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Hello reader! Batman and Robin were nice enough to appear on the fake cover above, but they actually have nothing to do with this issue. Because today, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of xthe creation of Robby Reed by Dave Wood and Jim Mooney, we proudly present "Dial H for HERO/ Dial B for BLOG, The F.A.Q. Edition."

We've got every "Dial H" cover and every "Dial H" house ad, as well as a great Robby Reed sketch by Jim Mooney, and a cool "Dial H" mini-poster featuring almost all the "Dial H" heroes I ever became.

And as a special surprise -- I, Robby Reed, creator of this blog, will answer your most Frequently Asked Questions. Let's start with the "house" ad that announced the debut of "the most original character in comic history" in House of Mystery #156, way back in January 1966!

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FIRST QUESTION: "Is Robby Reed your real name, and if not, what IS your real name?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: Let's just say that if my name were not actually Robby Reed, it would be remarkably close, particularly the initials. I prefer to let my work on this site speak for itself. How very Ditko-ish of me!

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HOUSE of MYSTERY #156 HOUSE of MYSTERY #157 HOUSE of MYSTERY #158

QUESTION: "Where did you get the idea for doing this site?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: I was web-surfing one day, and I stumbled across a comic book blog called "The Absorbascon." I thought it was great, and it inspired me to create a blog of my own. Since my blog was to focus mainly on Silver Age DC comics, I chose the "Dial H for HERO" series and its star Robby Reed to be my "spokesman."

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QUESTION: "Where do you get your ideas from?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: I've been an avid comic book fan for (gasp) more than four decades! Next question?

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HOUSE of MYSTERY #159 HOUSE of MYSTERY #160 HOUSE of MYSTERY #161

QUESTION: "Do you own every single comic book ever printed?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: No! I actually may be missing an issue or two of "Stanley and His Monster," and I think my copy of Action #335 has a partially-torn cover. Other than that...

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QUESTION: "No, seriously, how big is your collection?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: Seriously, I own about 5,000 comic books. Mostly Silver Age and beyond. I have just two Golden Age books: All-Star #23, and Star-Spangled Comics #104. I also have a half-dozen vintage Shadow pulps.

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HOUSE of MYSTERY #162 HOUSE of MYSTERY #163 HOUSE of MYSTERY #164

QUESTION: "Who is your favorite superhero?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: My all-time favorites, in general, are the Shadow, Green Lantern, Superman, Spider-Man, and Nexus. But whether I like a character in a specific story depends almost entirely on which artist did the story!

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QUESTION: "What has been the greatest thrill of your life as a comic fan?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: I once attended a comic book convention in Manhattan in the mid 1960s. Several comic book pros were in attendance, including the one and only Neal Adams. Mr. Adams was kind enough to allow myself and a few other lucky kids to sit by his side and watch him draw sketches of any character a fan requested, for free, for over two full hours! I remember it like it was yesterday. Thank you, Neal Adams!

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HOUSE of MYSTERY #165 HOUSE of MYSTERY #166 HOUSE of MYSTERY #167

QUESTION: "Do YOU make all the fake covers and cool graphics seen on this site? How?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: Yes! This site is a one-man operation. It is created and run entirely by me, Robby Reed! I make the web page on an Apple Macintosh computer using Adobe's CyberStudio program, and I create the graphics with Adobe's Photoshop program.

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QUESTION: "How do you know how to use these programs so well? Aren't they complicated?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: Yes. But at the risk of revealing my "secret identity," all I can say is that when you use a program day in and day out for over ten years, you get pretty good at it.

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HOUSE of MYSTERY #168 HOUSE of MYSTERY #169 HOUSE of MYSTERY #170

QUESTION: "But it must take forever to make this site every day! How do you find the time?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: The time it takes to create an issue depends on what's IN that issue. Obviously, some are easier than others. On average, a typical issue usually takes me one or two hours to create. Special series with lots of research and writing, such as my "Secret Origins" series, take longer. I find the time because I want to. People love this site because it makes the reader forget the real world for a while... it does the same for me when I create it!

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Robby Reed meets the Legion of Super-Heroes, by Jim Mooney

LAST QUESTION: "Promise to keep posting a new issue every weekday, until the end of time!"
ROBBY ANSWERS: No! I can't do that. One day, I will run out of either ideas or enthusiasm for doing this site. I don't know when that day will be. But I can promise you one thing, reader -- it will not come before DIAL B for BLOG hits issue number three hundred!

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HOUSE of MYSTERY #171 HOUSE of MYSTERY #172 HOUSE of MYSTERY #173
LAST QUESTION: "What's coming in the next 100 issues of DIAL B for BLOG?"
ROBBY ANSWERS: A new "Secret Origins" series that will astound the entire comic-reading world, reviews of every issue of "Infinite Crisis" plus a special Crisis-related series that will make your head explode, not to mention dogs, cats, spiders, tigers and owls, plus the Joker, a robot pimp, Superman's birthday, and yet another "Secret Origins" series. It's all coming to DIAL B for BLOG, reader -- onward to issue 300!

SPECIAL BONUS MINI-POSTER featuring THE ROBBY REED SUPERHEROES!
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