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Comic Strip Trivia Questions and Answers
Traditionally, throughout the 20th century and into the
21st, comic strips were published in what?
They were published with horizontal strips printed in
black-and-white in what?
A: Daily newspapers.
Sunday newspapers offered longer sequences and in special
A: Color comics sections.
There were how many different comic strips and daily
cartoon panels in American newspapers alone each day for most of the 20th
A: More than 200.
In the late 1920s, comic strips expanded to feature what?
A: Adventure stories, as seen in Popeye, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, and others.
Soap-opera continuity strips such as Judge Parker and Mary
Worth gained popularity in what decade?
A: The 40s.
Comic strips have appeared in what American magazines?
A: Liberty and Boys' Life and also on the front covers of magazines.
Storytelling using "what" has existed through history?
A: A sequence of pictures.
Where were some of the first satirical or humorous
sequential narrative drawings were produced?
A: 19th-century Germany and in 18th-century England.
When did the first newspaper comic strips appear in North
A: In the late 19th century.
Who is considered the father of the modern comic strip?
A: The Swiss teacher, author and caricature artist Rodolphe Töpffer.
In 1865, the German painter, author and caricaturist
Wilhelm Busch created what comic strip?
A: Max and Moritz, about two trouble-making boys, which had a direct influence
on the American comic strip.
German immigrant Rudolph Dirks, created what in 1897?
A: The Katzenjammer Kids.
Familiar comic-strip iconography such as stars for pain and
speech balloons originated in whose comic strip?
A: Rudolph Dirks' strip.
Hugely popular, Katzenjammer Kids occasioned one of the
A: Comic-strip copyright ownership suits in the history of the medium.
What did Dirks rename his version?
A: Hans and Fritz (later, The Captain and the Kids).
The Little Bears (1893–96) was the first American comic
A: Recurring characters.
Who was the first to include a color comic supplement?
A: Chicago Inter-Ocean sometime in the latter half of 1892.
The New York Journal's first color Sunday comic pages were
in what year?
On January 31, 1912, Hearst introduced the nation's first
A: Full daily comic page in his New York Evening Journal.
Newspaper comic strips come in what two different types?
A: Daily strips and Sunday strips.
Most newspaper comic strips are what?
A: Syndicated; a syndicate hires people to write and draw a strip and then
distributes it to many newspapers for a fee.
During the 1930s, the original art for a daily strip could
be drawn as large as what?
A: 25 inches wide by six inches high.
The popularity and accessibility of strips meant they were
A: Clipped and saved.
The daily Peanuts was a strip, and the daily Dennis the
Menace is a what?
A: Single panel.
During World War II, why did the size of Sunday strips
begin to shrink?
A: Because of paper shortages.
After the war, strips continued to get smaller and smaller
because of what?
A: Increased paper and printing costs.
What was the last full-page comic strip?
A: The Prince Valiant strip for 11 April 1971.
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