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The Old-school Comic Strips Quiz
by Staff
Some of the best comic strips ran years ago, with legendary cartoonists like Charles Schulz, Bill Watterson and Gary Larson leading the pack. Do you have a favorite? Take this quiz to see how much you know about old-school comic strips.

When was the very first "Peanuts" comic strip published?

  • Oct. 2, 1950
  • Nov. 3, 1952
  • April 29, 1949

How many years did "The Far Side" comic strip run in newspapers?

  • 11 years
  • 14 years
  • 20 years

How many newspapers did "Garfield" debut in when it first appeared in 1978?

  • 22
  • 41
  • 59

True or false: By 1979 "Garfield" was syndicated in 100 newspapers.

  • true
  • false

This comic is about a mischievous 6-year-old boy and his silly stuffed tiger.

  • "Krazy Kat"
  • "Zits"
  • "Calvin and Hobbes"

"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening penned this funny comic strip from 1977 to 2012.

  • "Lio"
  • "Life in Hell"
  • "Tom the Dancing Bug"

There is only one known photograph of this prolific comic strip animator.

  • Bill Watterson
  • Garry Trudeau
  • George Herrimen

This comic strip's cast is huge, but it's named for its principal character.

  • "Peanuts"
  • "Doonesbury"
  • "Garfield"

Garfield has an affinity for one particular food. What is it?

  • lasagna
  • salmon
  • roast beef

Who is Snoopy's World War I flying nemesis in the "Peanuts" comic strip?

  • Flying Ace
  • the Red Baron
  • Joe Cool

In September 1973 the Lincoln Journal moved which comic from the comic page to the editorial page?

  • "Doonesbury"
  • "Beetle Bailey"
  • "Krazy Kat"

True of false: "Pearls Before Swine" ran a series of strips where Osama bin Laden went to live with the characters from "Family Circus" and landed them all in Guantanamo Bay.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Calvin from "Calvin and Hobbes" is based on writer Bill Watterson's son.

  • true
  • false

"The Far Side" launched in 1980 as a spinoff of Gary Larson's previous strip titled what?

  • "We're in This Together"
  • "In My House"
  • "Nature's Way"

Scott Adams is the creator behind this comic poking fun at middle management and life in the cubicle.

  • "Dilbert"
  • "Cathy"
  • "Doonesbury"

Which comic was originally created in 1996 for Hitlist.com, an early online music website, and was printed in the monthly hip-hop magazine The Source in 1997?

  • "Get Fuzzy"
  • "The Boondocks"
  • "Curtis"

On May 5, 1975, "Doonesbury" became the first comic strip to do what?

  • win a Pulitzer Prize
  • be censored by the Washington Post
  • be published in more than 30 languages

True or false: In 1987 "Garfield" became the third comic ever to appear in more than 2,000 newspapers.

  • true
  • false

According to creator Matt Groening, what types of animals are the characters that star "Life in Hell"?

  • anthropomorphic rabbits
  • dwarf bunnies
  • killer rabbits

What are the names of Calvin's parents in "Calvin and Hobbes"?

  • We’re never told.
  • Leo and Lucy
  • John and Emily

When was Franklin added to the "Peanuts" comic strip?

  • July 29, 1968
  • June 16, 1969
  • Jan. 1, 1971

What animals star in many of "The Far Side" comic strips?

  • giraffes
  • cows
  • birds

By 1986 how many newspapers did Garfield appear in?

  • 1,800
  • 1,200
  • 900

What year did "Beetle Bailey" creator Mort Walker begin publishing his comic strip?

  • 1950
  • 1972
  • 1980

Which artist was the youngest to win the Reuben Award for outstanding cartoonist of the year from the National Cartoonists Society?

  • Bill Watterson
  • Jim Davis
  • Garry Trudeau

In March 2012 "Doonesbury" caused controversy once again with its comic strip about what issue?

  • abortion laws
  • Affordable Care Act
  • immigration reform

How many collections of "The Far Side" have been published to date?

  • 23
  • 15
  • 12

What was Charles Schulz's final original "Peanuts" comic?

  • Charlie Brown's family moving from the neighborhood
  • Snoopy sitting on his doghouse at his typewriter
  • the "Peanuts" gang in the future graduating from high school

When did the last "Life in Hell" comic strip run?

  • July 13, 2012
  • March 11, 2012
  • Aug. 21, 2012

True of false: The 1977 animated film "A Doonesbury Special" was nominated for an Oscar.

  • true
  • false