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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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Mad Magazine comic strip about the philosopher Aristotle being a “damn foreigner”

After the unexpected success I had with my previous identification question regarding a Mad cartoon by Dave Berg, I feel emboldened to ask another. I remember very few details, but it's something like ...
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Mad Magazine comic strip about a boy pondering over existence (and “I think, therefore I am”)

I'm trying to find a comic strip that originally appeared in Mad and was reprinted in a paperback collection of material from that magazine. I read it in the paperback collection. The strip shows a ...
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Is there “Joker interviewing on a talk show” in DC comic books too?

There are two scenes in movies that the Joker had interviewed on a TV channel. One in the Joker (2019 movie) and one in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (2013 animated movie); and in both Joker ...
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What's the significance of the hoofed figure walking a fish in “A Day at the Park”?

"A Day at the Park" is an excellent philosophical comic by Kostas Kiriakakis, featuring two rather odd-looking creatures discussing the merits of questions and answers. (It applies very well ...
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Old Eagle Novel - Was Northbrook Boarding or Day School?

I recently acquired an old novel by Peter Ling, based on the now defunct Eagle comic. Entitled, The Three Js and the Pride of Northbrook, it followed the adventures of three boys whose first names all ...
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WWII (?) comic about a spy doing propaganda for the bad guys

The story, so far... When I was a kid, I read a story about a guy, who was sent to a country as a spy. He ended up working with doing propaganda for said countrys government, but is secretly sending ...
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Identification of an American comics strip about mathematically shaped pancakes

When making crèpes for my children this morning, I recalled a comics strip I would like to identify. It is American, contemporary and I saw it a few years ago. It features a father who is about to ...
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Comic about Mayas and/or Aztecs invading Europe instead of the other way round

I am looking for a alternative-history comic that I saw a few years ago in which one or more Mesoamerican peoples (the Mayas or the Aztecs or even an alliance of Mesoamerican peoples) invade Europe, ...
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Are the Asterix comics about a drug culture?

The potions used in Asterix comic books resemble the methamphetamine usage of World War II. Has the drug culture within the comics ever been discussed?
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What’s up with the coal in “Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield”?

In Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield, the inhabitants of Gergovia are obsessed with wine and charcoal, all having shops selling both. The coal is used for a running gag in the book as the Romans ...
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Comic Book about Jupiter and time travel

I'm trying to find out the name of a comic book I read as a kid, probably in the 80s. The story was about an astronaut who is caught in a jupiter storm and is transported to another time. It meets a ...
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What do you call the pages in a comic book/graphic novel that expand on the lore, provide biographical information or have concept art?

Many comic books and graphic novels contain several pages (usually at the end of the book) which may expand on the lore or may contain biographical information about the authors. Others may contain ...
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Trying to find a comic strip about “What your clothes say about you”

I recall a comic strip about the statement that your clothes make, but don't seem to be able to find it. It goes something like this: Cartoon of a Guy with great hair, smile, and a suit. Caption: &...
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How do Pupp's remarks connect with Krazy's in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936?

This question is about the same Krazy Kat strip (25 July 1936) as in Krazy language in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936, in which Krazy is making a lot of classical references and Pupp is responding: Krazy: ...
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Krazy language in Krazy Kat, 25 July 1936

The eponymous hero (or heroine) of George Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoons uses a very peculiar language. Most of the time, it's simply phonetical and is easy to understand, but in the strip that ...
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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 would Image Comics publish “Sunstone”, after it was released as a webcomic?

Stjepan Sejic's Sunstone was first published as a webcomic on his DeviantArt account (and is still available there), as was his Death Vigil. Linda Sejic's Blood Stain is published on her DeviantArt ...
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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 connection between Jet and James?

Jet is Rachel's best friend, and her loyal ally in later issues. When Rachel whispers her old name to her, "Bryn Erin", but addresses not Jet but James. After that, James, Rachel's friend who ...
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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). ...