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Use this when asking about a work that was published as a comic (or a graphic novel), or about the medium as a whole. For questions about Japanese, Korean, or Chinese comics, use the [manga], [manhwa], and [manhua] tags, as appropriate.

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Does the magic potion provide invincibility or only superhuman strength?

At least the early albums in the Asterix series don't directly tell if the potion gives invincibility in addition to superhuman strength and speed. My impression has been that only Obelix is immortal ...
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What is the highest number a comic book issue ever achieved naturally?

Action Comics #1000 was first published in the US earlier this year. I got the impression that this seemed to be an unheard of before milestone. Most likely due to the fact that such a daunting ...
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Tan/Brown graphic novel about family in a beach and kid with frog/toad head

I'm trying to find a comic/graphic novel I once saw, but do not remember its name nor author. Here are some things are remember (or think I remember): It was monochromatic, but instead of the normal ...
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Snoopy can balance on an edge atop his doghouse. Is any reason given for this?

In Peanuts, Snoopy sleeps and does other activities on top of his doghouse. Since the doghouse has a pointy roof, shouldn't he fall down? Why doesn't the below happen every time? Is there a reason ...
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How old exactly was Rachel during the witch hunt in Manson?

When the readers learn the true version of the event from James, he says Rachel was but a child (15? 12?) during those events. But Rachel is very old. Her "reboot" mechanism has her come back to life ...
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Why did Lilith help the factory if she wanted Manson destroyed?

In Rachel Rising #38 the readers learn that Lilith once met a banker she had known some 60 years before that, and her acquantance with said banker helped save the factory she worked at. But why would ...
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Complete, single book of Peanuts comics?

While in a Barnes & Noble in the US during our recent holiday (December 2017), I came across a very large and very heavy book (possibly dark red in colour) containing a number of Peanuts comics. I ...
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Was the Marvel “Punisher” title a response to Frank Miller's “The Dark Knight Returns”?

The Dark Knight Returns was published in 1986, and, along with Watchmen, is regarded as the catalyst for the Dark Age of Comics. More violent than previous mass market titles, these works also ...
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Why Night and Time?

In The Sandman - Overture #5 we learn that two entities who were not seen before (in the original run). If there was any doubt that Night and Time are the parents of all the Endless, this post by ...
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Finding comic referenced in semi-classic physics problem

A physics problem in my book (and apparently in others, from the hits Google gives) goes Comic-strip hero Superman meets an asteroid in outer space and hurls it at 800 m/s, as fast as a bullet. The ...
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Why does Lung the Quick's tombstone read “No Unicorns in Heaven”?

I'm reading Digger, and there's a scene in chapter six where Mural is crying next to a tombstone that reads "No Unicorns in Heaven." What does the tombstone mean?
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Where did the Fables get all those weapons in the first place?

In the second volume of Fables, Animal Farm, we see that the Fables possess an enormous amount of various firearms: Where did they come from? Snow White states in the first volume that Fables are on ...
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Why are the magicians who captured Morpheus “rubbish”?

Neil Gaiman is on record saying the people who captured Morpheus in issue #1 (i.e. Roderick Burgess and the Order of the Ancient Mysteries) are completely rubbish, English, sort of Crowley-esque, ...
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Listing the books in the archives of the Temple of Ganesh

Digger is a webcomic about a wombat. On the comic published on April 12th, 2007, we're shown the archives of the Temple of Ganesh. You can view the comic online. Looking at the archives, several of ...
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What is the origin of Endless' lettering styles in “The Sandman”?

In the prologue of Season of Mists (the fifth volume), a family reunion occurs and the six Endless siblings are formally introduced, and have speaking roles: As shown, each has a unique lettering ...
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What social group are the Sculpted supposed to represent?

"The Sculpted" is the word used to refer to any non-human inhabitants of the world of The Spire. All of them are different from humans in physical appearance, often quite drastically. "Skew" is a ...
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Why are comic books listed under PN (“general literature”), and not under authors' respective categories in Library of Congress system?

After starting university and going to the library for some time, I noticed a peculiar thing: comics seem to be grouped under PN irrespective of their authors' general grouping. Take The Sandman ...
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What is the explanation for the two versions of Lucifer's fall from Heaven in “The Sandman” and “Lucifer”?

In Season of Mists, the fifth book of The Sandman series, in chapter 2, Lucifer explains that rebelled against god, and was cast out of Heaven to Hell, along with his lieutenants. This version of ...
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What secret did David whisper to Meg at the end of “The Sculptor”?

Scott McCloud's The Sculptor opens with the following scene, where Meg asks David to whisper her something: Click for larger image The scene is expanded at the very end of the novel, where Meg ...
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Which items from Elliot S! Maggin's novel “Last Son of Krypton” mirror the Superman mythos of the comics in the same era?

It's a well-documented fact that the character of Superman has undergone many shifts over the decades. In 1978, Elliot S! Maggin's first Superman novel The Last Son of Krypton was published. Now, you ...
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What is happening in issue #1 of “Black Magick”?

The first issue of Black Magick opens with a pagan ritual being done during full moon. A circle member's phone rings, and the ritual is interrupted, and the following panels take place (behind a ...
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Why would one call a Japanese Jew “Sosumi”?

While doing some background research for another question about Daniel Clowes' Ghost World, I stumbled upon this article, which mentions the following exchange: . . . I don't get this. The first ...
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Why does Lucifer mention Raguel and Sandalphon as possible rebels among the angelic host?

In chapter two of Season of Mists, Lucifer mentions the angels Raguel and Sandalphon as angels who could rebel [against God]: Why those two angels?
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Why is The Dreaming a simple place compared to Hell?

In chapter 2 of Season of Mists, Lucifer says the following to Morpheus, when trying to explain his burden of ruling Hell: I cannot say I see Lucifer's point here. In some of the further stories it ...
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What were the original two results for 'died in a blogging accident'?

XKCD 369, "Dangers", mentions two results for 'died in a blogging accident': But XKCD has messed up the Internet. Now there are a lot more results for 'died in a blogging accident' - 250k of them. I ...
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Is the heart in “The Hunt” associated with Desire?

One symbol that is repeatedly associated with Desire is a crystal heart. This appears in several Sandman stories, including in each Endless member's gallery. (Each Endless has a gallery, containing ...
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Did young Dream and Death really look like this?

In "The Parliament of Rooks" (The Sandman #40), Abel tells a toddler Daniel Hall a "children's story" about how he and Cain came to live in the Dreaming (pages 18-20). In the story, Dream and his ...
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Why is desire “a commodity [Lucifer is] short on”?

In The Sandman Presents: Lucifer - The Morningstar Option #3 (written by Mike Carey and drawn by Scott Hampton), Lucifer explains he needed Rachel Begai to channel her desire to destroy the Velleity, ...
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Why did the writer of the 2016 “Lucifer” comic series change from Holly Black to Richard Kadrey?

I've been following the 2016 Lucifer series, and enjoying it. While re-arranging my Calibre library, I noticed that, while all the issues up to and including 12th have been written by Holly Black, ...
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Why does “Watchmen” use the 9-panel grid?

Watchmen, the 1986 comic written by Alan Moore and drawn/lettered by Dave Gibbons, is recogniseable (among other features) for the schematic of its comic pages - they all use the 9-panel grid: Image ...
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Do “The Sandman” and “Lucifer” deliberately share the number of published issues?

Neil Gaiman's The Sandman ran for 75 issues; there was one "special" issue which told Orpheus' story, but it's not numbered. According to Neil Gaiman in The Sandman Companion, he was intending to end ...
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Which Tintin books were redrawn by Hergé?

The first nine albums were originally published in black and white, with colored editions to appear later: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (never redrawn in colour ) Tintin in the Congo Tintin in ...
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Are the guardians of Dream's palace based on mythology? Are they symbolic?

In chapter 3 of Season of Mists (The Sandman #24), there are three creatures shown guarding the gates of Dream's palace (left). The lion refers to the whole group as "Gatekeepers" (p 20-21). ...
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What is the earliest hybrid graphic novel?

Malice (2009) was the first hybrid graphic novel I read, though I've seen more than one other since. By "hybrid graphic novel," I mean a book that contains passages of both traditional, unillustrated ...
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Why does Morpheus look like Neil Gaiman?

I'm probably revealing my ignorance about The Sandman and comic books here. Why does Morpheus look like the writer who created him, Neil Gaiman? On the left - younger Neil Gaiman (src); on the right -...
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Why are Delirium's eyes of two colors?

In The Sandman #21, some of the various members of the Endless families receive short biographic descriptions. Here's part of Delirium's (p 10): For Delirium was once Delight. And although that was ...
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What's up with the colors of Delirium's speech bubbles?

In the prologue to Season of Mists (The Sandman #21), the Endless are gathered for a family meeting. Each of them talks with a different typeface, to help differentiate their manners of speech and ...
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In “The Sandman”, what are nightmares for?

What purpose do nightmares serve in the world of The Sandman? In the second volume of The Sandman Library (The Doll's House), Dream spends most of his time tracking down and dealing with a number of ...
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Strip / comic with a young child's teddy bear being ripped open for a CD

I can hardly remember any of it, but it has been bugging me for days that I cannot seem to identify this strip. I know one fact for sure. The beginning of a volume started on a boat, in which '...
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When did the Rupert Bear stories start repeating themselves?

Some years ago I used to collect Rupert Bear annuals. I had a huge collection going all the way back to the 1940s, with some gaps which I slowly filled in over the years, and every time I got a new ...
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Is the story of “Tales in the Sand” (or its form) faithful to traditional African stories?

In the prologue to The Doll's House (The Sandman #9 "Tales in the Sand"), Gaiman tells the story of Queen Nada. Neil Gaiman is not African, nor (as far as I could tell) were any of the people who ...
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Does part four of Doll's House add to the narrative of the volume?

The second volume of The Sandman tells the story of Rose Walker and her relationship with Dream as the vortex of the modern era. While I was reading the volume, I was initially confused about how ...
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What do red and blue represent?

The Manhattan Projects uses red and blue in clearly representational ways, but I can't quite figure out what they represent. At first they're used to designate between the Oppenheimer twins, and ...
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Why does Night say Desire and Morpheus are alike?

In The Sandman: Overture #5, Morpheus speaks with Night while paying a "social visit". There, Night claims Morpheus and Desire are very much alike: Click for the full resolution I tend to agree ...
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What's the significance of the witches' name change in Sandman?

As mentioned in another question, the three witches are very significant in The Sandman. While that other question asks for their significance in general, I have a much more specific question to ask. ...
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What does Dream's ruby represent?

In Volume One of The Sandman (Preludes and Nocturnes), Dream is held captive for 70 years. After escaping and taking vengeance on his (only surviving) captor, he returns home, to the Dreamworld. ...
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In Neil Gaiman's “The Sandman”, what do the Three Sisters represent?

The Three Sisters - the Hecatae, the Fates, the Kindly Ones - are ubiquitous in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman (and in other works). They appear in the first volume to give Morpheus three answers: and ...
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Does V reference Stanislaw Lem's “His Master's Voice”, and if so, why?

I've recently been reading and re-reading Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta. After having skimmed through it multiple times and settling a few questions I had about the continuity, only one ...
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Why were these animals used to represent the different countries in Maus?

In Art Spiegelman's Maus, he represents different people from different countries as different animals. For instance, he represents the Jews as mice, the Germans as cats, the Polish as pigs, the ...
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What is the reason for partial highlighting in “The Sandman”?

I was just re-reading Preludes and Nocturnes, the first volume of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. In the story titled The Sound of Her Wings, the following conversation takes place: Death: You are ...