The Old-school Comic Strips Quiz


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

The first "Peanuts" comic strip was published on Oct. 2, 1950, when Charles Schulz was just 27 years old.

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

"The Far Side" ran for 14 years and appeared in more than 1,900 newspapers worldwide.

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

The "Garfield" comic strip, penned by cartoonist Jim Davis, debuted in 41 U.S. newspapers.

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

One year after the comic first appeared, Garfield was syndicated in 100 newspapers.

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

Bill Watterson's comic "Calvin and Hobbes" is one of the most popular in modern times.

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

Groening used "Life in Hell" as an outlet for his frustrations with life, love and work.

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

Bill Watterson, animator of "Calvin and Hobbes," keeps a very low profile with just one published photo.

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

That would be "Doonesbury," which is named for Mike Doonesbury.

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

Garfield, of course, loves lasagna.

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

The Red Baron (aka Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen) serves as the main antagonist for Snoopy's battles as the World War I Flying Ace.

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

In September 1973, at the height of the Watergate scandal, the Lincoln Journal became the first of many papers to move "Doonesbury" from the comic page to the editorial page.

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.

"Pearls Before Swine" creator Stephan Pastis regularly goes out of his way to create controversy with his comic strip.

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

Watterson has no children and says Calvin reflects his struggles as an adult more than anything else.

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

"Nature's Way" launched Larson's career in cartoons and eventually led to "The Far Side."

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

Adams is behind the funny office-related comic strip "Dilbert."

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

"The Boondocks" was a daily syndicated comic strip written and originally drawn by Aaron McGruder that ran from 1996 to 2006.

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

In 1975 "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau became the first comic strip artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

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

"Garfield" was the third comic to achieve this goal and once held the world record for most widely syndicated comic strip.

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

According to Groening they were "anthropomorphic rabbits and a pair of gay lovers."

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

The parents are never given names, because as creator Bill Watterson says, "they are important only as Calvin’s mom and dad."

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

After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, Charles Schulz decided to introduce Franklin in a multiday series that ran from July 29 to Aug. 2, 1968.

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

Cows took the spotlight in many famous "The Far Side" strips.

By 1986 how many newspapers did Garfield appear in?

Garfield appeared in 1,800 newspapers worldwide and was called "the fastest-growing comic strip in history."

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

Walker has been publishing his comic about Sergeant Snorkel and Beetle since 1950!

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

In 1986 "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson became the youngest person to win the prestigious Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society. He won the award again in 1988 and was nominated in 1992.

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

The comic strip tackled the ultrasound-before-abortion debate raging in Texas and Virginia. Garry Trudeau said to not cover it would be "comedy malpractice."

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

Gary Larson produced 23 "The Far Side" books, all of which have been The New York Times best-sellers.

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

The final "Peanuts" strip was a simple piece with Snoopy sitting at his typewriter and included a retirement and thank you note from Schulz.

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

Groening released his last comic on June 15, but editors ran their choice of comics for four more weeks until the strip retired completely on July 13, 2012.

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

Garry Trudeau wrote and co-directed the animated film for NBC. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and received the special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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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.

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