Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 25 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
A fellow cartoonist. Specifically, the tribute was to fellow cartoonist Charles Shulz on news of his impending retirement from drawing his world-renouned strip 'Peanuts'. Each of the strips featured either a visual reference or mention of Schulz and his characters. Sadly, Schulz died Feb. 12, 2001, the day before his last new strip was printed for the final time.
An Oppossum. Former Disney artist Walt Kelley began 'Pogo' in 1943 as a comic book before moving to the newspaper media in 1948. The strip was critically hailed for it's political satire as much as it's broad humor.
'Mandrake The Magician'. Created by Lee Faulk in 1934, Mandrake used his powers of hypnosis and illusion to fight evil, assisted by the giant Lothar and the beautiful Princess Narda. Faulk later created 'The Phantom'.
|Created by Larry Whittington in 1922, 'Fritzi Ritz' was a moderately successful strip about a flapper looking for fame. Instead, in 1933 she found a 7-year-old with pin-cushion hair who eventually assumed the star role and the title. What is the strip now known as?||The Golden Age of Newspaper Comics
'Nancy. Nancy was the brainchild of Whittington's successor, Ernie Bushmiller. By 1938, Nancy's friend, Sluggo, arrived and the name was changed to 'Nancy'. Bushmiller died in 1982 and the strip is currently drawn by Guy Gilchrist.
Bailey. Lois is the sister of Beetle Bailey. She was introduced in 1954 when Beetle and some of his Camp Swampy sidekicks visited her on furlough. 'Hi and Lois' was jointly created by 'Beetle' creator Mort Walker and Dik Browne (creator of 'Hagar The Horrible'). Nowadays their children, Brian and Greg Walker and Chance Browne, do the work.
|Mort Walker created a lazy college student named 'Spider' in 1950 for a series of magazine cartoons. A year later, he enrolled in the Army, but to be accepted by King Features syndicate for publication, 'Spider' changed his name to what?||The Golden Age of Newspaper Comics
Beetle. 'Spider' was the progenitor of 'Beetle Baily', which began it's run during the Korean conflict and was the last comic strip personnaly picked by King Features publisher William Randolph Hearst.
Connie. 'Terry And The Pirates', created in 1934, grew in popularity during World War II, mostly through the exotic women Caniff created...April Kane, Normandie Drake and, especially, the infamous Dragon Lady. Caniff left the strip in 1946 to create 'Steve Canyon'.
Alexander. Alexander, who arrived first April 15, 1934, was nicknamed 'Baby Dumpling'. Daughter Cookie, who's name was chosen in a reader's contest, was born seven years later. The winner received 100 dollars. 'Blondie' became a series of very popular movies in the 1930's and '40's with Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake in the title roles.
Boopadoop. Murat Bernard 'Chic' Young's famous homage to married life began Sept. 8, 1930 as flapper Blondie Boopadoop chased and wooed playboy Dagwood Bumstead, son of railroad millionaire J. Bolling Bumstead, who disapproved of his son's latest girlfriend. Only after Dagwood's month-long hunger strike did he relent, but cut him off from his inheritence when they married in 1933.
Dashiell Hammett. Hammett, author of 'The Thin Man' and 'The Maltese Falcon', began scripting in 1934 and lasted only a year, leaving after his contract expired and was replaced by Leslie Charteris, creator of 'The Saint'. Alex ('Flash Gordon') Raymond did the art.
Buck Rogers. 'Buck Rogers In The 25th Century' began as a work of pulp fiction, 'Armageddon 2415' by Phil Nowlan. His writing and Dick Caulkin's art made 'Rogers' the first science-fiction comic strip in 1929. Alex Raymond's 'Flash' appeared five years later.
'Gasoline Alley'. Frank King first created 'Gasoline Alley' in 1919 as part of readers fascination with a recent invention, the car. It became a family strip with the addition of Skeezix, who was found on Uncle Walt's doorstep in 1921. Walt's marriage to Phyllis Blossom and the birth of Corky further solidified the family lean.
|Starting in 1919, Billy DeBeck's 'Barney Google' travelled the world with his racehorse Spark Plugg, but by 1934 a backwoods acquaintence rose to prominence in the strip. Who was it?||The Golden Age of Newspaper Comics
Snuffy Smith. The hillbilly Smith, his wife Loweezy and kids Jughaid and Tater, were introduced in 1942 shortly before DeBeck died. From there, assistant Fred Lasswell took over and so did the Smiths. Google was the subject of a hit song in the 1920's, 'Barney Google (With The Goo-Goo-Googly Eyes)'.
|Ever since her debut in 1924, 'Little Orphan Annie' remains one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. Who was her creator?||The Golden Age of Newspaper Comics
Harold Gray. Harold Gray was a former assistant on Sidney Smith's strip, 'The Gumps'. 'Annie' inspired movie adaptations, a radio show and a hit Broadway musical.
|While George Herriman was drawing 'The Family Upstairs', he also drew a smaller strip, or 'topper', to accompany it. What was it called?||The Golden Age of Newspaper Comics
'Krazy Kat'. Herriman's strip about Krazy Kat and her unexplained affection for the brick-throwing Ignatz Mouse has been critically acclaimed worldwide from its start in 1911 till Herriman's death in 1944. One of the strip's greatest fans was its own publisher, newpaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
The Marx Brothers. Mager's 'monks' (short for 'monkeys') all had names like Braggo, Knocko, Nervo and detective Sherlocko. Their popularity inspired the stage names of the Marx's (Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo).
|What comic artist lent his name to any type of contraption that takes many and various insane twists and turns using random objects to perform an otherwise simple task?||The Golden Age of Newspaper Comics
Rube Goldberg . Rube Goldberg originally drew for the campus newspaper at the University of California at Berkely. His longest-running strip was 'Boob McNutt', which ran, from start to finish as a Sunday only strip, from 1915 to 1934.
Mutt. Created by sports cartoonist H. C. 'Bud' Fisher in 1907, the world's first regularly run strip was initially called 'A. Mutt', who gave comical horse racing tips and prospered or suffered the next day based on the results. Jeff arrived about five months later.
'The Yellow Kid'. Richard Outcault's 'Yellow Kid' first appeared in October, 1896 in the weekly comic supplement to the New York Journal newspaper. Outcault later went on to create the more successful 'Buster Brown'.