thing, but the general idea of it. I’d love to see a book like this done again. The fans provide the first title, and DC takes the ball from there. To avoid delays, I’d just have the whole mini in the can before I solicited it and I would choose reliable (but still good) talent. People like Geoff Johns and Brian K. Vaughan on writing and Phil Hester and Dale Eaglesham on art (to name a few good but reliable folk). Think of it…it would be grand.

Dardis loves senseless conflict!

Who would win Martain Manhunter Vs Captain Marvel?

Well Mister Mind, a telepath and an alien, is a frequent foe of Captain Marvel, so J’onn would seem to be a threat. But lightning can cause fire and J’onn is susceptible to magic, which would seem to give Captain Marvel the advantage.

I’m going with J’onn, because he’s been a hero longer. I think that experience would give him the edge. Plus he might be able to tap into Billy’s mind and use what he learns to his advantage. I’d see J’onn becoming Stargirl or Shazam to throw Billy off balance and win with a sucker punch.

Tim; agree or disagree?

I’d agree, if for no other reason than J’onn deserves the props and he so rarely gets it. Besides that though, it goes down like this: J’onn gets into Marvel’s head, “pushes” him to say “Shazam” and then shuts down Billy Batson’s mind (cause it’s much weaker) until whatever problem caused these two to square off in the first place is taken care of.

Mike Lawrence has some policy questions.

Why doesn’t DC do essential type books ala Marvel. I’d really like to get into their silver-age stuff in depth, and all I’ve ever seen are those hardbound archives(which lets face it, a college student can’t afford) and best of trades which only gives you a taste of what things were like back then. Does Marvel hold the patent on that type of collection, or it a conscious act on DC’s part to make the past they cherish hard to access for the frugal fan? I’d hate to go through life without getting a nice collection of Swan Superman stories or Kane Flash stuff.

Essential’s are the black and white books on newsprint, right? I recall DC did do that some years back. I have two trades; one featuring Mister Miracle and the other focusing on Orion.

They were both black and white on newsprint. They had the old Kirby tales and were interesting to read. I’m guessing that DC has shifted away from this, because fans are willing to pay for the archives.

I also think that DC’s part does play a role in deciding what not to reprint. Batman and Superman have legions of fans, who are willing to pay for hardcover collections of their favorite books as a youth.

I’m thinking that DC probably doesn’t collect a lot of their decades worth of material a) there isn’t really that much demand for those stories and b) DC has been (until recently) trying to pretend that the Pre Crisis DCU never actually happened.

But if you get some friends together and write an actual letter, as opposed to an email, DC could possibly listen and start the presses rolling on such collections. Try to get John Babos on board, he’s a passionate fellow.

Tim, how you like your comics; black and white newsprint or in living color?

I like the occasional black and white endeavor, but color is the dock is which I tether my boat.

And yes…I’m trying to create expressions.

Huh…it’s JohnBritton. We never hear from him.

Who do you prefer, Impulse or Kid Flash? He’s gone through quite a personality change, from the idiot to the egghead. It also seems like it would be tough to change him back. Is Impulse gone for good?

While Kid Flash shows flashes of Impulse, Impulse was much more impulsive than Kid Flash. And since I spend much more time with Impulse I’ve got to go with Impulse.

I have every issue of the title Impulse and Young Justice, not to mention every time Bart appeared in The Flash. I’ve to a soft spot for the character.

This isn’t to say that I hate Kid Flash. I can appreciate the character growth and development. It also allowed for the continuation of Bart’s maturity, which the character had begun taking huge steps toward when his “scout” was killed.

But let’s face it; Kid Flash is a supporting character in Teen Titans. While Kid Flash got the spotlight when he became Kid Flash, he’s not had too much limelight since then. Not to mention that Impulse had Max Mercury and Kid Flash, apparently, doesn’t care about his mentor’s fate.

I do think that Impulse is gone for good. I can’t think of a way for him to come back. Actually I can. If, for some reason Bart were to get stuck in the future, similar to how Superboy did, and get replugged into a VR world, it could undo the his grasp on reality and return him to his more impulsive roots. But I don’t foresee that happening.

Tim, your thoughts on Impulse vs Kid Flash?

I would like to go back to that Max Mercury thing because that’s bothered me as well. However, I think that started before Bart became Kid Flash, not after. I really would like to see Max back or, at least, know his final fate. It just seems to me the Zen Master of Speed deserves a eulogy or epilogue.

JohnBritton gives the wheel another spin

Since Perez and Wolfman did it with the Titans, most comics have done a day in the life, presenting a more personal look at a hero’s story. What are the best ones?

Starman had a few of these stories, and they were all great. Starman #4 is one of my favorite comics of all time. The Talking With David issues were all very poignant. And Starman #12-15 featured the same day from various different perspectives.

Flash #30 wasn’t quite a whole day, but it did feature Wally West stumbling onto a crime.

Geez, I’m really drawing a blank here. Oh, Hawkman #18 was a very memorable issue. Flash #161 was kind of cool. Plastic Man #7 is a very fun and touching read.

I’m really sorry but I can’t really think of any more.

But good news, in a couple of weeks I’ll be returning to Tucson for a graduation and I’ll have a chance to revisit my collection. I’ll probably revisit this question then and have offer some issues of Supergirl, Legion of Super Heroes and possibly Chase at that time.

However, in the meantime, Tim will swoop in and save the day with some amazing issues. Take’er away Tim!

Oh good…no pressure at all.

Well, I don’t have my collection in front of me, so I’m just going to toss out the stories, not the issue #’s. Sorry.

The first that springs to mind is the Jay Garrick centric story from the Morrison/Millar fill-in run. There was also a nice “nothing is happening in Gotham” story done by Dixon in Detective a few years back (it is the cover with Batman standing in front of a Bat computer filled with images of his villains). The GL goes to the zoo and fights a tiger issue is much maligned in fandom, but it was nice to see Kyle trying to get in good with Donna’s kid. Any of the Superman reads the mail or Talking with David stories deserves a mention as well. Actually, of particular note, is the Daily Planet mail story that occurred while Superman was deceased. Other heroes filled in for him and it did a great job of not only highlighting them but also highlighting how much Superman could and did accomplish on his own, even in comparison to his peers.

Sadly, that’s all I can come up with at the moment. I hate to say it, but I remember a lot more Marvel “Day in…” stories off the top of my head than DC ones. It’s probably just because I grew up with those books more and Spider-Man is a character uniquely suited to that kind of introspection.

JohnBritton goes for the trifecta!

A lot of long-running elements of Batman have disappeared for a few years: Commissioner Gordon and Joker being the big ones, Harvey Bullock, the Wayne Penthouse, Lucius Fox and Harold among the others. Where are they now? Did a change in editorial influence their hiatus? Will they be back? When else have classic elements of Batman vanished for a spell and been revived?

There was certainly a shift in the thinking of the Batman/Bruce Wayne dynamic. It became so that Batman was the truth and Bruce was the mask. With that shift, the Wayne Penthouse went vamoose, because if Bruce spends all of his time in the cave dressed up, he doesn’t need a deluxe apartment in the sky.

Commissioner Gordon is one of the few characters in Bat-mythos who has been allowed to grow as a character. Considering all of the loss that he’s endured, it’s no wonder he’s taken some time out of the limelight.

The Joker, on the other hand, doesn’t work if he’s omnipresent. Especially considering he’s responsible for some of Batman’s greatest losses (Jason Todd, Batgirl) having him constantly appear not only diminishes his value but also begs the question; why does Batman tolerate his antics?

Lucius Fox is still around, but with the emphasis (Post Year One) on Batman and not Bruce, his role is greatly diminished. However considering he’s got a role in the next Bat flick, he might pop up soon.

Harold is dead. He was killed during Hush. Harvey Bullock had a story arc not unlike Mike Kellerman on Homicide: Life on the Street.

Oh…great arc. Great arc. God, I love that show.

I’m sure that Gordon will return, though I’m not positive it’ll be as Commissioner. Bullock is in many ways a cautionary tale for GCPD cops. Joker will always return.

As for elements that left and came back, Robin was gone for a spell after Jason Todd died. The Batcave was in shambles after that Earthquake. Batman’s friendly relationship with the police is now rocky again (ala Year One), and various Bat vehicles can be seen in various Bat books.

Bat mythos come and go. It’s all about what’s in fashion. And don’t forget about how characters portrayals in different mediums affect how they’re portrayed in comics. So the new Batman flick may have a huge impact on the comics.

Tim any thoughts on Bat mythos?

At the moment, I think it’s a bit of a rough time to be a Bat fan. I like my Batman good and dark, but he needs a human edge to sell why we should care about him. Too often these days, writers are forgetting that. So, that’s disappointing to me.

I also miss Bruce Wayne. I know the whole “Batman’s the real deal” thing and I agree (although I would suggest it is a bit more complicated than that), but Bruce out of the cape and cowl can be a fascinating character. Also, to see him that way would, again, bring a human edge.


Ok also on the Superman front kinda sort of. I’ve been watching the first season of Smallville and in one of the episodes the Kents take in a boy who can read minds. Is this kid based on a DCU character? Also this kid is into Warrior Angel comics is that a real comic? I’ve never heard of it.

I know the episode you’re referring to. But I’m pretty sure that the character is just a TV creation. Very few characters in Smallville are based on DCU characters, outside of those in Superman’s supporting casts (Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor). I’m pretty sure that Bart Allen (Impulse) is the only DCU character outside of the Super-verse to appear on the show.

As for Warrior Angel it’s a fictional comic. But it kind of reminds me of the Afterlife Avenger comic from Impulse. They both seem kind of reminiscent of Spawn which was a pretty popular comic book.

Tim, you’re a fan of Smallville rave away!

Not much to rave on on this front. Warrior Angel was essentially a vehicle to soften up Lex a little, revealing how much of an outsider he felt like as a child and that he idolized a Superman-esque character…who happened to be bald, like him. Nothing to get too angry about there.

I liked the kid too. His second appearance (which I won’t spoil for you) is strong too. There is a heartbreaking scene in a hot air balloon that sounds cheesy to describe, but really worked if you surrendered to the moment.

Sly Reference wants to talk chess.

Checkmate. I knew about them from reading the old Suicide Squad books, but I never got into their series. What exactly are they, and what have they been doing since their series was cancelled? I heard they were introduced in Vigilante, and they’ve popped up in Batman. Are they an official US government agency, or are they independent? And was Sasha Bordeaux always a part of them?

Checkmate was a branch of Task Force X. It was basically like a covert action team (giggle) that worked for the government. Checkmate had a command hierarchy structured after the pieces on a chessboard.

Basically, there was one Queen (Amanda Waller) and one King (Harry Stein). Then came the Bishops who were kind of like executives. Some familiar characters who were Bishops were; Valentina Vostok (Doom Patrol) and Harvey Bullock (Batman).

The Bishops received reports from the Rooks. The Rooks planned missions and managed the Knights who were the operatives in the field. The Pawns were support players.

The team first appeared in Action Comics #598. Checkmate had it’s own title as you mentioned and has appeared throughout the DCU most notable during the Janus Directive storyline.

Sasha Bordeaux wasn’t always part of the team. She was just Bruce’s bodyguard, until Vesper Fairchild was killed. Both she and Bruce were framed for the murder, but she was convicted of the crime. Checkmate faked her murder in prison and she joined up. She got plastic surgery and became a Knight in the organization.

It would appear that Checkmate is now an independent organization, but they used to be part of the United States Government, but a covert unrecognized part, like the Suicide Squad.

Tim, what’re you thoughts on Checkmate?

I’m interested in seeing how their new role is defined in OMAC and have enjoyed their past appearances. Didn’t read their own title, but the Janus Directive always has sounded like a cool crossover to me.

By the by, another notable member of Checkmate was Roy Harper who spent some time there post-Speedy, pre-Arsenal. Also a Checkmate Knight is responsible for the death of Firebrand (the third, I think) during a gladiator battle at Roulette’s house of games in JSA.

Seldee has a thing for the baldies.

I just got done reading Lex Luthor: Man of Steel #2. Superman is on on again off again read for me so I don’t know all of the goings on. I was wondering when Lex goes down to the lab area who is the girl in the tank? She and Lex seem to have some kind of relationship, possibly even in love with one another.

I’m not going to lie to you; I’ve got no idea. Maybe it’s Lori Lemaris. But I don’t think we’re supposed to know. I mean, it’s only the second issue of the miniseries, I’m sure things will unfold later.

Tim, you love that book, care to add your two cents?

I was kind of wondering myself actually. A list of guesses included: Countessa, his former wife, returned and altered for some reason, and that Supergirl who showed up during McDaniel’s days of drawing the title. But I have no true idea at all. I am guessing this is a newbie character. Given the cover for issue #4, we should know soon enough.

I’m going to end the column right there. Check out the Our Thread on the forums for feedback and questions.

My question for you; Is there a title you’ve been reading that’s really disappointed you lately?

“I’m on BBC2 now, telling Terry Wogan how I made it. What I made is unclear now.”