The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz: Week 2 Answers

Monday, Day 6:
1. Betty Boop and Felix.
2. Penny Singleton (sigh) who played Blondie in a long series of films.
3. According to insider lore, Rube Goldberg’s editorial cartoons were ghosted by his assistant.
4. They offered to pay him a little extra to produce Wash Tubbs as a Sunday topper strip to Out Our Way.
5. The founders were V.V. McNitt and Charlie McAdam. Get it?

Tuesday, Day 7:
1. The original title was Mitzi McCoy, then it was Kevin the Bold.
2. Ernie, now known as Piranha Club.
3. Les Turner’s Captain Easy.
4. Puffy the Pig. Don Flowers drew it first, the last to take it on was Mel Graff.
5. The Importance of Mr. Peewee. Demerits if you said Mutt & Jeff or A. Piker Clerk.

Wednesday, Day 8:
1. Eek and Meek.
2. In order — You Know Me Al, Ace Drummond, Hap Hopper, Phyllis and Fang, Scroogie.
3. The writer was Frank Martinek and the strip was Don Winslow.
4. Funnyman, and the character stopped appearing in his own strip.
5. Red Rose Studios has several features, all locally oriented — Texas Lore, Pennsylvania Profiles and Flashbacks would all count. Royal Features was Mike Roy’s syndicate to distribute Hoss Laffs. Corinthian Features was Jim Childress’ syndicate name for his Conchy strip.

Thursday, Day 9:

1. In order, The Katzenjammer Kids, Gasoline Alley, Reg’lar Fellers, Little Jimmy, Radio Patrol.
2. Mutt and Jeff.
3. King News by Moses Koenigsberg.
4. The strip was Cosmic Cow and the show Too Close For Comfort.
5. Clare Briggs – the brand was Briggs, and the motto on each can “When a Feller Needs a Friend”.

Friday, Day 10:
1. In order, Wally Falk, Mell Lazarus, Martin Branner, Stan Lynde, Ed Dodd.
2. The Heart of Juliet Jones.
3. The Chicago Inter-Ocean, the New York Recorder, and Charles Saalburg. By the way, the high-speed caveat is because newspapers prior to this sometimes inserted slick color pages into their papers for song sheets and such. These inserts were not produced on the newspaper presses, though, and the print job might take a week or more to run on a low-speed press.
4. The Boston Herald.
5. Comrade Kitty (and I swear I am not making this up).

The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz Day 10

Last day of the super-quiz! How have you done? Here’s a few really murderous ones to finish out. Mega bonus points for correct answers!

1. Cartoonists don’t usually come out of the womb with a syndicate contract in hand. Here are some odd jobs that cartoonists claimed to have before they became successful in the toon profession. Which cartoonist was a bus driver (and proudly proclaimed so on his feature)? Who was a glass blower? Who was half of a husband-and-wife vaudeville dancing team? Who was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal? Who was a Yellowstone Park tour guide?

2. Margaret Mitchell of “Gone With The Wind” fame reportedly considered taking on the writing duties of what new strip of 1953?

3. Which American newspaper is responsible for the very first four-color printing on newsprint using a high speed newspaper press? Which newspaper was second? And which cartoonist was instrumental in inventing the new process?

4. A successful comic strip is bound to inspire imitators. Some take it too far, though. The success of Foxy Grandpa inspired a certain newspaper to bring out an imitation called … Foxy Grandpa. Which newspaper was it that apparently never heard of the concept of plagiarism?

5. Socialism and fashionable clothing don’t seem to mix. But mix they did in a fashion strip that ran in the Daily Worker. What was the title of the strip?

The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz Day 9

1. Here are the titles of some Sunday topper strips; name the main strip they were paired with: Jungle Bedtime Stories, That Phoney Nickel, Zoolie, Li’l Ole Orvie, Public Enemies Through The Ages.

2. President Eisenhower had a favorite newspaper strip, one whose fortunes were flagging by the fifties. What strip got a major short in the arm when Eisenhower’s preference was publicized?

3. Many of the fabricated factoids about comic strip history came from the memoirs of this syndicate head, including the reason the Yellow Kid was yellow. Who was it and what was the book?

4. A certain TV show starred a character who was the cartoonist on a comic strip about a bovine hero. What was the title of the strip and what was the TV show?

5. Lots of comic strip characters have marketing tie-ins. But which cartoonist was himself memorialized as a brand of tobacco?

The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz Day 8

1. A certain popular comic strip that ran from the 1960s to 80s starred characters who had a serious identity crisis. After living for the better part of two decades as mice, one fine Monday morning readers opened their papers to find the characters were now humans. What was the strip?

2. Famous people have lent their names, if not necessarily their writing talents, to quite a few features over the years. Name the features bylined by writer Ring Lardner, aviator Eddie Rickenbacker, political columnist Drew Pearson, comedienne Phyllis Diller and ballplayer Tug McGraw.

3. The writer of a long-running adventure strip moonlighted in the unlikely position of Standard Oil executive. Who was this captain of industry and what was his strip?

4. A famous comic book team created a newspaper feature in 1948 featuring a superhero whose secret identity was Larry Davis. What was the feature? For bonus points, what very odd change occurred in the strip after it had been running for eight months?

5. Many cartoonists who self-syndicate their work adopt company names to make editors think they have a ‘real’ syndicate. Among them are Red Rose Studios, Royal Features and Corinthian Features. Name the cartoonist behind each syndicate and the feature(s) each was self-syndicating.

The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz Day 7

1. A certain long-running strip finished up its quarter-century of syndication titled Up Anchor. What two other titles preceded that one on the strip?

2. A strip currently in syndication has the distinction of most likely being the only strip created by an atomic physicist. Who is it, and what are the two names that the feature has gone by over the years?

3. Which comic strip made headlines in the 40s when the story took on the subject of alcoholism?

4. Milton Caniff worked at the AP Syndicate before he hit the bigtime with Terry and the Pirates. Among the scut work he did at AP was illustrating a painfully awful little one-column feature starring an animal. What was the name of the feature? For bonus points, which well-known cartoonist originated the feature? And for even more bonus points, who was the well-known final cartoonist on the feature?

5. What is the title of the first sustained true daily newspaper comic strip? This should be a cakewalk for Hogan’s Alley readers.

The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz Day 6

1. Which two old-time animated cartoon characters were revived and paired up in a 1980s comic strip?

2. Humphrey Bogart’s first movie kiss came from the luscious lips of which actress, and with which comic strip character was she closely identified?

3. In the 1960s the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning started to be awarded for the sum of the cartoonist’s work during the year. Before then, when it was always given for a specific cartoon, which famed cartoonist won the prize for a cartoon that was almost certainly ghosted by his assistant?

4. Wash Tubbs cartoonist Roy Crane felt it was time for his salary to be upped in 1927. When he asked the syndicate for a raise they said no. They did make him an offer that would boost his pay though. He took it. What was the offer?

5. The McNaught Syndicate was a major player in comic strips for over 60 years, but the name of the company was a bit of whimsy. Who were the two fellows who founded the syndicate and gave it the in-joke name?

The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz: Week 1 Answers

Monday, Day 1:
1. Laredo Crockett and Jane Arden.
2. Crawford.
3. Bill Blackbeard. It was measured in semi-truckloads.
4. George Clark.
5. Little Pedro.

Tuesday, Day 2:
1.Thimble Theatre (or Popeye), the controvery was over some strips with an abortion theme.
2. Ethelbert and Giggs.
3. Frank Miller, all three of ’em.
4. Stanley Link did the strip as a topper to Tiny Tim.
5. Health Capsules and Ticker Toons.

Wednesday, Day 3:
1. Alley Oop, Hairbreadth Harry, Harold Teen and Tumbleweeds.
2. Newspaper Enterprise Association.
3. The Nebbs.
4. Says Who, a photo-comic or fumetti feature.
5. Stewart Carothers. Segar took over his Charlie Chaplin’s Comic Capers strip. Frank Willard also filled in.

Thursday, Day 4:
1. The editor was Joseph Medill Patterson, the cartoonist Harold Gray and the strip Little Orphan Annie.
2. Thoughts of Man.
3. Hugo Hercules.
4. The Sporting News.
5. Rod Rian of the Sky Police.

Friday, Day 5:
1. The strip was smaller than normal — they sold it as a space-saver.
2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
3. Al Capp. The column was syndicated by the New York Herald-Tribune Syndicate.
4. They were ‘lucky numbers’, numbers that would supposedly be winners in the ‘numbers games’ that were popular in ethnic neighborhoods of many cities.
5. First School Days, then Nipper.

The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz Day 5

1. When Peanuts was first offered to newspapers in 1950, the marketing focus was not particularly on the quality of art or writing on the feature. What was the big selling point that the syndicate was trying to push with the strip?

2. Original creator names often stay on their features for a long time after they die. Can you name the feature that still carries the name of its originator even though he died wa-a-a-y back in 1949?

3. What famous and sometimes controversial cartoonist added ‘columnist’ to his resume in 1961? And for extra points, he didn’t do the column for his regular syndicate, United Feature. So which syndicate distributed it?

4. Certain old-time comic strips, especially those in the ethnic press, once had the odd habit of populating the edges of each of their panels with seemingly random three-digit numbers. These numbers were of great interest to some readers. They weren’t dates and they weren’t strip numbers. What were they?

5. Most people think that Bil Keane’s Family Circus originated the oft-repeated Sunday gag where a dotted line shows the circuitous path of one his characters, usually Billy, through the neighborhood. However, a much earlier feature called Footprints in the Sands of Time also used the same motif. It was a Sunday topper — what two strips did it accompany?

The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz Day 4

1. A famous newspaper editor once told a young cartoonist who brought in a strip proposal, in part, “why don’t you try putting a dress on that kid?”. Mythology, perhaps, but who was the editor, who was the cartoonist, and what was the resulting blockbuster feature?

2. Jim Ivey, venerable editorial cartoonist and contributor to the Stripper’s Guide blog, also did the lovely scratchboard illustrations for what feature of the 1970s?

3. Comic books don’t have all the hyper-muscular fun; newspaper comics have had their fair share of superheroes. Name the character who was arguably the very first comic strip superhero from wa-a-a-y back in 1902.

4. World Color Printing, major preprint comic section producer of the 1900s and 10s, lost interest in that part of their business in the 20s when they won a lucrative printing contract. What national publication did they start printing that caused them to put their Sunday comics business on auto-pilot?

5. Speaking of preprint comic sections, the George Matthew Adams Service tried to do one in 1935. What oddball space opera strip headlined their line-up?

The Stripper’s Guide Super-Quiz Day 3

1. Can you pair up the strip stars with their girlfriends? Give me the fellas who pursued (or were pursued) by Ooola, the fair Belinda, Lillums, and Echo.

2. We all know about the ubiquitous NEA syndicate. But wht does N.E.A. stand for?

3. William Randolph Hearst didn’t generally like to run material from other syndicates in his newspapers. But for what Bell Syndicate strip did he have such a soft spot that he not only allowed it to run in many of his papers, he demanded it?

4. Famed comic book man Stan Lee was involved with quite a few comic strips over the years. Not many of them set the newspaper world on fire, but one that ran only in 1976 was by far his least successful outing. What was the title of the feature, and what unusual (at least in this country) comics style did it employ?

5. Here’s a real toughie. What Chicago cartoonist of the 1910s died when he slipped off a high-rise window ledge? Here’s a hint — his death helped further the cartooning career of E.C. Segar, who took over his strip. For mega-bonus points, what other soon to be famous cartoonist filled in on the strip in between our victim and Segar.