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?

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