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It's not paranoia when they're really out to get you

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The Question
1 January 1968
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Charles Victor Szasz, or "Vic" Sage, is a crusading television journalist who is determined to root out corruption where he finds it. To that end, when he encounters stories he can't investigate by normal or legal means, he dons a special mask, kept in a special compartment in his belt buckle, that makes it appear that he has no face (much like the Dick Tracy villain "The Blank"). The belt buckle then releases a special gas that seals the mask to his face and changes the colour of his clothes and hair. Thus disguised, The Question investigates corruption in the face of all danger. He may leave a "calling card," which initially appears blank, but when touched, emits smoke that leaves behind the ghostly impression of a question mark.

Based in Hub City, Sage made his mark as a highly outspoken and aggressive reporter with a reputation for obnoxiousness. Not long after starting his TV appearances, he began to investigate a Dr. Arby Twain; Sage was approached by a scientist named Aristotle Rodor, who had previously been Sage's professor, and Rodor told Sage about an artificial skin called Pseudoderm he co-developed with Dr. Twain. Pseudoderm was intended to work as an applied skin-like bandage with the help of a bonding gas, but had an unforseen toxicity which was fatal when applied to open wounds. Rodor and Twain agreed to abandon the project and parted ways, but Professor Rodor discovered that Dr. Twain had decided to proceed with an illegal sale of the invention to Third World nations, regardless of the risk to human health.

Sage resolved to stop him but had no way of going after Dr. Twain without exposing himself, and Rodor suggested that Sage use a mask made of Psuedoderm to cover his famous features. Armed with information, and more importantly a disguise, Sage eventually caught up with Dr. Twain, stopping the transaction and extracting a confession, and then leaving Twain bound in Pseudoderm in an ironic twist. On television, Sage reported on Dr. Twain's illegal activities.

His first venture a success, Sage decided that this new identity, partially inspired by The Spirit, would be useful for future investigations, and partnered with Professor Rodor, who supplied the Pseudoderm and eventually modified the bonding gas to change the color of Sage's hair and clothing. The two men became good friends, with Sage affectionately referring to Rodor as "Tot".
The Question is a fictional character from DC Comics...or maybe that's just a small part to a larger conspiracy.

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