Sunday, 27 November 2011


These are my quiz questions from yesterday’s Comics Friends United. (I co-ran the quiz with Nigel “the N is for knowledge” Fletcher, whether Nigel is going to put his on-line anywhere I’ve no idea.) Congratulations to the Brave and the Cold team for their top score, narrowly beating the Super-Villain Team-Up.

If you didn’t attend (or did but have a really bad memory), feel free to have a go if you think you’re sad enough. No prizes this time... well, maybe a no-prize, I’ll post the answers in due course.

Please remember it was planned as a live quiz so don’t just Google - use your noggin!

Funny thing is, I probably now have enough unused questions to do another quiz!


1. Anarchy Comics... or more specifically, Paul Mavrides’ strip ‘No Exit’, published in Anarchy Comics No. 3 in 1981, featured punk singer Jean-Paul Sartre Junior. What actual punk singer was he based on?

2. ‘Watchmen’ contains quotes from all sorts of folk from Jung to Nietzsche. But only one musical figure is quoted twice. For one points, who is it and for two extra which songs are quoted from?

3. A record made No. 2 in the singles chart over the Christmas period in 1967, despite actually being a double EP with a comic strip insert by Bob Gibson. For one point each, what was the EP called and who recorded it?

4. For a point each, what comics artist drew the cover of Frank Zappa’s 1978 album ’Studio Tan’ and what comic artist his 1983 album ’The Man From Utopia’?

5. Nurse With Wound’s 1996 album was called ’Alice The Goon’, after the track ’Prelude to Alice the Goon’. What’s the comics connection?

6. The 1990s satirical cartoon ’Duckman’ (based on a Dark Horse comic), had a theme tune by who?

7. What comic artist also performs in the noise band Lighting Bolt?

8. In the 1996 Simpsons episode ‘Homerpalooza’ Homer attends a Loollapalooza festival. In the course of the episode he meets several bands, all voiced by themselves, one of which provides a version of the theme tune for the closing credits. Which band?

9. The Teardrop Explodes sang “comics are all I read”. But what’s their other comics connection?

10. Who recorded the song with the lyrics “Doctor Strange is always changing size”? (For two points, please name band and song.)


1.      Superman hangs out in Metropolis, and Batman Gotham City, what City did Will Eisner’s Spirit inhabit?

2.      Fort Thunder was a warehouse turned into an art colony by a bunch of crazies, including a clutch of comics artists whose style came to be named after the venue. They included Brian Ralph, Brian Chippendale and Mat Brinkman. What city was it located in?

3.      The European comics magazine Stripburger has been running since 1992, and claims to be the only comics magazine in its home country. Which country?

4.      What imaginary country was featured in Dylan Horrock’s Atlas?

5.     In which imaginary country is the TinTin adventure King Ottaker’s Sceptre set? (Clue, it was derived from taking sections from the names of two existing East European countries.)


1. Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage ‘What Makes Today’s Homes So Different So Appealing’ has a comic cover framed on the wall, made by a well-known pair of comic creators? For a point each, who are they?

2. Which of the For Beginners series of books was drawn by Robert Crumb?

3. ...and which by Oscar Zarate?

4. What American writer wrote a novel about Krazy Kat?

5. What Academy Award winning author wrote the storyline for the first Superman film?


1. Hanna Barbera’s The Flintstones was, as we all know, set in the stone age. But other settings were trialled. Which of these wasn’t one of them?
-                Ancient Rome
-                Hillbillies
-                Outer Space
-                Pilgrims

2. Which of these famous people was never used as a ‘guest star’ in Dave Sim’s ’Cerebus’?
-                Woody Allen
-                Marty Feldman
-                George Harrison
-                Brian Jones

3. Which is not a genuine Asterix title?
’Asterix in Belgium’
‘Asterix in Corsica’
‘Asterix in Spain’

‘Asterix in Sweden’

4. Which was not a genuine subhead of ’Raw’ magazine?
"The Graphix Magazine for Damned Intellectuals"
"The Graphix Magazine of Abstract Depressionism"
“The Graphix Magazine That Became Jaded by Ennui”
"The Graphix Magazine That Lost Its Faith in Nihilism"

5. The Caption convention in Oxford, now Britain’s longest-running comics convention, has a theme for each year. One of the following is a fake theme, but which?
- Are we having fun yet?
- Euro Standardised Caption
- Love is Caption
- Pirate Caption Ahoy!


One point for knowing which comics logo each letter is pulled from, note it runs all the way along the phrase to the exclamation marks!


One point for knowing name of the comic each of these eight cover segments is cut from, one for the issue number. Half a point for a ‘Friends explanation’ eg. “the one where the FF first face Doctor Doom!”


As the round name might suggest, please state which of the following is true and which false...

1. Nicholas Cage was such a comics fan he christened his first-born son Kal-El.

2. Alan Class reprints of old Marvel comics were copied from the printed pages, without securing any copyright, which is why they were always so badly reproduced.

3. The voice of The Shadow on radio broadcasts was provided by Orson Welles .

4. In October 2004, Fathers For Justice member Jonathan Stanesby protested about family law by scaling Tower Bridge dressed as Spider-Man, only to get stuck and have to be rescued by the Fire Brigade.

5. The Dazzler as originally conceived was based on an actual disco singer in a cross-promotion with Casablanca records, and her only super-power was the ability to compel people to tell the truth.

6. Marvel’s ’GI Joe’ 21 (1984), was “the most unusual GI Joe story ever” – a completely silent issue, no captions or speech balloons. However, this was because in their haste they sent the artwork to print before it had gone to the letterer.

7. The “bullet logo” used by DC comics in the Eighties, with the four stars in the circle, was created by the same designer as the “I Love NY” logo.

8.  In 1989, the Barbie Liberation Organisation stole a bunch of Barbie and GI Joe dolls, switched their voiceboxes, then returned them to the stores. Children then found Barbies who yelled “vengeance is mine!” and GI Joes who breathed “let’s plan our dream wedding!”

9.  A talking Clanger doll, commercially released by the Golden Bear Company, said when squeezed “oh sod it, the bloody thing’s stuck again!”

  1. The ’2000AD’ strip Nemesis The Warlock was originally based on the Jam song ‘Going Underground’, as everybody in it lived underground.


One point for naming the cartoon, another for the character who says it.

1. “It’s the wool-uf, it’s the wool-uf!”

2. “Hay-lp! Hay-lp!”

3. “Up and at ‘em!”

4. “To infinity – and beyond!”

5. “Herbidaceous!”


Name the cartoon/ animation whose theme tune these words are pulled from. (Please note, one of these is not a cartoon/ animation theme. An extra point if you guess which, and yet another point if you can say how it actually was disseminated.

1. “Buckle up your seatbelts,
They could be in orbit in the stars
On a spooky planet, maybe Mars
There’s no way of knowing
When they’re groovin’ way above the atmosphere
Trying to get back to here”

2. “With beauty and grace,
as swift as can be,
Watch it flying through the air.
It travels in space,
Or under the sea,
And it can journey anywhere.
It travels on land,
Or roams the skies,
Through a heavens stormy rage,
It's Mercury-manned,
And everyone cries,
‘It's the marvel of the age!’”

3. “Be an early riser
Strive to be ambitious
Speak a little wiser
Try to be judicious
Be a good adviser
Never ever vicious
Where will you be then?
Face front, lift your head, you’re on the winning team”

4. “It’s -- -,
Brave and free,
Fighting evil ‘neath the sea,
He is a boy.
A very special boy,
Powered by propeller shoes,
Flying sub ahoy.
Whooshing through the water
On a friendly dolphin’s back
Racing to the rescue
Of victims of attack”

5. “Terrorist your game is through
cause now you have to answer to,
What you going to do when we come for you now?
It’s the dream that we all share;
It’s the hope for tomorrow”

6.  For the final question, each team chose a sealed envelope at random. It contained the title and a random couple of lines from a cartoon theme tune which they had to remember the whole of and then sing back. One choice not used on the night was ’Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines.’ The sample lyrics were...

“Nab him, jab him, tab him, grab him,
Stop that pigeon now!”

Two points if you can remember all the words, one point for a decent effort. (The teams on the night got an extra point for singing them, but that may not work so well over the net.)

Answers, as I say, to follow. For now it only remains to give a big thanks to Hassan Yusuf and Fiona Jerome for organising the day, plus the good folks at 30th Century Comics for providing the prizes.


  1. Comics & Music

    9. They took their name from a panel in a Daredevil comic.

    I did so badly on the first 10, I daren't even try the rest.

  2. They do get easier after the first ten!

    (Try the visual rounds...)

  3. Goddammit, I know the answers to two thirds of these questions at least! I coulda CLEANED UP last year! Oh well. I'll just have to content myself with a slight smile instead. Maybe this year will be my year...


    W P

  4. Oh, but could this mystery anonymous caller be, whose initials are WP and signs off his e-mails "fools"?

    I suspect it's the preponderance of the cartoon questions which suited you. But remember this was only half the quiz, and Nigel Fletcher's questions might have changed you more.